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Burn Out By Ray Ritchie

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1 Burn Out By Ray Ritchie on Mon Sep 05, 2016 9:36 am

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BURN OUT

The fire at first is kindled and a spark ignites a flame the flame consumes its fuel burning brightly with flaring burst of flickering flames. It grows in rapid progression with billows rising high then begins descending consuming all the while. We love to watch it yellows and subtle reds and orange as it consumes it fuel especially in the night time as we gather to watch it burn. We gaze with amazed contentment entertained by its beautiful light show. We look into the heavens watching little orange embers float extinguishing into nothing as they upward flow. Until at last there lay ashes where the fire flourished where not even one ember glows, just dead and lifeless remains of something which use to grow.

For our God is a consuming fire. (Hebrews 12:29 KJV)

Brethren, God has given us a fire that consumes but is never extinguished unless we allow ourselves to burn out.
The fire of God purifies, it defends and protects, and it communicates and is used to mold us. It is eternal but can be quenched in us. Many times we work outside of the realm of the fire of God and begin to journey in our own strength and by our own intellect. We hear but do not heed the unction of the Spirit and the result is exhaustion by our own consumption. We begin to minimize the divine practices of prayer and daily devotion leaning to our own understanding. We substitute the power of the Sprit with physical energy with is natural and normal and cannot confront the daily task of resisting the evils and temptations of this world. Hence the fire of God which once burned brightly and brilliantly is now but a flickering flame fast becoming a tiny glowing ember of to power and majesty it once was. The result is we are burned out by substituting our own initiative our own fire, and energy which quickly burns us out.

We then cease to operate in the Spirit and die to God’s purpose; we lose our ambition and cease from the work which he has called us to perform through his power.

Brethren, let us press into his presence! Let us pray until we are refilled with his Holy Spirit. Let us rekindle the fire of God so that it may consume the dross and that it again becomes our shield and armor, so that again we walk in the pathway it lights for our feet. Let us keep the faith of our first love and the gospel of our salvation by becoming the express image of Christ walking in love first to God seeking him and his righteousness then turning to world and work at hand to do the will of our Heavenly Father. Selah

Shalom, Agape, & Amen!
D.R. Ritchie (Servant)

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