Fire!

A Bible study about having The Fire of God

Zeal

 

Josiahs Scott, Josiahs@trueconnection.org, www.TrueConnection.org

2/26/04; 4/9/04; 10/24/05; 2/21/06; 8/5/09 A-D; 2/26/10; 3/4/10; 4/23/10; 6/26/10; 11/11/10 (Exuberance of Zeal); 11/14/10; 12/5/10; 12/11/10; 2/10/11; 3/14/11; 5/25/11; 9/24/11 (Phinehas additions); 5/26/12; 6/18/16 (Luk_1:8)

 

>> TODO/ Additions!

 

Notice:

Because these are my personal notes on the Fire of God, many things are very condensed, and many things are not self-explanatory, being without explanations. If you would like any part of this bible study explained or clarified please feel free to contact me.

 

Contents

Part 1 Get Gods Fire. 2

1. What is having the Fire of God? 2

The BIG Picture. 2

The Detailed Picture in Languages. 2

2. God is Fire. 2

A. Consuming Fire. 2

B. Light 2

C. Abrahamic Covenant 2

D. Burning Bush. 2

E. Mt. Sinai (Mosaic Covenant) 2

F. Pillar of Fire. 2

G. Holy Spirit / Jesus Eyes of Fire. 2

H. More God = Fire verses: 2

I. God likes things to be HOT.. 2

J. We Should be like Him.. 2

3. We must have Gods Fire. 2

Salt, Light, City, Lamp. 2

John the Baptist! 2

Filled with Holy Spirit 2

Zeal 2

Fervent in Spirit 2

Always Zealous/Right Zeal 2

Call on God! 2

Awake and Shake . 2

Fire Makes or Breaks You. 2

So Gods Fire Means... 2

Ax, Holy Spirit, Fire!, Purification. 2

Trials That Purify. 2

Division. 2

4. Examples of Fire. 2

Phinehas. 2

John the Baptist 2

Jeremiah. 2

Road to Emmaus. 2

Paul & Epaphras - Zealous/Jealous for the Body of Christ 2

Fervent Prayer 2

The Apostle John. 2

Kamikazes For Jesus. 2

Jesus Anger Foreshadowed in the Psalms. 2

This Means Jesus Got Angry. 2

Jesus Got Angry Over Their Unwillingness for Him to Heal 2

Summary of Anger 2

Elkanah. 2

Wasted Without Fire. 2

5. The Salvation of Fire. 2

Test Your Salvation in General 2

So how Does Testing Relate to FIRE?. 2

They are not Zealous. 2

Why are they not zealous?. 2

Other Repentance References. 2

The Extreme Devotion of Fire. 2

Jesus Doesnt Jive With Quick Shallow Commitments. 2

Remnant Mentality. 2

6. Summary of this Salvation. 2

Fundamental Call 2

The Wrong Question. 2

Be Ready. 2

Only Option. 2

Few answer this call Few will Make it! 2

7. Enemies of Fire. 2

A. Examples: 2

B. TV.. 2

C. Lack of Love for Holiness. 2

8. Fake, Strange Fire. 2

A. Self/Demon-generated. 2

B. Doesnt last 2

C. It allows Sin. 2

D. Loud people, 2

9. Repent Of Zeal 2

Summaries of Huge Passages. 2

Zeal Used as (bad) Jealousy. 2

Warning Examples Of bad Zeal 2

Be Warned! 2

Good And Bad Passion. 2

Same word used for sorrow... 2

Good Zeal 2

Summaries. 2

10. True Fire. 2

A. It burns bugs (Exo 3:2) 2

B. Jeremiahs Fire/Zeal 2

C. It is deep and It remains: Joh_15:16. 2

Part 2 Fire & Spiritual Understanding. 2

1. The Proper Use Of Emotion. 2

A. David Had Emotion In Worship. 2

B. A Man After Gods Own heart 2

C. So what do you think God is like??. 2

D. And what did He command for us to do?. 2

E. Self Control! 2

2. Two Goodly Fires. 2

A. Two Well-established, Conversing Principals: 2

B. Two Altars. 2

The Example of Jeremiah. 2

The Example of Isaiah. 2

The Example of The Apostle John. 2

Remember the Road to Emmaus?. 2

D. A Comparison of the two altars. 2

3. General Admonitions & Summations. 2

4. More Scriptures/ Extra Thoughts. 2

Israel Consume Esau. 2

Shake and Awake. 2

Gods Jealousy (Zeal) Makes Hell 2

For More. 2

References. 2

 

Part 1 Get Gods Fire

 

1. What is having the Fire of God?

The BIG Picture

A. What do you think the Fire of God is?

B. Having the Fire of God is being deeply and completely zealous, passionate, desperate, hungry, and fervent for Jesus by the power of the Holy Spirit.

