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The Consuming Fire

I preached Saturday. Here is a quick summary of the message.

God is a consuming fire (Deuteronomy 4:24). We do not hear this much in our churches today. We hear that God is loving, patient, kind, and merciful. It is true that God is all of these incredible attributes, but He is also a consuming fire. This makes people uncomfortable.

Fire burns, illuminates, purifies, and heats up everything around it. The same is true about God. Any encounter with Him never leaves the heart nor the mind the same.

The moment we accept Christ as our Lord and Savior, we get the consuming fire. The reception is made possible by Jesus. Jesus, in his death, burial, and resurrection, qualifies us for God's righteousness, love, forgiveness, peace, grace, and fire.

Not hell fire, but pure fire.

The consuming fire of God for those who are in Christ is not a tragic fire of condemnation. The Fire of God is that of purification, a holy zeal, and passion for righteousness. The Fire of God ignites us to do right even though our flesh may want otherwise.

The Fire of God inflames us to obey His Word, trust His will for our lives even in the darkest or most chaotic moments, pray and praise when we are at our lowest and weakest, and love the unlovable. The Fire of God is an undying energy that becomes our strength, peace, and wisdom just when we thought we reached our wit's end or at our worst.

How do we kindle the flame???

  1. Read the Bible- This is where we find God's will for our lives.
  2. Prayer- This is how we talk to God.
  3. Fellowship- This is how we represent God to the world, whether people believe like us or not.
  4. Worship- This should be the condition of our hearts: inflexible obedience to God, that is worship.
  5. Use It- This is us employing the flame- the love, joy, peace, compassion that God gives us.

It just so happens that one of my favorite rappers is named FLAME. I have been rocking to his music since I was in high school (ahem, some time ago...).

Enjoy one of FLAME's songs below titled "Break the Building." 



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