“For our God is a consuming fire.” (Hebrews 12:29) Such a short verse! There is no reason why any of us couldn’t memorize it, and it’s a good one to remember, too!
Take a moment to read 1 Corinthians 3:12-15 . . . “Now if any man build upon this foundation gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay, stubble; Every man’s work shall be made manifest: for the day shall declare it, because it shall be revealed by fire; and the fire shall try every man’s work of what sort it is. If any man’s work abide which he hath built thereupon, he shall receive a reward. If any man’s work shall be burned, he shall suffer loss: but he himself shall be saved; yet so as by fire.”
As I was considering today’s verse along with this passage in 1 Corinthians, I suddenly was overcome with a deep sense of remorse and grief … my offering which I give to the Lord consisting of my life, my gifts, my talents, my deeds, my good works, my ministries, my time, my love – all that I bring Him will be tried by fire! My position as His child and one of the accepted in the beloved is not being tried by fire; however, my works, my offerings, my gifts will indeed be purified by fire! Will they stand the test or will they be consumed as “wood, hay, and stubble”?
Our God is a consuming fire! The only things that can and will remain are those things which cannot be consumed – those things which are pure, done with a pure heart and a pure motive, offered to the Lord as a “free-will” offering given from a heart that withholds nothing or demands nothing in return! The “wood, hay, and stubble” or offerings given “with strings attached” will be consumed … our God is a consuming fire!
Let’s all take some time today and consider the motives of our heart … are they pure? Are our gifts we bring to the Lord able to stand the test of fire? Consider the gifts we bring to the Lord … are they like gold and silver or are they more like the “wood, hay, and stubble” which is quickly consumed by God’s holy fire? Let’s invite the cleansing power of the Holy Spirit to purge us and cleanse us as we draw near to God’s consuming fire!
Father, purify my heart and create in me a pure heart that follows hard after You! As I grow closer to You, let Your consuming fire burn away all that is not pleasing and acceptable to You so my offering may be pure bringing You glory and honor You are so worthy to receive! Purge me, Lord, of all that is unacceptable to You and lead me to bring You only that which is pure and holy and able to stand the test of Your consuming fire! Father, help me to build on the foundation only of gold, silver, and precious stones so that all I bring to You will brightly reflect the beauty of Your holiness and the brightness of Your glory! Begin today, Father, to purify my life and make me a sacrifice pleasing and acceptable to You! In Jesus’ precious name and for His glory, Amen!
“For the LORD thy God is a consuming fire, even a jealous God.” (Deuteronomy 4:24)
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