I am an OT kind of guy – I am always tempted to rebuke someone and ask God to blind them, wither their right arm, give them leprosy and consume them with fire….
Don’t worry, it lasts for about a second in real life and I proclaim His grace and love for that individual and God is glorified in my life. Can’t say it lasts a second in my dream world, but that is not reality so lets say that does not count.
I guess I miss the incredible display of God’s mighty power. God and fire were an awesome combination in the day. People fell to the ground in awe.
Some people today wonder if God really exists, because they don’t see His activity in the world. I know He is.
Someone asked me the other day why we Canadians do not have dreams and visions of God like the people in the Middle East and North Africa. I think that God tends not to display His power in the form of mighty physical acts and instead, He works to change people’s lives through the work of other followers of Jesus (in the Middle East and North Africa, that body of believers does not exist). When we realize this, we will begin to see acts of love and faith in our life that are just as spectacular as anything recorded in the OT.
Fire today is one of the elements that describes the work of the Holy Spirit. The purification of my heart manifests God’s presence in my life. He enables me to fulfill the mandate and the commission on earth, and to love and serve the Church. I have come to expect to have the presence of God here in my life so that I might resemble the character of God. I know that without holiness, I will not see God for how can I enter into the Holiest but by the blood of Jesus?
So I joy when the fire of the Holy Spirit consumes me for then I have the appearance of the glory of God. There lies my true joy and pleasure as the spiritual blessings by Christ, and the gracious presence of God in me. I fall down on my face with all reverence and humility, under a sense of the divine Majesty being so near to me, in this sensible token of His presence.