C. True spiritual Fire is a chemical reaction of 1. Gods touch on a persons life and 2. their reaction/dedication to it

D. Having the Fire of God necessitates continually and repeatedly stirring up zeal for God

E. Having the Fire of God means giving the only reasonable response to the extreme call to give everything.

F. What is Fire, what is it about, what does it look like, and why is it important?

-Its not just emo

-Let me wet you appetite

-Its about being jealous for God (zeal for house)

-Getting a hold of that passion in life that we were all made for

-Whats it look Like? Enthusiastic, but different and better

enthusiastic [en_thu_siastic: meaning, God-possessed.]

-Having Gods Fire suggests that you are being consumed (Rom_12:1; Mk 9:49-50)

Having Gods Fire means being consumed for Jesus

 

Gods Fire answers the demand for zeal for the infinite God

 

The Detailed Picture in Languages

Hebrew, Greek, Spanish, and Latin are all alike: jealous/zealous = same word (unlike English):

 

Hebrew: קנא (qânâ') G2205

Greek: ζῆλος (zēlos); G2205 (often: ζηλω);

Spanish: Selo (SRV);

Latin: zelo (Latin Vulgate)

 

2. God is Fire

Having The Fire of God becomes significantly more important when we see what God is like

 

A. Consuming Fire

Deu_4:24 KJV-Based For the LORD your God is a consuming fire, a jealous God.

 

Heb_12:29 KJV For our God is a consuming fire.

 

Isa_42:13 Brenton The Lord God of hosts shall go forth, and crush the war: he shall stir up jealousy [LXX: ζῆλον (zahlon) - zeal], and shall shout mightily against his enemies.

 

Eze_36:5 Brenton therefore, thus saith the Lord; Verily in the fire of my wrath have I spoken...

 

B. Light

1Jo_1:5 KJV God is light, and in him is no darkness at all.

Jam_1:17 KJV/WEB Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and comes down from the Father of lights, with whom can be no variation, nor turning shadow.

Isa_42:6 WEB I, Yahweh. give you for a covenant of the people, for a light of the Gentiles

 

Question: Where do you think that the light comes from? Well come back to this

 

C. Abrahamic Covenant

Gen_15:17-18 KJV And it came to pass, that, when the sun went down, and it was dark, behold a smoking furnace, and a burning lamp that passed between those pieces. 18 In the same day the LORD made a covenant with Abram

 

[Animal parts, covenant: Jer_34:18-19]

 

D. Burning Bush

Exo_3:2 KJV And the angel of the LORD appeared unto him in a flame of fire out of the midst of a bush: and he looked, and, behold, the bush burned with fire, and the bush was not consumed. (Also see: Angels ministering spirits/fire Heb_1:7; Rev_10:1)

 

E. Mt. Sinai (Mosaic Covenant)

Exo_19:18 KJV And mount Sinai was altogether on a smoke, because the LORD descended upon it in fire: and the smoke thereof ascended as the smoke of a furnace, and the whole mount quaked greatly.

 

Exo_24:17 And the sight of the glory of the LORD was like devouring fire on the top of the mount in the eyes of the children of Israel.

 

F. Pillar of Fire

4 Places: Exo_3:21-22; Exo_14:24; Num_14:14; Neh_9:12; Neh_9:19

 

G. Holy Spirit / Jesus Eyes of Fire

Rev_4:5 KJV And out of the throne proceeded lightnings and thunderings and voices: and there were seven lamps of fire burning before the throne, which are the seven Spirits of God.

 

Rev_1:12-16 KJV-Based And I turned to see the voice that spoke with me. And being turned, I saw seven golden candlesticks; 13 And in the midst of the seven candlesticks one like unto the Son of man, clothed with a garment down to the foot, and girt about the paps with a golden girdle. 14 His head and his hairs were white like wool, as white as snow; and his eyes were as a flame of fire; 15 And his feet like unto fine brass, as if they burned in a furnace; and his voice as the sound of many waters. 16 And he had in his right hand seven stars: and out of his mouth went a sharp twoedged sword: and his countenance was as the sun shinning in his strength.

