encouraging god’s people
It is time to embrace the fire!
The Lord is calling many to change, calling, come closer, walk faster, stand longer, fight harder. He is calling for us to reach out and take the promise, to take what belongs to us. For many of us this is an exciting yet frightening time. Because it means we have to change and embrace the fire.
In times of change it can be difficult to let go and move on. Nevertheless, the Lord is calling, tugging at us, wanting us to move forward. Now if you are like me, I like my comfort zone, it feels good. However, I do want what God has for me, so therefore I want to follow Him wherever he leads me.
Which brings me to this, we must go through the fire, and learn to embrace it. God is the fire (Hebrew 12:29). Therefore, in coming closer to God is coming closer to fire. Now the fire is good, even though it may scare us. But the fire is a time of testing, purging, and refining. Hmm, refined I like that one. Like fine silver and gold, purged, to remove impurities, tested for strength, and refined to shine with His light. Polished and melded into God’s work of art. What more could we ask for? For now our feet are walking in His way, following His path. Even though it may be scary or sometimes even painful, the fire will merely burn away things that were hiding and holding us back. And when we embrace the fire, we come out stronger, purer, better…
So let us embrace the fire, and let God be our consuming fire, knowing that He is standing there with us. Be blessed my friends!
Hebrews 12:29 : For our God is a consuming fire.
Malachi 3:2-3 But who can endure the day of his coming? And who can stand when He appears? For He is like a refiner’s fire and like launderer’s soap. He will sit as a refiner and a purifier of silver; He will purify the sons of Levi, And purge them as gold and silver, That they may offer to the Lord an offering in righteousness.
Zechariah 2:5 For I, says the Lord, will be a wall of fire all around her, and I will be the glory in her midst.
I wrote this poem several years ago, but feel it definitely applies to this season of changing and shifting to a a new level. We need to put on the full armor of God and having done all to stand, stand still. Knowing that it is not a flesh and blood battle that we fight but a spiritual battle. So gird up people of God and stand firm.
Put on your armor
Draw your sword today
He will make your way
Having done all to stand
Stand still, Follow his will
Don’t falter, don’t faint
The Eagle’s strength is given to those who wait
So stand behind His shield
And in you let your spirit yield
To the one who made us all
Choose to follow His call.
© Leah Jacobsen 2008