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"If God called us to a task, He will then qualify us for the job" - Jack Hyles

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"I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I now live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me" - Galatians 2:20

Some notes of a message preached by Rev. Dr Dawson Elliott, PhD.

Passage: Exodus 3:1-6.

One of the things that I enjoy in life is a fireplace. I’m referring to real fire with wood with its crackling sound of sparks and the sight and heat of the gentle organized flames. Sitting by a fireplace in winter is certainly a welcome thought. Isn’t it great to know that God is our fireplace! Wouldn’t it be nice to sing, “You are my fireplace, I want to feel your heat; to sit at your feet whenever I am so cold, I wanna feel your heat (x2)…”. It’s to Him we look to in the cold wintry seasons of our lives. But the beautiful thing about God’s fire is that it is and should be and must be ever-constant warmth in our lives no matter what season we experience. So in essence, Christ in us, the hope of glory (Col. 1:27) through His Holy Spirit is that fire! (Rom. 8:9-11).

Wow, saying that we are worshippers of Christ means that His fire indwells us. It certainly means that being ‘Christ-ian’ is not synonymous with being cold. We are meant to be red-hot chilli peppers! On fire for Christ!

As Christian communities of faith (church) – we have the desire to see the revival fire of God. We all desire God’s heavenly fire to empower us in such away so that His purposes can be accomplished. But sometimes, however, when it seems hard to wait for the ‘heavenly’ fire at God’s fireplace, we resort to “homemade” fire. John Maxwell alludes to four kinds of homemade fire:

  1. The fire of association: We feel the fire when we’re enjoying a revival atmosphere. It serves as a hot poker.
  2. The fire of yesterday: This fire comes from hearing testimonies of saints who talk about the good old days.
  3. The fire of selfish desires: This fire comes as a spark when we see how it will benefit me to serve God today.
  4. The fire of tradition: This fire comes when we feel warm and comfortable with the way we’ve always done it.

         Man-Made Fires                                            God-Given Fires

  1. Have a tendency to go out              1. Remain as long as our focus stays on Christ
  2. Are not sufficient for today            2. Are more than enough to meet our need

My prayer is that if we say we are in Christ, then His fire must define us, His fire must refine us, His fire must burn within us to the extent that His love can be seen in us. Amen.

 

 

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