A Different Kind of Fire

Luke 9:51-56

The “Son’s of Thunder” had a fire in their belly. Their anger burned within them. They were raised to despise the Samaritans in the first place, but now they had refused to accept Jesus into their village.

“What do you want us to do, Jesus?” they asked, “Should we call down fire from heaven to consume them all?” It is only natural that these brothers would want to defend their Teacher. The only problem is the Teacher doesn’t operate according to human nature.

The rejected LORD turned and sharply rebuked His disciples, demonstrating His love and forgiveness of the Samaritans who had just rejected Him. “I did not come to destroy men, I came to save them!”

Jesus had a different kind of fire in mind for these Samaritans.

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Acts 8:14-17

The “Son’s of Thunder” had a fire in their belly. In fact, ever since the Day of Pentecost, many Jews had a fire in their belly and that fire was spreading fast! Word came to Jerusalem that Philip had taken the Gospel concerning Jesus to the Samaritans and many had believed and been baptized. They sent Peter and John.

I can only imagine what was going through John’s mind as he passed through Samaria. I wonder if he passed through the same village that had refused to allow Jesus to enter. Is it possible that he remembered the plans that he had for these people not so long ago?

He had once asked Jesus, “Should we call down fire from heaven to consume them all?” Now he asked Jesus, “Please send down the fire from heaven and consume them all!”

Then they laid their hands on them and they received the Holy Ghost – a different kind of fire.

Reader, take a look at the world around you. They ALL will be consumed by fire. Which kind may very well depend on you.

Tell them about a different kind of fire!

Marching Orders

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The early church lived and preached as though they were living in the last days.  Two thousand years later, I’m doing the same.  If you are reading this one hundred years after I wrote it (I’d be surprised), you should too!

Jesus is going to take His Church out of this world very soon.  The question that I have is (maybe it is your question too) what are my marching orders as I see the day approaching?

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As I wrote in “Warriors of Morning“, the answer is not to pack our bags and wait for Jesus to pick us up.  Paul told us to that we should put on the armor of light when we see the day approaching (Rom. 13).  This tells me that we should still be fighting when the Son splits the sky!

In Hebrews 10, Paul gives us some marching orders for when we see the day approaching.

Hebrews 10:22-25  22 Let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled from an evil conscience, and our bodies washed with pure water. 23 Let us hold fast the profession of our faith without wavering; (for he is faithful that promised;) 24 And let us consider one another to provoke unto love and to good works:25 Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is ; but exhorting one another : and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching.

As I read Paul’s marching orders to the Church at the close of the Church age, I can’t help but notice how similar it is to actions of the Church immediately after its conception on the day of Pentecost.

Acts 2:42 And they continued steadfastly in the apostles’ doctrine (holding fast the faith) and fellowship, and in breaking of bread (considering one another), and in prayers (drawing near to God).

Warriors of Morning fight like the Church has always fought.  IT STILL WORKS!