If you ever decide to attend a prayer meeting or worship service in Charismatic circles, you will frequently hear cries of “Lord, send your fire!” resounding in the lips of the congregants.
They are sincere in their desire to draw holy fire from heaven.
They want revival… their kind of “revival.”
But the truth of the matter is they don’t want true revival – not the kind of revival He desires, so their cries are in vain.
…Revive me according to Your word…
…And revive me in Your way…
…Revive me in Your righteousness…
One who turns away his ear from hearing the law (Torah), even his prayer is an abomination.
Man… such an indictment against those who profess to know Him!
Now by this we know that we know Him, if we keep His commandments. He who says, “I know Him,” and does not keep His commandments, is a liar, and the truth is not in him.
Still, the cries for the “Fire of God” echo in the church halls around the nation.
All I have to say is… we better duck!
The Great Adoption implies a separation from this world’s system.
Behold what manner of love the Father has bestowed on us, that we should be called children of God! Therefore the world does not know us, because it did not know Him.
God’s Love is unique in that He calls us out from the world and calls us His own. This is a Great Adoption.
We belonged to, and were in covenant with, the world. Now, if you are truly following Him, you are blessed with the name “Child of God”.
Little children, let no one deceive you. He who practices righteousness is righteous, just as He is righteous.
In this the children of God and the children of the devil are manifest: Whoever does not practice righteousness is not of God, nor is he who does not love his brother.
As a result of this Great Adoption, the world should NOT know or acknowledge you… it shouldn’t even recognize you!
Because you are now supposed to resemble Yeshua and the world couldn’t recognize/acknowledge Him! The kingdom of this world had no part of Him.
I will no longer talk much with you, for the ruler of this world is coming, and he has nothing in Me.
If you choose to follow, you WILL be rejected.
Yeshua knew, when He prayed in the garden of Gethsemane, that His followers would be hated just as He was.
I have given them Your word; and the world has hated them because they are not of the world, just as I am not of the world.
We we are called to walk this same road, in fact, we are told to PUT ON (or be JUST LIKE) Yeshua.
But put on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make no provision for the flesh, to fulfill its lusts.
- Am I friends with the world?
- Does this world know and/or acknowledge me?
- What covenants of compromise have I made with the people, or things, of this world?
- How does that affect my walk with God?
Our modern churches will not teach the concept of becoming enemies with the world. They will not teach that, in order to follow the Master, you absolutely MUST become an enemy of the world.
God’s love (which includes becoming an enemy of the world) stands in opposition to their their carnal, selfish definition of God’s “love.”
…and the calls for the “Fire of God” continue.
If you are His enemy, you don’t want to see His fire.
The Word clearly says:
Adulterers and adulteresses! Do you not know that friendship with the world is enmity with God? Whoever therefore wants to be a friend of the world makes himself an enemy of God.
Sincerely, I don’t understand the logic of the lemmings.
They say that they’ve chosen His path, and yet they look like the world, act like the world, watch the same movies as the world, listen to the same music as the world… and even eat the same food as the world. Then they have the audacity to gather together in their sun temples, look up to the heavens and cry, “Lord, send Your Fire!!”
Think about this: Since they are choosing to be friends with the world, they are (by default) enemies of God… and they (Yah’s enemies) want Him to send His fire.
Doesn’t that strike you as suicidal?
We serve a jealous God.
The precious love that God has shed abroad in our hearts should sever the tie between the world and us. We are told in Romans to make NO PROVISION for our flesh (see above, Romans 13:14).
This leaves no room for Walking Dead, no room for the latest X-box release, no room for Lady Gaga (thank God), no room for… our carnal lives.
Because partaking in this world’s system creates a bond between the child of God and the antiChrist/Babylonian system, and our jealous Husband/Father will not tolerate this in His bride/children.
Therefore, since we are receiving a kingdom which cannot be shaken, let us have grace, by which we may serve God acceptably with reverence and godly fear. For our God is a consuming fire.
When it comes to my wife, I’m jealous too.
Now, I’m married to the most wonderful woman on this earth, but no matter how much I love her, I will not allow her to have even ONE other lover… nope, not one!
I don’t allow her to cheat on me “every once in awhile.” I don’t care if he’s just a little lover!
My love for her and my covenant with her has severed any chance of her going out and looking for another… no way, I won’t have it! [btw: men, she doesn’t feel the need to look – I’ll write on that some other time]
Even though I love her with all my heart, I haven’t shed blood for her… and yet Yeshua paid the most gruesome, painful price (in blood) for His Bride.
If I (even though I haven’t shed blood) have the right to claim my bride as mine and expect her loyalty… doesn’t Yeshua have even MORE right to claim His bride and demand her loyalty?
Maybe, instead of asking for the fire of God to come down and consume us, we should ask Him:
Search me, O God, and know my heart;
Try me, and know my anxieties;
And see if there is any wicked way in me,
And lead me in the way everlasting.
May we prepare for the Day when “the marriage of the Lamb has come, and His wife has made herself ready.” (Revelation 19:7b)