Fire from heaven

clouds-99678_6401Chronicles 21:26: And David built there an altar to the LORD and presented burnt offerings and peace offerings and called on the LORD, and the LORD answered him with fire from heaven upon the altar of burnt offering. (ESV)

The presence of God is sometimes depicted by fire. Fire stands for light, and purification, and as the tool of transformation. When the fire of the Holy Spirit came in the upper room in the book of Acts it transformed the band of fearful lowly disciples of Jesus all from Galilee, into a bowl of fire that tore through Jerusalem and is still reaching to the ends of the earth (Acts 2).

They became a rolling stone, which rolls the presence of God on others. Fire has two components of heat and light. The heat transforms, while the light shows the way making progress possible. The fire is intimately related with the Holy Spirit, which means that he brings transformation and direction.

Transformation

I have mentioned the transformation in the life of the disciples in the upper room. When Paul the apostle experienced the fire of the Holy Spirit via the laying on of hands one Ananias, he became a bowl of fire (Acts 9:1-31).

He was not only transformed but also became a tool of transformation. He was not only changed he became a tool of change. He was not only helped he became an helper. He said to a church: not that we are lords over your faith but helpers of your joy (2Corinthians 1:24). He said that the authority he had received is for building up and not for tearing down (2Corinthians 10:8).

The bible says that the kingdom of God is not in meat and drink but in righteousness, peace and joy in the Holy Spirit (Romans 14:17). The transformation the Spirit brings results in those things. Spiritual transformation should be measured in righteousness, peace and joy levels. These are things that have to do as we our inner life and it is what is inside what gets manifested outside.

If we are walking in increasing peace righteousness and joy; that is the sign that the work of the Holy Spirit in his transformation mission is progressing in our heart.

Jesus told Peter: follow me and I will make you a fisher of men (Mark 1:17); but that did not happen before his experience of the Holy Spirit.

In the incident of the coming of the Holy Spirit mentioned earlier which happened on the upper room, Peter really became a fisher of men.

That very day he spoke to a multiple and three thousand people swelled up the rank of the disciples of Jesus. They began their own transformation journey. He told his audience: “what you saw happen to us is not a sign of our exclusivity, it is also your possibility. The promise (of the Holy Spirit) if for you and your children as many as the Lord will call.”

The Holy Spirit is pivotal in the transformation objective of God. That is why he comes to live in us (John 14:17). There is a limit to the work the Holy Spirit can do when it comes to us when outside of us, so he had to come live in us. The presence of the Holy Spirit in us means the work of transforming us can be speed up in a way unprecedented in history. Welcome the Holy Spirit in your heart and yield to him.

Direction

The Holy Spirit gives direction. Jesus said that he will show us things to come (John 16:3). He shines light to our path. He enhances our ability to make right decisions.

It is in the devil’s interest for us to be in confusion, but the fire of the Holy Spirit within ensures that we circumvent his attempt to trap us, and He burns the chains he wants to use to bind us.

It is not enough to just be transformed, we need our lives enhanced by the direction God gives us. When Peter was told to launch into the deep, he caught more fish than he could imagine (Luke 5:1-6). When wine got finished in a marriage in Cana, following the direction of Jesus led to the miracle of water being turned into wine (John 2:1-11).

The bible says: the lord will choose our inheritance for us the excellence of Jacob whom he loves (Psalm 47:4).  When God chooses, when we allowed God to choose our path then our path gets to shine brighter and brighter to the perfect day (Proverbs 4:18).

When it comes to yielding to the direction of God, King Saul and King David were polar opposites and that got them to different destinations. Saul died in battle together with is son Jonathan, while David died after he had seen his son Solomon enthroned. David became the forebear of Jesus, the eternal ruler, while Saul lineage was cut off.

David will tell you that it is best to follow God’s direction. He is the one who prayed to God: do not take your Holy Spirit from me (Psalm 51:11). That was how important God’s direction is to him.

The Holy Spirit is the reservoir of insight and foresight; insight, to bring understanding and foresight, to bring wisdom. His influence in our lives brings us to the place of wisdom, of following God’s direction for great achievements.

The same way Jesus was committed to doing the will of God, so should we, and that starts by acknowledging the presence and the role of the Holy Spirit in our lives.

God gives us the Holy Spirit so that we might know the things that have been freely given to us by God (1Corinthians 2).

It is starts with knowing who we are. Paul wrote that the Spirit witness with our spirit that we are sons of God (Romans 8:16). He points to what we should be doing, the activities we should be involved in, where we should you, the people we should interact with, which group/church we should be part of, who we should marry.

When Abraham sent his servant to get a wife for his son Isaac among his family, the servant prayed that God should guide him to make the right choice (Genesis 24). He regarded God as having a choice, for Isaac and wanted to be in on it. And his mission was successful because he was divinely guided, and soon he was back to Abraham with a wife for his Son. He was new in that place, but God went before him and everything was well.

  • Simeon (atimetoshare.wordpress.com)
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