You Wouldn’t Want to Lose the Fire or Anointing of God or Take It for Granted

Again the Israelites did evil in the eyes of the Lord, so the Lord delivered them into the hands of the Philistines for forty years. A certain man of Zorah, named Manoah, from the clan of the Danites, had a wife who was childless, unable to give birth. The angel of the Lord appeared to her and said, “You are barren and childless, but you are going to become pregnant and give birth to a son. Now see to it that you drink no wine or other fermented drink and that you do not eat anything unclean. You will become pregnant and have a son whose head is never to be touched by a razor because the boy is to be a Nazirite, dedicated to God from the womb. He will take the lead in delivering Israel from the hands of the Philistines.”

The woman gave birth to a boy and named him Samson. He grew and the Lord blessed him, and the Spirit of the Lord began to stir him while he was in Mahaneh Dan, between Zorah and Eshtaol. (Judges 13:1-5, 24-25)

The above scriptures depict the miraculous birth of Samson, one of the Old Testament judges who was anointed by the Holy Spirit. The scriptures following describe how he lost his anointing.

So he told her everything. “No razor has ever been used on my head,” he said, “because I have been a Nazirite dedicated to God from my mother’s womb. If my head were shaved, my strength would leave me, and I would become as weak as any other man.” When Delilah saw that he had told her everything, she sent word to the rulers of the Philistines, “Come back once more; he has told me everything.” So the rulers of the Philistines returned with the silver in their hands. After putting him to sleep on her lap, she called for someone to shave off the seven braids of his hair, and so began to subdue him. And his strength left him. Then she called, “Samson, the Philistines are upon you!” He awoke from his sleep and thought, “I’ll go out as before and shake myself free.” But he did not know that the Lord had left him. Then the Philistines seized him, gouged out his eyes and took him down to Gaza. Binding him with bronze shackles, they set him to grinding grain in the prison. (Judges 16:17-21)

Why did Samson lose the anointing?

  1. Personal weakness

Samson was anointed, set apart to be a Nazirite for God. He was not allowed to drink wine, cut his hair or eat fruits or vegetables grown on the vine, nor was he permitted to touch any dead carcass.

The devil will allow you to use your strength, as long as you allow him to exploit your weaknesses. This is precisely what happened to Samson. The devil knows your weaknesses, and when you play with your weakness, slowly but surely, it will get to you. Samson did not give away his secrets immediately, but as the pleasure became deeper and deeper, his strength was sabotaged.

  1. He did not take his calling seriously.

He ate the honey from the lions’ carcasses which God had forbid him to do. It is possible for your anointing to feed your ego to a point that you think you can rely on your own strength instead of God.

He did not take self-discipline seriously, thereby revealing his weakness. You will meet your Delilah, and in the heat of temptation, it is easy to slip into the deep sinkhole of sin. The cunning schemes of the enemy can dull your senses until it is too late and give you false confidence in your own abilities. Delilah may not come in the form of a temptation to lust; your temptation may be to pursue power, wealth, or any other delight of the flesh.

Entice and do not be enticed. No man or woman is strong enough to dance with the devil. Do not play around your temptations; flee. Try to imagine Samson’s position. He lost his strength, he lost the woman he loved so much, he lost his sight, and he became a slave. What a sad, painful fall. Do not let the enemy tempt you to misuse your anointing.

How do you get back?

But the hair on his head began to grow again after it had been shaved.

Then Samson prayed to the Lord, “Sovereign Lord, remember me. Please, God, strengthen me just once more, and let me with one blow get revenge on the Philistines for my two eyes.” Then Samson reached toward the two central pillars on which the temple stood. Bracing himself against them, his right hand on the one and his left hand on the other, Samson said, “Let me die with the Philistines!” Then he pushed with all his might, and down came the temple on the rulers and all the people in it. Thus he killed many more when he died than while he lived. (Judges 16:22, 28-30)

Get your life right with God. Realize that everything is vanity in life except a life lived for God. We have to learn in the Spirit and not revel in the flesh; this will change your perspective. This is what Samson did near the end of his life when he fully realized the purpose of his calling.

