THE EMBERS

I WAS LOOKING INTO THE EMBERS OF MY FIREPLACE THIS WINTER EVENING, WHEN I WAS REMINDED OF ELIJAH’S LAMENT TO THE LORD HOW HE WAS THE ONLY ONE WHO SERVED GOD, EVERYONE HAD FALLEN AWAY.  THE LORD REMINDED HIM THAT HE HAD 7000 WHO HAD NOT BOWED THE KNEE TO BAAL.

I BEGAN TO THINK ABOUT EMBERS.  THEY ARE THE “BASE” OF A FIRE.  AS LONG AS THE EMBERS ARE BURNING AND GLOWING, THE FIRE CAN BE RESET ABLAZE AGAIN.  THE INTERESTING THING IS THAT THE PILE OF EMBERS GETS BIGGER AND BIGGER WITH EACH PILE OF WOOD THAT IS BURNED.

I REALIZED THAT THE FIRES OF REVIVAL OR A GREAT OUTPOURING OF THE SPIRIT ALL BEGIN WITH A PILE OF EMBERS.  A PILE OF PEOPLE WHO ARE BURNING HOT FOR GOD, WHO SPEND THEIR EVERY WAKING MOMENT WORKING TO BRING IN THE HARVEST IN WHATEVER CAPACITY HE HAS GIVEN THEM TO DO.  THEY LOVE GOD MORE THAN ANYTHING ELSE.

I BEGAN TO THINK ABOUT THE CHARACTERISTICS OF EMBERS:

  •         EMBERS GIVE LIGHT.
  •         THEY GLOW IN THE DARK.  EVEN IN THE BLACKEST NIGHT, EMBERS CAN     BE SEEN.
  •         EMBERS GIVE OFF HEAT.  HEAT DRAWS PEOPLE IN.

IN EVERY GENERATION SINCE THE FALL OF ADAM, GOD HAS HAD A PILE OF “EMBERS” OR A REMNANT OF PEOPLE WHO BURN FOR HIM.  THIS GENERATION IS NO DIFFERENT.  JUST ORDINARY PEOPLE GOING ABOUT THEIR BUSINESS, BUT WHOSE HEARTS BURN BRIGHTLY FOR THE LORD.

I WANT TO BE IN THAT PILE OF EMBERS TOO.  I WANT HIM TO USE ME IN THE NEXT BIG BONFIRE OF HIS SPIRIT IN THESE LAST DAYS!  HOW ABOUT YOU?

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