Before church on Sunday, I decided to burn a huge pile of leaves that I had in my burn pit. As I lit the leaves and watch the smoke raise, something that a friend said several weeks ago came back to me, “I was born in the fire and the smoke won’t do.” I had never heard that phrase before so I ask her about its origins. She told me that she had heard it said by her mother many times throughout her childhood. It was one of those saying that our grandparents and great grandparents had grown up saying.
As I watched the leaves struggle to catch fire, the Lord started to speak to me. The more I pushed those leaves around, trying to build up the fire, the more my spirit tuned into what Jesus was saying. The Lord said “I have been living in the smoke and that it is time to live in the fire.” I knew exactly what was being said. I had allowed the stuff of my life to weigh me down. Just as deep and wide as that pile of leaves was my pile of hurts and worries were equally deep and wide. I was and am a child of God, but I had allowed my circumstances to take away my joy. I was saved, but I was not walking in the joy of the Lord or the power that God says comes when we follow after Him. I was not walking in the peace that surpasses understanding. And as I stood there moves those leaves around, I knew that I could not live a life in the smoke any more. I wanted the fire! So God and I started our conversation. He started to show me how to live in the fire and now I want to share with you what He showed me.
“Then the cares and anxieties of the world and distractions of the age, and the pleasure and delight and false glamour and deceitfulness of riches, and the craving and passionate desire for other things creep in and choke and suffocate the Word, and it becomes fruitless.” Mark 4:19 (AMP)
Have you ever tried to burn a big pile of leave that had been piled up for days or weeks? What happens is that the leaves just below the surface hold moisture and become damp and the deeper you get into the pile the more moisture the pile holds. And when fire hits damp leaves, you get nothing but billows of smoke. God was showing me every leave in that pile represented something that I had allowed to in and choke out the power of God’s word. And the depth of the pile represented just how long I had held onto those things. Are you holding onto past hurts? Are you struggling to let go of something someone said or did to you? Are you resisting allowing your life to be led by God and not by you? I want to tell you now. The longer you refuse to give everything to God, the harder it is to be led by Him.
Once I declared to the Lord, “I wanted the fire” the process started. I still had a pile of leaves to burn, but the leaves now represented everything that I had allowed to stop me from receiving God’s fire. I reached for my burn stick and started moving those leaves around, I wanted them to burn and burn now. And let me tell you, boy did the smoke come. No matter which way I turned, the smoke was in my face. I was starting to get impatient, and once again God spoke. “Slow down, you are not in control, I am in control and I will control the process.” Just that quick, I was walking in my flesh. Paul knew exactly what he was talking about when he said in Phil 3:3 “have no confidence in the flesh.” So, I sat down and watched the fire move from one side of the burn pit to the other side. And when the smoke cleared one area, I would get up and stir the leaves and sure enough the fire would blaze back up. What I was relearning was that God will do His work in His time.
Are you in need of the fire of God? Have you allowed the things of this world to choke out the power and presence of God? If so, just go to Him and He will show you those things that have to be removed so that you can walk in all that He has for you. Do you know Jesus as your Savior, if not then what a better time than now to ask Him into your heart? Click on “Accepting Jesus” and start your walk with Jesus today.
In order to live in the fire of God we need three things:
One: guidance of Holy Spirit to lead us.
Two: the power and authority that Jesus gave us when He died on the cross.
Three: the fire of God that comes when we have a relationship with Him.