The Fire of God
By George Kirkpatrick
Vital Words to the Body of Christ
Proclaiming the Everlasting Gospel of the Kingdom
Vital Words to the Body of Christ
Freely We Have Received, Freely We Give
Follow along with the following song by Brother Klaus which Pastor Kirkpatrick has incorporated into this book. Enjoy!
Go to end of book for the lryics from Brother Klaus's song: The Fire Of God Surrounds Us
As we begin to look at the fire of God and how God uses fire to warn His people of the things that are about to come to pass, we discover that the fire of God is a cleansing fire. One thing we need to know about the fire of God is that it is a pure, white fire. When a fire burns orange or red it is because there are impurities in the fire. There are no impurities in the fire of God. When Christ Jesus came on the Day of Pentecost, He came as cloven tongues of fire:
"And there appeared unto them cloven tongues of fire, and it sat upon each of them." Acts 2:3
The cloven tongues of fire from the Holy Spirit came as the cleansing fire of God to cleanse all those, whom God plans to use in His Kingdom.
Another use of God's fire is the destroying aspect. Just as God used the flood to destroy sin in the book of Genesis, He is going to again deal with sin and the sin nature in man when He returns to judge the earth and its inhabitants. But this time it is going to be with His all consuming fire.
The coming of the cloven tongues of fire on the Day of Pentecost was the fulfillment of John the Baptist's words which were recorded by Matthew:
"I indeed baptize you with water unto repentance: but He that cometh after me is mightier than I, whose shoes I am not worthy to bear: He shall baptize you with the Holy Ghost, and with fire." Matthew 3:11
When we look at the word baptize we discover it means "to completely be immersed in." So to be baptized in the Holy Ghost and fire means to be completely immersed in the fire.
Once in a while God will move by His Spirit upon a person to write a song which describes completely what God has intended for His people. Some time back such a song was sent to us. It is called "The Fire of God" by Brother Klaus As we look closely at the words of this song it should become clear what God is going to do for His people. The song begins:
"Oh, the fire of God surrounds me.
It cleanses me within
Ridding me of the carnal man
And unveiling all my sin
As we look closely at these words, we see our lives are totally immersed in the cleansing fire of God. This is necessary so that God can rid us of the carnal man. We need to allow the fire of God to cleanse us of all the carnality in our life, so we can again come into the likeness and image of Christ. In his letter to the Romans, Paul explains.
"Because the carnal mind is enmity against God: for it is not subject to the law of God, neither indeed can be." Romans 8:7
Our carnal mind is enmity against God, and until we deal with the things that separate us from God, we will never come into His likeness. How do we recognize the carnal man? The carnal man wants to be lifted up, recognized, and held in high esteem. The carnal man does all things to be seen of men. The carnal man tries to act humble, but his carnal nature sticks out like a sore thumb. Jesus explained the carnal nature in man when He spoke to His disciples:
"Beware of the scribes, which desire to walk in long robes, and love greetings in the markets, and the highest seats in the synagogues, and the chief rooms at feasts;" Luke 20:46
The scribes were those who copied the Word of God. These men were highly esteemed, and their carnal nature was displayed in everything they did. Jesus again explained this carnal nature. His words were recorded by Matthew:
"But all their works they do for to be seen of men: they make broad their phylacteries, and enlarge the borders of their garments," Matthew 23:5
Everything the carnal nature does is to be seen of men.
God sent His fire to surround us. He did this to unveil our sin.
The second half of the first verse goes:
"He's shown me where I've missed the mark
For I've wondered and I've strayed
I've eaten from the other tree,
But chose the plan He's laid.
The song reveals God has shown us where we have missed the mark. When we look up the meaning of the word sin, we discover it means "to miss the mark." What is the mark that we can miss?
"I press toward the mark for the high calling of God in Christ Jesus." Philippians 3:14
The mark that God has set for us to seek after is the high calling of God in Christ Jesus. This mark is there for us to aim at, but if we miss the mark, then we will also lose the prize.
