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In Case of Fire

Beloved, do not be surprised at the fiery trial when it comes upon you to test you, as though something strange were happening to you.  1 Peter 4:12 ESV

Photo courtesy of pixabay.Fire Prevention! Caution! Danger! Each word signals a warning about the peril of fire.

Natural fires have claimed the lives of countless individuals and caused great loss, changing some lives permanently. Fire can be a harmful, evil, and destructive enemy.

When the Bible speaks of fire, it does so for spiritual purposes. God used fire to lead Moses and the children of Israel during the night as they traveled through the wilderness. Peter spoke of fiery trials that test our character: hardships, death, and illnesses.

Fire is also a purifying method God uses to make us more like Jesus. The biblical analogy refers to a blacksmith who first hammers steel and then melts it to liquid gold. A process that requires scrapping off the dross which rises to the top. God also sends His fire through situations and the conviction of the Holy Spirit to cleanse and purify our hearts and minds.

As we experience the heat of God’s fire, we should not worry or fret. It’s simply God’s precautionary measure to make us more like Jesus. He’s burning up those things that aren’t like Him. Actions and mindsets ingrained from our sinful nature. Useless things which bear no fruit.  God’s fire does a great work for His glory. 

Don’t be afraid to ask God to send His fire in your life.

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Carmen Harris

Carmen Harris is an aspiring writer to the glory of God. She has submitted devotions and has a published devotion in Women At The Well - Volume II, published by Judson Press. She is an evangelist and missionary, and has taught Bible study at her local church. She is passionate about the cause of Christ. Carmen desires for God to use her writings to help encourage and impact the lives of others, leading them to a rich, ongoing relationship with God.