Yesterday I heard the phrase used, “embrace the flame”. It stuck with me. Flame=Fire=Burn, but also Flame=Light=See. Can’t have one without the other. I want LIGHT so I can see those DEEP things, God’s purposes and thoughts that He infused in me when He created me, but that LIGHT is also a CONSUMING FIRE.
1 JOHN 1:5 ” … God is light; in him there is no darkness at all.” NIV
HEBREWS 12:29 “… our God is a consuming fire.” NIV
I’m asking myself, how determined am I to have God, who is LIGHT, shine DEEP into my heart so I can SEE? Cause this morning I’m feeling a little heat from His response to my prayer yesterday … fire lends itself to burning away impurities. How diligent, how disciplined, how purposefully am I really going to pursue this? I’m perceiving there’s a whole lot down there that needs to be burned away … things I don’t see or realize are there, but are working at counter-purposes with God’s desires and love for me.
With a certain amount of distrust in myself I’m saying, “I’m willing to be willing. I’m coming boldly to this Throne of Grace cause I’m going to need a whole lot of mercy and grace to move forward. I sense You’re going to get down to some real nitty gritty. I want to be willing to change. I can’t be afraid. I will not trust myself but I will trust You. I know YOU LOVE ME, and have my best in store, but I also know that there is resistance in my flesh. You are the Greater One in me. I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me, whose power works best in my weakness. I’m saying I need Your strength, mercy and grace. If it’s going to be it’s up to me. I will not be afraid of getting burned. I will not avoid or hide from the LIGHT. I purposely take Your strength, Your mercy, Your grace. I have it. I thank You, and I forgive. All in Jesus name. I am going DEEP with You.”