Change your life. Change your lifestyle, know your calling, and understand your purpose. It is not an easy journey, but you need to find the true meaning of your life. Read the Bible, and have fellowship with people of God who will help you understand your unique calling and hold you accountable.

Start doing what is right. There is no greater joy than knowing that you are doing what is right. You will have peace when you are on the right track.

Why We Miss the Anointing

Every year Jesus’ parents went to Jerusalem for the Festival of the Passover. When he was twelve years old, they went up to the festival, according to the custom. After the festival was over, while his parents were returning home, the boy Jesus stayed behind in Jerusalem, but they were unaware of it. Thinking he was in their company, they travelled on for a day. Then they began looking for him among their relatives and friends. When they did not find him, they went back to Jerusalem to look for him. After three days they found him in the temple courts, sitting among the teachers, listening to them and asking them questions. Everyone who heard him was amazed at his understanding and his answers. When his parents saw him, they were astonished. His mother said to him, “Son, why have you treated us like this? Your father and I have been anxiously searching for you.” “Why were you searching for me?” he asked. “Didn’t you know I had to be in my Father’s house?” But they did not understand what he was saying to them. Then he went down to Nazareth with them and was obedient to them. But his mother treasured all these things in her heart. And Jesus grew in wisdom and stature, and in favor with God and man. (Luke 2:41-52)

Now the Pharisees who had been sent questioned him, “Why then do you baptize if you are not the Messiah, nor Elijah, nor the Prophet?” “I baptize with water,” John replied, “but among you stands one you do not know. He is the one who comes after me, the straps of whose sandals I am not worthy to untie.” This all happened at Bethany on the other side of the Jordan, where John was baptizing. The next day John saw Jesus coming toward him and said, “Look, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world! This is the one I meant when I said, ‘A man who comes after me has surpassed me because he was before me.’ I myself did not know him, but the reason I came baptizing with water was that he might be revealed to Israel.” Then John gave this testimony: “I saw the Spirit come down from heaven as a dove and remain on him. And I myself did not know him, but the one who sent me to baptize with water told me, ‘The man on whom you see the Spirit come down and remain is the one who will baptize with the Holy Spirit.’ I have seen and I testify that this is God’s Chosen One.” (John 1:24-34)

“The Spirit of the Lord is on me, because he has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners and recovery of sight for the blind, to set the oppressed free, to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor.” (Luke 4:18-19)

Being filled with the Holy Spirit and having the anointing of the Holy Spirit are two different things. The Holy Spirit lives in every believer, but that does not necessarily mean that every believer walks in His anointing. If we have the anointing, we will have a special power that He gives us. We each have a different anointing, like Samson, Elijah, Elisha and so on.

There are several practical reasons why we may miss the anointing:

  1. We fail to seize key moments God places in our path, as a result of fear, pride or even a religious spirit.

Scripture tells us that Mary and Joseph busied themselves with religious duties for three days until they realized that Jesus was missing. We tend to be involved in church activities to a point that we are not focused on worshiping God. We need to be present in His presence to receive His anointing, we need to seize the moment as He leads.

  1. Our lives become too crowded.

Spend time in the presence of God so that you can develop sensitivity to discern important moments.

  1. We get so caught up in the present that we fail to realize the importance of the future.

We are so busy with our lives and daily activities that we forget the future. We will spend eternity with the Lord. How are you actively investing in the Kingdom of God?

But you have an anointing from the Holy One, and all of you know the truth. I do not write to you because you do not know the truth, but because you do know it and because no lie comes from the truth.

