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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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