“For the Lord your God is a consuming fire.” Deauteronomy 4: 24
The flames shot into the air like jet-propelled rockets. With red and orange colors danced over the dilapidated barn. From across the hay fields the explosions of gasoline and chemicals echoed through the night. The stanch of burning wood repelled the volunteer firefighters. Farmer John’ barn was a flaming torch. Tonight the cows, horses, and goats needed a new home.
The problem with the fire was this – it started with a little spark. Fire was never satisfied unless it consumed everything. Farmer John’s barn fire started with a spark from a lightning bolt. The heat from the hay fuelled the fire. God, also, desired to spark a fire in our souls. The wood, hay, and stubble stored in the barn of our souls must go up in smoke. Just like farmer John’s barn, God flashed a lightning bolt of grace into our barns. The barn was too close to the lightning bolt. Would you get close to God and allow Him to torch your storehouse of worldly treasures?
A burning hot barn fire attracted not only firefighters but also all the other farmers. Everyone watched as the barn burned. The intensity of the heat scorched the firefighter’s clothes and took their breath away. The only benefit to this fire was the warmth from the flames during the cold night. After several hours of hosing the flames, only ashes remained. Under the ashes moldered red-hot embers that would start another fire.
If your ambers are cold and you desperately need an encounter with a warm fire, then why not visit the best fireplace in town. Come close to Jesus and feel the sparks fly in your soul. Allow the fire from heaven to burn hot and long producing embers that spark another fire. People are attracted to fire. Only a burning hot Christianity satisfied a frozen worldly soul. Come take up the challenge and burn for Jesus.
Copyright 2006 Patricia Charlton
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