The other night I dreamed a pastor was telling everyone to hold something like a warm compress to their chests for two minutes and think about God. The idea sounded good, and yet in my mind; I heard the words “Run to the fire.”
I woke and wondered how often we look for something that makes us feel warm and fuzzy when we think about God, because He is such a good and wonderful God. However, how often do we miss the fire of God’s presence, the fire of God’s word, and the fire of the Holy Spirit?
Run to the fire of God’s glory, “… to the eyes of the sons of Israel, the appearance of the glory of the Lord was like a consuming fire … for our God is a consuming fire” (Exodus 24:17, Hebrews 12:29, NASB).
Run to the fire of God’s word… “’Is not My word like a fire?’ says the Lord, ‘and like a hammer that breaks the rock in pieces?’” (Jeremiah 23:29, NKJV).
Run to the fire of the Holy Spirit, “And tongues that looked like fire appeared to them, distributing themselves, and a tongue rested on each one of them. And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit …” (Acts 2:3-4, NASB).
Run to the fire of God’s guidance, “And the Lord was going before them in a pillar of cloud by day to lead them on the way, and in a pillar of fire by night to give them light, so that they might travel by day and by night (Exodus 13:21, NASB).
Therefore, “…stir up (rekindle the embers of, fan the flame of, and keep burning) the [gracious] gift of God, [the inner fire] that is in you…” (2 Timothy 1:6, AMPC).
Send Your fire, Lord! Send the fire of Your Holy Spirit, let His fire come and let His fire flow. Fire us up to follow You, to walk in Your ways, to serve You, and keep our focus on You. Fire through us to listen to You, to watch where You are working and to be totally committed to You. Burn away the dross in our lives, burn away the hindrances, and burn away our sin in the purity of Your holy presence. Ignite in us the light of Your presence so that we will shine for Your glory. Fire within us the desire to go, tell, and make disciples of the Lord, Jesus Christ. Ignite in us and kindle afresh, the gifting You have given each of us. Ignite in us the hope of our calling. Ignite in us Your truth so that we may speak Your truth. Burn in our hearts so that we may burn for You!
“Let us give to God our hearts, all blazing with love, and seek His grace, that the fire may never be quenched.” ~ Charles Spurgeon
“Do not let anything set your heart beating so fast as love for Him. Let this ambition fire your soul; may this be the foundation of every enterprise upon which you enter, and your sustaining motive whenever your zeal would grow cold.” ~ Charles Spurgeon