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Topic: Sizzle (05/02/13)
TITLE: Consuming Fire
By Richard Hicks
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Against all odds they chose not to bend their knee. But lo and behold, that fourth man came forth as the all-consuming fire. They were not burned yet they dazzled with the zeal of God. How would you feel walking out of that fire? Could you imagine the liberation of being empowered by El Shaddai not to burn alive in the flames? Praise the Lord. A golden testimony came out of that sizzling experience.
The Word also states that God does not like us lukewarm. He would rather us be hot or cold. I would hate to think I have been blinded and did not know whether I was hot or cold. A lukewarm Christian is one who lacks enthusiasm and motivation for God. That person has settled to ride the fence, going through the motions but not having any satisfying experience with Jesus Christ. There is no middle ground for the believer; you are either hot or cold. You have to walk through the fire for God.
A lukewarm Christian is one who hasn't spent time worshipping God, reading His word, praying and serving others. He hasn't spent time humbling his heart -- for that is where the true zeal is. Our Father in Heavenís heartbeat is for us to be on-fire Christians. One who is dedicated to do what you need to do to glorify Jesus Christ. Take a leap of faith into the fire of God. You will walk away permanently changed all to the glory of God.
Matthew 6:24 (AMP) ďNo one can serve two masters; for either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will stand by and be devoted to the one and despise and be against the other. You cannot serve God and mammon (deceitful riches, money, possessions, or whatever is trusted in).Ē
ďDonít burn out; keep yourselves fueled and aflame. Be alert servants of the Master, cheerfully expectant. Donít quit in hard times; pray all the harder. Help needy Christians; be inventive in hospitality.Ē Romans 12:12 (AMP)
ďHeís actively cleaning house, torching all that needs to burn, and he wonít quit until itís all cleansed. God himself is Fire!Ē Hebrews 12:29 (AMP)
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