A Consuming Fire:
The shift ends, our bodies are tired but our spirits are at ease. The aches and pains of a tired and worn body is worth the contentment we receive by fulfilling our calling.
Thus another day dawns and begins with the rising of the sun, rising of our bodies, but do our spirits rise as high as they once were?
To be truthful, our hearts and minds often grow weary from all of the pain and frustration.
But then we remember…
What brought us here?
A Passion, A Purpose, A Persistent drive…
An innate desire, an intensity from within, an unshakable belief…
It is what compels us, completes us, and calls us to keep going…
The world won’t understand and many will refuse to listen.
Others will ridicule and mock us from the safety of their indecision.
People we love will walk out of our lives because we have chosen to live this way.
But the peace that passes all understanding remains with us.
An Advocate stays by our side so we are not alone.
The love that never fades nor fails belongs to us from Him.
We will strive, we will thrive, and push forward through it all.
The world will see us knocked down and laugh only to realize.
That when we fall to our knees in our brokenness we acknowledge the source of our strength.
And He fills our spirits daily as we depend upon Him.
We rise out of the ashes of tragedy.
We smile in the face of opposition.
We hurt for those the world has abandoned.
We pray for those who hurt us for we know the emptiness in their heart.
We show up when others don’t, for our heart compels us to.
And when those who don’t understand look at us with amazement and say:
“Why do you do this? I have never treated you right.”
We take their hand, lift them up, and share the love that that is living within our hearts.
This consuming fire of God’s love will burn through hate, tragedy, and remain when all other fires fade.
This fire can never be extinguished.
It is the Holy Spirit living within us testifying to us all of God’s love. It is as if those around us have been complacent and not filled their bottles and when the flames came they could not withstand the fire for their air ran low. Yet we had went to the Father each morning, noon, and night and kept our bottles full. So when our time came we were not shaken and held true to what we believed.
“Therefore, since we are receiving a kingdom that cannot be shaken, let us be thankful, and so worship God acceptably with reverence and awe, for our “God is a consuming fire.” Hebrews 12:28-29
Today, when our feet stumble and words fall short.
Let us fill our bottles with the Holy Spirit.
Let us put on our PPE, the armor of God, and stay ‘combat ready’ for the war of saving souls.
And pray for the strength from God to lift up our brothers and sisters as we know that God instituted the 2 in 2 out rule as:
“Two are better than one, because they have a good return for their labor; If either of them falls down, one can help the other up.” Ecclesiastes 4:9-10
Stay fired up, encourage one another with the hope that we have within, and lift up one another so they may do the same for others.
Andy J. Starnes
Bringing Back Brotherhood Ministries