February 21, 2018, Pastor T's News Article in The News Observer
Fire has always been a symbol of the Lord’s presence among His people. God led the children of Israel through the wilderness, a cloud by day and a pillar of fire by night. God appeared to Moses in a flame of fire out of the midst of a bush. (Exodus 3:2)
Exodus 19:18 When God came down to speak to His people, the Bible says: “And Mount Sinai was altogether a smoke because the Lord descended in fire and the smoke thereof ascended as the smoke of a furnace, and the whole mountain quaked greatly.”
Exodus 24:17 And the sight of the Glory of the Lord was like consuming fire on the top of Mount Sinai in the sight of the people.
When Ezekial saw the glory of the Lord here is how he described it. (Ezek 1:26-27) and upon the likeness of the throne was the likeness as the appearance of a man above upon it.27 And I saw as the color of amber, as the appearance of fire round about within it, from the appearance of His loins even upward, and from the appearance of His loins even downward, I saw as it were the appearance of fire, and it had brightness round about.
(When Elijah left it was in a chariot of fire and horses of fire.) Fire has always been an identifying characteristic of the people of God.
Lev 6:12 And the fire upon the altar shall be burning in it; it shall not be put out: and the priest shall burn wood on it every morning, and lay the burnt offering in order upon it; and he shall burn thereon the fat of the peace offerings.
Lev 6:13 The fire shall ever be burning upon the altar; it shall never go out. Fire is heaven's witness that we are God's property. Fire is heaven's witness that God is in our midst.
The fire of God is not a mental concept or idea to be analyzed by the mind. The fire of God is the tangible manifested power of God invading the earth's realm, consuming our mind, our soul, our body, and setting us on fire for His Kingdom Sake. This is not a time for the Church to go AWOL. (This is the time for the church to catch fire, and fight fire with fire.) We need to leave our houses on fire today: anybody who gets near us should feel the heat. And especially the devil should feel the heat.
Let me ask this question: Does hell feel the heat coming from our prayer closet? Does hell feel the flames of our prayers?