From the desk of Steve Shultz:
There are always reasons God allows us to walk in the fire—and it is always to produce something good in us. Barbie Breathitt gives some great illustrations and teachings to this in her latest article.
I like what she shares here, "By completely opening our heart for the fiery lamp of the Lord to search it, we will be healed of the past and move into our destiny triumphantly." Amen to that...there is always a reason!
Here are also a couple of fiery, prophetic resources:
"Plowing Through the Year of Fire"
It is time to plow through the year of fire. The fire of God's glory comes to cleanse and purify. He is an awesome, jealous God that is to be reverenced. His holy fire releases the baptism of fire and brings us into the Spirit of holiness. God's presence is a consuming fire that produces righteousness, peace, and spiritual understanding. Who among us can live with the appearance of His continual burning, consuming fire?
Who among us can live with the consuming fire? Who among us can live with continual burning? He who walks righteously and speaks with sincerity, he who rejects unjust gain and shakes his hands so that they hold no bribe; he who stops his ears from hearing about bloodshed and shuts his eyes from looking upon evil—Isaiah 33:14-15
These God will cause to dwell in the high places of favor with Jesus as their rock and fortress (Isaiah 33:16). If we honor God in all we say and do, our needs will be met according to His riches in glory. The more we know God the more we honor, revere and fear Him.
The Spirit of the LORD will rest on Him, the spirit of wisdom and understanding, the spirit of counsel and strength, the spirit of knowledge and the fear of the LORD.—Isaiah 11:2
As the seven fiery Spirits of God ignite our lives with the holy presence of the Lord, we will delight in the fear of the Lord. We will stop judging by what our eyes see, and we won't continue to make decisions by what our ears hear people saying about others. As we are clothed in a robe of righteousness and the belt of faithfulness, we will give grace to the poor and make fair decisions for those who are less fortunate and afflicted. Then our encouraging words of love will carry authority that will convict the wicked of their wrong ways (Isaiah 11:3-4).
Fire that Reveals the Heart
We need to embrace the fire and allow the fire to burn up every sin and offense. Offenses come to reveal things that are hidden from God's light in our darkened hearts, and the fire will remove issues such as jealousy, hurt, grief, disappointment and sorrow caused by betrayal, which lead to unresolved anger and bitterness. There is a spiritual and physical connection between harmful negative attitudes and physical infirmity.
The Bible tells us to be diligent in keeping our hearts pure and clean, for out of the heart spring the issues of life. The spirit or breath of man is the lamp of the Lord, searching all the inner depths of his heart. By completely opening our heart for the fiery lamp of the Lord to search it, we will be healed of the past and move into our destiny triumphantly.
When Jesus was in Jerusalem at the Passover, during the feast, many believed in His name, observing His signs which He was doing. But Jesus, on His part, was not entrusting Himself to them, for He knew all men, and because He did not need anyone to testify concerning man, for He Himself knew what was in man.—John 2:23-25
There are so many Believers who have left the Church. This is due to rejection, misunderstandings, envy, misused authority, and control that have wounded and offended. "So Jesus said to the twelve, 'You do not want to go away also, do you?' Simon Peter answered Him, 'Lord, to whom shall we go? You have words of eternal life'" (John 6:67-69).
The Spirit of Holiness will turn our heart to repentance and restoration. "Just see what this godly sorrow produced in you! Such earnestness, such concern to clear yourselves, such indignation, such alarm, such longing to see me, such zeal, and such a readiness to punish wrong. You showed that you have done everything necessary to make things right" (2 Corinthians 7:11).
I Was Awakened to God's Voice Saying, "Wood, Hay, and Stubble..."
King Nebuchadnezzar heated the furnace seven times hotter than usual, yet the scorching heat didn't harm Daniel's friends as they fell into the all-consuming fire. But the fire instantly killed the strong men of the world who bound and threw them into the fire.
Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego replied to the king, 'O Nebuchadnezzar, we do not need to give you an answer concerning this matter. If it be so, our God whom we serve is able to deliver us from the furnace of blazing fire; and He will deliver us out of your hand, O king. But even if He does not, let it be known to you, O king, that we are not going to serve your gods or worship the golden image that you have set up.'—Daniel 3:16-23
God is refining us, not as silver, but in the furnace of affliction for His own sake. This will insure that His name is not profaned and that His glory will rest upon us as we operate by the spirit of holiness. God's ordained works will not burn up, but His fire will reveal His glory.
I was awakened to God's voice saying, "Wood, hay, and stubble..." This is the year the fire of God will consume the works we have done in the flesh that were not inspired by God.
Now if any man builds on the foundation with gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay, straw, each man's work will become evident; for the day will show it because it is to be revealed with fire, and the fire itself will test the quality of each man's work. If any man's work which he has built on it remains, he will receive a reward. If any man's work is burned up, he will suffer loss; but he himself will be saved, yet so as through fire.—1 Corinthians 3:12-15
Foundational faults and issues of the heart such as lust, jealousy, envy, anger, bitterness, and competition are being revealed and removed. This will enable us to rebuild on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, with Christ Jesus Himself being the cornerstone. Apostles and prophets are the foundation for the Church. When the Church is built on the proper foundation with the five ministry gifts of the pastor, teacher, evangelist, prophet, and apostle moving through in cycles, spiritual wisdom is released.
Yet we do speak wisdom among those who are mature; a wisdom, however, not of this age nor of the rulers of this age, who are passing away."—1 Corinthians 2:6
This is the Year to Plow and Break Up the Fallow Ground
We must have a fresh seal of the Holy Spirit resting upon us with Jesus as the center of our lives. Give God first place in your life by honoring Him with your time. This is the year to plow and break up the fallow ground in our lives just like an ox. The deeper the plow goes, the more weeds and tares are uprooted and removed from our field of influence. Intercede, pray, decree and declare your prophecies and prophetic promises.
As we wait on the Lord we become strong and our heart takes courage. We will be able to walk and run with the Lord without tiring or becoming weary. God is going to renew our strength and give us eagle wings to soar above the difficulties. God gives strength to the weary, and to those who lack might God increases power. Intercession and prayer enables Christ to be formed within us.
"My children, with whom I am again in labor until Christ is formed in you" (Galatians 4:19). It's time to set fire to the brush, tares, and weeds, to plow, breaking up all of the unproductive ground in our lives. "Sow with a view to righteousness, reap in accordance with kindness; break up your fallow ground, for it is time to seek the LORD until He comes to rain righteousness on you" (Hosea 10:12).
Intercession will release revelation and prophetic insights on how and what to pray for to get answers. "'While You extend Your hand to heal, and signs and wonders take place through the name of Your holy servant Jesus.' And when they had prayed, the place where they had gathered together was shaken, and they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak the word of God with boldness" (Acts 4:30-34).
God's Breath to you,
Barbie L. Breathitt
Breath of the Spirit Ministries