As for you, the anointing you received from him remains in you, and you do not need anyone to teach you. But as his anointing teaches you about all things and as that anointing is real, not counterfeit—just as it has taught you, remain in him. (1 John 2:20-21, 27)

Guard the good deposit that was entrusted to you—guard it with the help of the Holy Spirit who lives in us. (2 Timothy 1:14)

Whoever fears the LORD walks uprightly, but those who despise him are devious in their ways. (Proverbs 14:2)

There is a way that appears to be right, but in the end it leads to death. (Proverbs 14:12)

If we realize we have lost Jesus, we need to go back and look for Him like Joseph and Mary did. The Bible says that they found Him in His Father’s house. We will find Jesus if we seek Him.

Breakthrough Anointing Will Bring You out of Isolation

The breakthrough anointing will bring you out of isolation. David had to wait for 20 years before he saw God’s promise fulfilled. Each of us has breakthrough anointing within us, even if we are not aware of it. We need to understand the ebb and flow of God just like a fisherman understands the tides of the sea. Our God is a God of excellence. The difference between excellence and mediocrity is forward motion. If you stop believing, become inactive or fail to follow through, then you will only walk in partial victory.

How can you have full victory?

  1. Continue to ride the tide by faith.

God will teach you and guide you like a child. Your victory will be proportionate to your desire and action. Whatever you do, be it in business, education or family, do it for the Lord with all your heart. It is all about your heart.

  1. Engage and face your enemy or problem.

Shoot the arrow as a declaration of war.

He saw that there was no one, he was appalled that there was no one to intervene; so his own arm achieved salvation for him, and his own righteousness sustained him. He put on righteousness as his breastplate, and the helmet of salvation on his head; he put on the garments of vengeance and wrapped himself in zeal as in a cloak. According to what they have done, so will he repay wrath to his enemies and retribution to his foes; he will repay the islands their due. From the west, people will fear the name of the Lord, and from the rising of the sun, they will revere his glory. For he will come like a pent-up flood that the breath of the Lord drives along. “The Redeemer will come to Zion, to those in Jacob who repent of their sins,” declares the Lord. (Isaiah 59:16-21)

Isaiah prophesied about the Lord Jesus. When injustice swept in like a flood, he wrote that the Lord would lift up a standard against the enemy. We need to believe in that promise. Nothing can prevail against the standard of the Lord.

  1. Pray a prayer of dependence that reflects the attitude of your heart towards God.

The action described in 1 Kings 13:17 was done in total dependence on God and not the ways of the flesh. Jehoash, King of Israel, did what the prophet asked him to do, thus becoming totally dependent on the instruction of God. This was followed by a prayerful declaration against the enemy. We need to rise to such a level of faith if we are to see victory in our own lives.

  1. Depend on the Spirit of God.

Elisha’s bones still carried his anointing; that is how powerful the anointing of God is.

It is God who arms me with strength and keeps my way secure. He makes my feet like the feet of a deer; he causes me to stand on the heights. He trains my hands for battle; my arms can bend a bow of bronze. (Psalm 18:32-34)

What a powerful declaration. Amen.

Arrow of God’s Deliverance

Now Elisha had been suffering from the illness from which he died. Jehoash king of Israel went down to see him and wept over him. “My father! My father!” he cried. “The chariots and horsemen of Israel!” Elisha said, “Get a bow and some arrows,” and he did so. “Take the bow in your hands,” he said to the king of Israel. When he had taken it, Elisha put his hands on the king’s hands. “Open the east window,” he said, and he opened it. “Shoot!” Elisha said, and he shot. “The LORD’s arrow of victory, the arrow of victory over Aram!” Elisha declared. “You will completely destroy the Arameans at Aphek.” Then he said, “Take the arrows,” and the king took them. Elisha told him, “Strike the ground.” He struck it three times and stopped. The man of God was angry with him and said, “You should have struck the ground five or six times; then you would have defeated Aram and completely destroyed it. But now you will defeat it only three times.” Elisha died and was buried. Now Moabite raiders used to enter the country every spring. Once while some Israelites were burying a man, suddenly they saw a band of raiders; so they threw the man’s body into Elisha’s tomb. When the body touched Elisha’s bones, the man came to life and stood up on his feet. Hazael king of Aram oppressed Israel throughout the reign of Jehoahaz. But the LORD was gracious to them and had compassion and showed concern for them because of his covenant with Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. To this day he has been unwilling to destroy them or banish them from his presence. Hazael king of Aram died, and Ben-Hadad his son succeeded him as king. Then Jehoash son of Jehoahaz recaptured from Ben-Hadad son of Hazael the towns he had taken in battle from his father Jehoahaz. Three times Jehoash defeated him, and so he recovered the Israelite towns. (2 Kings 13:14-25)

