Sunday, August 10, 2014

The coming fire

Hebrews 6:7-8 GW

God blesses the earth. So rain often falls on it, and it produces useful crops for farmers.  However, if the earth produces thorns and thistles, it is worthless and in danger of being cursed. In the end it will be burned.

In the coming days, there will be a fire from the Lord which will burn throughout the earth. Those areas of unrighteousness which have refused to submit to the glory of God will indeed face the fire of God. The bible says judgement comes first to the house of God. Will the church be in right standing with our God? More importantly will I be found in right standing for the Lord?  The fire of the Lord will come whether we are ready or not. We will be judged by our actions through or through not by our faithfulness in the Lord. What will the Lord find in us? What will be the outcome? Paul, the Apostle, gives us an indication of the fire we shall endure.

1 Corinthians 3:10-15 GW

As a skilled and experienced builder, I used the gift  that God gave me to lay the foundation ⌊for that building⌋. However, someone else is building on it. Each person must be careful how he builds on it.  After all, no one can lay any other foundation than the one that is already laid, and that foundation is Jesus Christ.  People may build on this foundation with gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay, or straw.  The day will make what each one does clearly visible because fire will reveal it. That fire will determine what kind of work each person has done.  If what a person has built survives, he will receive a reward.  If his work is burned up, he will suffer ⌊the loss⌋. However, he will be saved, though it will be like going through a fire.

The fire is the judgement and through judgement our ranking in God will be determined.  If we have built our own ministry without the Lord then that will be burned up in the fire. Denominations, man-made orginzations,  will be placed through the fire and will be burnt to a crisp. The things they did, which were through Christ, will remain and become precious stones. Everthing else will be like wood, hey, and stuble and burn like a wig on fire.

The good thing about the fire of God is that it is eternal and on going. This means His fire is working today. If embraced can work through us in the here and now. His fire can develop and correct our humanistic ambitions.  It can teach us to resist the worldly trinkets and allow us to run deeper to Him. Oh that we may run deeper to Him in these last days!  May the fire of God burn inside of us and consume us like the burning bush. The judgement fire of Christ can't consume something that is already consumed by the holy fire of God. It can only add to it. The key is to live through the fire of God now. We must embrace his fire in the now and all will be in His will on the day of judgement. Embrace the fire of the Lord today!

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