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