By Dan Luehrs
Then I was senseless and ignorant; I was like a beast before You. Ps 73:22 (NASU)
It is somewhat a mystery why the Lord of Glory, Jesus Christ was born in a barn amidst the animals and the beasts of burden. But when we think about it, is not that what the heart of man really is, a wild beast that Jesus came to change us into a new creation? This was spoken of Ishmael, but is this not the real heart of man without Christ and even some with Christ in their heart? ďAnd he [Ishmael] will be as a wild ass among men; his hand will be against every man and every man's hand against him, and he will live to the east and on the borders of all his kinsmen.Ē Gen 16:12 (AMP)
The question for me is, can the heart of man really be entirely changed into the image of Jesus still while living on this earth in the flesh? The answer is a resounding YES! The destiny of the church is found in Isaiah 4.
In that day the Branch of the Lord will be beautiful and glorious, and the fruit of the earth will be the pride and the adornment of the survivors of Israel. It will come about that he who is left in Zion and remains in Jerusalem will be called holy ó everyone who is recorded for life in Jerusalem. When the Lord has washed away the filth of the daughters of Zion and purged the bloodshed of Jerusalem from her midst, by the spirit of judgment and the spirit of burning, then the Lord will create over the whole area of Mount Zion and over her assemblies a cloud by day, even smoke, and the brightness of a flaming fire by night; for over all the glory will be a canopy. There will be a shelter to give shade from the heat by day, and refuge and protection from the storm and the rain. Isa 4:2-6 (NASU)
THE SPIRIT OF BURNING
Do not let the spirit of burning cause fear to come into your heart, but let it create a great excitement in you for more of God. Our God is a consuming fire and if we want to be close to Him we must get use to Him being the flame of fire, for we are called to be like Him. We are FIREMEN, not those who put out fires, but those that start many blazing revival fires, we are the ministers of flames of fire! But first the beast nature must be burnt out of us and only God can create the circumstances of our life for the beast nature to be burned out. Only the Lord can do this for us, because we are not strong enough or brave enough to make the fires of life, let alone go through them. The fire that Shadrach, Meshach and Abed-nego went through was not to harm them but to set them free from all their bondages that was holding them prisoners. And so will the fires of our life set us free! The fires prepare us for our destiny in God.
Just two chapters later in Isaiah 6, we find Isaiahís prophetic experience with fire, just after he wrote about the cleansing of the daughters of Zion. A burning One, which I believe is the Lord Himself because He is the true burning One that can only take away sin and give forgiveness. ďThen one of the seraphim flew to me with a burning coal in his hand, which he had taken from the altar with tongs. He touched my mouth with it and said, "Behold, this has touched your lips; and your iniquity is taken away and your sin is forgiven." Isa 6:6, 7 (NASU).
The name Seraphim means, ďBurning one.Ē This is what we are called to be my friends! Burning with the fire of Godís love to see all mankind set free from the bondages of sin and death. There is going to be a generation that overcomes all sin and even death itself will be done away with in Godís time. Until then God uses the enemy of our soul to harden us for battle and teaches us how not to quit under fire, but to press into victory and the glory of the Lord.
To be a Christian is to live in the fire as a spiritual warrior against the forces of darkness and evil continuously from within and without. The Bible is very clear that our flesh wages war against the Spirit.
The sinful nature wants to do evil, which is just the opposite of what the Spirit wants. And the Spirit gives us desires that are the opposite of what the sinful nature desires. These two forces are constantly fighting each other, so you are not free to carry out your good intentions. Gal 5:17 (NLT)
Many times when we face various battles we get discouraged as if we did something wrong or that God is mad at us and He is punishing us because we are not pleasing to Him. These are all lies of the devil to try to defeat us in the battle of the mind. What we need to do is get up each morning armed with word of God and being filled with His Spirit by spending time with Him and asking Him to fill us with an overflow of the Holy Spirit. Then go on with our day realizing that we are in the enemyís territory and behind enemy lines prepared for anything that can come at us through the day. Instead of getting up and then getting sidelined by the enemy and wondering why we got attacked. We cannot win if we are just trying to play a defensive game, we must carry the ball (the word and glory) and play a strong planned out game of offensive knowing that we might be hit that day, yet planning to win the victory of joy and peace.
If you are a Quarterback in a football game and donít think youíre going to get hit, you are only fooling yourself. We are carrying something far greater than just a pig skin, we are carriers of the glory of God and the enemy does not want us to give Jesus to others. If the enemy can keep us down, sad and depressed he has won the day. The great thing is that every day we have a reset button (sleep) and get to do it all over again, but armed with the attitude that today I am going to win by staying filled with the Spirit of love, joy, and peace and to give the glory of God out to others. We cannot lose if we keep our head clear of all distractions and deceptions because the great overcomer Jesus lives in us.
The enemy is going to take shots at us through the day, we just have to be ready with the shield of faith and reflect his thoughts about us from wherever they may come from. Godís thoughts are always for us and not against us!
THE ANNIHILATION OF THE BEAST NATURE
There are two verses in the Bible that tell us that the beast will be destroyed in the burning fires of God. If you tend to believe the old school lies that the beast or the anti-christ is just one person that will be destroyed in the end, then you are believing a fairy-tale! The beast, anti-christ spirit is alive in every human being, including every born-again Christian. How do I know this? Have there been any battles in your own heart against the things of Jesus Christ? Then the beast nature and the anti-christ spirit is well alive in your own heart. I have good news, help is coming by the way of fire to burn that beastly nature out of us. I promise you, I have Godís word on it.
"I kept looking until thrones were set up, and the Ancient of Days took His seat; His vesture was like white snow and the hair of His head like pure wool. His throne was ablaze with flames, its wheels were a burning fire. "A river of fire was flowing and coming out from before Him; thousands upon thousands were attending Him, and myriads upon myriads were standing before Him; the court sat, and the books were opened. Then I kept looking because of the sound of the boastful words which the horn was speaking; I kept looking until the beast was slain, and its body was destroyed and given to the burning fire.Ē Dan 7:9-11 (NASU)
And the beast was seized, and with him the false prophet who performed the signs in his presence, by which he deceived those who had received the mark of the beast and those who worshiped his image; these two were thrown alive into the lake of fire which burns with brimstone. Rev 19:20 (NASU)
All God needs from us as believerís is our permission to do whatever He needs to do to burn the beast nature out of us. There is going to be a generation on earth that will be totally free from this spirit of anti-christ, why not us?
Pray this dangerous prayer if you are hungry for the fullness of God:
Lord Jesus, I give you permission to rid me of everything that is not of You in my heart. All theology and doctrine of manís traditions that would block the way of present truth in my life. Any and all hurts and traumaís to my life I ask you to set me free and forgive me of my past mistakes and wrong turns that I have made in life. I now give you permission to heat the fire up seven times hotter and burn out of me my old nature and the bondages of sin and death so that I also may become a minister of flames of fire, that I might partake of the Holy Spirit fire and sit with You upon the throne of fire. Amen!
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