The song continues: I've wondered and I've strayed. It is easy to get off the right path. An example of this is when we are driving a car and something gets our attention on the right side of the car. As we look to the right, we let the car drift to the right. The same is true with our walk with our God. If we get our eyes off of Him, then we tend to drift toward what has our attention. And when we get our eyes off God and His Word, this is when we miss the mark.
The song goes on to proclaim: I've eaten of the other tree. . . What tree is the writer talking about? When God planted the Garden in Eden, He set the Tree of Life and the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil in the midst of the garden. God informed Adam and Eve they could partake of the Tree of Life and live forever, but if they ate of the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil, they would die in that day.
As we see by God's Word, there was good in the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil, but the good was mixed with evil. When we think we are doing good, but have evil thoughts or evil intentions, then the evil will override the good we are doing in the sight of God. In his letter to the Romans, Paul declared:
"Let not then your good be evil spoken of:" Romans 14:16
Many who give large amounts of money to charities surely are doing good. But we need to ask, "How did many get the money that they gave?" Did they lie, cheat, and steal to get what they have? Did they ruin other peoples' lives that they might do good with their filthy lucre? It should be clear the good that many do will not override the evil they did.
When God thrust Adam and Eve out of the Garden, He placed a flaming sword at the entrance of the Garden. If we are to enter again into the Garden of Paradise, we must enter through this flaming sword which is the Word of God. We must be totally cleansed by the fire of God.
The songwriter concludes this section of his song, "but chose the plan He's laid." God has given us ample guidance in His Word, so that we may know how to walk. The prophet Isaiah gives us insight as to how we are to walk:
"And thine ears shall hear a word behind thee, saying, This is the way, walk ye in it, when ye turn to the right hand, and when ye turn to the left." Isaiah 30:21
God has given us His assurance that when we turn to the right hand or to the left, if we then listen to His voice and walk by His Spirit, then He will straighten out our walk. We need to walk in the plan that He has laid.
The next verse of the song goes:
"The fire of God surrounds me
like burning coals of fire.
Bringing forth what's not of God
consuming my desires."
The fire of God is all around us to cleanse and purify us. Paul explains to the church at Ephesus:
"That He might sanctify and cleanse it with the washing of water by the Word, that He might present it to Himself a glorious church, not having spot, or wrinkle, or any such thing; but that it should be holy and without blemish." Ephesians 5:26-27
God not only uses His fire to cleanse us, He uses the water of the Word to wash us clean. He does this that He might present to Himself a cleansed, purified body that has neither spot or wrinkle, and that is holy and without blemish. The prophet Malachi also explains how God cleanses His body:
"But who may abide the day of His coming? And who shall stand when He appeareth? For He is like a refiner's fire, and like fullers' soap: and He shall sit as a refiner and purifier of silver: and He shall purify the sons of Levi, and purge them as gold and silver, that they may offer unto the Lord an offering in righteousness." Malachi 3:2-3
Malachi asks, "Who can abide (endure) the day of His coming?" Then he asks, "Who can stand when He appears?" Who will be able to stand and abide when the refiner refines His silver and His gold? In this process, God heats the fire until the silver and the gold release all the impurities, which then float to the top to be skimmed off. God will turn up the heat in our lives until we repent of the sin that holds us back from returning into His presence. This is not pleasant, but it is necessary if we are to see Him as He is.
He is also like fuller's soap. In the ancient days, people who did laundry were called fullers. When the fire is put under the pot of water, and the fuller's soap is added to the water of the Word, then God's cleansing will be complete.
As the song goes, " . . . the fire of God surrounds us like burning coals of fire, bringing forth what's not of God, and consuming my desires . . ." As long as we are fulfilling the desires of the flesh, the fire of God cannot complete its work. The apostle James informs us:
"Ye lust, and have not: ye kill, and desire to have, and cannot obtain: ye fight and war, yet ye have not, because ye ask not." James 4:2
All God expects of us is that we ask. He makes many promises to those who will ask in His name:
"And whatsoever ye shall ask in My name, that I will do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son." John 14:13
As James declared, we have not, because we ask not. But as Jesus has promised, "Whatsoever we ask in His name He will do it, so His Father may be glorified." So then, how do we ask? Matthew records Jesus' words:
"And all things, whatsoever ye shall ask in prayer, believing, ye shall receive." Matthew 21:22
We must make our request in prayer. We should not only ask, but we must believe that we will receive what we ask for.
