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Spiritual Fire 

Spiritual fire is related to our spirit. It is both created by and strengthened by the power of God’s Holy Spirit Who gives all believers the desire and the thirst for the spiritual fire to continuously burn, lit and ablaze, in his or her life. But it can happen that the believer becomes slow, sluggish and lazy… spiritually cold.  Consequently, the spiritual fire becomes dead, quenched and ultimately spiritual death will take place.  

Holy Spirit convicts a person about his sins that he is a sinner and brings him to a point that he needs a Savior.

As a person walks closely with God, the Holy Spirit gradually brings intensity to the spiritual fire in the person’s life.

1.  Study and Meditation of the Holy Word preserves spiritual fire      

“Is not my word like as a fire? saith the LORD; and like a hammer that breaketh the rock in pieces?”  (Jer 23:29 KJV)

The word of God is like a hammer that breaks the human ego (the high and unequal pieces of our personal lives) into many pieces.  God’s Word turns all of our plateaus; our pride, arrogance, hard-heartedness and half-heartedness, into level ground.     

a)   The Word of God is like fire

“…But his word was in mine heart as a burning fire shut up in my bones, and I was weary with forbearing, and I could not stay.”  (Jer 20:9 KJV)

In the life of a believer, whatever the layers of grass, hay and wood…the fire consumes them all.   It brings an end to all different kinds of sin. If we allow God’s Word to work in and through us, the fire becomes more intense as it brings holiness. It removes all kinds of dirt and turns the gold into pure gold.

 b)   The Word of God is like glass (a mirror)  

“For if any be a hearer of the word, and not a doer, he is like unto a man beholding his natural face in a glass:” (Jas 1:23 KJV)

As we study and meditate upon the Word of God it works as a clean, fine mirror.  

This Word of God is impartial. It is not a respecter of persons. Its teaching and power is the same for Prophets, Messengers, spiritual and religious leaders, Christian workers, Pastors, Elders and for ordinary Church Members. The Word is impartial. It measures every person against the same standard, revealing our faces as they truly are, as it exposes all of the dots and spots of our inner man including our attitudes, our thoughts and our spirits without hesitation.  Then the choice is ours - do we accept the warning that the Word of God has shown us…or not.  The Word also grants us an opportunity to correct our dotted faces.  

c)   The Word of God gives us wisdom

“The law of the LORD is perfect, converting the soul: the testimony of the LORD is sure, making wise the simple.”  (Psa 19:7 KJV)

By accepting Lord Jesus Christ as our personal Lord and Savior, our mind is renewed.

“Therefore, if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold all things are become new.”  (2Co 5:17 KJV)

Lord sanctifies our mind and our understanding. He makes our mind new, so that we may discern between heresy and right Doctrine in order to hold to right teaching.

d)   The Word of God is light.

 “Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path.”  (Psa 119:105 KJV)

The Word of God is fire, and then this fire also produces light.

“Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path.”  (Psa 119:105 KJV)

This is for our guidance to keep us from stumbling so that we may continue our journey, continually moving forward toward our destination and ultimately reaching our final home. As we journey forward this light warns and protects us from our adversaries and wild beasts.

“Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour:” (1Pe 5:8 KJV)

As we study and meditate on the Word of God, seriously and deeply, our hearts become open to its work in our lives. Then, as it rebukes or warns us, and when we listen to its voice and act upon it with a joyful heart, the Holy Word becomes a hedge around us. The Word of God protects the spiritual fire from the winds and storms of the world and keeps it from being quenched. In this manner the fire continuously burns and intensifies. 

Do you have this fire in your inner being?

Do you protect this fire?

Is this fire burning intensely in your inner being?

Has this fire been quenched?

Has this fire have become dim and slow in your inner man?

Can you honestly ask this question of yourself? 

We will find the answers to these questions as we pray.

2.   Prayer is the fuel that sustains the fire             

a)   As we pray we ask God without hesitation

In prayer we ask God without hesitation. We place our struggles, hardships, problems, difficulties and conflicts before Him.

