As we’ve seen before, fire is mentioned in the Bible over 300 times. Some fires are not so good, But there is a fire that’s very desirable. This one we need to seek with all our heart. It’s the one that consumes you from the Inside out, that burns in your heart and deep in your bones. You can’t containe it. Once you’ve felt it, you will know it Intimately, and you’ll never be the same. It’s what we need to bring with us to prayer and worship. It’s what we need to carry with us into the world wherever we go. We will not be able to move forward without it.
Most Americans easily live within a days drive from one of our largest cities. So let’s picture the following;
Imagine you’re looking over the nearest major city from a slightly elevated position. Perhaps one or two hundred feet. As you survey the city, you eventually find yourself looking over the entire metropolitan area. It’s a clear, beautiful night.
Suddenly you notice a small ball of fire coming straight down into the city. Soon there are a few more, and before long the sky fills with an exquisite show of brilliant fire falling like rain from the heavens. Some, though not all, of these fires ignite as they strike the ground, into luminous spheres of pure light. Some of the these globes begin to increase in size, until they look like miniature nuclear explosions, except they move gracefully, illuminating the cityscape with a soft and soothing glow.
If you followed the above images well, you will have noticed that all the falling fire did not light up into spheres on contact with the ground, nor did all of those expand to light up the cities into which they fell.
This, I believe, is because the fire needs a special place that will ignite. It needs a ready alter, one that is complete with a sacrifice, a poured out life, waiting to be consumed.
Even then it needs the nurturing presence of God abiding there to expand and fill it’s surroundings with heavens light.
This is the essence of the kingdom of God, spreading in His body of believers. It is the embodiment of the new church as it rises from the ashes of the old. It will require the passion and heart of the Bride of Christ. It is His fire that will fall, if our lives are a living sacrifice. It is revival.