The song continues, " . . . consuming my desires. . ." When our desires line up with God and His Word, then our desires are no longer our desires, but they become the desire the Father has given us. In his letter to the Ephesians, Paul addresses this problem:
"Among whom also we all had our conversation in times past in the lusts of our flesh, fulfilling the desires of the flesh and of the mind; and were by nature the children of wrath, even as others." Ephesians 2:3
The word conversation means "way of life." Those who desire to fulfill the lust of the flesh are considered to be the children of wrath. Paul concludes: as others. When God's people who are being cleansed by the fire of God desire to fulfill their natural lusts, then they are no different from those who walk according to this world.
The second half of the second verse goes:
" My own life now broken
I walk as He commands.
Going where the Spirit goes,
leading me through conquered lands."
The song writer declares, " . . . My own life now broken. . . " This is when we fall upon the stone. God has two stones that all must deal with. The first stone is the Cornerstone. Paul declared the Cornerstone to the church at Ephesus:
"And are built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ Himself being the chief cornerstone;" Ephesians 2:20
The Cornerstone is the stone of repentance. The Cornerstone is our first encounter with Jesus Christ. The apostle Luke informs us:
"Whosoever shall fall upon that stone shall be broken; but on whomsoever it shall fall, it will grind him to powder." Luke 20:18
All who fall upon the Cornerstone, Jesus Christ, will be broken.
But Luke also talks about another stone. This is the stone that falls on us. An unknown Psalmist declared this stone unto us.
"The stone which the builders refused is become the head stone of the corner." Psalm 118:22
It is the Headstone that falls on us and grinds us to powder (flour). It should be plain that the Cornerstone cannot fall on us. It stays in place. So who is the Headstone the builders rejected? It is Christ Jesus, the risen, glorified Christ. Those who have rejected Christ Jesus, the Headstone are those who are building their own kingdoms or their own ministries. Three of the four writers of the Gospels speak about the stone the builders rejected. Matthew declared:
"Jesus saith unto them, Did ye never read in the Scriptures, the stone which the builders rejected, the same is become the head of the corner? This is the Lord's doing, and it is marvellous in our eyes." Matthew 21:42
When we discover the difference between Jesus Christ, the Chief Cornerstone and Christ Jesus, the Headstone, this is truly marvellous in our eyes. [see "Christ Jesus" by G. Kirkpatrick]
Through the pen of Paul, God declares how we should walk in His Word:
"This I say then, Walk in the Spirit, and ye shall not fulfil the lust of the flesh." Galatians 5:16
When we begin to walk in the Spirit as Christ Jesus, the Head Stone directs, then we will no longer desire the lust of the flesh. Paul continued his revelation to the churches at Galatia:
"If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit." Galatians 5:25
When the Headstone falls upon us, and grinds us to powder, then we will begin to live in and by the Spirit. It is then that God will take all the powder (flour) and mold it into one body. This He showed us when He took the loaf and broke it, and said, "This is My body." This loaf represents the whole body of Christ, all those who have allowed the Holy Spirit to grind them to powder.
When we come totally in tune with the Spirit of God, then we will walk as He commands. As the song writer declares: ". . .Going where the Spirit goes . . ." This is when we, as Paul proclaimed, will live in the Spirit and walk in the Spirit.