 

(Also in: Rev_2:18; Rev_19:12. Jesus the same as yesterday & forever: Heb_13:8)

 

H. More God = Fire verses:

2Sam_22:9; 2Ch_7:1-3; Rev_20:9

 

Transition

I. God likes things to be HOT

Rev_15:2 Sea of glass mixed with fire

 

Rev_3:15-16 WEB "I know your works, that you are neither cold nor hot. I wish you were cold or hot. 16 So, because you are lukewarm, and neither hot nor cold, I will vomit you out of my mouth.

 

J. We Should be like Him

Not only is He fire, and not only does He like fire, but He wants us to be like Him in fire

 

1Jn_4:17 NKJV Love has been perfected among us in this: that we may have boldness on the day of judgment; because as He is, so are we in this world. (Conversely: 1Jn_3:2-3)

 

3. We must have Gods Fire

Salt, Light, City, Lamp

Mat_5:13-16 SaltYou are the light of the world, city, lamp (all light was made by fire!!)

(Salt necessitates Fire: Lev_2:2-16, Ezk_43:24, Mar_9:49-50. Also Read Luk_4:33-35)

 

John the Baptist!

Joh_5:35 WEB

He was the burning and shining lamp, and you were willing to rejoice for a while in his light.

 

Filled with Holy Spirit

Act_2:3-4 MKJV-Based And tongues as of fire appeared to them, being distributed; and it sat upon each of them. 4 And they were all filled of the Holy Spirit, and began to speak in other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance.

 

Zeal

Psa_69:9 WEB For the zeal of your house consumes me. The reproaches of those who reproach you have fallen on me. [see: Psa_69:7-12]

 

After driving out the money changers:

Joh_2:17 CAB Then His disciples remembered that it was written, "The zeal for Your house will consume Me."

See: Jesus Got Angry

 

Fervent in Spirit

Rom_12:11 not lacking in eager/diligent/business; fervent in spirit; serving the Lord;

 

Always Zealous/Right Zeal

Gal_4:18

 

Remember Phinehas Num_25:5-13,

Others: 1King_19:10, Pro_23:17, Tit_2:14

 

Call on God!

Isa_64:7 CAB And there is none that calls upon Your name, or that remembers to take hold of You

Awake and Shake

Isa_52:1-2 WEB Awake, awake, put on your strength, Zion; put on your beautiful garments 2 Shake yourself from the dust; arise, sit on your throne, Jerusalem: loose yourself from the bonds of your neck, captive daughter of Zion.

(Also: Samson Jdg_16:20.)

 

Fire Makes or Breaks You

Mar_9:49-50 WEB For everyone will be salted with fire, and every sacrifice will be seasoned with salt. 50 Salt is good, but if the salt has lost its saltiness, with what will you season it? Have salt in yourselves, and be at peace with one another."

(and compare previously: Mar_9:41-48 - Gehenna Fire)

 

Mat_3:11

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Luk_3:16

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Mar_9:49

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Deu_32:22

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Jon_2:1, etc.

NETS 804

 

Rev_20:11

 

Mat_25:1

 

Pentecost had fire!

light of the world

Testing

 

So Gods Fire Means

> Either get jealous for God, or get jealously consumed by God!

> Purification or Punishment It will Make you or Break you

See: What it did to Edom

See: Gods Jealousy Makes Hell (Deu_32:9-23)

 

Ax, Holy Spirit, Fire!, Purification

Mat_3:10-12 MKJV And now also, the axe is laid to the root of the trees. Therefore every tree which does not bring forth good fruit is cut down and cast into the fire. 11 I indeed baptize you with water to repentance. But He who comes after me is mightier than I, whose sandals I am not worthy to carry. He shall baptize you with the Holy Spirit and with fire; 12 whose fan is in His hand, and He will cleanse His floor and gather His wheat into the storehouse; but He will burn up the chaff with unquenchable fire. (Also Luk_3:16-17)

 

Trials That Purify

1Pe_1:7 KJV That the trial of your faith, being much more precious than of gold that perisheth, though it be tried with fire, might be found unto praise and honour and glory at the appearing of Jesus Christ:

 

Division

Luk_12:49-53 WEB "I came to throw fire on the earth. I wish it were already kindled. 50 But I have a baptism to be baptized with, and how distressed I am until it is accomplished! 51 Do you think that I have come to give peace in the earth? I tell you, no, but rather division. 52 For from now on, there will be five in one house divided, three against two, and two against three. 53 They will be divided, father against son, and son against father; mother against daughter, and daughter against her mother; mother-in-law against her daughter-in-law, and daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law."

