24 Then King Nebuchadnezzar leaped to his feet in amazement and asked his advisers, “Weren’t there three men that we tied up and threw into the fire?”
They replied, “Certainly, Your Majesty.”
25 He said, “Look! I see four men walking around in the fire, unbound and unharmed, and the fourth looks like a son of the gods.”
Given the story of the three Hebrew boys, being a walking flame is simply two things: submission to the power of God AND the standing on His word. Because their faith in God burned like a fire, the furnace they were thrown in became powerless….fire cannot burn fire! Now, let’s take a look into how you can begin to live the life of a walking flame!
Starting The Flame
(Flame: the Holy Spirit received through salvation)
By accepting Jesus as your Lord and Savior, you give permission for the Holy Spirit to come and spark a flame inside of you. The resulting fire empowers you to live in the way God instructs us in his word and to overcome the powers of the devil. Personal demons such as depression, sickness, hatred, emptiness, loneliness, weakness, etc. no longer have power over you because that fire (Holy Spirit) gives you authority to speak the life of God into any situation. Once the fire is ignited, it cannot be destroyed by the enemy UNLESS give him an invitation. We’ve just learned how to ignite the flame, so now we are going to examine how to nurture it to its greatest potential.
Fueling the fire
(Reading the Bible, prayer, worship, living the word )
Reading – According to Mathew 4:4, The Bible, is the declaration of God and we should live by every word. The Bible contains nourishment for our spirit, and is essential fuel for the fire. When trying to start and maintain a healthy relationship with Christ, reading the word is a MUST. The word provides the protein that builds spiritual strength and wisdom to ensure a healthy relationship. Remember, a Christian that doesn’t read the word is a weak Christian. If we regard Satan as lion, a lion would much rather attack the weak than the spiritually fit. Don’t get caught slipping, fuel the fire inside you with word and burn the devil every chance you get.
Prayer– The Bible encourages us to pray! Prayer is the direct connection to the source of your fire! The stronger your connection, the hotter your flame. 1 Thessalonians 5:17 tells us to pray without ceasing. Whether long or short, prayer is an important aspect of both securing a relationship with God and keeping your fire lit. Constant communication with God not only deepens our relationship with Him, it also strengthens our spiritual defense. One can also consider prayer is as an application of faith. After spending time fueling your fire by reading the word, prayer is the way to put that fire into action!
Worship – Worship, the intimate section of our relationship with God, plays a big part in fueling the fire. Throughout your spiritual journey it is normal to feel drained– worship allows your fire to be rekindled.
Worship can also be referred to as submission to The Lord. According to Webster’s dictionary submission means to give over or yield to the power or authority of another. When one submits, one consumes the Spirit. Hebrews 12:29 says at God is a “consuming fire”, meaning that whatever HE touches becomes clean in his sight. Any sign of sadness, fatigue, worry, weakness, fear, pride, lust, doubt, anger, chaos, jealousy, or anything contrary to his word will instantly be burned and consumed by his fire.
Living the Word – The last component in fueling your fire is acting out the word. The New International Version (NIV) of James 1:22 states, “Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says.” Reading, prayer, and worship are all vital components of ones spiritual flame; however, faith without works is dead. Therefore, if you fail to actively apply the word of God, then you could potentially extinguish your spiritual fire.
In closing, igniting and maintaining your spiritual fire will spark a change within you! When you have the fire, there is no need to dwell fear, sadness, or worry! Instead of trying to control and fix your life, allow God to step in and consume you with his grace and mercy.
Fuel Your Flame With Scripture:
- Kindness burns hatred (Proverbs 25:1-2)
- Love burns fear (1 John 4:18)
- Faith burns doubt (Matthew 17:20)
- Wisdom burns foolishness (Proverbs 4:6-7)!