The next line of the song is so beautiful. The song writer declares: " . . . Leading me through conquered lands. . . " What are the conquered lands we are being led through? These are the overcoming victories we have in our life. God has given seven promises to the overcomers in the book of Revelation. These seven promises are:
". . . to him that overcometh will I give to eat of the Tree of Life" Revelation 2:7
". . . he that overcometh shall not be hurt of the second death." Revelation 2:11
". . . he that overcometh will I give to eat of the hidden manna." Revelation 2:17
"And he that overcometh, and keepeth My works unto the end, to him will I give power over the nations:" Revelation 2:26
"He that overcometh, the same shall be clothed in white raiment . . ." Revelation 3:52
"To him that overcometh will I grant to sit with Me in My throne. . . " Revelation 3:21
"He that overcometh shall inherit all things. . ." Revelation 21:7
As Jesus revealed to John on the Isle of Patmos - - - only the overcomers have any inheritance in God. The prophet Zechariah foretells this people:
"And I will bring the third part through the fire, and will refine them as silver is refined, and will try them as gold is tried: they shall call on My name, and I will hear them: I will say, It is My people: and they shall say, The Lord is My God." Zechariah 13:9
God has promised He will bring one third through the fire. Who are the one-third God is going to bring through the fire? [see "Day of Fire" by G. Kirkpatrick]
"But he that received seed into the good ground is he that heareth the Word, and understandeth it; which also beareth fruit, and bringeth forth, some an hundredfold, some sixty, some thirty." Matthew 13:23
In order to understand this declaration Jesus made, we must go back to the Tabernacle in the Wilderness. [see "The Tabernacle in the Wilderness" and "Beyond the Feast of Tabernacles" by G. Kirkpatrick]The tabernacle had three areas:
The Outer Court
The Holy Place
and The Most Holy Place
The Outer Court had no covering. The people who dwell there only have natural light. The Outer Court contains the Brazen Altar and the Laver. This is the thirty fold realm. The Outer Court represents the old-line churches.
The Holy Place has the Candlestick, the Table of Showbread, and the Golden Altar. This is the sixty fold realm. This represents the Pentecostal Realm. They have the Spirit, but see no need to press on to the higher realm, the Most Holy Place.
The Most Holy Place is the one hundred fold realm. It is the overcoming realm of God. As stated before the overcomers will inherit all things. In order to understand this, we must look at a promise Jesus made, recorded by Matthew:
"And every one that hath forsaken houses, or brethren, or sisters, or father, or mother, or wife, or children, or lands, for My name's sake, shall receive an hundredfold, and shall inherit everlasting life." Matthew 19:29
The hundred fold represents those who have forsaken all things for the sake of Christ Jesus. This is the third part God will bring through the fire. This is not the multitudes, but is God's little flock. Luke records Jesus's words:
"Fear not, little flock; for it is your Father's good pleasure to give you the Kingdom." Luke 12:32
It is God's little flock that He will bring through the fire. It is His overcoming flock who have entered into His hundred fold realm. It is those who have been refined as God refines His silver and His gold.
Now we come to the last verse of the song:
"Oh, the fire of God surrounds us
We turn not when we go.
Joined one to another
All God's creation flow.
The writer of this song is showing us Joel's army. God showed Joel a vision of His end time army, and when it will come into action:
"A day of darkness and of gloominess, a day of clouds and of thick darkness, as the morning spread upon the mountains: a great people and a strong; there hath not been ever the like, neither shall be any more after it, even to the years of many generations.
A fire devoureth before them; and behind them a flame burneth: the land is as the Garden of Eden before them, and behind them a desolate wilderness; yea, and nothing shall escape them." Joel 2:2 & 3
It should be plain for all to see, that the fire of God surrounds God's army, as Joel describes: ". . . a fire devoureth before them, and behind them a flame burneth."
But what keeps God's army going is the vision of God's promises. As Joel proclaims: ". . . the land before them is as the Garden of Eden . . ." This is the vision of God's army living on a renewed earth. This should be our vision also as we go through God's judgment and the day of gross darkness and gloominess.
God's judgment is only for those who do not know Him, and do not have the vision of His renewed earth.
The song writer states that God's army ". . . turns not when it goes, joined one to another, all God's creation flows. . ." Again we see this with Joel's army:
"They shall run like mighty men; they shall climb the wall like men of war; and they shall march every one on His ways, and they shall not break their ranks: Joel 2:7
God's army will be joined one to another. They will not break their ranks when they go.
"Neither shall one thrust another; they shall walk every one in His path: and when they fall upon the sword, they shall not be wounded." Joel 2:8
God's army walks every one in His path. They will move by His direction, and under His complete protection. Nothing will be able to harm them in any way. Even if they fall on a sword, they will not be wounded. Then Joel completes his vision by stating:
"And the Lord shall utter His voice before His army: for His camp is very great: for He is strong that executeth His Word: for the day of the Lord is great and very terrible; and who can abide it?" Joel 2:11
When God's judgment falls completely on this earth, He is going to raise up His mighty army who have been tried in the fire. This is God's little flock, tried and made ready for judgment.
