Watch, stand fast in the faith, be brave, be strong. Let all that you do be done with love. I Corinthians 16:13, 14 NKJV

Saturday, May 20, 2017

Beloved Names of God....Consuming Fire


Beloved Names of God

Consuming Fire

"Wherefore we receiving a kingdom which cannot be moved, let us have grace, whereby we may serve God acceptably with reverence and godly fear; for our God is a consuming fire."
Hebrews 12:28-29 KJV
 
  • Name of God the Father
  • God is referred to as a "consuming fire" three times in the KJV.
  • A consuming fire will take the whole of whatever lies in its path. Like a forest fire, it devastates the landscape but leaves behind space for new growth.
  • The author of the book of Hebrews tells his readers that God will shake heaven and earth and only that which is unshakable (the faithful) will remain. He encourages listeners to live graceful lives of service- but also to have "reverence and godly fear." 
The image of fire often conjures fear- fear of painful burns, and charred devastation. But God's association with fire is different. While we should have a healthy fear of God's power, we should also remember that God always has our best interest in mind. In His mercy, He destroys the dead, sinful parts of us, leaving behind new opportunities for growth. Despite the pain it sometimes entails, we should rejoice that our wise Father is able to bring out the best in us!

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Come back next week when we will look at "Lord of Hosts"

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