Jeremiah 51:20 (VOICE) Eternal One: You are My war club—My weapon for battle; with you I shatter nations; with you I destroy kingdoms;
Beloved, your fiery praise is a weapon in My hand. Your unerring faith and steadfast devotion speak mightily of the hope you have in Me. Your faith is not misplaced, for I AM greater than the human mind could begin to understand.
And yet, My tenderness for you runs deep. And in the same way you love Me not for the blessings I give, but rather for who I AM, so I love you not for the worship and honor you give, but simply because of who you are: My precious, beloved child. And it is from that beautiful identity that your powerful praise pours forth.
Revelation 2:4 (TPT) But I have this against you: you have abandoned the passionate love you had for me at the beginning.
Beloved, refuse to allow your flame to dim. And if you find your passion for Me is naught but smoldering embers, stir them up to roaring flames. Ask Me to blow on your embers and ignite you to flame. Seek Me as one who is suffocating seeks breath. Knock and be persistent in your pursuit. Refuse to be waylaid or derailed.
Burn brightly, My love. Hold fast to your first love, quickly seeking to regain it if you see your passion dimmed. I will settle for nothing less than your whole heart, and I will offer you nothing less than all of Mine. I AM worthy of your best. Refuse to hold back. Refuse to mute your passion so as not to offend someone else, or be concerned that you will draw attention to their own waning blaze. Burn, and burn brightly. Continue reading “Burn Brightly”
Acts 2:3 (TPT) Then all at once a pillar of fire appeared before their eyes. It separated into tongues of fire that engulfed each one of them.
Beloved, be engulfed in My flame, for the fire of My love – of My Spirit – is mighty and life-changing. Yield to its power. Allow yourself to be overtaken by My passion, and allow My passion to become your own. Embrace the flame, and burn with zeal.
Choose to be one who burns with zeal. And know that fiery passion doesn’t always manifest boldly from a human perspective. Sometimes that zeal manifests as a tenacious quiet – a steadfastness of faith. So whether you’re zeal manifests loudly or softly, let your passion for Me burn brightly for all to see.
Daniel 3:25 (VOICE) Nebuchadnezzar: Then why do I see four men, completely unbound, walking around in the middle of the fire? They don’t appear to be hurt at all…
Beloved, the fiery trials the enemy meant for evil, I will use for your good. I bring freedom from bondage and liberty from the chains that hold you down. The faith and strength you need to withstand are found within the flames when you choose to wholly trust in Me.
I AM Palet, your deliverer, and I AM mighty to save. So reach for Me, and hold fast. Face the flames with boldness, and embrace the fiery trials of testing knowing you will walk away free and refined – blessed rather than injured. For I will meet you in the fire, and I will make you whole.
Matthew 3:11 (GW) I baptize you with water so that you will change the way you think and act. But the one who comes after me is more powerful than I. I am not worthy to remove his sandals. He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire.
Beloved, be baptized in My Spirit and My love’s refining fire. You cannot encounter the living God and walk away unchanged. By My breath the dead are raised. By My Spirit you speak in unknown tongues. By My fire you are purified.
Be immersed in My powerful presence and be set free. Embrace My wonderworking touch and be strengthened and renewed. I AM the one who brings life, and brings it in abundance. Look to Me, and receive the fiery baptism of My love.
Isaiah 43:2 (TLB) When you go through deep waters and great trouble, I will be with you. When you go through rivers of difficulty, you will not drown! When you walk through the fire of oppression, you will not be burned up—the flames will not consume you.
Beloved, embrace the trials you encounter, knowing I have allowed them for your good. Just as building muscle in weight training requires repetition and increased opposition (weight), repeated trials give opportunity for you to grow strong and build your faith.
The question becomes will you embrace the growing and refining process with joy? Or will you complain throughout the process? Be aware that having joy in the midst is part of what successful maturation looks like. So choose wisely and choose well.
Embrace trials for the character building opportunities they are. Trust that I will never give you more than you can handle with Me at your side. Let your light shine and your character be matured. Lead by example, and demonstrate your trust in Me as you yield to the development plan I set before you by walking it out with joy.
Leviticus 6:13 (AMP) The fire shall be burning continually on the altar; it shall not [be allowed to] go out.
Beloved, it is your responsibility to maintain and nurture the flame of worship in your heart. I cannot nor will not attempt to force you into a place of intimacy with Me. I simply invite you in. The onus rests on you to cultivate a heart that burns for Me.
So stir up the flames, beloved. Resist the pull towards complacency and choose instead to press in for more of Me. Refuse to settle for second best, for cheap counterfeits that will leave you unsatisfied and unfulfilled. I AM all you need. Choose to burn for Me.
Colossians 1:11 (VOICE) Strengthen them with Your infinite power, according to Your glorious might, so that they will have everything they need to hold on and endure hardship patiently and joyfully.
Beloved, be patient and strong. Press into the joy and peace I’ve placed within you. I will never allow you to walk into trials you are unequipped for and I AM always with you to guide you and give you wisdom when you will but ask.
Rejoice in trials knowing they are the fire by which you are shaped and purified – your character coming forth in beautiful array when you’ve yielded to My refining. Beloved, cling to the knowledge that though sorrow may last for the night, joy comes in the morning.
Romans 12:11 (VOICE) Do not slack in your faithfulness and hard work. Let your spirit be on fire, bubbling up and boiling over, as you serve the Lord.
Beloved, ignite the world with your zealous love of Me. May your passion burn so brightly those surrounding you cannot help but catch flame. When your personal walk with Me is genuine, sincere, steadfast, and intimate; when by observation others can clearly see your love, honor, obedience, and integrity; you will win lives without a word.
Focus on your own walk with Me and the integrity of your own actions. Be intentional to obey My voice both in My word and Spirit-breathed. Refuse to be caught up in judgment and telling others how they should live. Lead by example and love without restraint. In doing so, you cannot help but ignite the world.
Leviticus 9:24 (NLT) Fire blazed forth from the LORD’s presence and consumed the burnt offering and the fat on the altar. When the people saw this, they shouted with joy and fell face down on the ground.
Beloved, present yourself as a living offering. You are precious to Me. Whether you feel lovely or worthy matters not, simply offer Me you. Just as with offerings of old, I will send My fire – the fire of My Spirit – to consume the offering as a symbol of My acceptance. So know as you feel My fire, you are Mine – your life a fragrant offering before Me, pleasing and acceptable.
I will receive you, beloved. Hold nothing back. Grant to Me your whole heart. Give Me all of you, unreservedly. Refuse to allow fear of not being enough to hold you back, for I love My children, imperfections and all. You are enough when you give Me all of you. I receive you. I accept you. You are Mine. Continue reading “I Receive You”