The last part of verse three of the song goes:
"We're walking in His Spirit
manifesting all He is.
Everyone straight forward,
showing mankind that He lives.
When we learn to walk in His Spirit, then we will begin manifesting all that He is. When our walk becomes straight forward, and we walk completely in the paths He has laid before us, then we, too, will show mankind that He lives.
As the old saying goes, "You may be the only Bible that your neighbor sees." We should always be aware of what the world sees in us. Can they tell by our walk that Christ lives in us? Or, do we show them the same image they see in the worldly people? Our lives should show all around us that Christ lives in each of us.
As we covered the verses of this song, we have discovered that we can come to the place where we will be walking in God's Spirit. We can become part of God's army who know how to walk with God. We need to learn to not run ahead of Him, or lag behind. This is when we get in lockstep with what God has given us to do. Paul explained our duties to Timothy:
"Thou therefore endure hardness, as a good soldier of Jesus Christ. No man that warreth entangleth himself with the affairs of this life; that he may please Him who hath chosen him to be a soldier." II Timothy 2:3-4
Now we come to the chorus of the song, "The Fire of God." The first half of the chorus goes:
"So now I'm walking in the Spirit
I turn not when I go.
A fire has enfolded me
with the brightness of its glow.
When we become part of God's army, we will no longer be entangled in the affairs of this life. Our whole purpose and intent will be in hearing God's voice and following His directions. When we come to this place in our walk, then the fire of God will enfold us with the brightness of its glow.
As stated before, God's fire is a bright white. When ancient artists painted Jesus, they always drew a bright light around His head. They called this a halo. This was the aura of the Spirit in Christ's life. We see this same portrayal with Peter, as described in the book of Acts:
"Insomuch that they brought forth the sick into the streets, and laid them on beds and couches, that at the least the shadow of Peter passing by might overshadow some of them." Acts 5:15
It wasn't Peter's shadow that healed the people. It was the aura of the Spirit and the fire of God upon him. This is going to be the power of God that His army will possess. When God's army speaks His Word, what they speak will come to pass, because they, as Jesus, will only do and only speak what the Holy Spirit directs them to do and speak.
There is an anointing coming upon God's true ones, and no one will be able to gainsay (speak against) or resist their words. This is the double portion anointing, which only those who have been cleansed and purified in the fire of God, will receive. [see "Anointed for the Greater Works Ministry" by G. Kirkpatrick]
The song writer concludes his chorus:
"And the appearance is the likeness
of a corporate man you'll see,
burnished feet of fire,
walking now in harmony."
" . . . The appearance is the likeness of a corporate man you'll see. . . ."
The body of Christ operates like a corporation, with Christ as the head of His body. And, as Paul explains:
"For as we have many members in one body, and all members have not the same office."So we, being many, are one body in Christ, and every one members one of another." Romans 12:4 -5
Those who are members of the body of Christ are members one of another. All members do not have the same office; but as a corporation, each member is as important as any other member.
But we need to understand that all who call themselves by the name of Christ are not all members of His corporate body. In order to become part of Christ's one body, we must not be entangled with the things of this life. In his letter to the church at Collossi, Paul gives us a list of things we must remove from our life:
"But now ye also put off all these; anger, wrath, malice, blasphemy, filthy communication out of your mouth. Lie not one to another, seeing that ye have put off the old man with his deeds;" Colossians 3:8-9
As long as there are any of these sins in our life, we will never be part of the body of Christ.
"And have put on the new man, which is renewed in knowledge after the image of Him that created him:" Colossians 3:10
It is only after we put off the old man, and all the things that pertain to the old man that we can put on the new man, which is created after the image of Him that created us. Until this becomes a reality in our life, we will continue to feed that old man. Paul explained this corporate body in his letter to the Ephesians:
"From whom the whole body fitly joined together and compacted by that which every joint supplieh, according to the effectual working in the measure of every part, maketh increase of the body unto the edifying of itself in love." Ephesians 4:16
The corporate body will begin to function when every joint supplies to every other joint. The body will then be fitly joined together, and make increase so it can edify the whole body in love.
