John the Baptist came on the scene preaching a message about one who would fill us with the Holy Ghost and fire. In the Bible, fire often appears as a symbol of God’s presence and power. When the 120 were filled with the Holy Ghost in the upper room, the descent of the Spirit of God was symbolized with tongues of fire falling down upon each of them.
We often use the phrase, “being on fire for God” to refer to being anointed with God’s Spirit and walking in the power of it. There is something powerful that happens to a church that is “on fire” – sinners are delivered from Satan’s grasp, miracles happen, and lives are changed. The anointing of God must flow in the pulpit, the greeters, the classrooms, the music, etc. Like oil, anointing flows best when it is hot!
Years ago, I read a story about a family that lived somewhere out west and took a unique step to prevent their property from being damaged by a prairie fire that was vast approaching. They fought fire with fire. Particularly, they did a controlled type of burning on the outer rim of their property. When the prairie fire came thru their area, it went around their property because fire can’t burn what has already been burnt.
Why must I be on fire for God? Because hell can’t touch what has already been “burnt” by fire. Did not Jesus say that the gates of hell cannot prevail against the church of the living God? Did not the King of Babylon find out that the fiery furnace he built had no power over three Hebrew boys who were on fire for God at the time they were thrown into that furnace? Hell cannot stop what has been already touched by fire!
Water and electricity always go where there is the path of least resistance. But fire is attracted to wherever there is fuel to burn such as wood, gasoline, etc. For us to get God’s Spirit to be attracted to following us, we need to consistently go where the “fuel” is at – hurting, lonely, and hungry people. “The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he hath anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor, he hath sent me to heal the brokenhearted, to preach deliverance to the captives, and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty them that are bruised…” (Luke 4:18) Because Jesus went where the “fuel” was at, the Spirit of God went with Him!
If you desire for God’s fire to follow you, go where the fuel is at! If you have been following the path of least resistance (i.e. lazy), get interested in serving God again with passion!