Fire has so many functions while causing terrible damages too. Fire has its pros and cons depending on which way it appears or functions.
The fire of God is very beneficial to the christian man and woman, especially those who seek Him earnestly. The fire of God means so many different things and works in so many different ways in different circumstances. The fire of God works for His own, but works against His enemies.
In this post I want to list some of the different manifestations of God’s fire and some of the ways it can be of immense benefits to a marriage, hence the need to call for God’s fire and expose it to our marriages.
1. The Fire Of God Refines And Purifies.
He will sit as a refiner and purifier of silver, and He will purify the sons of Levi [the priests], and refine them like gold and silver, so that they may present to the Lord [grain] offerings in righteousness. Malachi 3:3 AMP
Like the purifier, God puts our marriages through the fire, and He takes care that the fire is not too hot that it totally damages our marriage, but just hot enough to remove the dross completely until He sees His image in our marriages, until His image is reflected in our homes.z
So, when your marriage is passing through a test, it could simply be God removing every dross it might have gathered over time, due to neglect or carelessness, and refining and purifying your marriage. God’s purifying and refining fire, makes your marriage better than it was.
So that the genuineness of your faith, which is much more precious than gold which is perishable, even though tested and purified by fire, may be found to result in [your] praise and glory and honour at the revelation of Jesus Christ. 1 Peter 1:7 AMP
2. The Fire Of God Consumes.
When Elijah was faced with enemies in 2 Kings He called for fire and they were consumed.
Then the king sent to Elijah a captain of fifty with his fifty [fighting men to seize the prophet]. And he went up to him, and behold, he was sitting on the top of a hill. And the captain said to him, Man of God, the king says, Come down. Elijah replied to the captain of fifty, So if I am a man of God, then let fire come down from heaven and consume you and your fifty [fighting men]. Then fire fell from heaven and consumed him and his fifty. 11 So King Ahaziah again sent to him another captain of fifty with his fifty [fighting men]. And he said to him, Man of God, thus says the king, Come down quickly. Elijah answered them, If I am a man of God, let fire come down from heaven and consume you and your fifty [fighting men]. And the fire of God came down from heaven and consumed him and his fifty. 2 Kings 1:9-12 AMP
God’s holiness is the reason He manifests as a consuming fire, it burns up anything unholy. He consumes all unholiness and wickedness in your marriage and family.
3. The Fire Of God Protects And Preserves.
God preserves His own with His fire.
For I, declares the Lord, will be a wall of fire around her [protecting her from enemies], and I will be the glory in her midst. Zechariah 2:5 AMP
When you ask for God’s fire, He becomes a hedge of protection round your family, protecting and defending your marriage from the enemy. When the enemy throws darts against your marriage, darts of strife, confusion, disunity, and all of such, they cannot get a hold on your marriage because of the protecting and preserving fire of God.
4. The Fire Of God Leads And Guides.
Fire produces flame(light) in darkness.
The [presence of the] Lord was going before them by day in a pillar (column) of cloud to lead them along the way, and in a pillar of fire by night to give them light, so that they could travel by day and by night. Exodus 13:21 AMP
In times when the enemy seeks to introduce darkness to your marriage, God’s flame of fire shines in and darkness disappears. Also, when you and your spouse need His leading and direction on which way to go, God’s fire leads the way and all you have to do is follow.
5. The Fire Of God Empowers Your Marriage.
But you will receive power and ability when the Holy Spirit comes upon you; and you will be My witnesses [to tell people about Me] both in Jerusalem and in all Judea, and Samaria, and even to the ends of the earth. Acts 1:8 AMP
The fire of God empowers you and your spouse and consequently your marriage, to be a witness for Him. Your marriage becomes a model for what a godly marriage should be like. You become a witness for God and His kingdom as men and women are drawn to the Light in your home.
I want to imagine that you have already begun praying in your heart as you read, that God’s fire will fall greatly in your marriage.
Tell me what you think.
Copyright© Teshuva 2016