Luke 3:16-17 KJV
“16 John answered, saying unto them all, I indeed baptize you with water; but one mightier than I cometh, the latchet of whose shoes I am not worthy to unloose: he shall baptize you with the Holy Ghost and with fire: 17 Whose fan is in his hand, and he will throughly purge his floor, and will gather the wheat into his garner; but the chaff he will burn with fire unquenchable.”
- The Fire of God Purges You
Fire is talked about over 500 times in the Bible
You are going to have the Fire one way or the other.
You will either get the Fire now and let it purge you of everything not of God…
– or –
You will get the Fire at the judgment seat of Christ and nothing to show for your life
as it is burned up like wood hay and stubble…
– or –
You will have hell fire.
I recommend you get the Fire now!
Ask God to send His fire and burn up anything that is not of Him.
We have got to lay it all on the altar and let God burn it up and do a work in your life.
The problem with a living sacrifice as it has tendency to crawl off the altar. Don’t let it crawl off the altar – deal with it. Let the Fire of God burn it up.
1 Corinthians 3:11-17 KJV “11 For other foundation can no man lay than that is laid, which is Jesus Christ. 12 Now if any man build upon this foundation gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay, stubble; 13 Every man’s work shall be made manifest: for the day shall declare it, because it shall be revealed by fire; and the fire shall try every man’s work of what sort it is. 14 If any man’s work abide which he hath built thereupon, he shall receive a reward. 15 If any man’s work shall be burned, he shall suffer loss: but he himself shall be saved; yet so as by fire. 16 Know ye not that ye are the temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwelleth in you? 17 If any man defile the temple of God, him shall God destroy; for the temple of God is holy, which temple ye are.”
Gold gets purified by fire. The Fire of God comes to purify you.
Sodom and Gomorrah was destroyed by the Fire of God.
It purges sin. It purges weakness. It purges the worldly things.
The Fire of God burns up the chaff.
1 Peter 1:7 KJV “That the trial of your faith, being much more precious than of gold that perisheth, though it be tried with fire, might be found unto praise and honour and glory at the appearing of Jesus Christ:”
Luke 3:16-17 (Matthew 3:11-12) John the Baptist said, “Baptize you with the Holy Ghost and with Fire and burn up chaff with unquenchable fire.”
The same Fire that’s burns you up to purge you is the same Fire that propels you.
- The Fire of God Propels You
Just like earlier in Luke 3:16-17 we can see that the Fire of God will come and burn up those things (the chaff) that hold you back from fulfilling the call of God on your life, but that same fire will launch you into what God has called you to do and keep you going no matter what tries to stop you.
Hebrews 12:29 KJV “For our God is a consuming fire.”
Jesus is an all consuming fire. Jesus wants to set you ablaze.
Hebrews 1:7 KJV “Jesus makes His ministers a flame of fire.”
Jeremiah 20:9 KJV “…But his word was in mine heart as a burning fire shut up in my bones…”
Acts 2:3 KJV “And there appeared unto them cloven tongues like as of fire, and it sat upon each of them.”
When the Day of Pentecost was fully come the Fire of God fell and the 120 were launched into ministry. They carried the Fire of God. They became carriers of the Anointing.
The same Fire is falling today and God wants you to be carriers of the Eternal Flame.
The Fire of God will launch you into your calling.
The same Fire that’s burns you up to purge you and the same Fire that propels you is the same Fire that protects you.
- The Fire of God Protects You
Acts 28:3-5 KJV “3 And when Paul had gathered a bundle of sticks, and laid them on the fire, there came a viper out of the heat, and fastened on his hand. 4 And when the barbarians saw the venomous beast hang on his hand, they said among themselves, No doubt this man is a murderer, whom, though he hath escaped the sea, yet vengeance suffereth not to live. 5 And he shook off the beast into the fire, and felt no harm.”
Paul gathered sticks and made Fire, which caused a viper to come out and it bit him and he shook off the beast back into the Fire and no harm came to Paul.
The same Fire that exposes the enemy will destroy the enemy and that same Fire will protect you.
God will protect you, as you live in the fire. The three Hebrew men (Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego) did not compromise and give into pear pressure or intimidation – even in the face of death, so we can see Jesus split time and space to enter the fiery furnace and protect them from burning up.
God will do the same for you when you live in His fire and live on fire for Him.
Ask God to set you ablaze, so your heart will burn for Him.