 

4. Examples of Fire

 

Phinehas

Num_25:10-13 CAB And the Lord spoke to Moses, saying, 11 Phinehas the son of Eleazar the son of Aaron the priest has caused My wrathH2534/G2372 to cease from the children of Israel, when I was exceedingly jealousH7065 [ζηλωσαιG2206 / ζηλονG2205] among them*, and I did not consume the children of Israel in My jealousyH7068 [ζηλωG2205]. 12 Therefore say, Behold, I give to him My covenant of peaceH7965 [εἰρήνηςG1515, as in peacemaker: Mat_5:9-12: εἰρηνοποιοίG1518]; 13 and he and his seed after him shall have a perpetual covenant of priesthood, because he was zealousH7065/G2206 for his God, and made atonement for the children of Israel.

 

*Greek: ζηλῶσαίG2206 μου τὸν ζῆλονG2205 ἐν αὐτοῖς

Hebrew: Same Hebrew >>and Greek?? word used for jealousy! (Examples: Gen_30:1; Num_5:14 & Num_5:30)

 

Psa_106:30-31 CAB 30 Then Phinehas stood up and made atonement, and the plague ceased. 31 And it was counted to him for righteousness, to all generations forever.

 

(Also compare the actions of Nehemiah: Neh_13:23-25)

 

Phinehas was a real peace doer like Mat_5 says! You want real peace??

Mal_2:6 The [a] law of truth was in his mouth, and iniquity [lit. unrighteousness, or as NETS has it, injustice] was not found in his lips: he walked *before Me directing his way* [NETS: uprightly with me] in peace, and he turned many from unrighteousness [ἀδικίας same word as before].

- Have salt in yourselves (as seen previously under Fire Makes or Breaks You)

- through fire on the earth! (as seen previously under Division)

- not like the world gives

- john the bap

 

John the Baptist

Mar_1:2-6 WEB As it is written in the prophets, "Behold, I send my messenger before your face 3 The voice of one crying in the wilderness 4 John came baptizing in the wilderness and preaching the baptism of repentance for forgiveness of sins. 5 All the country of Judea and all those of Jerusalem went out to him 6 John was clothed with camel's hair and a leather belt around his loins. He ate locusts and wild honey.

 

Joh_5:35 WEB [About John the Baptist]

He was the burning and shining lamp, and you were willing to rejoice for a while in his light.

 

Jeremiah

See Jeremiahs persecution below

 

Road to Emmaus

Luk_24:31-32 KJV And their eyes were opened, and they knew him; and he vanished out of their sight. 32 And they said one to another, Did not our heart burn within us, while he talked with us by the way, and while he opened to us the scriptures?

 

Paul & Epaphras - Zealous/Jealous for the Body of Christ

2Co_11:2 KJV For I am jealous2206 [zealous] over you with godly jealousy: for I have espoused you to one husband, that I may present you as a chaste virgin to Christ.

 

Fervent Prayer

Col_4:12-13 KJV Epaphras, who is one of you, a servant of Christ, saluteth you, always labouring fervently for you in prayers, that ye may stand perfect and complete in all the will of God. 13 For I bear him record, that he hath a great zeal for you, and them that are in Laodicea, and them in Hierapolis.

 

(compare earlier in chapter 4: Col_4:6 - From Favor to Fire)

 

The Apostle John

(Remember? Rev_1:12-16)

 

Kamikazes For Jesus

Kamikazes always produce fire! (911)

But for us

 

the weapons of our warfare are not fleshly, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strongholds, (2Co_10:4 MKJV).

 

And there is a right and a wrong way to burn

Lets compare Kamikazes with getting angry Did Jesus ever Get Angry?

 

Jesus Anger Foreshadowed in the Psalms

Psa_69:7-12 CAB For I have suffered reproach for Your sake; shame has covered my face. 8 I became strange to my brethren, and a stranger to my mother's children. 9 For the zeal of Your house has eaten me up; and the reproaches of them that reproached You have fallen upon me. 10 And I bowed down my soul with fasting, and that was made my reproach. 11 And I put on sackcloth for my covering; and I became a proverb to them. 12 Those that sit in the gate talked against me, and those that drank wine sang against me.

 

Repeated in Psalm 119

I had to correct this translation from the Greek LXX:

 

Psa_119:139 CAB Your [the] zeal [ζῆλοςG2205] [for your house]* has quite wasted me; because my enemies have forgotten Your words.

 

[* ὁ ζῆλος τοῦ οἴκου σου same as Psa_69:9]

 

This Means Jesus Got Angry

Joh_2:14-15 CAB And He found in the temple those who sold oxen and sheep and doves, and the moneychangers sitting there. 15 And having made a scourge out [ἐκ] of cords, He drove* [ἐξέβαλεν (exe-ballen) lit. threw out (fig. drove)] them all out [ἐκ] of the temple, with the sheep and the oxen, and He poured out [ἐξέχεε] the coins of the moneychangers, and He overturned the tables.

