I AM DOING A NEW THING

Scripture Reading: Is. 43: 18-19
In Ezra 3, the foundation of the temple is laid, and praises went up to the Lord from the priests, the Levites, and the sons of Asaph, as was directed by King David. The Word tells us the people shouted with a great shout when they praised the Lord because the foundation of the house of the Lord was laid (Ezra 3:11). But not everyone is rejoicing about the rebuilding of the temple. We find those who had seen the first temple weep at the sight of the new foundation. It was disappointment resting in a past season, remembering what was instead of what is to come. Ezra 3 bears witness to this sense of discontentment. It is encountering a former time of majesty and splendour, believing the lie that the former is greater than the latter.
There is a tendency to look back to what used to be and to long for past days of glory. Even now, there are those longing for moves that they saw and encountered in past seasons in ministry. They seek the comfort of the familiar while rejecting fresh vision entrusted to God’s appointed leadership.

SUSTAINING THE FIRE (3)

Scripture Reading: Leviticus 6:12-13 Lastly, God instructed the priests to burn wood on the altar every morning. The Scripture states: “Where there is no wood, the fire goes out; and where there is no talebearer, strife ceases. As charcoal is to burning coals, and...

SUSTAINING THE FIRE (2)

Scripture Reading: Leviticus 6:10-11
Let us continue from yesterday’s reflection. Secondly, God instructed the priests to ensure that the ashes never cover the altar (Lev. 6:10). The ashes must not cleave to the priest’s body! What a wisdom and warning for God’s servants today! The ashes are the trails of fire and the evidence that fire has thoroughly burnt. Ashes can no longer burn and they do not support burning. They are nothing but a fire-extinguisher. Therefore, when ashes from past burnt sacrifices are left to accumulate on the altar, they will put out the fire on the altar. So, God instructed the priests to carefully handle them and properly dispose of them. They must be put aside after each offering and later be carried to a clean place outside the camp.

SUSTAINING THE FIRE (1)

Scripture Reading: Leviticus 6:13
One of the primary responsibilities of priests under the Old Covenant was to keep the fire burning on God’s altar perpetually. God expressly commanded them, saying, “A fire shall always be burning on the altar; it shall never go out.” (Lev. 6:13 NKJV) God sent the fire, but it was the responsibility of the priests to sustain the fire on the altar (Lev. 9:23-24). However, God gave them specific instructions to follow so that they could keep the fire burning on the altar. These divine instructions are still very relevant and useful to us today to sustain God’s fire in our souls.

CONSUMED BY FIRE (2)

Scripture Reading: Hebrews 12:29
I have such an urgency upon me now to release this word. I say this without desiring to bring condemnation. Many want to feel the power of His fire without enduring the refinement of His fire. We are in an hour when Jesus is beckoning His bride to recognize her place hidden in Him. He is our Crucible, the One who holds us as we are purified by the fire of God.
Many want elevation in the Spirit, but they do not want to be refined. When gold is refined, the dross rises first. Understand that before the fire of God elevates you, it eradicates the impurities in your life so that they can be removed by Him. When we grow from faith to faith and glory to glory, His fire intensifies in our lives, and those hidden things keeping us from reflecting Christ fully are brought to the surface so that they can be resolved. No one is exempt from this process.

CONSUMED BY FIRE (1)

Scripture Reading: Hebrews 12:29
Are you crying out for the fire of God? We cry out for His all-consuming fire. We love to tangibly feel His touch and His power wash over us in fellowship and in our private time with Him. I know what that feels like to have His fire burn on the inside of us. It is overwhelming, and it is life changing. At least it should be. Yet I am convinced that we, myself included, do not comprehend the fullness and the cost of inviting the fire of God upon our lives. God is saying to us: “My fire is a holy consummation. It is a sacred union.

CONSUMED BY FIRE (1)

Scripture Reading: Hebrews 12:29
Are you crying out for the fire of God? We cry out for His all-consuming fire. We love to tangibly feel His touch and His power wash over us in fellowship and in our private time with Him. I know what that feels like to have His fire burn on the inside of us. It is overwhelming, and it is life changing. At least it should be. Yet I am convinced that we, myself included, do not comprehend the fullness and the cost of inviting the fire of God upon our lives. God is saying to us: “My fire is a holy consummation. It is a sacred union.

THE HELPER HAS COME…

Pentecost Sunday
Scripture Reading: John 15:26-27
Dear friends in Christ, Pentecost changes lives. Pentecost enables us to be powerful instruments of the transforming grace of God. Just as on the day of Pentecost, we need the Holy Spirit to come and light our fire and give us the courage and power to do things which will bring glory to God.
The Pentecost story is filled with memorable details: strong driving winds that shook the house where the disciples were staying; tongues of fire that suddenly appeared; the bold fearless preaching of disciples who had been locked away in fear; a famous sermon delivered by Peter; the conversion of 3000 people in a single day. The first Pentecost must have been quite an event!!

RECEIVE THE HOLY SPIRIT

Day 9 of the Fasting and Prayer Programme
Scripture Reading: John 20:22
“Come Holy Spirit, fill the hearts of Your faithful and enkindle in them the fire of Your love. Send forth Your Spirit, and they shall be created and they shall renew the face of the earth.” All you have to do is ask, believe, and receive! Pray, “Father, I recognize my need for Your power to live this new life. Please fill me with Your Holy Spirit. By faith, I receive Him right now! Thank You for baptizing me.

“LIKE THE DEW FALL”

Day 8 of the Fasting and Prayer Programme

Scripture Reading: Hosea 14:5
“Dewfall is an ancient powerful image of the presence of God. For people in the desert, dew is an important source of water, sometimes the only source. It signifies life. The quiet early hours of the morning are a time when God shows us how the Holy Spirit works in our lives. In those hours, the dew covers the ground and soaks it. Water comes to the ground in various ways, such as rainfall and snowfall which are easily seen, and also dewfall, which is when water covers the ground in the form of dew. Dewfall is a quiet process; it forms silently and gradually. There is something mysterious about dew. You can be outside in the evening when the ground is dry, but go outside in the morning and find it is wet. Unlike rainfall, you do not hear dewfall. You may ask yourself, “Did it rain last night again?” But it was not rainfall; it was dewfall.

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