Summary: Nobody remains the same after the fire of God comes upon the person. Your life will never be the same again after this message.
On the day of Pentecost, the day God fulfilled His promise to pour out His Spirit on all flesh, fire from heaven came down (Acts 2: 1-4). The fire that rested on the disciples was not just fire to speak in tongues. Speaking in tongues is good, it has so many wonderful benefits (1 Corinthians 14:2, Jude 20, Romans 8:26), but it’s just a small aspect of what can happen in our lives when the fire of the Holy Spirit comes on us.
The fire of the Holy Spirit that came down on the day of Pentecost was a fire for greatness; a fire to be great, a fire to do great things for God. Today the fire of the Holy Spirit shall come down on us and that fire will make us great. It will empower us to do great things for the Kingdom of God.
The fire that came down on the day of Pentecost manifested in these six ways:
1. The fire to destroy satanic plantings and strongholds.
A close look and study of the life of Peter will reveal that before the day of Pentecost, Peter was a fearful person. Peter displayed fear on several occasions. For instance in Matthew 14:25-26, when he saw Jesus walking on water, his heart was gripped with fear and he thought he was seeing a ghost. Fear can actually paint wrong pictures in your mind. This is the kind of fear that you are on the street at night, ahead of you is a broken branch of a tree which is about to fall off. Because there’s fear in your heart, that branch of tree can actually appear to you like a person holding a gun. You see it and start running away because you were afraid. But you were actually afraid of something that wasn’t there, something that doesn’t even exist.
Today, every fear that has been painting wrong pictures in our mind about ourselves, other people, or situations we are faced with will be destroyed by the fire of the Holy Spirit.
Matthew 14:28-30 is another instance when Peter demonstrated fear. He had started walking on water, but as he saw and focused on the wind, he became afraid and started sinking. Fear if not addressed can make you go down. I pray that as God’s word goes forth and we pray today, every fear making us sink spiritually, physically and financially, or causing our marriages, business, career and ministry to sink, to go down will be consumed by the fire of the Holy Spirit.
Then in Matthew 26:69-75, we see how fear made Peter deny our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ three times. Peter was scared for his life. He was afraid that if he confessed to knowing Christ and being one of His disciples, he too could be arrested or put to death. I pray that any fear in our heart that will make us deny and disown Jesus in the face of adversity, the fire of the Holy Spirit will remove from our hearts. Fear can put you in a position that you are so afraid that if you stand for Christ in that situation, you could be put to death, lose your job, or certain “privileges”. Any fear that will make us disown Jesus when we are called upon to stand for Him, the fire of the Holy Spirit will take completely away from our lives. Any fear that will make us sin against God, the fire of the Holy Spirit will burn out of our lives. Peter actually lied that day because he was afraid and we know lying is a sin. The fire of the Holy Spirit will set us free from every fear making us tell lies and other such acts that do not please our Father in heaven.
Fear is not of God. 2 Timothy 1:7 tells us this. On the day of Pentecost when the fire of the Holy Spirit came down, the hold of the spirit of fear which God didn’t give to Peter was destroyed by the fire of the Holy Spirit. Peter was set free that day from the stronghold of fear. This is evident in Acts 2:14. As fire from heaven came down and consumed the yoke of fear, Peter received supernatural boldness to address a crowd of people and preach to them about the same Jesus he had earlier denied. As fire from heaven came down, deliverance took place in Peter’s life. The fire of the Holy Spirit brings you under personal deliverance. The fire of God that came that day was FIRE FOR PERSONAL DELIVERANCE. Peter didn’t have to run to see a deliverance minister, he didn’t have to go for a deliverance program before he could be set free. Freedom and deliverance took place as the fire from God came to rest on him. If you need deliverance, what you need more than anything else is the fire of God to fall on you and fill you not a person, not a place, and that fire will fall on you right where you are.