“The fire shall ever be burning upon the altar; it shall never go out.”
Leviticus 6:13

The fiery presence of God should always burn within us. In the Old
Testament, the brazen altar was always lit to offer sacrifices for sin
offerings, peace offerings, and the burnt offerings. God wants our
hearts to be burning with the presence of God always to be ready at all
times to offer up praises, prayers of thanksgiving, prayers of
repentance, and songs of worship. The essence of fire is intense heat.
God wants our praises and our prayers to be fervent. Paul taught us to
be fervent in the spirit. Fervent means to boil and to be hot. Don’t let
your fire go out. Stoke it, stir it, and rekindle it if necessary, but don’t
your fire go out and don’t let anyone quench your fire.

Our God is a consuming fire. His presence burns within our souls. That
very consuming fire purifies us. It sanctifies us. It burns sin to the core
and to the root. This is what the Holy Spirit does when it baptizes a
believer, it enflames us and consumes the attributes of our old man
nature that we may come forth as a new creature in Christ.

We need the fire of God burning us in the Holy Ghost as we preach, as
we live, as we pray, as we play, and as we witness. This fire makes us
more effective in what we do for the Kingdom because the fire purifies
our motives. We need to be filled with the Fire. We seek to be filled and
re-filled with the Fire. Paul said to quench not the Spirit. In other words,
he is telling us to not put the fire of the Holy Spirit out on the altar of
our hearts. Keep it burning with a fervent heat.

We need a burning in our souls which can never be quenched. We need
a burning in our souls which lasts from sun up to sun down. We need a
burning in our souls which can ignite the flickering flames of small fires
burning in lukewarm saints. We need a burning that sends our prayers
bursting through Heaven’s Gates. We need a burning in the songs we
sing that literally snatches Almighty God off His Throne and thrust Him
into our presence. We need a burning in souls that burn all night long
that even as we sleep, we are linked and connected to Heaven to
download wisdom, knowledge, and understanding.

Leviticus 6:12, “And the fire upon the altar shall be burning in it; it shall
not be put out: and the priest shall burn wood on it every morning, and
lay the burnt offering in order upon it; and he shall burn thereon the fat
of the peace offerings.”

God is calling us to early morning worship. This is the best time to
stoke our fires. Stocking wood onto your fire ensures you have enough
fire to get you through the day. Abraham, Jacob, Moses, Joshua, and
David stoked their fires early in the morning. Needless to say, these
brothers have accomplished milestones in the faith and are their acts
have been chronicled for us today. Keep the fire burning church and let
the consuming fire of the Holy Ghost rest upon the altars of our hearts.

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