 

* Cast Out Analysis

This Cast out word is extremely stoked with connotations beyond even the provocative astonishment its literal (actual) rendering causes:

 

          It may be somewhat spiritual (and or so-to-speak) as in: Mar_1:12; Mat_9:25; Gal_4:30; Mat_9:38; Luk_10:2; Jam_2:25; Luk_6:22; Mat_12:20; (from Isa_42:3); Mat_12:35; Luk_10:35

          It can even be a kind act (i.e. when the exit (εξ) is shared (εξαγει/εμπροσθεν) with the caster Himself): Joh_10:3-4

          Or it could be literal and or figurative at the same time, as in: Joh_9:34-35; Act_16:37; 3Jo_1:10 (stronger literal in this case); (compare Mar_9:47)

          But it may very well be literal as in He overturned the tables;

          this is very powerfully seen in the following examples where this word is used: as in Mar_1:12]

          Particle out of eye: Mat_7:4-5; Luk_6:42

        Demons: Mar_16:9; Mar_7:26; Mat_7:22; Mar_1:34, Mar_1:39; Luk_9:40

 

 

Mar_11:16-17 CAB And [He] would not permit that anyone should carry a vessel through the temple. 17 And He was teaching, saying to them, "Is it not written, 'My house shall be called a house of prayer for all the nations'? But you have made it a 'den of thieves!' " [also in Mat_21:13]

 

Joh_2:16-17 CAB And He said to those selling the doves, "Take these things away from here! Do not make My Father's house a house of merchandise!" 17 Then His disciples remembered that it was written, "The zeal for Your house will consume Me."

 

Jesus Got Angry Over Their Unwillingness for Him to Heal

Mar_3:4-5 CAB Then He said to them, "Is it lawful on the Sabbath to do good or to do evil, to save life or to kill?" But they kept silent. 5 And looking around at them with anger [οργηςG3709], being grieved at the hardness of their hearts, He said to the man, "Stretch out your hand." And he stretched it out, and his hand was restored as whole as the other.

 

G3709 ὀργή orgē or-gay'

From G3713; properly desire (as a reaching forth or excitement of the mind), that is, (by analogy) violent passion (ire, or [justifiable] abhorrence); by implication punishment: - anger, indignation, vengeance, wrath.

 

Summary of Anger

        Jesus flips over the tables, (Joh_2:14-17; Mar_11:16-17) and gets mad over unwillingness to approve of healing on the Sabbath (Mar_3:1-5). We should be like this too.

        In all of this remember: be angry, and dont sin: Eph_4:26 [Moses struck the rock (Num_20:7-13)]

        Right anger is a critical sign of Biblical zeal. (Compare: Luk_6:22, Luk_6:26)

        Also See: Pauls anger over idols (Act_17:16 G3947 παροξύνω)

 

 

Elkanah

A Hebrew name Elkanah = God has possessed or God has created (BDB)

אלקנה from H410 [El] and H7069 [Kanah]

 

H7069 קנה qânâh kaw-naw'

A primitive root; to erect, that is, create; by extension to procure, especially by purchase (causatively sell); by implication to own: - attain, buy (-er), teach to keep cattle, get, provoke to jealousy, possess (-or), purchase, recover, redeem, X surely, X verily.

 

Wasted Without Fire

If you do not yet have the Fire of God, If you have been settling for less, then the sad news is that youve been duped to giving your life away to worthlessness. But the good news is, you dont have to stay that way!

Is what your living for worth dying for? If not, then its not worth living for either. Jason Dueas recently spoke on wasted (Dont waist your life)

 

Guard against getting wiser than your youthful zeal. Any wisdom that casts scorn on more zealous beginnings is a purest form of utter foolishness.

 

5. The Salvation of Fire

Add: Solomon showed that the proof of a real mother was that she could not bear to see her child cut into.

the proof of a real christian works the same way...

How emotional are we about the truth of Jesus? To this same degree we are real christians. But so many want to come along and claim relation to Jesus and we act like we are wise if we condemn Solomon's skepticism!

12/17/10

 

Test Your Salvation in General

--from Fear God in the Repent of Words Bible study--

2Co_13:5 WEB Test your own selves, whether you are in the faith. Test your own selves. Or don't you know as to your own selves, that Jesus Christ is in you? -- unless indeed you are disqualified G96. [αδοκιμοι G96 (adokimos) that is, not (a) aproved (dokimos)]

 

Dont be too offended and proud than to examine your Salvation!

