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Hello my name is Jerral Campfield and this web site is dedicated to Moral Recognition Therapy using Biblical principles. Please come back often to join me in understanding Gods hands are outstretched still to forgive.

External Power of Fire in the life of a Christian  E-mail
Contributed by Jerral Campfield   
Monday, 25 May 2020

External Power of fire in the Christian life
 
God created Adam and Eve in a land of paradise and placed a tree of knowledge of good and evil that was not to be eaten or they would surely die. Satan was subtler than all God created and said to Eve Yes God said, you shall not eat of every tree of the GardenEve said, we can’t eat of the tree in the middle of the garden. Satan you shall not surely die For God knows if you eat of it your eyes will be open and you shall be as gods, knowing good and evil. She saw, desired, took ate and gave to Adam and they hide. Adam blamed Eve and God cursed Satan above all His creation he crawled like a baby and Eve was cursed with multiplied sorrow at Child birth and the husband would rule over her and to Adam the land would be cursed with Thistles and Thorns, he would have to work by the sweet of his brow to get food from the ground and would die into the dust man was created from. Then in Genesis 3:24  So He drove out the man; and He placed cherubim at the east of the garden of Eden, and a flaming sword which turned every way, to guard the way to the tree of life. This Bible God gave to us is a flaming swordthat burns out all the sin of our lives when it is used correctly. The Bible is our life for it is a fire that hardens us so we do not break under the weight of sins.
Then in Exodus 3:2  Moses was being called by God to bring people out of bondage, And the Angel of the Lord appeared to him in a flame of fire from the midst of a bush. So he looked, and behold, the bush was burning with fire, but the bush was not consumed. It is a fact when the people of God allow the fire to take away all our sins we are victories over the enemies out to destroy us. This was proven then latter as the Children in Exodus 40: 38 For the cloud of the Lord was above the tabernacle by day, and fire was over it by night, in the sight of all the house of Israel, throughout all their journeys. Would of you not have been amazed at the power of the fire given by God, so they world never get lost or cold in their relation to God as the fire that is still burning to day around the world protecting people. 
Then we move on out into the time of Elijah’s and reading 1 Kings 18: 20-40 Elijah’s Mount Carmel Victory
20 So Ahab sent for all the children of Israel, and gathered the prophets together on Mount Carmel. 21 And Elijah came to all the people, and said, “How long will you falter between two opinions? If the Lord is God, follow Him; but if Baal, follow him.” But the people answered him not a word. 22 Then Elijah said to the people, “I alone am left a prophet of the Lord; but Baal’s prophets are four hundred and fifty men. 23 Therefore let them give us two bulls; and let them choose one bull for themselves, cut it in pieces, and lay it on the wood, but put no fire under it; and I will prepare the other bull, and lay it on the wood, but put no fire under it.24 Then you call on the name of your gods, and I will call on the name of the Lord; and the God who answers by fire, He is God.”
So all the people answered and said, [e]“It is well spoken.”
25 Now Elijah said to the prophets of Baal, “Choose one bull for yourselves and prepare it first, for you are many; and call on the name of your god, but put no fire under it.
26 So they took the bull which was given them, and they prepared it, and called on the name of Baal from morning even till noon, saying, “O Baal, [f]hear us!” But there was no voice; no one answered. Then they [g]leaped about the altar which they had made.
27 And so it was, at noon, that Elijah mocked them and said, “Cry [h]aloud, for he is a god; either he is meditating, or he is busy, or he is on a journey, or perhaps he is sleeping and must be awakened.” 28 So they cried aloud, and cut themselves, as was their custom, with [i]knives and lances, until the blood gushed out on them. 29 And when midday was past, they prophesied until the time of the offering of the evening sacrifice. But there was no voice; no one answered, no one paid attention.
30 Then Elijah said to all the people, “Come near to me.” So all the people came near to him. And he repaired the altar of the Lord that was broken down. 31 And Elijah took twelve stones, according to the number of the tribes of the sons of Jacob, to whom the word of the Lord had come, saying, “Israel shall be your name.” 32 Then with the stones he built an altar in the name of the Lord; and he made a trench around the altar large enough to hold two seahs of seed 5 Gallons. 33 And he put the wood in order, cut the bull in pieces, and laid it on the wood, and said, “Fill four waterpots with water, and pour it on the burnt sacrifice and on the wood.” 34 Then he said, “Do it a second time,” and they did it a second time; and he said, “Do it a third time,” and they did it a third time. 35 So the water ran all around the altar; and he also filled the trench with water.
36 And it came to pass, at the time of the offering of the evening sacrifice, that Elijah the prophet came near and said, “Lord God of Abraham, Isaac, and Israel, let it be known this day that You are God in Israel and I am Your servant, and that I have done all these things at Your word. 37 Hear me, O Lord, hear me, that this people may know that You are the Lord God, and that You have turned their hearts back to You again.”
38 Then the fire of the Lord fell and consumed the burnt sacrifice, and the wood and the stones and the dust, and it licked up the water that was in the trench. 39 Now when all the people saw it, they fell on their faces; and they said, “The Lord, He is God! The Lord, He is God!”
40 And Elijah said to them, “Seize the prophets of Baal! Do not let one of them escape!” So they seized them; and Elijah brought them down to the Brook Kishon and executed them there.