The song writer concludes with ". . . with burnished feet of fire, walking now in harmony." The word burnished means "to polish to a high luster." This will be when God not only cleans up our walk, but He polishes our walk to a high luster, so we can walk the way He has designed - - - in harmony with the rest of His body. This is when the fire of God will have completed its cleansing work in our lives - - - from head to toe.
The fire of God has done its miraculous work on God's people throughout the Bible. The prophet Jeremiah was referred to as the weeping prophet. God spoke to Jeremiah the ministry He had given him to do:
"Wherefore thus saith the Lord God of hosts, Because ye speak this word, behold, I will make My Words in thy mouth fire, and this people wood, and it shall devour them." Jeremiah 5:14
Jeremiah tried to warn the people of Nebuchadnezzar's coming to Judah and capturing Jerusalem, and of his taking the people to Babylon. This so upset the people that they put Jeremiah into prison. Jeremiah got so disgusted, he declared:
"For since I spake, I cried out, I cried violence and spoil. Because the Word of the Lord was made a reproach unto me, and a derision, daily. Then I said, I will not make mention of Him, nor speak any more in His name. But His Word was in mine heart as a burning fire shut up in my bones. I was weary with forbearing, and I could not stay." Jeremiah 20:8-9
Jeremiah, like many today, who are trying to warn the people of God's coming judgment, made the decision to not speak any more to warn the people. But the fire of God was locked up in his bones, and he could do nothing but speak the Word God had put in his mouth. God further spoke to Jeremiah:
"Is not My Word like as a fire: saith the Lord; and like a hammer that breaketh the rock in pieces?" Jeremiah 23:29
As God explained to Jeremiah, His Word was not only like a fire, it was like a hammer. When God's true Word goes forth, then His Word is like a hammer to break the hardest heart so that they will repent.
Another time we have all heard of, where God put His people in the midst of the fire, was with Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego. Nebuchadnezzar had made a giant, golden image, and ordered all the people to bow down and worship the great image when they heard the music. Well, we know the three Hebrew children would not bow down to the image when they heard the music. We all must come to the place Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego came to. What was their answer to the king?
"Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego answered and said to the king, O Nebuchadnezzar, we are not careful to answer thee in this matter. If it be so, our God whom we serve is able to deliver us from the burning fiery furnace, and He will deliver us out of thine hand, O king." Daniel 3:16-17
When the three Hebrew children answered Nebuchadnezzar, he went into a rage and ordered his mighty men in his army to bind the Hebrew children hand and foot, and cast them into a furnace of fire that was seven times hotter, than it should be heated. This was the perfect fire of God to try His people with. When Nebuchadnezzar looked into the fire, he was astonished, and declared:
"Then Nebuchadnezzar the king was astonied, and rose up in haste, and spake, and said unto his counsellors, Did not we cast three men bound into the midst of the fire? They answered and said unto the king, True, O king. He answered and said, Lo, I see four men loose, walking in the midst of the fire, and they have no hurt; and the form of the fourth is like the Son of God." Daniel 3:24-25
Many believe nothing was destroyed in the fire, but the three Hebrew children had been bound hand and foot when they were thrown into the fire. So what was burned? Praise the Lord, it was all the bondages the government had put on them that had been burned off. The men who threw Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego into the fire were destroyed, but Christ Jesus walked in the fire with His people. We can be assured when God puts us through the fire, He is not going to be far away.
When God's true people take the stand not to bow down to the world's music, nor their idols; they may feel the heat of the fire, but God will be walking beside them and will not allow anything to hurt or destroy them.
The prophet Elijah also witnessed the fire of God. When King Ahaziah fell through the lattice in his upper chamber, he sent his servants to Ekron to inquire of Baalzebub if he would recover. Well, Elijah met these messengers and turned them back with the words of the Lord that Ahaziah would die from his wounds. This so angered Ahaziah, that he ordered a captain and fifty of his men to go and bring Elijah to him.
