I knew of a minister once who was filled with several gifts of the Spirit. He would start shaking his hands and state they felt like they were on fire. He then would lay hands on people proclaiming the gift of healing or prophecy concerning their life. He was right on every time. How does one explain this manifestation? The fire of God….the fire of God is real. God answers by fire. We all have heard of the burning bush in which God spoke to Moses from. The bush was consumed with flames but didn’t burn up, however God spoke through the flame. John the Baptist proclaimed that Jesus would baptize believers with fire. We also can read in the second chapter of Acts this proclamation was true as they were filled with the Spirit there appeared unto them cloven tongues like as of fire and it sat upon each one of them and they spoke with other tongues.
Fire is an emblem, in Scripture, of the Divine holiness and justice, also of the afflictions and trials with which God proves and purifies his people, and even of that baptism of the Holy Ghost, by which sinful affections are consumed, and the soul changed into the Divine nature and image. The Spirit, like fire, melts the heart, burns up the dross, and kindles pious and devout affections in the soul; in which, as in the fire on the altar, the spiritual sacrifices are offered up. On the day of Pentecost they were filled with the Holy Ghost, more than before. They were filled with the graces of the Spirit, and more than ever under his sanctifying influences; more weaned from this world, and better acquainted with the other. They were overflowing with the comforts of the Spirit and rejoiced more than ever in the love of Jesus and the hope of heaven even in the midst of trials, griefs or fear. They were filled with the gifts of the Holy Ghost with miraculous powers for the furtherance of the gospel. They spake, not from previous though or meditation, but as the Spirit gave them utterance.
Jesus knew it was important to go away so He may send the comforter, the Holy Spirit, the fire to live within us. Without the death, burial, and resurrection power we couldn’t embrace the fire. Our faith and relationship with Jesus Christ should not be a roller coaster but a consuming fire. Our life should fan the flames of God. His fire should lead and guide us day and night, listening to His still small voice.We can be living sacrifices to God’s fire. We must engage our culture with God’s fire just as Jesus did during His time. Remember, Jesus said, “Greater things shall you do”. When we are on fire, we are connected to God in a greater measure to overcome and live a victorious life manifesting the power for the glory of God. Fire is contagious and it will spread, again I say, “Let the Fire of God fall!”