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04/05/2011

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Hearts On Fire


"I will baptize you with water for repentance. But after me will come one who is more powerful than I, who's sandals I am not fit to carry. He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire" (Matt. 3:11).

When a basketball player has one of those games where everything he shoots at the basket seems to go in, a term is applied. We say that he is really hot or "on fire." The words in today's verse were spoken by John the Baptist, who readied the people for Jesus by calling for repentance. He was very popular but realized his limitations and knew for whom he was preparing the way. Jesus and then the apostles, did not literally baptize with fire. Though I may be off base, I would like to make my own application here. When we become Christians, the Lord wants us to be on fire. I believe that He wants a flame to glow within our hearts moving us on to greater love and service. This fire should constrain us to live more pure and Godly lives. It should motivate us to want others to know God and have that same flame within them. I believe that the flame is the presence of God in our hearts. That place where the important decisions of life are made. The flame ought to motivate us to be people of powerful prayer....A righteous people, filled with the Holy Spirit,the flame of the Lord within us....Our prayers ought to be filled with an invitation to God to send His presence and to do His good will...We ought to desire that the flame will grow hotter and hotter. Our greatest witness for the Lord will come when others can see the flame burning within us and are affected by it. The apostle Paul told Timothy to "fan the flame, the gift of God." (2 Tim 1:6). The problem with basketball players is that they are not always hot....With hearts on fire we can stay hot and do the work that has been set before us....STAY HOT!

Have a wonderful day...A heart on fire should allow your light to shine Love mark Phil. 4:11

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