Personal testimonies and life experiences that illuminate the undeniable presence of God.
What is the Fire of God?
When one normally thinks of the word 'fire' and God - one immediately knows that it means 'passion' or 'power'. God's love for us burns as intense as an 'all-consuming fire'.
"For our God is a consuming fire" - Hebrews 12:29.
His fire never sleeps.
God is first identified as a “consuming fire” in Deuteronomy 4:24 and 9:3. The writer to the Hebrews reiterates, warning the Hebrews to worship God with reverence and awe “for our God is a consuming fire.”
Normally I don't receive visions, or dreams, nor do I speak in tongues. Most of the time I'm not even aware what day it is!
However, as I had been going deeper in my relationship with God, who brought me through the fire from the roughest patch of my life during 2013 - 2017. I joined our local church, it just happened to be the church closest to the place God brought me and my family to for work. As an expat, in a foreign country, this was a blessing in itself to have found such a wonderful group of people who love the Lord with all their hearts and were not afraid to show it!
I had attended this church a few years ago (only once) on a visit to the country previously, but this time, as I was seeking God with my whole heart, I began attending regularly, and I even joined the women's intercessor group, who prayed for me and my family on more than one occasion and successfully removed strongholds that were over our lives, hindering us.
Anyway, as I found myself being drawn closer and closer to Jesus Christ, and learning more about who He really was, I had a dream one night:
I was attending a banquet. The room was full, it was summer — warm and bright, and there were little cakes in a display fridge that everyone was asked to help themselves to, so I helped myself to a little cake shaped like a Bible (there were other non-religious shapes but I chose the Bible one), there was a pretty gold cross on it and the Bible shaped cake was covered in mint green fondant and the 'pages' of the Bible were gold (it looked delicious) so I took one and sat down at the table and the program was about to start, so everyone was quiet and focused on the speaker.
Suddenly a girl sitting behind me at another table (who was from a neighboring church) spoke loudly and said (in a conversational tone-as if she was asking me) "So I hear that the Holy Spirit has come upon the women of your church?" So I turned around, smiled and said a confident "Yes," (I figured she may have heard from someone because it was a well known thing by now) Anyway, she suddenly got louder and louder as she spoke and the Holy Spirit came into her and then the entire banquet room full of ladies began getting the Holy Spirit too, and me as well! I was surprised and shocked but it felt extremely powerful, like something was actually causing something to bubble up out of me and the words that came out of my mouth were "Rise up and praise Me! Worship the Great I Am!" and I immediately obeyed and began praising the Lord, and it felt like it was getting more powerful the more I said it (along with everybody else who was also praising).
Now I grew up as a Pastor's granddaughter, so church and banquets were nothing new for me but I had never felt this before, the whole bubbling feeling, with words coming out of me in tongues no less! And that's not the strangest part, turns out it was Pentecost weekend! Now to me, who rarely studied the Bible, took no note of religious holidays, attended church that Sunday and heard my Pastor speaking about how the Holy Spirit descended on Christ's disciples I was convicted! I was in awe! Was this dream more than just a coincidence? I definitely think so! It was God pouring out His fire on me and the other ladies in our church! The dream came to me in the early hours on a Friday morning, later that very same morning, the ladies intercessory group from my church were on their way to a Christian conference where they had anticipated on refreshing their spirits, relaxing and learning from the main speaker... and yet, amazingly enough, they ended up being the prayer warriors for the speaker herself! People were lining up to be prayed by our group of women intercessors in a different city at someone else's conference! The dream I had, confirmed that it was God filling us with His fire! Like He did at Pentecost with his disciples! Ashamedly, in all my 34 years of life, I had no idea what the true meaning of Pentecost even was before this whole experience where I was visited in the spiritual realm by The One and Only. That was revelation enough for me, because I felt the presence of the Holy Spirit. It was amazing, it was awesome. It was powerful. It was blessed. I am so utterly thankful. Not only to the people who brought me closer to my God, but to the God who spoke worlds into existence, that He actually took the time to open my eyes, to who He really is. 'The Great I Am'. Wow.
Pentecost according to the Bible
The Holy Spirit Comes at Pentecost
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.
5 Now there were staying in Jerusalem God-fearing Jews from every nation under heaven.
6 When they heard this sound, a crowd came together in bewilderment, because each one heard them speaking in his own language.
