Using my time to study God’s Word, I’ve seen something new in a passage that I’ve read and used many times over the years when sharing my testimony. Its taken from 2 Samuel 22. This Old Testament passage refers to God rescuing David from his enemies. Verse 13 says, ‘From the radiance of the Lord’s presence a FIRE was kindled.’ Blueletterbible lists dictionaries referencing what FIRE is here. In The International Standard Bible Encyclopaedia FIRE is THE BAPTISM OF FIRE.
This leads to the verse Matthew 3:11, which says,
I indeed baptize you with water. unto repentance: but he that cometh after me is mightier than I, whose shoes I am not worthy to bear: he shall baptize you with the Holy Ghost, and with fire…
The copulative kai requires that the baptism “in the Holy Ghost and in fire,” should be regarded as one and the same thing… The statement, therefore, in this verse indicates the manner in which Christ will admit them to discipleship and prepare them for His service.
So how have you prepared for ministry in your life? In our lives are we standing close enough to the Lord to experience His radiant presence to ignite a fire within our hearts that explodes into people’s lives all around us? In big or small instances that come our way, it doesn’t matter. We need ‘to be ready to give an answer for the hope we have in Christ Jesus’ (1 Peter 3.15) Is it by your power or by His?
The Bible says to ‘Seek first His Kingdom and His righteousness.’ (Matt 6.33) ***Challenge yourself this day is to get into His Word. Let it explode into your life so you can pour out on others.
“They looked at Him and were radiant; their faces shall never blush for shame or be confused.” Psalm 34.5
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