When a human being draws ever closer to its Creator, its Spirit cannot help but burn as a massive furnace, for the Lord. At the point of receiving Christ and salvation, the fire in our belly is kindled and should never be snuffed out.
Where is this fire today? The Church of Jesus Christ will never be defeated, but if one looks around at many of its members, one would see a sight similar to that of a damp rag thrown on a blazing fire. The result looks more like smoldering embers than a raging fire.
When the Spirit of God enters us, and this happens to everyone who truly accepts Jesus Christ as his/her Lord and Savior, we become a completely new creation, baptized in the fire of the Holy Ghost. It is our duty NOT to quench this fire. As the Apostle Paul once said, “Do not put out the Spirit’s fire”. (1Thess 5:19). So, how do we keep our fires blazing and strong? It is through continual prayer and reading of the word of God. Jesus is “The Word” of God (John 1:1). The word of God is to always dwell in us richly (Col 3:16). When the Word lives in you, Jesus lives in you. When Jesus lives in you, the Spirit of the Living God lives in you. When the Spirit lives in you, you live in the Spirit, and the two become one (John 17:20-26).
Out with the old and in with the new! Our dramatic Spiritual conversion is not due to anything we ourselves have done or ever could do, but it is the resulting work of Jesus Christ laying down His life on the cross, for all who accept Him. This is what Jesus meant when He said, while hanging on the cross just before He died, “It is accomplished”. Friend, we could never “make it to Heaven on our own”. It would be in your best interest not to try.
A Spirit-filled Christian is a driven person. What we do, we are compelled to do by the Spirit of God. The closer one draws to God, the clearer his/her mission becomes. In fact, a sincere, Spirit-filled Christian puts the Lord before himself/herself in every way possible, typically without even realizing it. Paul said, “And now, compelled by the Spirit, I am going to Jerusalem, not knowing what will happen to me there”. (Acts 20:22) What an amazing place to be in one’s Spiritual walk with God. Again, Paul once said, “Yet when I preach the Gospel, I cannot boast, for I am compelled to preach. Woe to me if I do not preach the Gospel!” (1Cor 9:16). Paul didn’t mean he would be in trouble if he didn’t preach, he meant he would be a miserable human being if he didn’t. Paul had a fire in His belly for the Lord!
When Jesus was baptized, “Immediately the Holy Spirit from within drove Him out into the desert” (Mark 1:12), to be tempted by the devil. Jesus was “driven” by the Spirit. He was 100% committed to His Father. By the way, this temptation in the world only made Jesus stronger. This is also a wonderful lesson for us believers, as followers of Jesus Christ.
In the physical world, we typically put out fires when we see them. But in the Spiritual world, the holy fire within us should blaze stronger, brighter and hotter every day of our lives! Share the fire of your Spirit with others, today. Be the light of this world. And be compelled to make a difference!
(Email Chris Christensen at: Chris@ChristensenMediaGroup.com)