Even though he held the highest position in Israel, Jehoash was helpless in the face of the enemy, and he ran to God’s prophet for help. Similarly, sometimes we think we have power, but without God’s Word our power is meaningless.

We can draw six principles from the scriptures above:

  1. Make an effort.
  2. Seek instruction and help from those with a prophetic anointing.
  3. Make a specific goal and aim for it.
  4. Act in faith without knowing the outcome.
  5. Remain confident and persevere.
  6. Seize strategic moments; you may not get a second chance.

Know that when God opens the door, you must be steadfast in order to see His promise fulfilled.

Oh God, Send the Fire – It’s Impossible to Change Without the Fire of God.

The fire of God is His character. His fire searches us from within and brings out our impurities, ultimately separating us from worldly things. It is impossible to change without the fire of God.

The people were waiting expectantly and were all wondering in their hearts if John might possibly be the Messiah. John answered them all, “I baptize you with water. But one who is more powerful than I will come, the straps of whose sandals I am not worthy to untie. He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire. His winnowing fork is in his hand to clear his threshing floor and to gather the wheat into his barn, but he will burn up the chaff with unquenchable fire.” (Luke 3:15-17)

So Ahab sent word throughout all Israel and assembled the prophets on Mount Carmel. Elijah went before the people and said, “How long will you waver between two opinions? If the Lord is God, follow him; but if Baal is God, follow him. “But the people said nothing. Then Elijah said to them, “I am the only one of the Lord’s prophets left, but Baal has four hundred and fifty prophets. Get two bulls for us. Let Baal’s prophets choose one for themselves, and let them cut it into pieces and put it on the wood but not set fire to it. I will prepare the other bull and put it on the wood but not set fire to it. Then you call on the name of your god, and I will call on the name of the Lord. The god who answers by fire—he is God.” Then all the people said, “What you say is good.” Elijah said to the prophets of Baal, “Choose one of the bulls and prepare it first, since there are so many of you. Call on the name of your god, but do not light the fire.”

Then the fire of the Lord fell and burned up the sacrifice, the wood, the stones and the soil, and also licked up the water in the trench. When all the people saw this, they fell prostrate and cried, “The Lord—he is God! The Lord—he is God!” (1 Kings 18:20-25, 38-39)

Why do we need the fire of God?

Only the fire of God can bring change through conviction which, when accompanied by repentance, leads to transformation. In the New Testament Church, the fire of God fell upon the apostles, and when they started preaching, signs and wonders followed. Our ministry needs the fire of God, the Holy Spirit, for us to transform lives with full conviction. Only the fire of God can distinguish us from the world.

How do we get the fire?

We have to draw near to God and repair the altar of our hearts. Religious activities will not bring the fire of God. Great preaching cannot change people; in fact, these activities can only prepare us for the fire. There has to be a genuine desire for righteousness. We need to humble ourselves and seek God like the apostles on the Day of Pentecost. Jesus started His ministry after fasting for 40 days and being filled with the Holy Spirit. Then, His ministry began with tests from the devil. When the fire is within us, we can withstand all kinds of temptation. We need the blood of Jesus to cleanse us of all impurities. Then, our hearts become the altars of the Holy Spirit.

How to Ignite the Move of God in Trying Times

Chaos happens to all of us. Know that God is in total control and be poised for Him to move in your circumstances. The Bible tells us that before there was light, the Spirit of God hovered over the Earth. Thus, when God said, “Let there be light,” there was light. Similarly, when you speak His Word into a chaotic situation, you will see His power change your circumstances.

