This Sunday was the fourth in the series of ” Keep the Fire Burning”. Pastor Gaby Salloum preached about “Fire Extinguishers”.
As a hammer or an axe is useless without the head, our Christian life is useless without the Holy Ghost fire, because we cannot accomplish our purpose without it. The head of the axe is necessary to cut down trees, and the Holy Ghost fire to burn away obstacles that lie ahead of us (2 Kings 6:1-7; the axe stands for the Holy Ghost fire).
When we have lost that fire, the first step towards recovery is the realization that we lost it, and then, run to God. God will take us to the very place where we’ve lost it when we confess to Him.
Things that can quench the fire:
1. Disappointment (Luke 5:5, Philippians 4:11-13) – This may happen even in the church and comes if we lose our identity in Christ. As a result, we may become bitter, and for this reason, some have become “church hoppers”. There is no perfection where there are people. There is no perfect church. But when we see Jesus in everything we will not be disappointed.
2. Unforgiveness (Matthew 5:24-25, Hebrews 12:15, 2 Corinthians 2:10-11, Matthew 18:21-35) – It not only corrupts the unforgiving person but everyone around them. It can cause anxiety and may make people feel physically ill. Unforgiveness stops us from experiencing the love of God. Being right is not an excuse for not forgiving. We are called to forgive.
3. Worldliness (James 4:4, John 2:15, Romans 12:2, Galatians 5:19, 1 Timothy 6:10)
As long as the Holy Ghost fire is burning, it will accomplish its purpose.
Therefore, we must do everything to keep the fire alive, it is our calling (1 Thessalonians 5:19).