How God Uses Fire
“Being confident of this, that He who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.” Philippians 1:6
Fire is mentioned 549 times in the Bible. God uses fire to serve many different purposes, and every use is for the benefit of His people.
God uses fire to protect you. In Zechariah 2:5, God says, “I’m going to put a wall of fire around your city.” He wants to keep the bad out of your life. He wants to keep your heart pure and separated from this sinful world. God will use the wisdom of pastors, the prayers of parents, and His daily word to be a firewall of protection around your life.
God will also use fire to restore you. Isaiah 42:3-4 says, “A smoking flax He will not quench, a bruised reed He will not break…” You may be tested with trials in this life, but with God on your side, you are unbreakable. There may be seasons where you go astray, only having just a small puff of “smoke” left, but God can still fan it back into a fire of passion for Him. Just take that little bit of faith and say, “God, I’ve left your path, but I need you to come help me!” God will hear your prayer, and He will be waiting to blow fresh wind on that little bit of faith you have left.
God also uses fire to ignite you. In Exodus 3:2, Moses saw a burning bush: "The bush was not consumed.” One day, you may find yourself in a place where you have lost the zeal for God that you once had. The enemy would love to keep you there, but these are serious times, and we cannot allow ourselves to be rocked to sleep. We have to stay alert and zealous for God. No matter how long you have been a Christian, you must seek God with all your heart. Take notes during the message, go to the altar to pray and allow God to speak to you, fast to humble yourself, and give all your to worship Him even when you don’t feel like it. Get around other people who are on fire for God. Take regular prayer walks, go on spiritual retreats, and do whatever you have to do to fan into flame that love for God that you had when you first got saved.
“Never be lacking in zeal, but keep your spiritual fervor…” Romans 12:11