CONSUMING FIRE, FAN INTO FLAME
A PASSION FOR YOUR NAME
SPIRIT OF GOD, WOULD YOU FALL IN THIS PLACE
LORD HAVE YOUR WAY, LORD HAVE YOUR WAY WITH US…
Survivor Records (2004)
Just as the light and heat of a bonfire draws crowds to feel its warmth, so does God. Way before the earth started spinning around the sun, God’s glory had been forever burning. He stood as the most beautiful and overwhelming presence in all time and space. And it’s through the life, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ, that we draw near and know the wonder of God’s salvation.
God’s intention for creation is that all living things would come to bright, abundant life in His holy presence for His glory. From the early years of childhood until now, God has been stirring our hearts and bit by bit preparing us for life with Him. He won’t settle for anything less than being the King of our hearts.
And like the sense of community found on bonfire night, we are invited to come together around God’s love for us. Despite tired faces, grubby hands and cold toes, there’s a sense of togetherness that is celebrated in the warm glow of the fire. We regain a deep sense of hope in knowing that God’s heart burns with passion for all of us. Together we are God’s family, burning bright in His holy presence.
A light in the darkness
Although we’re invited to draw near and worship God in spirit and in truth, we don’t always feel ready to. The distractions surrounding us find their way into our hearts and minds. I have often felt the inner turmoil within me as I seek to please both God and my sinful nature, as Paul does in Romans 7 and 8.
Thankfully, the fire of God’s love burns all the brighter in the midst of darkness. Jesus promises to send the Holy Spirit to transform us into His image. Rather than losing hope, we can invite God to continue His work in our lives and live in His presence. He will be faithful to complete what He has begun in us.
So if you find yourself staring into the flames of a crackling bonfire this Guy Fawkes night, consider the words of the song Consuming Fire and boldly ask God to have His way in your life and community.
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