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Summary: Perhaps you have strange temptations, you are placed in a position where you are constantly exposed to sin.

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Fire! Fire! Fire

"When you walk through the fire, you will not be burned; the flames will not set you ablaze."—Isaiah 43:2.

BEFORE I explain the metaphor of the text

• Can we agree that we are not sufficiently grateful.

• Not grateful for the preservation that God provides us in escaping the fire.

I know I address some/morning who have escaped the very midst of the fires in their life.

• If this is you, bless God for the preservation/past

• And celebrate his goodness in plucking you out of the fire.

• Be extremely grateful to God because others are dying in the black heap of ashes.

we are still in the land/dying/but we are unburned and unsigned.

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Now let us take the text with real significance.

Of course walking thru the fire is the severest form of trouble.

But/beginning/verse trouble is described/passing through water.

Representing the overwhelming influence of trails in which the soul encumbers, so much so that it is like a man sinking in the waves.

• Ever feel you were continually sinking?

• "but God says, I will be with you."

But going through the fire expresses/actual consuming and destructive power of trouble and temptation.

• The metaphor of fire is more vivid

• not to say more terrifying than the waters of the river

• both represent tribulations, temptations, and afflictions.

These are faced by/church/people of God who are called to pass through them.

But the richness of the promise of the metaphor/fire/water/ comforts the Christian for it says, “When you walk through the fire, you will not be burned, and the flames will not burn you.”

I will talk of three things, this morning

• as the Holy Ghost may enable me;

• first of all, a terrible pathway,—walking around the fire;

• secondly, an awful danger,—the danger of being burned and utterly consumed;

• Thirdly, a double insurance,—"you will not be burned, and the flames will not set you ablaze."

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I. First, then, I’ll speak a little about this TERRIBLE PATHWAY.

The children of God/never had/easy road to journey.

• I look upon the fields of fire, the field is ablaze

• The very heavens are like a furnace.

• But across that field lies the pathway to heaven.

• And beneath the blazing clouds

• The whole Church of God must make its perpetual journey.

It started in the first fire:

• The first Church/God/earth/person/Abel/it was persecuted.

• Cain lifted up his cruel club to slay his brother.

When the children of Seth were the representatives of God's chosen

they were without doubt/subject/mockery/descendants of Cain.

• Then Noah/preacher/righteousness endured 120 years.

• Enduring thru hardness of heart

• and carelessness of an unthinking world:

• He and his family/the remnants of the church/latter parts.

They were constantly exposed to laughter/persecution of men.

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