Believing the Promises of God - in His Word

Against all hope, Abraham in hope believed… Without weakening in his faith… Yet he did not waver through unbelief regarding the promise of God, but was strengthened in his faith and gave glory to God, being fully persuaded that God had power to do what He had promised. ~ Romans 4 [selected 18-21]

Sunday, January 13, 2008

It Only Takes a Spark

Back in the 70's (when I was young - ha, ha) there was a popular Christian song that many of us remember singing around campfires or in youth groups called: Pass It On. The beginning words say: "It only takes a spark to get a fire going".
This past Wednesday was one of those days when the LORD'S Presence seemed so real to me that if I had reached out for Him I would have taken a handful of hot coals. The Bible says that our God is a consuming fire. As I was studying His Word that night and listening to a video in preparation for Bible study, God seemed to speak back to me (from His Word) after every sentence that I confessed to Him. The lesson was about God's power - His all consuming power and presence.
We all know that if we got what we deserved (for our sin) - we would be dead - consumed by the fire of His Presence. But instead the LORD Jesus shows us grace and mercy. The closer we draw to Him - the hotter it gets - yet He draws nearer to us . Yet, instead of getting burned - His consuming fire ignites the fire of the Holy Spirit within us and sets us 'on fire for HIM'!

  • James 4:7-8
7 Submit yourselves, then, to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. 8 Come near to God and He will come near to you. [emphasis mine]

  • Hebrews 12:28-29
28 Therefore, since we are receiving a kingdom that cannot be shaken, let us be thankful, and so worship God acceptably with reverence and awe, 29 for our "God is a consuming fire." [emphasis mine]

How close have you gotten to Him lately? Close enough to feel the heat? Close enough to catch the spark? Close enough to be ignited from within? Come closer - you won't get burned - only purified. The gunk, yuk and 'dross' is something you didn't want hangin' on you anyway - trust me - it was killing me.
Choosing JOY,

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