When you ignite a move of God, three things will occur:

1. You will activate your divine destiny.

Abraham ignited his divine destiny by listening to and following the Word of God.

The LORD had said to Abram, “Go from your country, your people and your father’s household to the land I will show you. “I will make you into a great nation, and I will bless you; I will make your name great, and you will be a blessing. I will bless those who bless you, and whoever curses you I will curse; and all peoples on earth will be blessed through you.” (Genesis 12:1-3)

Moses ignited his divine destiny in the burning bush experience because he decided to obey God. God used Moses’ staff to do many miracles. In the same way, God can use what you have to carry out His purpose for your life.

Now Moses was tending the flock of Jethro his father-in-law, the priest of Midian, and he led the flock to the far side of the wilderness and came to Horeb, the mountain of God. There the angel of the LORD appeared to him in flames of fire from within a bush. Moses saw that though the bush was on fire it did not burn up. (Exodus 3:1-2)

When you fail to listen to God’s voice, you will struggle. As we have seen, two laws are constantly at work in our bodies, the law of the Spirit and the other the law of the flesh. The law we abide by will determine the course of our lives.

“Then say to Pharaoh, ‘This is what the LORD says: Israel is my firstborn son, and I told you, “Let my son go, so he may worship me.” But you refused to let him go; so I will kill your firstborn son.’” (Exodus 4:22-23)

2. There will be deliverance.

You and I cannot be set free unless God gives us the breakthrough. Moses followed God’s instruction and told Pharaoh to let His people go. As we know, the Israelites were delivered from Egypt.

“‘You yourselves have seen what I did to Egypt, and how I carried you on eagles’ wings and brought you to myself. Now if you obey me fully and keep my covenant, then out of all nations you will be my treasured possession. Although the whole earth is mine, you will be for me a kingdom of priests and a holy nation.’ These are the words you are to speak to the Israelites.” (Exodus 19:4-6)

As it is written in the book of the words of Isaiah the prophet: “A voice of one calling in the wilderness, ‘Prepare the way for the Lord, make straight paths for him. Every valley shall be filled in, every mountain and hill made low. The crooked roads shall become straight, the rough ways smooth. And all people will see God’s salvation.’” (Luke 3:4-6)

3. There will be a reformation.

We need to speak God’s Word before reformation can take place. What you see and hear will influence your opinions. Be watchful so that you filter out things that are not from God. See and hear His truth, for you are created for His good purposes.

Ears that hear and eyes that see— the LORD has made them both. (Psalm 20:12)

It Is in the Midst of Trials That We Need the Anointing of God

Trials come to build us up for greater glory. It is in the midst of trial that we need the anointing of God. When we are stunted in the spirit, we may end up acting out of our flesh which exhorts our human desires. We need God’s wisdom.

On their release, Peter and John went back to their own people and reported all that the chief priests and the elders had said to them. When they heard this, they raised their voices together in prayer to God. “Sovereign Lord,” they said, “you made the heavens and the earth and the sea, and everything in them. You spoke by the Holy Spirit through the mouth of your servant, our father David: “Why do the nations rage and the peoples plot in vain? The kings of the earth rise us and the rulers band together against the Lord and against his anointed one.” Indeed Herod and Pontius Pilate met together with the Gentiles and the people of Israel in this city to conspire against your holy servant Jesus, whom you anointed. They did what your power and will had decided beforehand should happen. Now, Lord, consider their threats and enable your servants to speak your word with great boldness. Stretch out your hand to heal and perform signs and wonders through the name of your holy servant Jesus.” After they prayed, the place where they were meeting was shaken. And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and spoke the word of God boldly. (Acts 4:23-31)

Dear friends, do not be surprised at the fiery ordeal that has come on you to test you, as though something strange were happening to you. But rejoice inasmuch as you participate in the sufferings of Christ, so that you may be overjoyed when his glory is revealed. If you are insulted because of the name of Christ, you are blessed, for the Spirit of glory and of God rests on you. If you suffer, it should not be as a murderer or thief or any other kind of criminal, or even as a meddler. However, if you suffer as a Christian, do not be ashamed, but praise God that you bear that name. (1 Peter 4:12-16)

How to be focused:

  1. Stay God-centered.

Acts 4:24 tells us that when the Early Church was being persecuted, the people remained focused on God.

