2015-05-08 - Consuming Fire
The first references to God as a consuming fire, are found in Exodus and Deuteronomy. When we first find a reference like this, it is speaking of God’s jealousy in not wanting us to chase after idols. It also refers to God's power to destroy the enemies of his people. The imagery works for judgment and jealousy, because a consuming fire completely devours what is being burnt up.
So if God is a consuming fire, then shouldn't we be on fire being consumed?
Fire produces two things. First, it produces light; it is visible. So God should be visible through us – be the light of the world. Second, it produces heat, which really means it makes more fire. Is your fire spreading? Is the fire of your community church spreading?
Fire only goes out if it consumes everything, or if it is extinguished. Let God consume you. 1 Thessalonians 5:19 says do not quench the spirit. You will be amazed at how long you can burn, when it is his fire and not your own, - just like the bush he used to speak to Moses - that was being consumed but was not consumed.
The world should see us as a fire, burning brightly - with flames kissing the sky - lighting the dark around us. But when we look down at our own lives, all we should see is Him!
All scripture references from KJV (King James Version) unless otherwise noted