December 18, 2014

Read: Hebrews 12:28-29

The phrase “God is a consuming fire” has always been a little - ok, a lot - scary to me. But, consider this ...
 
A fire in a fireplace, doing what fire does, warms us, comforts us, and draws us close. But, at the same time, the fire consumes whatever we might toss in - the paper, matches, starter logs, pine cones, even the big logs intended to last all night. The “trash” burns away, and the fire box and hearth remain.
 
With Christ in us, our fire box - our spirit - is an unshakeable structure.  God will consume - and is now consuming - everything else in our lives that doesn’t meet His standards (you know, the “trashy” stuff that we casually toss in). As Christians, we’re housing a fire that is transforming us into something acceptable to God, while also providing a warmth, a comfort, and an attraction for a cold world that needs Christ’s redemption.

Pray: 

Adoration: God is holy, mighty, gracious, and merciful. Spend time declaring your love for Him and expressing your thoughts of praise and worship. 

Confession: Ask God to search your heart and reveal any areas of unconfessed sin. Acknowledge these to the Lord and thank Him for His forgiveness. 

Thanksgiving: Express your thankfulness to God for the blessings He has given you. When we consider that we deserve punishment because of our sinfulness, and instead God gives to us His love and mercy, our only response should be one of thankfulness. 

Supplication: Petition God for growth in your character and personal discipline, and for physical health and strength.  Ask for Him to empower you for spiritual warfare against the temptations of the world, the flesh, and the devil.  Ask for help regarding your activities of the day and other concerns you have.  Intercede for the poor and hungry, the oppressed and persecuted, and those in control of world resources.  Offer prayers for peace among the nations and current events and concerns.