The God Who Answers By Fire

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About a month ago, the worship teams of both my churches learned a song by Eddie James to sing at a conference. The title of the song is “I’m Sending the Fire”. It’s based on the scripture in 1 Kings 18 where Elijah got fed up with all the idol worship. He said, “Then call on the name of your god, and I will call on the name of the LORD. The god who answers by setting fire to the wood is the true God!” And all the people agreed. (‭1 Kings‬ ‭18‬:‭24‬ NLT)

Since learning it, I’ve been meditating on the passage. Just focusing on how our God responds to us in powerful ways. So much so that a few weeks after the conference I had a dream and at the end of the dream I heard Numbers 16. Now hear me out, I love the Lord. I read the bible, but I don’t mess with Numbers. AND I have never heard the Lord speak that way. So I wake up and I’m like whet? Then I looked it up and my eyes were WIDE open when I got to this part.

If these men die a natural death, or if nothing unusual happens, then the LORD has not sent me. But if the LORD does something entirely new and the ground opens its mouth and swallows them and all their belongings, and they go down alive into the grave, then you will know that these men have shown contempt for the LORD.” He had hardly finished speaking the words when the ground suddenly split open beneath them. The earth opened its mouth and swallowed the men, along with their households and all their followers who were standing with them, and everything they owned. So they went down alive into the grave, along with all their belongings. The earth closed over them, and they all vanished from among the people of Israel. (‭Numbers‬ ‭16‬:‭29-33‬ NLT)

All of this was going through my mind today as I stood in the place where Elijah made that declaration. You read that right. That’s where I was today. I can hardly gather the words to describe how it feels standing in that spot and coming to the realization that I serve the God who answers by fire. And He’s the God who opens the earth at the word of a prophet.

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That’s one thing I did today. Dope right?

One thought on “The God Who Answers By Fire

  1. JD Rucker

    Reblogged this on Judeo Christian Church Blog and commented:
    Claricha brings up a point that has been on my heart for a while. Much of Christianity is focused on the concept that our Father is all gentle, loving, and without anger. This couldn’t be further from the truth.
    It’s like parenting as humans, though much more so. We’ve all seen those parents who never raise their voice, never discipline their children, and give their kids everything they want. We also see the results. A harsh hand of discipline is required to raise children because they do not know right from wrong the way that adults do. They do not know all of the things that can hurt them, so a firm rebuke is often required.
    I rarely had to spank or ground my children. I was blessed with exceptionally obedient kids, but when discipline was required, I never hesitated to give it to them.
    Our Father is kind and gentle, but He is firm when He needs to be for our sakes. He is infinitely forgiving, but He also knows when punishment is required for our actions. We cannot forget that our Father has destroyed entire cities, had His people destroy unholy nations, and that Yeshua will lead us into battle against the forces of evil at the end times.
    Love is not just about being gentle. Wrath is often required to put us back on the right path.

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