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Start A Fire, Lord!

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This Series has been on my mind to develop for some time now, needing an element of “red” to be utilized and of course to find the right challenge by the Holy Spirit to develop – that time has arrived. Am going to present the challenge just as it was written by this friend’s son – they will know who they are – which will not be divulged, unless express permission is granted to do so. This “cry” follows:

This is the cry of my heart as I leave for Costa Rica. “We wanna burn with passion like never before, so start a fire Lord.” Expecting great things from our Father. Prayers appreciated.

My first inclination when reading this Social Media post was to pray for this young man, whom our family has known for a number of years – and did so. Immediately went to digging through the Bible with a few searches, settling on “fire” and “lord”. Interestingly enough, each discovery was “LORD” and “fire” from the Old Testament – 188 of them in a simplified search. A more extensive analysis was done to work in historically accurate words for the writing time of the Bible, but noticed immediately that a pattern emerged which could not be ignored. Sometimes I can complicate matters, trust me – I did go a tad overboard – but have spared you of my findings… maybe in another Series…

The Evident Message

Right in front of my face, with only five verses of Scripture, a simple and straightforward message presented itself plainly – without having to try to create one out of it. The first verse utilized tell us “Who” God is by way of something we can understand “is a consuming fire” Deuteronomy 4:24. The second verse tells us “about” Him in simple words “is good” and “his mercy” in II Chronicles 7:3. The third verse indicates His “power” by means of tools that we can identify with in “a fire” and “a hammer” used in Jeremiah 23:29. The fourth verse indicates for us a formula for living by “seek”, “live” or “lest he break out fire” in Amos 5:6. Then finally by looking at the refiners process of “fire, refined, tried, call, hear, say, my people, my God” in Zechariah 13:9.

The more the Series was worked on, the more powerful the message grew to become – simple, powerful and to the point. God the Father is WHO He says He IS! He also DOES what He says He will do. We as Christians will find over and over again that those things and peoples who promises were made, each of them were fulfilled. The fulfilling for us in this day was paid for in full by Jesus Blood – hence the red roses – the color of blood.

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Am reminded again and again that we can have a tendency to think we must do this or that in some elaborate manner to “show” God off to others, where in actuality we may very well be turning others and those that they will tell about their encounter with us OFF from the things of Eternal value. We’d do well to understand and be reminded that Jesus used the simple to confound even the most “knowledgeable” of the day — and He has all the knowledge there is to have and will ever be at His very fingertips so to speak…

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The following Title Stream makes up the five (5) prints developed for this Series utilizing a special set of red roses. Interestingly enough, they are comprised of verses of Scripture that all have “fire” and “LORD” in the entirety of their content.

Title Stream

consuming fire
his mercy
breaketh the rock
seek the lord
this is my God

Is there a digging spirit about you when it comes to God’s Holy Word? As you take the time, it is assumed that a daily time is taken already to do so, to read God’s Word, is there a desire in you to find out what it means, who it applies to and how what you’ve read makes application to YOU today? I’ve always been told “The shorter, the better” when presenting something to folks that may have little exposure to what is being talked about – “leave the heavy duty stuff to those that talk back…” was a constant reminding phrase for me as a kid. Will we see the small “nuggets” in what we read and make application of in our lives from God’s Word? There are times when the tough stuff is hard to make work, but if your life is like mine – sometimes those little things are more difficult to get placed just right. It is my prayer that this “micro” Series of sorts will help “Start A Fire” in each of us and will Encourage us and other through us to keep ourselves pointed toward the Lord!

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Wisdom and Integrity

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What is in a word? Or, two in this case. People in general may not see the link between the two of them, but looking at them through the lenses of the Bible, one can see clearly that they both are matched up to each other in a manner of speaking. True wisdom and understanding of things WELL beyond our ability to comprehend as Christians comes from our Heavenly Father, by way of the Holy Spirit. Appropriate integrity will have us doing all that we do as if we are contemplating, doing and completing every task for our Lord and Saviour Himself.

Being Wise and Having Integrity

Being wise and having wisdom is SO much more than knowledge, but many think they are the pretty close to being the same thing. Wisdom is “The right use or exercise of knowledge”, which we have to receive some training and guidance on the “best means to accomplish…” a task or process / thinking, which requires discernment. By learning to make wise choices with the conviction of the Holy Spirit, our decisions will be shown through and through with integrity.

Having integrity is likewise an equally difficult item to maintain and is often misunderstood, if not just plain flat out butchered because circumstances are allowed to change those items that are agreed to and what has been promised to be finished, achieved and completed. The moral standards of times gone by are a rare thing to find in a person given the time and day in which we find ourselves. We as Christians MUST remember that our Heavenly Father has NOT changed, nor has His mandate of keeping our word as He keeps His Word changed. As we seek to be faithful to Him, the tenants of maintaining our integrity should grow and flourish even.

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We need to keep the line of communication open to the very Throne Room of Heaven, making sure that there is nothing that stands between us. Every facet of our lives should be geared and honed to this process and continual growth of the Believer, such that both Wisdom and Integrity show through, as our relationship with the Lord reaches even further heights. When others see our willingness to do what we say we are going to do as Christians, we are a witness for the Lord and are giving them proof of His Power in our lives to make good and godly decisions that we can then carry out against any opposition.

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This Series is one of learning to trust and being reminded of Who we are representing in our own lives. Knowledge is one thing, but understanding is an entirely different consideration and application, which for the Christian squarely rests in our Beliefs and Relationship with Jesus Christ. How strongly we rely upon those Beliefs and Relationship will show up in the level of Integrity others see in each one of us.

Actions to Consider

Wisdom | desire truth, fear, instruction, giving, understanding, reproof, cause, dwelling, lacking, peace
Integrity | w/o wickedness, void of vanity, righteousness, mercy & truth, trust, redeemed, blessed, guide, hearing, seeing

This Series is NOT intended to be a weight of burden, but rather a thought provoking reminder to each of us of how we interact with those around us and even more importantly, how our walk with the Lord is impacting the lives we live in front of this ever present world. We will make “wise” choices when we have sought after the “wisdom” to do so, which generally results in our wanting to respond, live and abide with integrity – such that there is no doubt we are a Child of the King of Kings and Lord of Lords. Such a simple statement, “Wisdom is knowing the right path to take… Integrity is taking it.”, but one that is MUCH harder to walk than to talk. I want others to CLEARLY see and EASILY hear my reliance on the God of All Creation to live my life, day by day, event by event, moment by moment… choosing each path with His Hand and taking each of them to the very end, whatever the cost…

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