Not all fire is bad.
Sometimes it's necessary for new growth.
I was listening to a spontaneous worship session of Our Father, from Jenn Johnson and Bethel worship, today. There was a beautiful time of prophetic prayer and worship that centered around God consuming us with fire.
I immediately thought of a forest fire. Did you know that there are certain species of pine trees that can only reproduce by the means of extreme heat? - Enter the forest fire.
The heat melts the resin which keeps the seeds contained and allows for them to break free and be planted.
Some of the adult trees are consumed in the process.
This causes a thinning of the canopy overhead, which can then allow sunshine to reach the new seedlings so that they can grow.
God is like that sometimes.
He will allow for some unexplainable, even terrible things, to burn up what is preventing new growth.
Our old & harmful ways must first be consumed so that new things can be planted. "Son"shine can then reach them in order to breathe new life into us.
If you feel like you've come to a stagnant period in your growth with Christ, ask for God to send a consuming fire to burn up everything in your life that isn't helpful in producing new growth.
It won't be easy. It may even be painful as you have to give up the toxic things, and people, of your past. But no matter how difficult it may be, it will absolutely be worth it!
Let God consume you and bring beauty from the ashes. - @ofgraceandgrit -
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