Embracing Grace: Am I after God’s Heart or Mine? Part 3

A 365 Day Devotional Journal

Day 23

Scripture: Deuteronomy 4:23-24, 5:22-24, 12:30-32; Isaiah 22:13-15; Ezekiel 20:30-32; Daniel 3; Zechariah 13:8-9; Hebrews 12:28-29; Job 28 (Amplified)

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The human heart is a fireplace made to hold the fire of God. There are too many cold grates, many of them ash-cans, like dustbins, full of garbage. Before the fire could fall in Acts chapter 2, “a mighty rushing wind” had to blow all ash away. God’s wind and fire! Isn’t that what we need today? God bless you.1

These words of Evangelist Reinhard Bonnke hold Truth that has escaped many of us. I say this because if it had not escaped us, then today all our churches would be filled with the fire of God.

If you are a true follower of Jesus, you can point to a time in your life when the reality of Jesus and His Grace and Mercy appeared and you received that free gift. Remember how excited you were as a young believer, how every morning in His presence was new? We wanted to share our joy with everyone, remember? Then, at least one person we talked to said something along these lines: “Oh, give them a few months. They’ll settle down.” I actually heard those exact words from the mouth of a pastor’s wife when my husband and I shared the excitement of what God had done in us at some meetings where He showed up in signs and wonders. I wanted to ask her where her excitement for God had disappeared to, but she was too busy to listen.

Jesus said the heart is desperately wicked because He knew too well how quickly our hearts become cold, how quickly we, as modern day followers of Jesus, make of His work in our lives something we are too familiar with, and like Michel toward David, we quickly deem anything remotely out of the safe boundaries of our control something that is unseemly.

Our hearts have become rocky soil, ashes where once burned the fire of a Holy God.

We have left knowing Him for merely serving Him.

We need to take our hands off. Take them off and see if an ember remains that the Wind of God can blow back into a Holy flame, so that it may consume in us all that is evil so that all that remains is pure.

Let the wind blow.

Read: Deuteronomy 4:23-24, 5:22-24, 12:30-32; Isaiah 22:13-15; Ezekiel 20:30-32; Daniel 3; Zechariah 13:8-9; Hebrews 12:28-29; Job 28 (Amplified). Journal your private thoughts.

Oh Father God, blow Your wind over my life. Revive the fire of Your presence within me. Consume all that is unholy, ’til only that which is pure remains. I want my robe washed clean. I want to be ready for the Marriage Supper of the Lamb. For Jesus’ sake, and the kingdom’s, amen.

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1Evangelist Reinhard Bonnke, Official Page, Facebook, February 27, 2011. http://www.facebook.com/evangelistreinhardbonnke
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