Fire of God
06 Jul 2013 Service – Kong Hee
The church must be full of the fire of God.
When you think about the dedication of the building of the Tabernacle,
15 Now on the day that the tabernacle was raised up, the cloud covered the tabernacle, the tent of the Testimony; from evening until morning it was above the tabernacle like the appearance of fire. 16 So it was always: the cloud covered it by day, and the appearance of fire by night. Numbers 9:15-16.
The moment Solomon finished praying, fire came and the glory of God filled the temple. On the day of Pentecost, the Holy Spirit came as a mighty rushing wind, and there were tongues of fire. In the book of Revelations, John saw Jesus walking among the 7 churches.
Wherever you find the church, you find the fire of God. But what kind of fire is it?
#1 Fire of Passion
Consumes us, strong burning passion.
Passion gives us enthusiasm and energy! A human soul is the most powerful weapon.
Passion not only makes you fall in love, but stay in love.
Passion is Pati (latin) = suffering
Jesus loved us so passionately that he was willing to die on the cross for us, it was a sacrifice.
Not just in a good times, but are we willing to go through some hardship and inconveniences and make some sacrifices? That’s what passion will make us do.
#2 Fire of Purity
Live a clean life! Jesus Christ died for you. What are you gonna do for him?
To be Holy means to live for Jesus 24/7! But how?
Look at our role model Jesus!
15 For we do not have a High Priest who cannot sympathize with our weaknesses, but was in all points tempted as we are, yet without sin. Hebrews 4:15 – Jesus was tempted at all points, but yet he was without sin!
There’s only one way…
Behold, I have refined you, but not as silver;
I have tested you in the furnace of affliction.Isa 48:10
If you want to be purified, you got to go through the fire of affliction. The difference between coal and a diamond is the amount of pressure it can endure.
The more pressure you can handle, the purer you become!
Fire is necessary for purity.
Dan 3:16-25 Jesus walking in the midst of the fire, walking in the midst of our sufferings.
The same fire that was supposed to kill them, was the fire that set them free in the end! What the devil meant for evil, God will turn out around for good!
27 And the satraps, administrators, governors, and the king’s counselors gathered together, and they saw these men on whose bodies the fire had no power; the hair of their head was not singed nor were their garments affected, and the smell of fire was not on them.
A. Not a single hair was burnt
Throughout all your trials and tribulations, God is going to purify you, you will not get hurt! God will turn your setback into your comeback.
When you play with worldly fire, it’s going to hurt you and burn you out. But the fire of God will purify you.
B. Garments were not affected
Garments represented their authority. Momentarily, they were publicly shamed, but when they went through the fire, the authority in the kingdom of God was not changed.
C. Smell of fire was not on them
They were like aroma, it means that their inner attitude was amazing.
Some days we want to get angry with life. With God. Everything is exposed when we go through the fire. In life, we all go through difficult situations. How we react will either make us or break us. Make us bitter or better. The key is your attitude.
Whoever offers praise glorifies Me;
And to him who orders his conduct aright
I will show the salvation of God.”
In your difficult times. Are you going to have an attitude of praise and thanksgiving? Or angry words? Life and death is in the power of the tongue.
2 My brethren, count it all joy when you fall into various trials, 2 For we all stumble in many things. If anyone does not stumble in word, he is a perfect man, able also to bridle the whole body. James 1:2,3:2
If anyone does not stumble in the word, he is a perfect man.
34 quenched the violence of fire, escaped the edge of the sword, out of weakness were made strong, became valiant in battle, turned to flight the armies of the aliens. Heb 11:34 – they are heroes of faith who quenched the violence of fire.
Your worst day is going to be your best day!
The Black death
The Black Death (Bubonic plague) was one of the most devastating pandemics in human history, killing an estimated 75 to 200 million people and peaking in Europe in the years 1348–50 CE.In London alone, this plague killed 15% of the population in London. It lasted 400 years!
In 1666, there was a great fire in London that burned down the whole city. 85% of all the homes were burned down, but only 6 people died. There were tragedies upon tragedies.
But when spring came, they realised that England was the only place where the plague stopped. They investigated and found dead rats. The fleas were the cause of the plague and the rats the carriers, and the fire had burnt all the rats and fleas. God had a greater plan, to rid the plague.
You and I have the rat nature in us. Outwardly we look so good and decent, but deep inside only God knows our wickedness.
When we go through a difficult time, the fire goes into the sewer of our soul and kills the rats inside, so that we can be free from every plague. God wants to get rid of the rat nature in all of us. Let the rats go.
#3 Fire of Presence
When the presence came down in the oven times, it came down strongly as a pillar of fire, thick fire. The fire was so great people couldn’t even enter the temple. (2 Chronicles 7:2)
Despite what we are going through, the presence of God is tangible and real. God wants us to keep the fire burning.
12 Then he shall bring it to the priest, and the priest shall take his handful of it as a memorial portion, and burn it on the altar according to the offerings made by fire to the Lord. It is a sin offering. 13 The priest shall make atonement for him, for his sin that he has committed in any of these matters; and it shall be forgiven him. The rest shall be the priest’s as a grain offering.’” Lev 5:12-13
6 Therefore I remind you to stir up the gift of God which is in you through the laying on of my hands. 2 Tim 1:6 – stir up = keep the fire alive.
How? Fan the fire of praise, Worship, love for God… When we don’t know what to do, when we are hard pressed, fan the fire of God! Don’t be passive, be passionate!