[CF Devotionals] 2012-05-18 - Send the Fire

Part 3

  1. Enjoy the Fire's Benefits

    Elijah was no able to move on to the final step of the process. He enjoyed the benefits of God's holy fire being rained down. God's fire accomplished three things:

    1. Reap the Harvest of Sinners (18:39)

      Elijah reaped the harvest of sinners. They saw God's power and realized he was real. People don't need church; they don't want church. They need God and we, as the church, need to show them God not us. Revival is for the saints but it's affects always reach the lost. When they see what you have is real they will want it too.

    2. Remove Sin (18:40)

      Israel removed the false prophets – the sin for their nation. We too must acknowledge sin when the light of God's fire shines upon it and remove it. We can only have the victory over sin when we have the fire of God burning brightly in our lives. We must act and get rid of sin in our life. The clean-up of sinners comes after their commitment not before it. As long as we have God's fire burning in us we can be victors over sin and not victims of sin. We must however confront our sins first and then sin in others as Jesus indicated when he spoke of removing the log in your own eye before the speck in your brother's.

    3. Rejoice in God's Blessings (18:41)

      Lastly the nation of Israel rejoiced in God's blessing as the drought ended and life returned to the "good life". Mercy drops round us are falling but for the showers we plead.

    Closing

    Jim Cymbala in his 1997 book Fresh Wind, Fresh Fire writes, "If our churches don't pray, and if people don't have an appetite for God, what does it matter how many are attending the services? How would that impress God? Can you imagine the angels saying, 'Oh your pews! We can't believe how beautiful they are! Up here in heaven, we've been talking about them for years. Your sanctuary lighting – it's so clever. The way you have the steps coming up to the pulpit is wonderful'? I don't think so. If we don't want to experience God's closeness here on earth, why would we want to go to heaven, anyway? He is the center of everything there. If we don't enjoy being in his presence here and now, then heaven would not be heaven for us. Why would he send anyone there who doesn't long for him passionately here on earth?"

    Should we not be doing everything we can to get back on track and call down the God's consuming fire from the heavens? Your church may be a small number in a large unchurched world but it can be used, empowered, and consumed by God for his glory. We just need to call down the fire of God.

IHFHBOH
Adam

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All scripture references from KJV unless otherwise noted.