John 20: 21-22
“So Jesus said to them again, ‘Peace to you! As the Father has sent Me, I also send you.’ And when He had said this, He breathed on them, and said to them, ‘Receive the Holy Spirit.'”
Jesus breathed on them to receive the Holy Ghost and then told them to wait in the upper room until they were endued with power from on high.
They received the Holy Spirit, and 120 waited and were filled with the Holy Spirit in the upper room…
4And they were all filled [that is, diffused throughout their being] with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other tongues (different languages), as the Spirit was giving them the ability to speak out [clearly and appropriately].
Now that they were endued with power from on high, it was time to stoke the fire, and Peter with all boldness gave them the gospel of Jesus Christ and 3,000 were added to the Church.
Now what about us…
In Psalm 12:6
The New English and World English bible translations define the Lord’s Words as being absolutely reliable, and flawless words.
The Lord’s Words are like silver that are untainted, and thoroughly refined in a clay furnace on the ground and are purified seven times.
The following Scriptures come from The Voice Bible –
James 3:6 describes the tongue as being
6 …a blazing fire seeking to ignite an entire world of vices. The tongue is unique among all parts of the body because it is capable of corrupting the whole body. If that were not enough, it ignites and consumes the course of creation with a fuel that originates in hell itself.
The tongue is a blazing fire that ignites and consumes, and originates with a fuel that originates in hell itself…
But in Proverbs 25:4 it writes –
Let’s consider the blacksmith and the tools of his trade for a moment…
His two elements that he uses is fire and steel and works them together with tools that equip him to mold and shape that metal into a uniquely designer’s original creation.
His main tools are the:
Anvil which is made up of a mild steel, and the top surface must be rough and rugged is made up of a high carbon steel welded section – smoke and fire together = carbon…
Hammers – one is known as the hand hammer with the purpose of directing the hammering area, while the sledge hammer which is used by his assistant or the striker for wielding a specific area…
Chisels – which is used for nicking a particular metal which may be broken of easily and cleanly. The chisels can be either ‘hot’ or ‘cold’ depending on the particular metal that is being used.
Information was obtained from the: http://www.brighthubengineering.com/ website
What did Jesus say to the Laodiceans in Revelation 3:15-16: “I wish you were either ‘hot’ or ‘cold’ why?, because He hasn’t got time for lukewarmness in His Church, it makes Him sick to His stomach…
Now Jesus is the Word of God and like that anvil that was being hammered and struck at, I envision Jesus being struck and hammered at, being broken bent out of shape until He was no longer recognizable as a human being.
If that wasn’t enough as He made His way up to Golgotha, the fingers and insults were nick-picking at Him and continued while He hung there on the cross…
The Word of God was tried and tested in the fire and came through like gold and silver that had been thoroughly purified seven times in the fire.
But then how about the tools that equip anyone to ‘stoke’ up the ‘fire’…
There is the:
Bellows – which looks like a cross between a bagpipe and an accordion, for the purpose of delivering air to the fire. By pulling the handles apart, the bellows are filled with air which is then ejected in a steady, focused stream through the nozzles, and as the handles are pushed back together, the flames are made stronger because of the boost of air that comes through the bellows…
The Poker – which is a long iron rod with a hook on the end to stoke the flames by pushing and pulling the burning logs to improve the air flow…
The Tongs – which are used to physically handle the firewood, for the purpose of providing the user much more control and dexterity which means to skillfully use them…, and then there are the –
The Brush and Shovel – which are used together as one instrument – The brush cleans up while the shovel receives the ashes…
Information was obtained from the: http://burninglog.ca/your-guide-to-fireplace-tools/ website
One gives and one takes – I take, you give, You take, I give, and this is what we call team work…
We have three human functions that have a direct effect on the bodies by the words we say, hear and think…
These are the tongue, the ears, and the mind – words we speak can either stoke the fire or stroke the fire
In other words, we can handle our words with care by stoking the fire which will then add life to the listener’s ears, –
When we speak words of life, we are creating a healthy environment which is like a breath of fresh air,
Or we can add fuel to the fire by speaking without taking the time to think about what we are saying –
And because we have spoken out of our emotions, the fuel that has been added to the fire will cause the environment to become toxic with smoke filling the atmosphere which then causes the listener to cough and splutter …
We can also stroke the fire, by compromise or by being complacent which is the same as being lukewarm …
The ear is an amazing instrument, for with it we can hear many sounds, but it is only the sound that we need to hear which will grab out attention.
And like a balloon that is filled with hot air, so is the tongue that bellows uncontrollably –
This is why James 1:19, and 21b tells us to –
19 Listen, open your ears, harness your desire to speak, and don’t get worked up into a rage so easily, my brothers and sisters, and to humbly welcome the word of truth that will blossom like the seed of salvation planted in your souls (The Voice Bible).
Remember that Jesus is the Word of God was tried and tested in the fire and came through like gold and silver that had been thoroughly purified seven times in the fire.
So He is all the more the reason as to why we should purify and cleanse our –
S – Speech, so that when we speak our speech may always be filled with grace, seasoned with salt, and
T – Together we may know how to answer each one on any given occasion or
O – Opportunity, whether in season or out of season, for the purpose of telling others who need to come to the saving
K – Knowledge of the truth about who Jesus Christ is in order to
E – Enlighten the eyes of their understanding and be transported from the kingdom of darkness and translated into the Kingdom of Light.
God wants to use us like a bellows that breathes upon the fire to minister to this lost and dying world.
Psalm 104:4b writes that: He makes His angels spirits, and His ministers (who are His servants) a flame of fire.
Like the tools that are equipped to keep the fire going, so God wants to use His ministers like flames to spread the fire..
T – Take the Gospel into all the nations
H – Heed the call of His Spirit
E – Endure until the end…
Are we prepared to be like flames who are equipped to “Stoke the Fire” so that a lost and dying world may receive
F – Forgiveness of their sins, and obtain an eternal
I – Inheritance among those who are sanctified through their faith in Christ, both they and we will
R – Rejoice in knowing that they now have become citizens of heaven with the saints of God in the Kingdom of Light. And as surely as God gives us the grace to redeem our ‘seed time and harvest,’ the day is surely coming when
E – Every knee shall bow and every tongue shall confess that Jesus Christ is Lord to the glory of God the Father, forever and forever,
And God will say to those people who are willing to “Stoke the Fire and say “Here I am Lord, send me,” at the end of the day, He will say, “enter in the joy of your Lord and take your rest, for you have done well my good and faithful servants, Amen.”