Fire!!! Whay does it mesmerize us so much?
We played with it and got burned when we were young; setting the field on fire for sports and then running around after it the whole day to put it out.
You always need to make a fire when you go camping, it give that ambience.
You make bond fires when you are with friends singing along to “I found a love” Perfect by Ed Sheeran on the guitar; sitting around a fire pit.
You make a fire when you have a braai / bbq and hang with your friends having a few beers. They keep us warm in winter time with a glass of wine in our hands.
We have men protecting us from fires when they break out and take lives sometimes.
Lastly but surely not the least the sun; one ginormous ball of radioactive explosions that give us light, warmth and keep us alive.
So how does fire come into our study of the kingdom?
Verses for Today:
And he said to them, “I tell you the truth, some who are standing here will not taste death before they see the kingdom of God come with power.” – Mark 9:1
So we might ask ourselves what is that power that Jesus is referring to?
That bring a colossal flurry of feelings when we talk about power.
Jesus said the Kingdom will come with power. Wow!!!
“But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.” – Acts 1:8
Ahh, so it is the Holy Spirit that comes on the disciples!!! We can also see what follows after they receive the power; the disciples will witness starting in Jerusalem.
1 When the day of Pentecost came, they were all together in one place. 2 Suddenly a sound like the blowing of a violent wind came from heaven and filled the whole house where they were sitting. 3 They saw what seemed to be tongues of fire that separated and came to rest on each of them. 4 All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other tongues as the Spirit enabled them. – Acts 2:1-4
Wow!!! Blowing of a violent wind; we normally know it as a tornado. Intense to be right in the middle of it!!! You see those storm chasers being on the perifery of it with rock and debree hitting their windscreens, but to be in the middle of it. We are not that brave, it might cost your life even sitting in a armoured vehicle.
Tongs of fire came to rest on each of them? That sounds like something out of a Stephen Spielberg’s film.
Wow imagine being an englishman and all of a sudden speaking russian, french, portugese and manderin in the same sentence. Wow, that must have been one intense day. When Jesus said the holy spirit will come with power, that was intense!!!
That was the day the kingdom came by the Holy Spirit being poured out with power, truly a amzing powerful day all in once.
Prayer for Today:
Wow Lord, what a rush!!! Your kingdom truly came in a powerful way!!! Thank you that your scriptures that fit perfectly together even when we do not always understand them due to our lack of passion in, in depth study. Help me to be the forceful man who takes hold of your kingdom.
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