“Ah, Sovereign LORD, you have made the heavens and the earth by your great power and outstretched arm. Nothing is too hard for you.” (Jeremiah 32:17)

Nothing is too difficult for our God.

  1. Stay united in prayer.

Personal prayer is powerful, but corporate prayer is even more powerful.

Again, truly I tell you that if two of you on earth agree about anything they ask for, it will be done for them by my Father in heaven. For where two or three gather in my name, there am I with them.” (Matthew 18:19-20)

  1. Overcome intimidation with spiritual boldness.

Acts 4:31 tells us that when the members of the Early Church prayed together, the place where they were praying was shaken and the power of God moved powerfully. God will shake us out of our comfort zones in order to bring a new level of anointing.

The LORD said to Samuel, “How long will you mourn for Saul, since I have rejected him as king over Israel? Fill your horn with oil and be on your way; I am sending you to Jesse of Bethlehem. I have chosen one of his sons to be king.” (1 Samuel 16:1)

Even those who are mentally or emotionally strong can become spiritually traumatized like Samuel in the verse above. The quicker we can humble ourselves, release our expectations to God, and agree to follow His plan, the faster we can move forward.

Once we receive God’s fresh anointing we need to move towards glory. For anointing flows only when we are in motion, particularly moving forward by following Him.

You Are His Witness on Earth, You Have the Dunamis Power of God

“I am going to send you what my Father has promised; but stay in the city until you have been clothed with power from on high.” (Luke 24:49)

God promised us the Holy Spirit, His divine power manifested in our daily lives. In Luke 24:49, Jesus told the disciples to wait for the dunamis power of God – an explosive power on which the Early Church thrived. Only the power of the Holy Spirit can change lives, and God has promised to place that power within each of us.

The Book of Acts is an account of Jesus’ intended purpose for the power of the Holy Spirit. Acts 1:8 tells us that we are His witnesses in the Earth. This means that your life must be a testimony – it should show the evidence of God and His active, participatory presence. Is the power of the Holy Spirit present in your life?

If you have everything but the Spirit of God, you have nothing. Both your expressions and prayer must have power.

When the day of Pentecost came, they were all together in one place. Suddenly a sound like the blowing of a violent wind came from heaven and filled the whole house where they were sitting. They saw what seemed to be tongues of fire that separated and came to rest on each of them. All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other tongues as the Spirit enabled them. Now there were staying in Jerusalem God-fearing Jews from every nation under heaven. When they heard this sound, a crowd came together in bewilderment, because each one heard their own language being spoken. (Acts 2:1-6)

The baptism of the Holy Spirit indicates that the Holy Spirit has you. You cannot hurry the Spirit; wait for Him to come, just like the apostles did.

The Holy Spirit will come supernaturally.

You are a spiritual being. The question is, are you spiritually alive or dead?

We need to love God supernaturally.

You can expect the power of God to powerfully move in your life, as in Acts 2:2.

He will come personally as in Acts 2:3, but you first need to invite Him.

The Holy Spirit will fill the whole place (Acts 2:4).

The Church must have the power of the Holy Spirit in order to operate beyond human capacity (Acts 2:6).

The Disciple’s Anointing for Unlimited Power

“I am going to send you what my Father has promised; but stay in the city until you have been clothed with power from on high.” (Luke 24:49)

As disciples, we need God’s anointing. We should tarry until we receive it from the Holy Spirit. When He anoints us, God confirms who we are and gives us our commission. Power and authority come with the anointing, but they come through Jesus, not from the institution of the Church or any of its members apart from Him.

