When speaking of the coming Christ, the prophet John described him as one who would baptize not with water, but with Holy Spirit and fire.Â Jesusâ€™ parting words to his disciples was a command to wait in Jerusalem until they were endowed with power from on high.Â 120 of them waited, and when the day of Pentecost came, they were baptized with Holy Spirit and fire!Â Empowered by the Holy Spirit, and with fire shut up in their bones, those 120 turned the known world upside down and advanced the truth of Christ to the ends of the earth.
Today, We still need that fire.Â My hearts cry still echoes the call of William Booth who penned the words, â€œItâ€™s fire we want, For fire we plead. Send the Fire!â€
The modern church may shy away from such talk, but I know there is still a remnant that will be content with nothing less than the all-consuming fire of God.Â They know that this world is not in need of another carefully prepared talk, delivered by an educated orator who no longer calls himself a preacher.Â They are aware that the world doesnâ€™t need another concert masquerading as a worship service.Â They will not accept a one-hour church program, once a week, to be the full extent of their spirituality.
This remnant is filled with true believers who have counted the cost and forsaken all for the love of the Son.Â They are hungry for his presence, and will not be satisfied with a trickle.Â They want to be immersed into his fire.Â John Wesley contended, â€œGive me a hundred men who fear nothing but God, hate nothing but sin and are determined to know nothing among men but Jesus Christ and Him crucified, and I will set the world on fire with them.â€
Jesus commanded, did it, and we saw the results.Â Now is the time for another hundred to wait upon the Lord until they are baptized in Holy Spirit and fire.Â Let that remnant arise and once again change this world!
The picture you see with this post has an incredible story.Â Itâ€™s not a photoshopped file.Â This picture was taken with a digital camera during a worship service in Mozambique Africa.Â It wasnâ€™t until afterward, when the photographer was review the pictures that they saw this incredible image.Â Doubt if you wantâ€¦ but there are those of us who see something like this and allow it to stir a greater hunger within ourselves for the fire of God to fall anew.