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Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Flaming Fire In The Pulpit

Psalms 104:4 - Who maketh his angels spirits;  his ministers a flaming fire: . . . .

Jeremiah 23:29 - Is not my word like as a fire? said the LORD: . . . .

Jeremiah 20:9 - Then I said, I will not make mention of him, nor speak any more in his name. But his word was in mine heart as a burning fire shut up in my bones, and I was weary with forbearing, and I could not stay.

God's ministers should be a flaming fire.  God's word is as a fire!  When God's word is in the heart of God's ministers they will be transformed into a flaming fire.  The fire does not originate with the man but with a "thus saith the LORD".  It is the word of God that sets the minister on fire.  God makes his ministers a flaming fire by putting his word in them.

Being a flaming fire does not have near as much to do with presentation as it does with passion.  Passion can have a wide range of manifestations within the context of differing personalities.

Fire warms, gives light, destroys, burns, brings comfort and discomfort, attracts, repels, spreads and can be put out. 

God does not make his ministers an iceberg!  He makes them a flaming fire!  When we feel the fire dwindling, when the heat cools, when the passion fades, and when the light is overtaken by the darkness; to the Word O men of God.  Let us abide in his truth until the fire rages within us and we cannot stay.  Let us be satisfied with nothing less than being a flaming fire!  May our pulpits burst into flames every time we stand to proclaim God's holy truth!
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