2 Corinthians 12:9a And He said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness.”
I am passionate about God’s word and sharing it with others. Whether in speaking or in writing, I want to always point others to the One who has given me the sufficient grace to overcome anything.
Saturday, December 3, 2016
I live in the beautiful Smoky, Appalachian Mountains.This year, we have experienced a severe
drought.Along with the drought, there
have been wildfires, devastating and scary fires.Fires that have destroyed homes and
businesses, and have taken lives.
Even though I live in an area that was not directly on
fire, I personally have been impacted by them.The road that I take home, was closed just a few miles away due to a fire.I have family members who were vacationing in
Gatlinburg, and had to evacuate at a moment’s notice with just the clothes on
their backs, and were very fortunate to get out alive.Images and stories have been seared into my
brain of the devastation, so much so, that I asked God to show me what I can
learn from all of this.
I asked, this is what He gave me…
Fire in itself is a good thing.In a survival situation, we are told, fire is
one of the essential things a person must have.Without it a person would not be able to stay warm, cook, or purify
in a proper setting is life.
How can something so necessary to life also be so
destructive and deadly?I asked myself
this question, and then it came to mind, that this is true for almost
everything in life.Things that are good
and essential, are often some of the very things that, if misused, can be the
in itself is a good thing, beneficial, but used outside of a healthy way, such as the containment of a fireplace, cook stove, or even a well-built
camp fire, is extremely destructive.Just
like most things God gives us for our good, they must be used under the confines
of His rules.He gives us His rules, not
to harm us, but to keep us from harm.
For IknowtheplansI have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. (NIV)
2.God’s Holy Fire, which is the Holy Spirit,
used under His guidance, is for us to help others.It is for the believer to inspire, to help
others, and to share the warmth of God’s love to others.When I try to do things on my own, I take the
fire out of the fireplace so to speak, and I can do major damage to
relationships.It is only through
staying connected to God through His word, that I can do any good.On my own, I am just like the wildfires our mountains
experienced these last several weeks.
since we are receiving a kingdom that cannot be shaken, let us be thankful, and
so worship God acceptably with reverence and awe,29 for our “God is a
From everyone who has been given much, much will
be demanded; and from the one who has been entrusted with much, much more will
be asked. 49 “I have come to bring fire on the earth, and how I
wish it were already kindled! 50 But I have a baptism to
undergo, and what constraint I am under until it is completed! (NIV)
ready!Another reminder to be ready for
the return of Jesus our savior.We do
not know the day or the hour, but like those who had to evacuate, if you do not
have a plan, or are not ready to go at a moment’s notice: in other words, if
you do not have a personal relationship with Jesus, you will be caught a fire
much worse than those that burned through our beautiful mountains.
he will say to those on his left, ‘Depart from me, you who are cursed, into the
eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels. (NIV)