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Be Spontaneous Or Be Left Behind

posted Aug 10, 2008, 7:23 PM by Web Master   [ updated Aug 12, 2008, 10:02 AM ]
By Micky Wolf

 

The Lord tells us that we are to receive a Baptism of Fire if we are truly in His will and following Jesus. 

 

"As for me, I baptize you with water for repentance, but He who is coming after me is mightier than I, and I am not fit to remove His sandals; He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire.   [Matthew 3:11]

"He will sit as a smelter and purifier of silver, and He will purify the sons of Levi and refine them like gold and silver, so that they may present to the LORD offerings in righteousness.

[Malachi 3:3]

 

In order to “make fire that burns and purifies”, we need “spontaneous combustion”.  I believe the Lord would have us to know that we have entered a season of His working this “Baptism of Fire” in every soul who will surrender to His divinely ordered “spark”, the fiery moment[s] of intense penetration of our being that stand between us and this baptism that can only happen through “spontaneous combustion”.

 

I believe the Lord is clearly warning us - “Do not be deceived by a spirit of rationalizing or religiosity that would have you to choose against the action of this spontaneous combustion by believing your choice would be one of “irrational impulsiveness”.  Being the spontaneously available material through which He can work this holiest of fires is NOT the same as “dodging” His persistent pursuit of us by an explanation and rationalizing that “to be spontaneous” is to be “impulsive”.

 

Our God is a God of purpose; He wastes nothing and He will allow nothing of waste in those who choose to become Christ-like.  He will sit as a smelter and purifier for that is His only choice in carrying out His purpose in those who say, “Yes, Lord, may it be done unto me”. 

 

This is not a season to be vacillating or “dodging” this process of purification. To be “spontaneously available”, to be the material through which He can work His Baptism of Fire, is “to be moved voluntarily, of one’s own free will…controlled and directed internally.”  If we say our heart’s desire is to “be in His will”, then to resist this baptism is to not be voluntarily available to Him as He would hope for us to be.  We limit His movement in us; we allow a barrier to stand between ourselves and His divine spark of movement that brings about the necessary “spontaneous combustion” that produces the fire.  His is “the hand of the smelter”, He who initiates and sparks the fire, but we must be the “available substance” through which the fire can be ignited, burned, and be “purified like gold and silver”.

 

For as long as we may resist this “spontaneity of the Spirit and in the Spirit”, whether through fear or indifference, rationalizing or justifying that to do so would be “to be irrationally impulsive”…we will limit the effectiveness of His purifying process within, and eventually, “be left behind”.  To be “impulsive” is to experience “a sudden spontaneous inclination or incitement to some usually unpremeditated action…a propensity or natural tendency usually other than rational…”  We must be prayerful, discerning and most of all, washed in the water of His Word, otherwise, we will be misled into believing that the actions we are choosing to avoid as “being impulsive” are, in reality, choices “made of our natural man” and not of our Spiritual man.

 

Fear, rationalizing and “dodging” are works of the fleshly, carnal nature.  “Being spontaneous” is an “act of the will”, of voluntarily surrendering our will to His which allows for His purifying Baptism of Fire to burst into a bright flame and fire that not only “refines us into gold and silver’, but “lights” the world around us.

 

October 26, 2006    
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