On one occasion, while he was eating with them, he gave them this command: “Do not leave Jerusalem, but wait for the gift my Father promised, which you have heard me speak about. For John baptized with water, but in a few days you will be baptized with the Holy Spirit.” Then they gathered around him and asked him, “Lord, are you at this time going to restore the kingdom to Israel?” He said to them: “It is not for you to know the times or dates the Father has set by his own authority. But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.” (Acts 1:4-8)

You must be baptized in the Holy Spirit; only then you will have power. You need the King’s anointing just like David did.

When you have been anointed by God.

Your human capacity and ability will be unlimited.

You will be able to function at an unlimited pace and gain momentum.

On that day a great persecution broke out against the church in Jerusalem, and all except the apostles were scattered throughout Judea and Samaria. Godly men buried Stephen and mourned deeply for him. But Saul began to destroy the church. Going from house to house, he dragged off both men and women and put them in prison. Those who had been scattered preached the word wherever they went. (Acts 8:1-4)

You will have unlimited influence and dominion.

You will overcome fear and discouragement.

You will learn to live by the Spirit and not according to the desires of your flesh.

You will learn to be still in your position and know who your God is.

Faith, Anointing, Glory & The Fire of God

Faith – We all have a measure of faith that enables us to do great things for God. Faith gives deep assurance, and our faith can grow through experience as we find Him trustworthy.

Anointing – Anointing is the power of God given to different people for different purposes. It comes from God through the Holy Spirit, and we must obey Him in order to receive it.

Glory of God – God’s glory comes from His presence, goodness and love being made evident in the earth.

The glory of the Shekinah God, the God who dwells among us. God Himself present. Glory is mystical and it happens when God comes down. God’s glory comes when we rest, worship and let God lead. Glory is the weight of God and cannot be quantified.

What should we do when the glory comes? We need to be sensitive, dying to self and adopting a posture of the heart that is completely for God and His ways. You can long for His glory, but you cannot force it.

The Fire of God

Life brings many challenges, and we need the fire of God to endure them and emerge victorious. We must learn to focus on His holy fire and not our problematic circumstances.

Oh, that you would rend the heavens and come down, that the mountains would tremble before you! As when fire sets twigs ablaze and causes water to boil, come down to make your name known to your enemies and cause the nations to quake before you! For when you did awesome things that we did not expect, you came down, and the mountains trembled before you. (Isaiah 64:1-3)

The mountains and nations tremble in His presence. When we enter His presence, our spirits should boil over with passion to serve Him.

But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.” (Acts 1:8)

We need the baptism of fire to serve Him, and our lives will be miraculous.

… for our “God is a consuming fire.” (Hebrews 12:29)

But be assured today that the LORD your God is the one who goes across ahead of you like a devouring fire. He will destroy them; he will subdue them before you. And you will drive them out and annihilate them quickly, as the LORD has promised you. (Deuteronomy 9:3)

Our God is like a consuming fire; He will devour our enemies.

Fire goes before him and consumes his foes on every side. (Psalm 97:3)

“And I myself will be a wall of fire around it,” declares the LORD, “and I will be its glory within.” (Zechariah 2:5)

Our God surrounds and protects us like a wall of fire.

“As I looked, “thrones were set in place, and the Ancient of Days took his seat. His clothing was as white as snow; the hair of his head was white like wool. His throne was flaming with fire, and its wheels were all ablaze. A river of fire was flowing, coming out from before him. Thousands upon thousands attended him; ten thousand times ten thousand stood before him. The court was seated, and the books were opened. (Daniel 7:9-10)

He is a River of Fire.

There the angel of the LORD appeared to him in flames of fire from within a bush. Moses saw that though the bush was on fire it did not burn up. (Exodus 3:2)

In Exodus 3, the angel of the Lord appeared in the flames.

When Solomon finished praying, fire came down from heaven and consumed the burnt offering and the sacrifices, and the glory of the LORD filled the temple.

(2 Chronicles 7:1)

We must ask for a fresh fire of God upon our lives.