"And Elijah answered and said to the captain of fifty, If I be a man of God, then let fire come down from heaven, and conusme thee and thy fifty. And there came down fire from heaven, and consumed him and his fifty." II Kings 1:10
The fire of God fell upon the fifty and consumed them. Ahaziah sent another captain with fifty more men, and the same thing happened again. But then the third captain and fifty of his men came to Elijah. What happened this time?
"And he sent again a captain of the third fifty with his fifty. And the third captain of fifty went up, and came and fell on his knees before Elijah, and besought him, and said unto him, O man of God, I pray thee, let my life, and the life of these fifty thy servants, be precious in thy sight." II Kings 1:13
Then the angel of the Lord spoke to Elijah, and said, "Go down with him." This time Elijah met the king face to face, and informed him that he would die - - - and Ahaziah died by the word of the Lord.
Elisha, who took Elijah's place after Elijah was taken off the earth in a fiery chariot, also had an encounter with the fire of God when the king of Syria attacked Israel. Elisha kept warning the king of Israel what the Syrians were planning. When the king of Syria was made aware of Elisha's warning, he determined to capture him, so the king of Syria . . .
"Therefore sent he thither horses, and chariots, and a great host: and they came by night, and compassed the city about." II Kings 6:14
When Elisha's servant got up in the morning and saw the city surrounded, he was filled with fear, and asked Elisha what they were to do. Elisha informed his servant:
". . . Fear not: for they that be with us are more than they that be with them. And Elisha prayed, and said, Lord, I pray thee, open his eyes, that he may see. And the Lord opened the eyes of the young man; and he saw: and, behold, the mountain was full of horses and chariots of fire round about Elisha." II Kings 6:16-17
Once God opens our eyes, we will see His protection all around us.
We could write about the fire of God coming down on Mount Carmel and consuming Elijah's sacrifice - - - not only the sacrifice, but the wood and the twelve barrels of water, Elijah had poured on the sacrifice. But the fire of God consumed the stones also that surrounded the sacrifice.
We could speak of Moses when God spoke to him from the burning bush, or when God came down on the mountain to speak to Israel.
"The Lord talked with you face to face in the mount out of the midst of the fire," Deuteronomy 5:4
Moses spoke with God face to face in the midst of the fire.
God is preparing His little flock in the wilderness. He is removing the spots in their lives, and ironing out the wrinkles so that He may present it to himself, a body that is holy and without blemish. These are those who have left the Holy Place and proceeded to the hundred fold, overcoming realm, the Most Holy Place. These are those God will speak to and say, "This is My people!" These will rule and reign with Christ during the thousand year millennial and then for all eternity. Praise the Lord!
The song, "The Fire of God" is a beautiful song that opens up many aspects of our walk with God. We will be happy to send the music, chords and words to this song to all who ask.
May the Lord richly bless you in your necessary trials and testings to bring you to Himself.
Related books by George Kirkpatrick
Day of Fire
"The Tabernacle in the Wilderness"
"Beyound the Feast of Tabernacles"
"Anointed for the Greater Works Ministry"
Fear Not Little Flock
The Fire of God by Brother Klaus
Verse 1 Oh, the fire of God surrounds me
It's cleansing me within
Ridding me of the carnal man
and unveiling all my sin
He's showing me where I've missed the mark
For I`ve wandered and I've strayed
I've eaten from the other tree
but chose the plan He's laid.
So now I'm walking in the Spirit
I turn not when I go
A fire has enfolded me
with the brightness of its glow.
And the appearance is the likeness
of a corporate man you'll see
Burnished feet of fire
Walking now in harmony.
Verse 2 Oh, the fire of God surrounds me (D)
Like burning coals of fire
Bringing forth what's not of God
and consuming my desires.
My own life now broken
I walk as He commands
Going where the Spirit goes
Leading me through conquered lands.
Verse 3: Oh, the fire of God surrounds us
We turn not when we go.
Joined one to another
All God's creation flow
We're walking in His Spirit
manifesting all He is
Everyone straight forward
showing mankind that He lives.
Vital Words to the Body of Christ
Freely We Have Received, Freely We Give