A Fire of Faith Within
July 1, 2011
1 Peter 1: 7 Pure gold put in the fire comes out of it proved pure; genuine faith put through this suffering comes out proved genuine.
This makes me think of a metal heated for purification how it glows with the heat and shines after the process. That’s our faith glowing as it’s tried and shining once it’s been proven.
8 You never saw him, yet you love him. You still don’t see him, yet you trust him-with laughter and singing.
We had a surprise birthday party for a friend the other night. We had fun and he and his wife showed a lot of affection to each other. It was a very sweet time. But what made it sweeter were the songs we sang together…about grace our cover, and He who sits on the mercy seat, our hands lifted high for the joy of the Lord is our strength. No party could have been more beautiful.
As obedient children, let yourselves be pulled into a way of life shaped by God’s life, a life energetic and blazing with holiness. 16 God said, “I am holy; you be holy.”
There’s that blazing again. I guess blazing with holiness or with faith tried by fire is when the Holy Spirit is uncontainable in us. It’s when you feel yourself burning inside to give, to love, maybe even to speak the Name. I haven’t been there in years and I really miss it. I want in me that fire. I want the Holy Spirit bursting forth from me.
25 God’s Word goes on and on forever. This is the Word that conceived the new life in you.
Because God’s word goes on forever, we do. One version of God’s word says our life is incorruptible. If we flub or sin it isn’t good but it’s not the end of us. We have eternal-by-God’s-word new life where God helps us to be purified by fire, have joy and laughter and blaze holiness.