 

We are seeing the fire of God is amazing and now let see what David experienced in his life A Song of Praise to the Sovereign Lord
97 The Lord reigns; Let the earth rejoice; Let the multitude of [a]isles be glad! Clouds and darkness surround Him; Righteousness and justice are the foundation of His throne. A fire goes before Him,
And burns up His enemies round about. His lightnings light the world;
The earth sees and trembles. The mountains melt like wax at the presence of the Lord, At the presence of the Lord of the whole earth.
The heavens declare His righteousness, And all the peoples see His glory.
Here we see David a shepherd boy became a King and commits sin of adultery and killing her Husband knowing what it is like to feel the fireburn away his sin, so he is free to serve the Lord, Then in Psalms 148 he say Praise to the Lord from Creation
148 Praise[a] the Lord! Praise the Lord from the heavens;
Praise Him in the heights! Praise Him, all His angels;
Praise Him, all His hosts! Praise Him, sun and moon;
Praise Him, all you stars of light! Praise Him, you heavens of heavens,
And you waters above the heavens! Let them praise the name of the Lord, For He commanded and they were created.
He also established them forever and ever; He made a decree which shall not pass away. Praise the Lord from the earth, You great sea creatures and all the depths; Fire and hail, snow and clouds;
Stormy wind, fulfilling His word; Mountains and all hills;
Fruitful trees and all cedars; 10 Beasts and all cattle; Creeping things and flying fowl; 11 Kings of the earth and all peoples; Princes and all judges of the earth; 12 Both young men and maidens; Old men and children.
Praise Him in the heights! Praise Him, all His angels;
Praise Him, all His hosts! Praise Him, sun and moon;
Praise Him, all you stars of light! Praise Him, you heavens of heavens,
And you waters above the heavens! Let them praise the name of the Lord, For He commanded and they were created.
He also established them forever and ever; He made a decree which shall not pass away. Praise the Lord from the earth, You great sea creatures and all the depths; Fire and hail, snow and clouds;
Stormy wind, fulfilling His word; Mountains and all hills;
Fruitful trees and all cedars; 10 Beasts and all cattle; Creeping things and flying fowl; 11 Kings of the earth and all peoples; Princes and all judges of the earth; 12 Both young men and maidens; Old men and children.
13 Let them praise the name of the Lord, For His name alone is exalted;
His glory is above the earth and heaven. 14 And He has exalted the [
His glory is above the earth and heaven. 14 And He has exalted the [b]horn of His people, The praise of all His saints—Of the children of Israel, A people near to Him. [c]Praise the Lord!
Then we see Isaiah experiencing the promises of God in his day as we read Isaiah 31He shall cross over to his stronghold for fear,
And his princes shall be afraid of the banner,” Says the Lord,
Whose fire is in Zion And whose furnace is in Jerusalem.
And his princes shall be afraid of the banner,” Says the Lord,
Whose fire is in Zion And whose furnace is in Jerusalem.
What do we see today God is using Israel and a testimony of His blessing as they are under fire from all their enemies, but the fire of God is over shadowing them like in the very beginning as they were lead by fie by night and a cloud by day. 
Then we see a wall of fire around them in Zechariah 2:5  For I,’ says the Lord, ‘I will be a wall of fire all around her, and I will be the glory in her midst.’ ” This is seen as never before even today as her enemies can destroy her. 
Then we come to the New Testament and see in John in Matthew 3:11 I indeed baptize you with water unto repentance, but He who is coming after me is mightier than I, whose sandals I am not worthy to carry. He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit [a]and fire. Thank the Lord the fire I still a mark of purification by the Blood of the lamb of God. Then we are warned not to quench the fire in Mark 9:44-45 [a]where ‘Their worm does not die And the fire is not quenched.’ 45 And if your foot causes you to sin, cut it off. It is better for you to enter life lame, rather than having two feet, to be cast into [b]hell, [c]into the fire that shall never be quenched—This is one of the most perplexing statement in the Bible let’s not quench the Fire from keeping us in tack and on track with the Lord. Are you seeing the need for Gods fire to burn out all the crud in your life? Today we have looked at the external and next week we are going to see the need for internal power of the fire of God’s love mercy and grace.


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