“And being assembled together with them, He commanded them not to depart from Jerusalem, but to wait for the Promise of the Father, ‘which,’ He said, ‘you have heard from Me; for John truly baptized with water, but you shall be baptized with the Holy Spirit not many days from now.’ …But you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be witnesses to Me in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.’”—Acts 1.4-8
When the 120 were praying in one accord the flame that was burning within each of them became so full of fire that it began to burst out like a blaze from the tops of their heads. They endured and ultimately received the promise from the Father.
What is the promise from the Father?
The promise is not only the covenants of God, the Word of God and the sovereignty of God. The promise is everything… it is yes and amen! But this promise that they were waiting on was the Holy Spirit—the Fire!
Sadly, many have been trying to digest the instruction and walk out life without the Fire…
The Holy Spirit is there to empower you to fulfill the instruction. The Holy Spirit is the fire that burns up the doubt, unbelief, pride and fear so that we can think according to the fruit of the spirit, making it possible to make decisions filtered through the fruit of the Spirit and not the flesh.
“Now the works of the flesh are evident, which are: adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lewdness, idolatry, sorcery, hatred, contentions, jealousies, outbursts of wrath, selfish ambitions, dissensions, heresies, envy, murders, drunkenness, revelries, and the like…
“But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, long suffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control.
Against such there is no law. And those who are Christ’s have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires.
If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit.”—Galatians 5.19-25
What kind of witness is the Father looking for in Jerusalem? He is looking for the Son. When those who believe in Him manifest the Son, they walk in the fruit of the Fire Himself. God wants that kind of witness in Jerusalem.
God is looking for people to prove that He is right, by demonstrating His Word…
“And if Christ is in you, the body is dead because of sin, but the Spirit is life because of righteousness. But if the Spirit of Him who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you, He who raised Christ from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies through His Spirit who dwells in you.”—Romans 8.10-11
What is righteousness? It is living in right standing with God.
“I indeed baptize you with water unto repentance, but He who is coming after me is mightier than I,
whose sandals I am not worthy to carry. He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire.
His winnowing fan is in His hand, and He will thoroughly clean out His threshing floor, and gather
His wheat into the barn; but He will burn up the chaff with unquenchable fire.”—Matthew 2.11-12
We have the Holy Spirit when we accept Yeshua as our Lord and Savior, because the Holy Spirit is part of the package—the Trinity—God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit. The flame of the Holy Spirit is shut up in our bones, but needs the winnowing fan of God’s Spirit to come upon us with an unquenchable Fire.
He takes our life when we receive the Holy Spirit. He takes us out of our old life and sends Fire—not to hurt us, but to separate us. Like Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, we go into the Fire, but the Fire does not consume us—we become like the bush!
If we do not go through the Fire, if we are not sanctified and separated by the Holy Spirit, then when the Fire comes it could kill us.
When we receive the Holy Spirit, we are simply set to the side and the Fire comes and burns up all of the generational curses, and our Adam-like nature, thinking and influences that have a foothold in our lives. That gets all burned up. Then when He is finished, He brings us back. That is the baptism of Fire. This is the Fire that comes upon us and consumes the chaff—the impurities—making room for His power and presence in our lives!
We simply do not have a choice. We either have the Fire of God, or we don’t have the Fire of God. Without the Fire of God, we cannot become separated.
This is all about bringing the power of the Fire of the bush from Mount Sinai out of Heaven into our lives.
This Fire is in you—God wants to release His Fire to meet with yours today!
Will you turn aside and meet Him in the midst of the bush and burn for Him!