Tuesday, July 4, 2017

Our God is a Consuming Fire

Hello friend, i was drawn to the name of the Lord as a consuming fire . As a result i checked out the following verses , i have to say that the theme of Jacob being led by God alone and there was no foreign God with him has always fascinated me , anyway below are the verses i read and the thoughts that crossed my mind:

Deuteronomy 32:12 (AMPC) So the Lord alone led him; there was no foreign god with Him.

Leviticus 10: 1-3  (NASB) Now Nadab and Abihu, the sons of Aaron, took their respective firepans, and after putting fire in them, placed incense on it and offered strange fire before the Lord, which He had not commanded them. And fire came out from the presence of the Lord and consumed them, and they died before the Lord. Then Moses said to Aaron, “It is what the Lord spoke, saying,By those who come near Me I will be treated as holy,And before all the people I will be honored.’”So Aaron, therefore, kept silent.
Deuteronomy 4:23-24 (AMPC)..Take heed to yourselves, lest you forget the covenant of the Lord your God which He made with you, and make for yourselves a graven image in the form of anything which the Lord your God has forbidden you.24 For the Lord your God is a consuming fire, a jealous God.
God is reminding us that He alone is God. When He rescues us (Colossians 1:13) and saves us it is to bring us to Himself. He is also telling us that He is Holy and therefore requires us to approach Him according to the way He has established, Jesus Christ is the way we approach God , His blood has drawn us to God and in Him we have a right relationship with God our Father. I hear a warning against idolatry which pursues us in many subtle forms. God is not only a consuming fire in the old testament, His name has not changed, He is a consuming fire yesterday, today and forever , the writer of the book of Hebrews also reminds us of this attribute of God. 

Hebrews 12:28-29 (AMPC) Let us therefore, receiving a kingdom that is firm and stable and cannot be shaken, offer to God pleasing service and acceptable worship, with modesty and pious care and godly fear and awe; For our God [is indeed] a consuming fire.
This attribute is connected to worship, it is connected with how we serve and regard the LORD, He is to be regarded as holy , He is to be feared and revered . He is our Father , Son and Holy Spirit , He is our Friend but He is God Almighty, King of all the earth , He is to be revered! May our response to pressures that causes us to falter in our belief be carefully crafted by the Holy Spirit so that we can boldly declare like the three Hebrew boys :

          Daniel 3:16-18 Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego answered the king, O Nebuchadnezzar, it is not necessary for us to answer you on this point.17 If our God Whom we serve is able to deliver us from the burning fiery furnace, He will deliver us out of your hand, O king.18 But if not, let it be known to you, O king, that we will not serve your gods or worship the golden image which you have set up!
Prayer :=Almighty and everlasting God by faith we declare that we will serve no foreign god or any other treasure , You are our hearts desire , fill us with Your Spirit without measure, unto Your Name we bring our sacrifice, we worship You with gratitude this day, we lean on You our Pillar, our Lord and our God, unite our hearts to fear You, oh that Your beauty will be the only thing we reflect, my Father let Your image and likeness be perfect in our lives as we so willingly live in, through and for You. In the Mighty Name of Jesus we pray,trust and believe, Amen.