What does it mean to go through the fire for God?
Many people live in expectation of their future life in heaven, but are not walking in power, authority, and grace to live a holy and Godly life here on Earth.
To live a life pleasing to God, we must let His holy fire transform us. These three primary attributes help us understand what it really means to go through the fire for God.
Burning – When something burns, it goes through a chemical reaction that transforms the substance into something new. This is how we are to be with God. We should allow Him to transform us and make us new by submitting to His will and seeking His presence.
A burning fire spreads to almost everything it touches. Just like a wildfire, God wants us to burn for Him so that His spirit on the inside of us spreads to everyone around us. When the fire of the Holy Spirit is burning in our life, we are positioned to change and transform lives; our fire becomes noticeable and contagious.
Melting – Melting speaks to your willingness and ability to be molded and shaped by God. When something melts, it easily takes the shape of that which is holding it. Our lives should be the same way toward God. When our hearts are humble before Him, we are in the perfect position to take on His image by allowing him to shape and mold us.
How do you do this practically? By submitting to leaders at your church, by following the Holy Spirit’s convictions, by spending time in the presence of God, by being honest about your flaws, and by being willing to change.
Illumination – Fire not only melts and burns what it touches, it also illuminates everything close to it. Before God transforms us, we must first allow Him to illuminate our lives. This illumination will reveal hidden and ungodly things that have been kept in the dark. Bitterness. Unforgiveness. Rebellion. Pride. Jealousy. Lack of discipline. Immaturity. Laziness. Unbelief. Selfishness. Disobedience. Arrogance. Hatred. Prejudice. And yes -- even those “secret sins” that you try to hide. The illumination of God’s fire can be uncomfortable, but it is necessary if we want to be conformed to the image of Christ.
It’s time to go through the fire… for His glory
Remember: God corrects those he loves (Hebrews 12:6). Going through the fire may not be easy, but when you go through it, you come out a new creation. The sins you used to struggle with are now under your feet. The areas where you were weak, you are now strong. The things that were once difficult are now easy. And the God you used to put second has now become your only true desire. And that’s our ultimate goal.