When we think of fanning the flames it often refers to the intensifying of a situation, whether it yields a good or a bad result.
In actuality, a fire cannot burn unless it has 3 elements, heat, fuel, and oxygen. If any of the 3 are broken the fire will go out. Heat ignites the flame, with that sizzling, crackling, friction and dryness that sets off a spark and needs to be fed. Oxygen allows the flame that was sparked by the heat to combust and burn freely uncovered and unhindered. Fuel works on a condition where more means more and less means less. Fuel can be any material that has the ability to burn. More fuel means more intense heat allowing the flames to rage, draining the air of oxygen, distributing more and more fumes and smoke filled with carbon dioxide. Less fuel uses less oxygen, minimal flame, less heat and less smoke.
But here comes the wind that causes the fire to shift and spread. A rapid move that fans away moisture, creating the perfect environment and motivation for the fire to ramp up and press on. It drives the elements to set ablaze all that is in its path, while on a mission to keep the fire burning and the 3 components unbroken.
“Let all that I am praise the Lord. O Lord my God, how great you are! You are robed with honor and majesty. You are dressed in a robe of light. You stretch out the starry curtain of the heavens; you lay out the rafters of your home in the rain clouds. You make the clouds your chariot; you ride upon the wings of the wind. The winds are your messengers; flames of fire are your servants.” Psalm 104:1-4 NLT
Fan the flames all you messengers and bearers of the good news of the Gospel of Christ. You are the wind that causes the word of God to spread to the ends of the earth. Believers and doers (faith-workers) of the will of God, stand firm in your faith and do not let your flames of fire go out. Keep watch, and be prepared to maintain the three components that keep the fire of your heart toward the Lord burning…
With Heat: (Romans 12:2 NLT “Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know God’s will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect.”
With Fuel: (John 6:33-35 ESV [“For the bread of God is he who comes down from heaven and gives life to the world.” They said to him, “Sir, give us this bread always.” Jesus said to them, “I am the bread of life; whoever comes to me shall not hunger, and whoever believes in me shall never thirst.”]
And with Oxygen: Isaiah 11:2 ESV “And the Spirit of the Lord shall rest upon him, the Spirit of wisdom and understanding, the Spirit of counsel and might, the Spirit of knowledge and the fear of the Lord.” Acts 1:8 ESV “…you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, and you will be my witnesses…” Galatians 5:22-23 ESV “the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law.”
“Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom.” 2 Cor. 3:17 ESV
“I came to send fire on the earth, and how I wish it were already kindled!” Luke 12:49 NKJV
In between here and there, wednesday can be a real hard day to get through, but on the 3rd day God got to work on land, He made it appear by gathering together the waters that submerged and kept it from being seen. And when he unveiled it he commanded it to flourish and multiply with seed bearing vegetation that collectively covered and supported each other, so abundantly, creating an ecosystem that supports the very existence of life.
Make today a great day. Unveil the love of the Lord and watch it grow and cover and support everything it touches including the atmosphere around you.
God is love. He is the beginning and the end. He is the word and the word is also with him, and the word that goes forth from his Holy Spirit does not return to him void.
It’s been a while since I have posted steady devotionals as directed by the Holy Spirit. In the interim, know that I have been working with the Lord, preparing something great to come forward soon. Stay tuned. This New Year, God has so much in store. Expect great things and don’t lose hope in your expectations.
This New Year your living, your breathing, your standing, your believing, confirms that God is still faithful. He is still saving, he is still doing what we cannot see and manifesting it before our very eyes, every time it matters. He never skips a beat. He loves you so much. Don’t give up, patience is alive and active. Allow your state of mind to uplift you with a joyful hope of expectation. Don’t get too discouraged at setbacks. Those are only moments for recalibration and opportunities to come back stronger, recalculated, and better prepared. Know there are great things in store and you will be rewarded.
“For in this hope we were saved. Now hope that is seen is not hope. For who hopes for what he sees? But if we hope for what we do not see, we wait for it with patience.” Romans 8:24-25 ESV
Happy, Healthy & Hopeful 2022!