STAY ON FIRE. Some of you give way too much credit to the devil; some don’t take him seriously enough. The devil “seeks whom he may devour”; meaning he searches diligently for the weakest sheep. The devil is not so concerned with those on fire for the Lord- he’s already tried to tempt them, he’s persecuted and afflicted them; but those on fire cannot be moved. Those on fire are disciplined and faithful. When the fires of affliction come, the unfaithful jump ship but the consistently faithful soldier on and stand their ground. So the enemy continually comes up against resistance.
“Resist the devil and he will flee”.
What I notice is that most people vacillate between being hot and cold. One season they are hot and on fire for the Lord. But that fire gets pretty hot and the refining process hurts and so instead of pressing on; they fall back and quench the Spirit. They are lukewarm for a time until coldness ensues. Then once they live in coldness too long, they attend a revival and get on fire again, but only to repeat this cycle throughout their lives- hoping to die in a season when they are on fire. My friends, these things should not be. Just press on.
“Not that I have already attained, or am already perfected; but I press on, that I may lay hold of that for which Christ Jesus has also laid hold of me.” Philippians 3:12
The fire gets hot, just ask the three young Israelite captives. But God gets in there with you and though none go with you; our Savior does. The fires of persecution and affliction are even hotter, just ask Paul. But His Grace is enough. It’s time to stop vacillating between two extremes. Stay in the fire and continue to stoke that fire through His Word, fervent prayer, godly relationships (iron sharpens iron) and the fellowship of the saints. Let the Spirit lead you. Press on and into Jesus. Greater is He that is in you. Stay on fire my friend.
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