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Well, you know what they say—where there’s smoke there’s fire. Last week I talked about how spending regular one-on-one time with God is like being immersed in smoke (see “Do You Smell Like Smoke?”). This week I’m continuing only to say: Collectively, spirit-filled Christians have enough Holy Ghost fire, meaning the glory and power of God in and on them, to set this whole world on fire for the Lord. But, there’s a glitch—the devil is after the same territory.
If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turned from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and forgive their sin, and will heal their land (2 Chronicles 7:14).
I truly believe we are at a pivotal point in God’s overall plan for humanity. Also, I think this period of time is just as significant as those hair-raising events recorded in the Bible. The question is: Do we have the faith Noah, Moses, and other heroic souls had for us to hear and obey God’s instructions? God’s master plan didn’t stop with those courageous beings; on the contrary, the plan continues from generation to generation. . .
Holy Ghost Cues
When we experience an emotional touch from the Spirit, the purpose of that intensified moment isn’t to give us a goose-bump thrill, but should be viewed as one of the cues for us to fight spiritually. When those “electrified” moments occur, we should open our spiritual ear to receive instructions as to what the Lord wants us to do with all this flowing energy.
You see, once we gave our lives to Christ, we are on call 24/7—agents in a foreign land—ready to witness to a lost world. We are equipped with gifts, talents, and the Spirit of God living within us; everything needed to carry out our special duties.
But the devil is not going to relinquish his hold without combat. Even though signs of the last days are outlined in Matthew 24, some of us are in bewilderment—scratching our heads as to the unconscionable acts we are observing on earth today. However, we don’t have the privilege of being shocked to the point of being immobilized, because the enemy is not going to lighten up—if anything, he’s going to get worse.
Therefore, believers must prepare and stay ready. (See Ephesians 6:10-18.) We must continue to build and strengthen our relationship with God; having a casual acquaintance will not do in these serious times. We can’t hide our heads in the sand thinking we can ignore the inevitable; won’t work—the bottom half of our anatomy is exposed.
Yea, and all that will live godly in Christ Jesus shall suffer persecution (2 Timothy 3:12).
As troubling as things are, we should never allow the fiery flames of intimidation to drive us away from our heavenly missions. The devil speaks boldly, while having the audacity to dare us to speak what saith the Lord. We must speak unapologetically; keep in mind, hell’s flares cannot compete with the fire of the Holy Ghost. Greater is He that’s in us, than he that’s in the world (see 1 John 4:4).
These fire wars have been going on way before we came on the scene; and will continue after our departure. The only say so we have in the matter is—on whose side of the flame will we stand?
See you next week on Paulette Talks Faith.