“I baptize with water those who repent of their sins and turn to God. But someone is coming soon who is greater than I am–so much greater that I’m not worthy even to be his slave and carry his sandals. He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and with fire. (Matthew 3:11)
I think that we would all agree that we desire for God to set us ablaze for His kingdom. I mean we even have songs about it like Third Day’s “Soul on Fire” released this year. So what does it mean to be baptized with fire? Well we will dive into scripture and look at what John the Baptist was saying when he said, “He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and with fire!” So let’s look at this historical event where men who feared their own lives became Living Sacrifices set on fire for all things Jesus.
But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes upon you.
So what we see here is a command from Jesus to his disciples to remain in Jerusalem till you receive power from the Holy Spirit. Ten days from this command on the day of Pentecost this command was fulfilled when the baptism of Holy Spirit and fire came from heaven.
On the day of Pentecost all the believers were meeting together in one place. Suddenly, there was a sound from heaven like the roaring of a mighty windstorm, and it filled the house where they were sitting. Then, what looked like flames or tongues of fire appeared and settled on each of them. And everyone present was filled with the Holy Spirit and began speaking in other languages, as the Holy Spirit gave them this ability… (Acts 2:1-4)
So some of you might even say “I have experienced the baptism of the Holy Spirit but I still feel very powerless”. Well let me tell you this “There is not one filling of the Holy Spirit but multiple fillings of Holy Spirit. You have to continue in the vine (abiding presence of Jesus) to continue this flow of Holy Spirit to pour out of you. The more aware of the reality of the Jesus who lives and dwells in you the more in tune you are to the operation of Holy Spirit in you and through you. But I want you to know that you can be consumed with the all-consuming fire of God! Being consumed with fire and Holy Spirit allows you to walk just as Jesus walked. You are filled with the same power to not only heal the sick, cast out devils, and raise the dead but you will do greater works than these. The power to see your life and family and friends will be actively manifesting through you. No longer do you have to live subject to the negative emotions of this world. Fear and rejection become a thing of your past. I am about to tell you how to walk in this supernatural life. Are you ready?
I am first going to read to you a verse out of Leviticus chapter 9:22
After that, Aaron raised his hands toward the people and blessed them. Then, after presenting the sin offering, the burnt offering, and the peace offering, he stepped down from the altar. Then Moses and Aaron went into the Tabernacle, and when they came back out, they blessed the people again, and the glory of the LORD appeared to the whole community. Fire blazed forth from the LORD’s presence and consumed the burnt offering and the fat on the altar. When the people saw this, they shouted with joy and fell face down on the ground.
What we have here is the first Day of Atonement. On this day Aaron take the sin offering, burnt offering, and peace offering and places it upon the bronze alter and an all-consuming fire from heaven comes down and consumes it. There are a couple of things I want you to see. Jesus will forever be the sin offering, burnt offering, and peace offering between God and man. When Jesus shouted “It is Finished” He destroyed the power over sin and brought peace to God and men. The other thing I want you to see is the offering was considered holy and pure. Because it was holy and pure Gods presence consumed it and it pleased the Father.
I want you to know that the only sacrifice that the fire of God would consume was that which is holy and pure. Christ fulfilled that requirement as the offering of sins once and for all. So you might be wondering “what does this have to do with me becoming on fire for God”? Well now Christ now lives in you if you have believed. You are the Temple of the Holy Spirit the problem is you lack revelation of who you have now become when you believed. You are now the child of the living God and you were presented Holy, Righteous, and above reproach to the Father by Jesus. (Col 1:22) You have become a new creation in Christ. It’s no longer you but the Christ the Hope of Glory living in you. The all-consuming fire could only consume that which met the requirement of being holy and pure. You meet those requirements.
Without Faith it is impossible to please God. When you start meditating on the love of Christ you begin to operate in the fullness of God, (and to know this love that surpasses knowledge–that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God. Eph 3:19) When you have the revelation that you are righteous and holy apart from the law faith becomes the substance that releases the fire of God upon your life to become a Living sacrifice unto the Lord. You will begin to burn so bright that everywhere you go you can’t help but to set hearts on fire for Jesus.
So cry out to God! Ask Him to set you on fire for His Kingdom. Become a supernatural life in a natural world. It’s time church! Run your race today! You look just like Jesus to the Father fulfilling the requirement to be consumed with fire. Today is your day, ONLY BELIEVE!!!!