What must be kept in mind, whenever we pursue God in any capacity, is that without a response from Him, without the touch of His Hand, without a word from His Mouth, none of our effort will amount to anything; the psalmist said, “Unless the Lord build the house, they labor in vain that build it…” (Psalm 127:1)
This time of consecration, though temporary, must fashion in us a lasting awareness of our dependency on Him. Elijah summed up the demonstration of God’s intervention in this way: “The God Who answers by fire, let Him be God.” (1 Kings 18:24)
The Word characterizes God, Himself, in a picture in Hebrews 12:28: “…for our God is an All-Consuming Fire.” The arrival of the fire of God is the introduction to God. When we are ignited with His fire, we are encountering the same power that will one day destroy the temporal things of this world in preparation for the new earth where only righteousness can dwell. And just as His fire will one day cultivate a new atmosphere fashioned for the accommodation of righteousness, so it is when His fire falls on you and I. As our spirits are the temple for the Spirit of God, the fire of God is the renovation to prepare His place of dwelling.
“But who may abide the day of his coming? and who shall stand when he appeareth? for he is like a refiner's fire, and like fullers' soap: And he shall sit as a refiner and purifier of silver: and he shall purify the sons of Levi, and purge them as gold and silver, that they may offer unto the Lord an offering in righteousness.” (Malachi 3:2-3) His fire refines us like silver. It purifies us like gold. Until our life becomes like an acceptable offering brought to an altar; an offering of righteousness.
Personal Prayer Point:
“Father, by your fire, make my life a righteous offering to You. So that on Judgement Day, the fire that tries my works will not destroy them as if they were made of wood, hay, or stubble. But that fire would refine them, that they may shine like gold, and silver, and precious stone.”
Scripture to Stand On:
(1 Corinthians 3:13-15 — Malachi: 3:3)
Corporate Prayer Point:
“Father, let the gathering of this church body be an altar to You; where Your fire may fall, to burn out the vain deceits of the world, and also to brand in us the mandate from heaven for this church. That each of us would be equally moved by the vision and purpose for this ministry.”
Scripture to Stand On:
(Psalm 18:28 — 1 John 1:5-7)