Last night I was moved as I heard Reinhard Bonnke passionately encourage every believer to: “Fan the flame of the Holy Spirit and get on fire for God.”

I grew up on a farm in western Victoria and to keep us warm I was often told to, “Stock the fire or get more wood for the fire”.  While gathering wood once I got bitten by a snake! After an anti-venom injection, I was kept in hospital overnight for the nurses to keep me awake lest I went into a coma. The devil will do whatever is necessary to keep us from being on fire for God.  The fire of God protects us against the enemies’ schemes – it’s our anti-venom!

Reinhard Bonnke encourages us to: “Fan the flame of the Holy Spirit and get on fire for God.”

It reminded me of what I found in my late mother’s Bible: “There is nothing that a lukewarm church needs more today than for believers to be filled with the Holy Spirit and to be truly on fire for God.  Fire will go out unless you do three things; 1) keep the draft open 2) keep the ashes cleaned out 3) put on more fuel.  Spiritually I have a fire of my own.  Luke 3:16 says, “He will baptise with the Holy Spirit and with fire.”  I am to keep the draft open by praying regularly and watching God open His windows of blessing on my life.  I am to keep the ashes out by not dwelling on the past.  Then I must add fuel by depending on God’s amazing promises.”

Fire is a wonderful picture of the work of the Holy Spirit. The Spirit is like a fire in at least three ways: He brings God’s presence and power, God’s passion, and God’s purity.  Without the fire of God, we can easily fall asleep to the cries of those around us.

Father God let the fire of Your presence be released in my life, to empower me (Acts 1:8), purify me (Luke 3:17), consume me (John 2:17), deliver me (Exodus 40:38) and protect me – (Exodus 14:24). Amen.