Hes not asking you to do anything that hes not willing to do himself (Compare Gal_2:2; 2Jn_1:8-9)

 

1Co_9:27 WEB but I beat my body and bring it into submission, lest by any means, after I have preached to others, I myself should be rejected G96. [αδοκιμος G96 (adokimos) that is, not (a) aproved (dokimos)]

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So how Does Testing Relate to FIRE?

Rev_3:14-20 EMTV "And to the angel of the church in Laodicea write, 'These things says the Amen, the faithful and true Witness, the beginning of the creation of God: 15 "I know your works, that you are neither cold nor hot. I wish that you were cold or hot. 16 Therefore, since you are lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will spew you out of My mouth. 17 Because you say, 'I am wealthy, and have become rich, and have need of nothing'--and do not know that you are wretched, miserable, poor, blind, and naked, 18 I counsel you to buy from Me gold having been tried by fire, so that you may become rich; and white robes, so that you may be clothed, and the shame of your nakedness may not appear; and eye salve, so that you may anoint your eyes, in order that you may see. 19 As many as I love, I rebuke and discipline. Be zealous therefore, and repent. 20 Behold, I stand at the door and I am knocking. If anyone hears My voice and opens the door, then I will come in to him and I will dine with him, and he with Me.

 

[Entire context: Rev_3:14-22]

 

They are not Zealous

Rev_3:15 - works not hot or cold

Rev_3:16 - lukewarm = spit out

Rev_3:19 - be zealous [ζηλωσον (zḗleue); Greek: Imperative V-AAM-2S or V-PAM-2S] & repent

 

Why are they not zealous?

Rev_3:17 - they say they are rich: but they are blind!

(Rev_3:18 - how to see)

 

Other Repentance References

Rev_2:4-5, Rev_2:16, Rev_2:22; Rev_3:3; Rev_9:20-21; Rev_16:9; Rev_16:11

 

Act_17:30-31 - everyone should repent

Mat_24:48-51 / Luk_12:45-46 - lack of zeal makes one sin

 

The Extreme Devotion of Fire

Luk_14:25-27 WEB Now great multitudes were going with him. He turned and said to them, 26 "If anyone comes to me, and doesn't hate his own father, mother, wife, children, brothers, and sisters, yes, and his own life also, he can't be my disciple. 27 Whoever doesn't bear his own cross, and come after me, can't be my disciple.

READ Verses 28-32

 

Luk_14:33-35 MKJV So then, everyone of you who does not forsake all his possessions, he cannot be My disciple. 34 Salt is good, but if the salt has become tasteless, with what shall it be seasoned? 35 It is not fit for the land, nor for manure, but men throw it out. He who has ears to hear, let him hear. -Read: Mat_10:31-39-

 

Mat_10:37-39 WEB He who loves father or mother more than me is not worthy of me; and he who loves son or daughter more than me isn't worthy of me. 38 He who doesn't take his cross and follow after me, isn't worthy of me. 39 He who finds his life will lose it; and he who loses his life for my sake will find it.

 

Jesus Doesnt Jive With Quick Shallow Commitments

[Taken from Connection teaching]

 

Mat_8:19-23 WEB A scribe came, and said to him, "Teacher, I will follow you wherever you go." 20 Jesus said to him, "The foxes have holes, and the birds of the sky have nests, but the Son of Man has nowhere to lay his head." 21 Another of his disciples said to him, "Lord, allow me first to go and bury my father." 22 But Jesus said to him, "Follow me, and leave the dead to bury their own dead." 23 When he got into a boat, his disciples followed him.

 

Eat flesh drink blood, Joh_6:1 (ect)

 

Remnant Mentality

[from Foundations teaching]

 

Rom_9:27 WEB Isaiah cries concerning Israel, "If the number of the children of Israel are as the sand of the sea, It is the remnant who will be saved; [See Isa_10:22]

 

Remember He says later:

Isa_64:7 WEB There is none who calls on your name, who stirs up himself to take hold of you

 

[The remnant is specifically mentioned 16 times as a theme throughout Isaiah. Do you see that the remnant is the few who stir themselves up?]

 

Rom_11:5 WEB Even so then at this present time also there is a remnant according to the election of grace.

