“Fire”

A blazing fire inferno

Exodus 24:17 Now the appearance of the glory of the Lord was like a devouring fire on the top of the mountain in the sight of the people of Israel.

 I felt that the Lord had brought his word, “fire” to my mind and as I considered it, I immediately thought of two fires, that which is of God and that which is made ready for Satan and his followers. For it says in the book of Hebrews that “our God is a consuming fire”. I look at this fire, as one who is a born again believer in this awesome Creator God of Israel, as one that consumes the fleshly lusts and worldly passions of this earthly life. This leaves us with a burning desire to follow this Creator and all His Kingdom stands for. That is the fire I wish to be kindled upon me, a burning desire to follow Him throughout eternity in heavenly dwellings.

Then, of course we are all familiar with that other fire of destruction of not only the flesh but also that evil spirit that causes us to go in all the wrong directions to obtain a self-will that satisfies only the flesh. In the end, it is as though we want to stand in that burning building as we and the self-will are destroyed and will be continually destroyed for all eternity. This merciful Creator God does not want that for anyone as that hellfire was not designed for people but for the devil and his angels only. Unfortunately, this devil has many followers who will follow him to his everlasting torment.

All these are photographs that were taken of a controlled house burn by the fire department as a training session for fire fighters. Once all the opportunities for fires have been exhausted, they let the house in totality burn to the ground. Lots of wonderful photo opportunities presented themselves as I was allowed in certain instances to go into the room that was being set on fire and photograph the firemen at work. Then as the house was being burned to the ground, getting My point is that a fire out of control does not start that way usually. It usually starts with an accident, a dropped cigarette, a bit of oil on the stove, frayed wireing or some other simple start. And that is how addictions start as well, one simple innocent decision or mistake or peer pressure etc until it gets out of control.

This fire here did not start like what we see here, it was a slow process which started as a spark of influence that eventually engulfed this whole structure and burned it to the ground and even the firefighters could not put it out at this stage.

His word to me as a firefighter, and I pass it on to you, don’t let self-will burn your house down, “Seek first the Kingdom of God and live”.

 ©2016 Sherwood A. Burton … all rights reserved

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