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Topic: Fire-fighter (10/05/06)
TITLE: Faith in the Fire-Fighter
By Carol Gray
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Daily 911 rescue calls ring 24/7 at the fire station--burning high rise building, car on fire, or single-family home on fire. At the fire station, Fire-fighters immediately jump out of bed running and dressing simultaneously--sliding down the fireman’s pole, into the fire truck they go, speeding to 26A Gray’s Street. From a distance the siren is heard, signaling to everyone around that it’s a fire emergency.
The smell of smoke fills the air near the young lady’s house. Someone shoved through the crowd screaming, “Lady, lady that’s your house on fire.” Her first words were, “Are you talking to me, are you sure?” Then she realized that it was in fact her house burning. She cried hysterically, “Oh no, It can’t be, I’m a Christian.” After a few moments she composed herself and said, “Everything will be under control soon; Christian’s experience fires, too.” She knew that, “Fire-fighter’s, fight fires.”
This scene reminds me of my reactions to fiery trials--crying, screaming, and doubting. That’s not what 1 Peter 4:12-13 (KJV) have to say about fiery trials. No, 1 Peter 4:12-13 says, “Beloved, think it not strange concerning fiery trials which are to try you, as though some strange thing happened unto you. But rejoice…ye may be glad with exceeding joy.” After reading this scripture, I asked myself, “How can I do this?” “The heat seems unbearable, breath-taking, and painful.” I have learned that it’s natural to look with horror for a way to escape the fire. Here’s a word of advice, though, “Expect thoughts of failure and destruction to flood your mind, but express your faith and experience the supernatural.”
Pressure on your faith brings out the Fire-fighter that’s inside you. I remembered part of a Bible verse which gave me a peace that passes all understanding. I filled my mouth with the words that I could recall that said, “When you go through the fire, you won’t be burned.” I made it personal, though. I said, “When I go through the fire, I won’t be burned.” Those words brought me great consolation, and assured me that I am not alone, because my Fire-fighter is with me. Yes, I have a personal Fire-fighter who lives with me.
If you are a Christian, you do, too. My Fire-fighter is fire proof; He can’t be destroyed. Whenever I turn to Him, He takes the flames out of the fire. He has been sent to save the world from a burning hell. He took our place and gave His life to save us. It was His mission; His calling. Many natural fire-fighters do the same everyday. They show their bravery; they give of themselves; no matter the cost. It’s their mission; it’s their calling. Remember my friend it doesn’t matter the type of fire you are experiencing today, you can have the greatest Fire-fighter on earth to rescue you, if you will allow Him to. He’s never--off, on break, or asleep. He’s always on time, and He’ll carry you safety through. No smoke damage, no injury, no burns.
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