They who know in-depth of heart, the power of Salvation’s reach, feel within mercy’s grasp the debt of love to Christ alone. While many use empty words and quote the scriptures from lukewarm hearts there burns a blaze that lingers through their earthly days. It is the Hunger of the redeemed, longing for full redemption. Not some idle chat of this and that but a pure burning desire to be fully garmented in the Life of Christ the source of Holy Flame.
“And the fire upon the altar shall be burning in it; it shall not be put out…”
An excerpt from a poem by Tim Shey
“A circle of fire Surrounds me Protecting me From Satan’s arm, Warning me Of Satan’s charm, Keeping me From Satan’s harm.
An intense burning Within me Is stoked by The Word of God. A deeply felt yearning Within me To warn them Of the wrath of God.
Isaiah, Jeremiah, and Elijah, I know you well, Because I am baptized With the same Holy Ghost Fire That empowered you And kept you from Hell.
Jesus died So that I can see Events Before they are born. I was birthed— Not of flesh Nor of the will of man— I was birthed In violence By the Precious Blood of God.
His body was pierced So that my eyes Could pierce The dark night of Adam And help unblind the blind. The white-hot heat of Heaven Is the color Of my sight That leads us upward and onward, Spirit-filled warriors of mankind.”
“I would that you were cold, or hot” Revelation 3:15
“A zealous man in religion is per-eminently a man of one thing. It is not enough to say that he is earnest, hearty, uncompromising, thorough-going, whole-hearted, fervent in spirit. He sees one thing, he cares for one thing, he lives for one thing, he is swallowed-up in one thing — and that one thing is to please God. Whether he lives — or whether he dies; whether he has health — or whether he has sickness; whether he is rich — or whether he is poor; whether he pleases man — or whether he gives offense; whether he is thought wise — or whether he is thought foolish; whether he gets blame — or whether he gets praise; whether he gets honor, or whether he gets shame — for all this the zealous man cares nothing at all. He burns for one thing — and that one thing is to please God, and to advance God’s glory. If he is consumed in the very burning — he is content. He feels that, like a lamp, he is made to burn, and if consumed in burning — he has but done the work for which God appointed him”
“And thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind, and with all thy strength: this is the first commandment”
“…and he (Moses) looked, and, behold, the bush burned with fire, and the bush was not consumed”
God’s purpose for man is revealed in this verse. The call of God is to bring men and women to this one end: lives that burn with His fire through fragile earthen vessels. In a fully yielded life of surrender we become His light to the world.
The secret of this life is in the wick drawing upon the oil of His Spirit allowing His pure desire and heart to be the flame. The only way the wick will not burn up is by keeping the flow of oil constant through the power of an abiding relationship. Where there is no flow the wick will burn out and become useless, no longer able to shine with the wonder of the flame of God.
The oil without the flame is of little value. So too are the gifts and ministrations of the Holy Spirit apart from the purifying and glorifying flame of God within the vessel. The magnificence of this life cannot be known without these three components: The Flame of God, the Oil of the Holy Spirit and the Fragile Earthen Wick.
“And the bush was not consumed”
“It is of the Lord’s mercies that we are not consumed, because his compassions fail not”