By: Tim Sader
I have come to bring fire on the earth, and how I wish it were already kindled! (Luke 12:49)
Last week we learned what it looks like for us to be set free from fear and sin so that we can be servants to God. Our song was No Longer Slaves by Jonathan and Melissa Helser. The Lord has sent us His fire and He sure wishes that it would be kindled already for us all. There is a fire He will set inside of us and we should just let it burn. Our song today is Set A Fire by Jesus Culture. The link to this song is https://youtu.be/-Jzqq4B8H2Q or search for it on YouTube. The fire of God is uncontrollable, it cannot be contained or controlled and it leaves us wanting more of the Lord. The Lord told the prophet Ezekiel to set his face toward the southlands and to preach against it. God tells him to say to the southern forest that He is about to set a fire that will consume trees both dry and green. The wildfire would not be quenched and all the land north to south would see it and be scorched by it. They would know the Lord kindled it and it wouldn’t be quenched (Ezekiel 20:46-48). In some ways the Lord brought it to my attention that this prophecy had similarities to the southern wildfires that burned tens of thousands of acres in the southern United States in November 2016. I am not saying the Lord was punishing this area like He was Israel in these verses but it can be used for His goodness as a sign of His coming fire that needs to be kindled in our land. What the enemy maybe thought would only bring devastation I believe along with many ministries that these fires are a sign that a move of God is coming. This move of God will Set A Fire in that region just like the natural fires but the fire of revival will not be put out. It will only be devastating to darkness by destroying our willingness to sin and the works of the enemy so we will be on fire for Him. As this happens the nation will be scorched by it and this fire will spread across this nation and possibly around the world.
Elijah had a revelation about the fire of God and knew it would be kindled so others would see and know He is true. Outnumbered 450 to 1 he challenged the prophets of Baal to a sacrifice contest and whichever God Set A Fire to consume the sacrifice would be the people’s God. He let Baal go first; he laughed at and taunted them for most of the day and finally took his turn. Before doing anything he made sure to soak it all in water so it could not be done by human hands. Sure enough the fire of the Lord fell and burned up the sacrifice, wood, altar stones and soil it also licked up the water in the trench (1 Kings 18:24-38). When John was baptizing people he told them that someone was coming more powerful than him who would baptize them with the Holy Spirit and fire (Luke 3:16). Jesus came to earth so He could Set A Fire and is waiting for it to be kindled around the globe. On the day of Pentecost the first group of believers were gathered in one place the fire was set ablaze. There were rushing winds and they saw what seemed to be tongues of fire that separated and came to rest on each of them (Acts 2:3). There are flames over our heads today, some small fires burning but His holy fire hasn’t fully been felt. He wants to Set A Fire in us so hot that we are unaffected by evil and have no desire to sin. If His word is burning in us like a fire shut up in our bones we couldn’t keep it to ourselves if we wanted to. We would grow weary and share it anyways (Jeremiah 20:9). The Lord God is a consuming fire and He wants to consume us until we are flames of fire too. When John sees the glorified Jesus His hair is bright white and His eyes were like blazing fire (Revelation 1:14). I’ve heard this description many times and have wondered why He would choose to appear this way and then it hit me. He wants to Set A Fire in us so bright so that when He sees us it reflects on Him and we can see our reflection in His eyes.
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No one lights a lamp and hides it in a clay jar or puts it under a bed. Instead, they put it on a stand, so that those who come in can see the light. Luke 8:16