Hello there again dear readers! I’m sorry it took me so long to post the second part of my article about God’s heavenly fire. Now, let’s get on with the matter!
Last time, I wrote about how God appeared to Moses in flames. Let’s see some more examples told of in the Bible:
2. Chariot of Fire
We have all heard of the story where a Chariot of Fire came down from heaven to take Elijah to heaven alive, thus parting Elijah and Elisha.
2 Kings, 2:11 : “And it came to pass, as they still went on, and talked, that, behold, there appeared a chariot of fire, and horses of fire, and parted them both asunder; and Elijah went up by a whirlwind into heaven.”
Sometimes I wonder how painful it must have been for Elisha to part with Elijah after being with him for so long and learning from him and witnessing countless miracles of God
along the way.
God’s chariot that came to take Elijah away, was that of fire. Even the horses were of fire. Can you imagine that? Elijah was such a man of God, righteous in his ways and always close to Him, that he could not be allowed to die on earth like any other man. What a lucky man! It’s sad that in these generations, we can’t find someone who wants to be nearly as close to God..
3.The God that Answereth by Fire
Here let us look at a few verses of 1 Kings, Chapter 18:
24′ And call ye on the name of your gods, and I will call on the name of the Lord: and the God that answereth by fire, let him be God. And all the people answered and said, It is well spoken.
This is the part where Elijah stands up for our Lord with ultimate faith, to show the others who is the true and living God. I admire and dream to become like these great people of the past, for the fact that they were never reluctant to take up challenges against other fake gods or beliefs. They were in fact enthusiastic about such challenges, and the one and only reason is simple: “Pure Faith”!
If you read on from that verse, you can see that Elijah was very patient and gave them enough time and more to try their best at “awakening” their gods; he gave them sufficient time to tire themselves out to the point that they lost all faith in these fake gods.
After that, he started his work. He built an altar in the name of the Lord, and made a trench about the altar which was to be filled with water. The wood he placed on the altar and the bullock he cut into pieces which he placed upon the wood- everything was drenched in water.
36′ And it came to pass at the time of the evening sacrifice, that Elijah the prophet came near, and said, Lord God of Abraham, Isaac, and of Israel, let it be known this day that thou art God in Israel and I am thy servant, and that I have done these things at thy word. 37′ Hear me, O Lord, hear me, that this people may know that thou art the Lord God, and that thou hast turned their heart back again.
38′ Then the fire of the Lord fell, and consumed the burnt sacrifice, and the wood, and the stones, and the dust, and licked up the water that was in the trench.
God’s fire was strong enough to consume even the stones, and the dust.. It licked up the water in the trench.. Oh, I think I need not explain the apparent glory and miraculousness of any of that.
Dear friends, our God does not abandon us when we choose to stand up for Him. He never leaves us when we are trying to show the world what He is capable of doing. If you have the faith to go out into the busy streets, and tell the world that they will see a tree grow in the middle of the road by God’s power, then God will definitely make sure the tallest, strongest tree grows out of the road..
If you have the faith to step out of your house during the attack of a huge tornado, and command it to disappear in the name of Jesus Christ, then it will surely disappear. No doubt about it.
If you have the faith to command a murderer while he’s trying to kill you, to kneel down before God, then his heart will shake in fear of the power and mightiness of God, and he WILL obey you.
This is what we lack today.. faith.. “Pure Faith!” Some people may be brave enough to sort of try and command something to go away in God’s name, and then when it doesn’t happen, they start blaming God for betraying them. But they never stop to think what exactly was going through their minds at the time..” wait, if this doesn’t happen, what will others think of me? Goodness, what have I gotten myself into? Now what will I tell everyone when this fails to happen? Anyway, let’s see how it turns out.. ”
Pure faith does not allow such thoughts to come to mind when waiting for God’s miracle to happen. Pure faith makes your heart ready for something to happen. Pure faith makes you believe this will happen in God’s name, just like how you believe the sun will come up tomorrow. It’s just impossible for you to not believe.
Keep your faith, and check yourselves to make sure you have that beautiful pure faith that makes God do miracles for you.. Till next time.. God bless you! 🙂