These elements or factors can suppress or quench the fire in us.  However, they become dysfunctional and useless through the precious shed blood of our Lord Jesus Christ, on the cross. The devil constantly works hard to quench the spiritual fire in us, but Lord, in His grace, helps His people as they continue to look unto Him for assistance and guidance.

b)  As we pray we are presented before God

Through faith our commitment with God continues. We do receive instructions and guidance through the help of the Holy Spirit in our inner man, in our spirit and in our consciousness.

c)   As we pray we reach into the store house of God

There God keeps everything in abundance for our every need.  No matter the nature of our need the solution is found… there.  

d)    As we pray we are connected with infinite God

We are also connected with the infinite power of God. As we interact with infinite GOD we begin to receive strength and power from Him.  His Divine power that is supplied often begins as a small spark that becomes smoke, and then a flame before becoming a blazing power.  

When a believer bends on his knees, kneeling before the Lord in prayer, the knees of our enemy begin to shiver and to tremble.

If this is something that we desire in our inner being, then this spiritual fire will be supplied to us as fuel…as we pray

Is in your inner being receiving fuel for its spiritual fire?  

Is this fuel being supplied to the spiritual fire in your inner being?  

3.   By taking part in the Lord’s Table

By taking part in the Lord’s Table, the spiritual fire receives air and continues to burn. It is essential for every true believer in Christ to take part in the Lord’s Table. In some churches this Holy Sacrament takes place once in a month and in other churches believers takes part in Lord’s Table every Sunday.  In the early church they took part in the Lord’s table every day.  

“And they continued stedfastly in the apostles' doctrine and fellowship, and in breaking of bread, and in prayers.”  (Act 2:42 KJV)

Participating in the Lord’s Table, the breaking of bread, is the basic ingredient of our Biblical, Evangelical Faith. Without it, the Christian believer is incomplete in his or her spiritual life. As we take part in the breaking of bread and wine we are reminded of the flesh and the blood of our Lord Jesus Christ. We praise and thank God that He took us out of the old life and brought us into new life. We ask forgiveness from the Lord for the past week for all of the wrong doings, disobedience, sins and foolishness, which we have done knowingly or unknowingly. We ask forgiveness from the Lord and look for His grace believing that He will help us, and that we may walk worthy of Him in the coming days.

By confessing our sins, we receive boldness and liberty to enter into His presence and the fire in our inner being receives fresh air. This fresh air is necessary in the burning of this fire.

Is the fire in your inner being getting fresh air?  

4.   The fellowship of true believers.

The fellowship of the true believers helps the fire to become stronger. When a believer lives alone, there is great temptation for his spirit to be quenched. He may become slow, lazy, sluggish and lethargic and he may die spiritually, even though he may be warm and zealous from the outside.  Contrary to this, if a weak believer joins a fellowship of true believers, he will gradually become more active, dynamic, energetic and zealous for the Lord.    

A church member once asked his Pastor:  Does it matter if a believer has fellowship with true believers?  Or not?  

Does it matter?

By way of illustration, the Pastor took a red, burning, full of life, glowing ember of charcoal from the fire place with the help of a tong. Then he set it aside. After a while that charcoal turned black, dead and cold.

Then the Pastor explained to his church member that in the same manner, the spiritual fire of a believer is quenched when he or she is removed from the fellowship of believers.  And that the spiritual fire burns continuously while he or she remains in the fellowship of other true believers, even becoming stronger until it is fully ablaze.   

Is this fire becoming stronger in your inner being?

Please pray to the Lord Jesus Christ that this spiritual fire may be continuously growing and glowing and may be intensified, fully ablaze. People around you may see this light. They may feel heat and warmth. The people in whose inner being the fire have receded or it is quenched, they may receive this fire and warmth through your spiritual life and actions in their inner beings.

Blessings.

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re: Spiritual Fire

Friday, August 27, 2021 4:49:14 AM Riffat Qaiser
Beautiful message. God bless you.