 

2Th_2:3 WEB Let no one deceive you in any way. For it will not be, unless the departure comes first, and the man of sin is revealed, the son of destruction,

 

1Ti_4:1-2 WEB But the Spirit says expressly that in later times some will fall away from the faith, paying attention to seducing spirits and doctrines of demons, 2 through the hypocrisy of men who speak lies, branded in their own conscience as with a hot iron;

 

Mat_24:12 WEB Because iniquity will be multiplied, the love 26 [αγαπη] of many G4183 [πολλων; the greater part] will grow cold.

 

6. Summary of this Salvation

 

Fundamental Call

Fire is the basic fundamental call to follow Jesus

Basic Call to discipleship, the only way to not be spit out

 

The Wrong Question

So many ask the wrong question: Are you saved? Are you Born Again?

When we should be asking, Are you completely burning hot for Jesus?

 

Be Ready

Be ready, or get cut into pieces (Mat_24:40-51)

 

Only Option

Fire is not optional. Its not just something cute that youth groups get pumped up about.

 

Going extreme for Jesus is the only way to live

 

The church has been sub-normal for so long that when anyone gets up to a healthy normal temperature, they think hes got a the flue!

(Lenard Ravenhill)

 

Few answer this call Few will Make it!

Luk_13:23-24 WEB; also think Joh_12:39 Could not believe

 

[repeat]

Isa_52:1-2 WEB Awake, awake, put on your strength, Zion; put on your beautiful garments 2 Shake yourself from the dust; arise, sit on your throne, Jerusalem: loose yourself from the bonds of your neck, captive daughter of Zion.

(Also: Samson Jdg_16:20.)

 

7. Enemies of Fire

A. Examples:

Laziness Complacency .

 

B. TV

Dont expect God to give you that truly adventurous life of his fire if you are still filling Your mind and desires with its counterfeit portrayed on TV!

we wrestle not against flesh and blood but against spirits and powers and (Eph_6:12)

Samara Story: why do some parents lie to their kids about Santa Claus?

[Because they are not living the adventure of Jesus]

 

C. Lack of Love for Holiness

Heb_12:14 ISV Pursue peace with everyone, as well as holiness, without which no one will see the Lord.

(Similar to Principal: The Holy Spirit never makes light of sin.)

 

Dont think that you are going to get the real fire from God without holiness;

You wont even see Him

 

Kids Quest Story (Without holiness)

 

8. Fake, Strange Fire

Lev_10:1-3 WEB Nadab and Abihu, the sons of Aaron, each took his censer, and put fire in it, and laid incense on it, and offered strange fire before Yahweh, which he had not commanded them. 2 And fire came forth from before Yahweh, and devoured them, and they died before Yahweh. 3 Then Moses said to Aaron, "This is what Yahweh spoke of, saying, "'I will show myself holy to those who come near me, And before all the people I will be glorified.'" Aaron held his peace.

 

A. Self/Demon-generated

Often burns solely off of emotions, not the reality of or obedience to God. Often puts value on your loud personality instead of the depth of True fire.

 

B. Doesnt last

(they look like they are on fire! But they soon burn out )

Mat_13:5-6 Some fell on rocky places, where it did not have much soil. It sprang up quickly, because the soil was shallow. 6 But when the sun came up, the plants were scorched, and they withered because they had no root. [Not remaining fruit: Jn 15:16]

 

C. It allows Sin

When someone is On Fire! and they have sin in their life, then it is the fake defiling fire based on sinful man. Unredeemed emotions quickly and easily counterfeit Gods Holy Spirit, in an unholy way.

Think: Vega Story in Puerto Rico (Kissing in basement then God really moved today in church!)

 

D. Loud people,

especially former drug addicts/street people are much more prone to it

 

9. Repent Of Zeal

Summaries of Huge Passages

1Co_13:4 - Love is not zealous?? Now what does that mean?

> 1Co_14:1 be zealous: so how is love to be zealous and not be zealous?

1Co_3:3 Where there is zeal (ζηλοςG2205) among you = fleshly (2Co_12:20)

Gal_5:20 Works of the Flesh (ζῆλοι, θυμοί,)

Jam_3:14-16 - Bad Zeal is, selfish, soulish, demonic

Jas_4:1-2 - Lust makes bad zeal: "ἐπιθυμεῖτε" (v. 2a) > "ζηλοῦτε" (v. 2c)

Jas_4:5 - God's Passion (ἐπιποθεῖG1971) vs. your zeal:

See: Heb_10:27; Zep_1:18; Zep_3:8;

Rom_10:1-3 - Israel's Zeal (and see Saul's: Phi_3:6)

2Sa_21:1-11 Sauls Punished, wicked, Counterfeited Zeal

Gal_4:17-18 - Zealously affected in Good thing (Mat_23:15)

Rom_16:18; Phi_2:21; - Religion of own belly (Luk_14:25)

 

Zeal Used as (bad) Jealousy

Act_5:17; Act_13:45; Rom_13:13;... Gal_5:20;... Gal_5:20

> From: ...meaning envy, jealousy, anger (Act_5:17; Act_13:45; Rom_13:13... Gal_5:20... with ris (G2054), contention... Gal_5:20).

