Fire of God-Part One
In this series of spiritual nuggets, we are going to discuss the fire of the Holy Spirit. The fire operates in two modes, the fire either destroys or refines. And the fire either comes because of our foolish sinful decisions, or because the Lord is molding and shaping us into His image. As a believer, in the light of eternity, it really does not matter what caused us to go through the furnace. Ultimately, we become a reflection of Jesus Christ. However, it is much easier to experience the cleansing/refining fire of the Holy Spirit instead of the consuming fire of the Holy Spirit.
Every one of us is going to experience trials, tribulations, sufferings, troubles, discouragements, disappointments, heartaches, sickness, and disease. This comes with life. These afflictions either come from our willful sinning or the actions of others. No amount of money, faith, prayers, or confessions will prevent us from the hard knocks of life. This is the result of the fall of man. In the midst of these afflictions the fire of the Holy Spirit is at work.
It is our premise that each of us will go through one of two furnaces:
The Furnace of Consuming Fire/Fire of Judgment or The Furnace of Refining Fire. The choice is ours. We can actually choose what furnace we will go through.. In the furnace of consuming fire we will smell like smoke and in the furnace of refining fire we will not even get singed.
Regardless of the fire, we cannot run or hide from the Fire of God. As a matter of fact, if we try to avoid the fire, the heat will become greater. So, we can choose to embrace the fire or foolishly try to avoid the Fire of God.
In the nuggets to come we will define each furnace or fire of God, give a warning to those who willfully sin, and give hope to those who are going through the refiner’s fire. Our next nugget will be on the Furnace of Consuming Fire/Fire of Judgment.
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