Baptised by Fire, Engulfed by Flames

Fire is a great source of warmth to our homes. The fire might be in a ducted gas heater or a slow combustion wood heater. We usually turn down the gas thermostat overnight with just the pilot light still burning, or maybe we shut down the vents on the wood heater so the fire smoulders overnight. But as the cold morning greets us, we soon open the vents on the wood heater and the fire is fanned back into flame, or we turn up the thermostat and the gas burners fire up to blow hot air through the ducts to fill every room of the house.

Similarly, the Holy Spirit is like a fire in the life of the Christian. 

When we first put our faith in Jesus Christ the Holy Spirit comes to live within each one of us, we are "baptised by the Holy Spirit."

"For we were all baptized by one Spirit so as to form one body—whether Jews or Gentiles, slave or free —and we were all given the one Spirit to drink." (1 Corinthians 12:13 NIV)

The Holy Spirit then desires to bring His fire to every "room" of our life, so that He fills us completely. Some describe this as being "on fire" for God, we are "filled with the Holy Spirit" as we allow Him to direct every thought, word and action in obedience to God. 

When we are "filled with the Holy Spirit" we don't get more of Him, rather, He gets more of us!

Yours in Christ,

Peter Rogers

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