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are being shaken, as of things that aremade, that the thingswhich cannot beshaken may remain.
Therefore, since we are receiving akingdom which cannot be shaken, let ushave grace, by which we may serve Godacceptably with reverence and godly fear.
For our God
a consuming fire.
Remember we have been bought, we arenot our own. In Asian cultures, if youhave had your life spared by someone,you are owned by them. Because hadthey not reached into your situation, youwould have died...so you consider yourself dead to your own life and nowlive doing all things as unto them....Sound familiar?“Be Holy, Even as I am Holy.” 1 Peter 1 :16Jesus said, “I am the Light of the World...You are the Light of the World...” (John9:5 & Matt 5:14)
The Greater Glory of the New Covenant -2 Cor 3
Now if the ministry that brought death,which was engraved in letters on stone,came with glory, so that the Israelitescould not look steadily at the face of Moses because of its glory, transitorythough it was,
will not the ministry of theSpirit be even more glorious?
If theministry that brought condemnation wasglorious, how much more glorious is theministry that brings righteousness!
For what was glorious has no glory now incomparison with the surpassing glory.
And if what was transitory came withglory, how much greater is the glory of that which lasts!
Therefore, since we have such ahope, we are very bold.
We are not likeMoses, who would put a veil over his faceto prevent the Israelites from seeing theend of what was passing away.
Buttheir minds were made dull, for to this daythe same veil remains when the oldcovenant is read. It has not beenremoved, because only in Christ is ittaken away.
Even to this day whenMoses is read, a veil covers their hearts.
But whenever anyone turns to theLord, the veil is taken away.
Now theLord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom.
And weall, who with unveiled faces contemplatethe Lord’s glory, are being transformedinto his image with ever-increasing glory,which comes from the Lord, who is theSpirit.
“I want the FIRE of GOD”
Many speak of wanting the Fire of God,and praying for the fire of God...as if there was some kind of Glory or power they would receive - before purifying...Do we realize praying for the FIRE of Godfirst and foremost means,
“Expose everyone of my sins, lay bare my everytransgression, burn up every thing that is not of You. Unveil every self centered,self indulgent, self preserving attitude,every prideful, boastful word, everymeaningless, frivolous, empty and wasteful aspect of my life. Every Agendathat exists in my heart that exalts itself above You and Your throne. My arrogant actions, presumptuous tones, maliciousspeech, unfaithful heart, every broken promise, every deceit, every betrayal, all manipulations, all lies. Show me my ownnakedness, weakness and poverty of soul without you. Shake every foundation I have built apart from you, everyrelationship I have which does not honor you or submit to you, every preconceived and self deceived attitudeof righteousness apart from you. Everytimidity, fear, and worry, or unrighteousanger - every hint of tyrannical control I seek to exert over others. Expose all unforgiveness, bitterness,contentiousness of heart, my selfishindignant grudges. Expose my apathy,my lack of compassion, my harshness,my self-reliance”
NOW there’s the fire of God that can beused to change raw clay into porcelain!Trembling in the presence of God at theprospect of being fully consumed by fireis a terrifying thing. No wonder peopleremoved themselves from the Mountainof God, No wonder people today drawback away and stand at a distance fromthe Presence of God...I’m talkingChristians, I’m talking ME! But we standin Great company, Moses was terrifiedtoo!It is a terrifying thing to fall into the handsof the Living God! Our God is aConsuming fire. I’ll be honest I strugglewith this prospect of death. BUT I KNOWthere is NO RESURRECTION POWERwithout it!I MUST DECREASE If I want HIM TOINCREASE. This Fire of the Holy Spiritwill ultimately lead me into all truth, teachme of the things that are HIS, share theheart of God with Me so that I come toknow HIM and the Power of Hisresurrection in MY LIFE. As I standconsumed, yet not destroyed....a smallburning bush, others will be drawn toChrist by the wonder of what HE is ableto accomplish in my life as I submit to HIS AUTHORITY.
•You tested us; refined us as silver,brought us into the net; laid affliction onour backs, caused men to ride over our heads; We went through fire.…But Youbrought us out to rich fulfillment (Ps.66:10-12).•He is like a refiner’s fire and likelaunderer’s soap. He will sit as a refiner and a purifier of silver; He will purify thesons of Levi, and purge them as goldand silver, that they may offer to theLORD an offering in righteousness (Mal.3:2, 3).•He will baptize you with the Holy Spiritand with fire (Mt. 3:11; Lu. 3:16).• Each man’s work will becomemanifest…it will be revealed with fire, andthe fire will test what sort of work eachone has done. If any man’s work isburned up, he will suffer loss, though hehimself will be saved, but only as throughfire (1Co. 3:13-15).•Your faith…is tested by fire… (1Pe. 1:7)God refines, purifies, and purges us torichly fulfill us, that we may offer arighteous offering! Our works can onlybe evaluated through the testing of whatis called “fire.” Even our faith must be sotested. Fire is a good thing. It is for our fulfillment regardless of its pain.•Its as we allow God to Purify us, that weare able to shine with a light that willdraw men to HIM. A light that willcause others to recognize their needand His ability to meet it.