(Word Study excerpts on G2205)

 

Warning Examples Of bad Zeal

Gen_4:1-16 - Cane Murders Abel

Especially:

Gen_4:4-7 - Offering (Heb_11:4 - by faith)

Gen_4:8-12 - Murder

1Jn_3:12 - and why did he slay his brother? (unrepentant zeal for personal religious works)

 

Mal_2:11-13 - Profaned holiness of the Lord (He Love you, and His holiness, but you like a prostitute profane His holiness as my relitve did to their brother, to polute their kindness unto you)

 

Be Warned!

If you are zealous for your own things, you will always rage against the truth and anyone who ever seems to represent it.

(Luk_6:11; 2Ki_19:27-28)

 

Do not zealous (Jealous, envying) to preserve yourself against people (1Co_13:4) or truth (Jam_3:14).

 

Repenting of zeal may make more sense if we look at the application of the word "Passion":

 

Good And Bad Passion

Luk_22:15 Pain linked to Passover: πασχαG3957/ παθεινG3958

Uses: ἐπιθυμία = desire/lust

Act_1:3 παθεινG3958, translated as the word passion (KJV)

1Th_4:5 πάθει - Passions... of lust; (compare: Rom_1:26; Col_3:5)

Uses: ἐπιθυμία = desire/lust

> For a translation analysis: see no dating (Scrip & List); Sin Lists; Woes of Wordiness;

 

Same word used for sorrow...

Job_30:31; Pro_25:20

And especially see how it is used here!:

2Co_7:7-12 - "ἐπιπόθησιν"G1972 (2Co_7:7; 2Co_7:11)

(Compare: Jas_4:1-2, -above-)

Etymology: G1972 < G1971: ἐπί + ποθέω

 

Good Zeal

2Co_11:2-4 - Godly zeal

Col_4:6 - From Favor to Fire (Col_4:12-13)

Mar_9:49-50 - Fellowship of Fire (REAL Love and Peace!)

 

Summaries

Pain = Passion > Desire (Lust) > Zeal (Jealousy/ Envy) > Fire of God (brought by Grace Col_4:6) or Fire of Hell (Brought by sin Deu_32:9-23; Heb_10:27)

 

If you have Proper Passion, it Produces Powerful Pursuit; But Poisoned and Polluted Passion Produces Permanent Perdition

 

So what does this have to do with Love

Php_4:1 Longed for - Hurt with loving passion for people who hurt to be with Jesus (compare: Rom_8:23)

 

10. True Fire

A. It burns bugs (Exo_3:2)

 

B. Jeremiahs Fire/Zeal

Depressed

1Ki_19:4 WEB But he himself went a day's journey into the wilderness, and came and sat down under a juniper tree: and he requested for himself that he might die, and said, It is enough; now, O Yahweh, take away my life

 

But still Truly Zealous

1Ki_19:14 KJV And he said, I have been very jealous for the LORD God of hosts: because the children of Israel have forsaken thy covenant, thrown down thine altars, and slain thy prophets with the sword; and I, even I only, am left; and they seek my life, to take it away.

(Zealous, but obviously not based on Emotion)

 

C. It is deep and It remains: Joh_15:16

 

Part 2 Fire & Spiritual Understanding

 

1. The Proper Use Of Emotion

Courage is Proceeded by Consolation

Emotional Courage is Proceeded by Psychological Consolation (Healing of the Soul) and Corporate freedom is Promoted and Encouraged by corporate Faithfulness

 

- Speaking to one another in psalms

- if you want to promote Fullness, then be faithful and provide a basis for trust.

- I cannot not trust anyone in a NT sense when I guard and sympathize with myself more than they do; (same holds true for sharing possessions)

- We are not emotional prostitutes here as so many free Pentecostals who are sure they have corporate approval because they never take a controversial stance. Such freedom is a shallow illusion made of fluff and only works when you are impressed with people who live in sin.

- Dont be a willing party in despising, competition and distrust

 

Well, this is not quite emotion. But it is exuberance

- Speaking to one another (Eph)

- we need things like dancing

For things like that to happen, there has to be