7 Utterly amazed, they asked: "Are not all these men who are speaking Galileans?
8 Then how is it that each of us hears them in his own native language?
9 Parthians, Medes and Elamites; residents of Mesopotamia, Judea and Cappadocia, Pontus and Asia,
10 Phrygia and Pamphylia, Egypt and the parts of Libya near Cyrene; visitors from Rome
11( both Jews and converts to Judaism); Cretans and Arabs--we hear them declaring the wonders of God in our own tongues!"
12 Amazed and perplexed, they asked one another, "What does this mean?"
13 Some, however, made fun of them and said, "They have had too much wine.
14 Then Peter stood up with the Eleven, raised his voice and addressed the crowd: "Fellow Jews and all of you who live in Jerusalem, let me explain this to you; listen carefully to what I say.
15 These men are not drunk, as you suppose. It's only nine in the morning!
16 No, this is what was spoken by the prophet Joel:
17 "`In the last days, God says, I will pour out my Spirit on all people. Your sons and daughters will prophesy, your young men will see visions, your old men will dream dreams.
18 Even on my servants, both men and women, I will pour out my Spirit in those days, and they will prophesy.
19 I will show wonders in the heaven above and signs on the earth below, blood and fire and billows of smoke.
20 The sun will be turned to darkness and the moon to blood before the coming of the great and glorious day of the Lord.
21 And everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.'
“When Jesus comes He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and with… FIRE”
— Matthew 3:11
With a sincere heart, one that longs for Him, one that truly wants to seek Him earnestly, ask him for His Fire.
“For anyone who asks receives,” says Jesus (Matthew 7:8)
Fire Never Sleeps
© 2018 Christian Writings
Christian Writings (author) on October 26, 2018:
Thank you for your insight Hxprof. That's a good point, which I did touch on, by saying that I had been brought through the fire during the previous few years. While I do acknowledge the trial of fire, I prefer to focus on the outcome and the baptism of the HS, because it is uplifting and brings hope.
Hxprof on October 25, 2018:
Interesting personal experience you've related here - it clearly impacted you greatly. I was wondering if you might consider adding the other aspect of God's fire that you didn't mention. That aspect is the fire of trials by which we are to be disciplined by God so we can be filled with power of the Holy Spirit (baptism of the Holy Spirit).
This fire is necessary for every Christian, and yet so many churches leave it out. No personal experience with the Holy Spirit can substitute for this fire. Anyway, just wondering if you're going to add this?
Christian Writings (author) on October 22, 2018:
Thank you William and again, Miebakagh, your support is much appreciated.
Miebakagh Fiberesima from Port Harcourt, Rivers State, NIGERIA. on October 21, 2018:
@Williams Kovacic, the article is indeed interesting. To God alone be the glory. Blessings.
William Kovacic from Pleasant Gap, PA on October 21, 2018:
Another interesting article, CW. thanks for sharing.
Christian Writings (author) on October 19, 2018:
Amen brother Sean, up until this year, I had not known what it was to experience a visit from the Holy Spirit Himself! This was truly a blessing and an eye-opener for me. Thank you for your encouraging words, be blessed.
Ioannis Arvanitis from Greece, Almyros on October 19, 2018:
My dear sister, I am so happy for your calling! I know that dreams are a way to communicate with the world of Spirits and a means for God to speak to us. And yes, His Holly fire of Love can clean our Heart like the fire that cleanses gold from all impurities!
May the Holly Fire of Love sanctifies your life!
Miebakagh Fiberesima from Port Harcourt, Rivers State, NIGERIA. on October 18, 2018:
Christian Writings, you are welcomed. Blessings.
Christian Writings (author) on October 18, 2018:
Amen brother Miebakagh! Glory be to God in the highest! Thank you for your message. Bless you
Miebakagh Fiberesima from Port Harcourt, Rivers State, NIGERIA. on October 17, 2018:
Hello, Christian, thanks be to God for the revelation of His fire, or rather the outpouring of the Holy Spirit and fire upon your life. It is powerful as it has drawn you and others closer to the Lord Jesus Christ. To God alone be the glory, praise, and dominion. Remain blessed in the Lord with yours.