Stones of Fire
by Shirley Williams
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“Stones Of Fire”
As I was in prayer today, I began to see a vision of a pile of stones. They were so dark in color that they reminded me of coals, but I knew they were stones. I could tell that there had once been a fire burning among the stones but now they were just a pile of gray and lifeless stones. The fire had gone out but there was some smoke drifting upward from them, causing them to smolder.
I continued to pray and talk to the Lord about what I was seeing. “Lord, if your Apostles, Prophets, Evangelists, Pastor’s and Teachers, and all other people in leadership would get together in each individual city and begin praying, oh what You could do. If they would come together in a solemn assembly and really get serious and sincerely cry out to You from the depths of their hearts, getting right themselves, allowing You to set them on fire, oh, what a change. If they would only allow the Holy Spirit to put His purifying fire in them, then they could go forth and set cities on fire so You could bring revival. Revival would come to each individual city. And finally, to the whole world.”
As I prayed about this, I began to see a little flicker of fire among the gray and lifeless stones. It was not more than a spark, if you will. I had the impression that the smoke had been there for awhile. In the natural, smoke has an odor. It can stink and is sometimes offensive. If this is true for the natural realm, it would be true for the spirit realm as well. That is, the offensive odor of dead religion, no life of the Spirit. Having a form of religion but denying the power therein. Also, the offensive odor of traditionalism, hypocrisy, idolatry (spiritual prostitution---god of self, etc.), complacency, apathy, slothfulness, pride, rebellion, apostasy, jealousy, envy, strife and division, etc.
So, this smoke is not pure. It speaks of the flesh and its desires---lust of the eyes, lust of the flesh, and the pride of life. Plus, flesh can take on the appearance of grayness if there is health issues. Same thing can happen in the spiritual sense. Works of the flesh without operating by God’s love, His word and empowered by Holy Spirit is ‘dead works.’ There is no life in those works. No anointing. This says to me that there is a need for purification, which comes through the fire of the Holy Spirit who burns off what is impure.
Continuing to look at the vision, I saw the flickering spark grow into a little flame. At seeing this, I said to Father God, “Lord, this is what You want to do. You want this (revival) to happen in each individual city. You want your people to come together in unity and began crying out to you---weeping between the porch and the altar for the lost to be brought into Your Kingdom. Crying out for revival! For revival! For the leaders to go through this purifying fire so they can be filled with passionate fire. And when they are, they will set other’s on fire to go forth into the harvest fields because the fields are white unto harvest. Right now! Today!”
It came to me as I watched this vision that the stones I saw were representative of what the bible calls, “Living Stones.” Jesus is the Chief Cornerstone, and we, as His body---as His house, are “Living Stones.”
I Peter 2:4-5, “To whom coming, as unto a living stone, disallowed (rejected) indeed of men, but chosen of God, and precious,
5-You also as living stones, are built up a spiritual house, a holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices, acceptable to God by Jesus Christ.”
As ‘living stones,’ we are set ablaze by the glory of God. We’re refined and purified through Holy Spirit’s sanctifying work. By the God’s love, His word and through His baptism of fire, we’re made pure. “For the glory of the Lord is risen upon us…” (Isaiah 60:1). But first, the fire must be stirred up, stoked within us before it can be seen outwardly. It’s the difference between being a million watt glory bulb and a 25 watt glory bulb. One of that low wattage would look about like the gray and lifeless stones in the vision.
Jesus is the foundation. He’s the Living Word of God. He is the Christ, the Son of the living God. He is the Chief Cornerstone to everything we are and to everything we do for the advancement of His Kingdom. There is no other foundation upon which to build upon except Him because He will keep us in balance. He will keep us pointed in the right direction, whereby we’re able to move forward to carry out His Kingdom rule and purposes in the earth.
When you’re in an assembly where the Holy Spirit is in residence, when the fire of His glory is there, its because the people have been earnestly praying, fasting and seeking God for it. Its because they have given themselves to worship God with all their hearts. When this is so, something supernaturally extravagant is bound to happen. When people begin crying out to God with sincere hearts in prayer, when people give themselves to true worship, He’s going to honor it with His glorious presence. And those stones (the body of Christ), because of the brilliancy of the glory of God on them---because of the fire of Holy Spirit in them and on them, they will come ALIVE! They will glow brilliantly because of the glory and they will grow because of God’s love.
When this happens, it will look like there is a fire and this fire that burns will be pure. The Lord says, “My fire is pure. My glory is a fire.” Because the people, as “Living Stones” who are so brilliantly alive due to the glory, they will generate fire wherever they are. If you set a spark of fire in dry woods, what will happen? It will spread to everything around it. On occasion fire has been seen on rooftops of some churches where sincere worship and intercession is going on. People on the outside who are not Christian’s, not understanding what they see, have called for fire trucks to come and put out the fire.
When the firemen got to the church to check out the report, they saw a fire on the roof but it wasn’t burning up anything. Moses saw the wonder of the bush that burned with fire
but it wasn’t consumed by the fire. God wants to bring revival to many places but people must pray and pay for it in earnest. There is a cost but the end result is the glory---the manifested presence of almighty God. Jesus said, “Count the cost.”
Finally in the vision, I didn’t see anymore smoke among the stones. It was totally gone and now there was a full flame of fire. As I looked at the stones again, I was excited to see that they were alive. They were truly ‘living stones’ now and I could see that they had beautiful color. I saw red ones, green, sapphire, amber, blue, white ones, and they were so brilliant! They were alive! As I looked even closer, to my delight, the fire I was now seeing was coming from the ‘living stones’ themselves. They were the fire. Hallelujah! Glory to God! The vision ended here.
We, the body of Christ, are the “living Stones” that Jesus builds with and when we’ve been set on fire by a holy and righteous God---by the Holy Spirit, look out devil, you’ve had it. Amen! When the pastor of a church has been set on fire, then he will set his people on fire as well. And the people being on fire as ‘living stones,’ being so brilliant with God’s glory, there will be the appearance of a fire burning in their midst. It is the presence of Holy Spirit in residence. Revival has come individually and corporately.
All leaders need to be set on fire by God’s glory so they can touch other people and set them on fire as well. You have to stop and think for a moment, you may not be in public ministry but be assured, there is at least one person (or more) following you. Therefore, it matters what you do in character and actions. It matters what you say.
All I have said applies to me as well. We’re all leading someone. The question is, how and where are we leading them? That’s a sobering question that only we can answer. Father God promised that when we went through the fire, it would not be kindled upon us. That is, we won’t be burned up by it. In fact, He goes through the fire right along side of each of us and oh, what glory when we come out on the other side of it. Amen!
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