Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Consuming Fire

In 2 Kings 2:8 - 15, Elijah rolled up his cloak and the water parted for them to cross. Elisha was intent as he asked for a double portion of his spirit. Then Elijah was taken up into heaven in a whirlwind by a chariot and horses of fire! "My father! My father! The chariots and horsemen of Israel!" Elisha took up the cloak and struck the water, it too parted before him so that he could cross over.

It is time for us to cross over to the other side. Jesus has gone before us, into Heaven where he is seated at the right hand of our Father. He has given us his Spirit which is like that double portion mantle. Obstacles part as we walk into the purposes he has prepared for us. We need to take up the mantle of his Spirit. We like Elijah are being caught up in third Heaven encounters as the fire of Holy Spirit carries us in whirlwinds of worship. But there is a difference, we get to carry it into our world and live out heavenly realities here on earth. We carry the whilrlwinds of the heavens and the fires of his Spirit.

In Daniel 3:19 - 29 Shadrach, Meshack and Abednego were thrown into the fiery furnace. "Look! I see four men walking around in the fire, unbound and unharmed, and the fourth looks like a son of the gods." (vs 25) We can only walk in the anointing of the holy fire of God by the power of his Spirit, with Jesus who made the way into the holy of holies for us. If we try to walk in this in our own strength, it is impossible. Consider the soldiers who died from the intensity of the blaze. But, we are clothed in his righteousness and can walk in this most intense holiness of love and power, because Jesus accompanies us in the flames. Burn all dross in your holy fires of love! "No other god can save in this way". We become a testimony of God's greatness, the God of impossible realities - miracles.

Exodus 3:1 - 14, the burning bush of unquenchable flame is burning in our hearts with holy love - "I AM has sent me to you". We are at the burning bush of God's revelation in the most intimate place of our hearts. Let us remove anything that hinders us from his Presence, "take off our shoes" as it were and come into His Presence with nothing between us, for our God is a consuming fire. Heb 12:29. We are sent out to others with fire that does not burn out.

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