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Summary: Fire is mentioned many times in the Bible and with various purposes. A look at how fire relates to God, us, our lives, how we live for God, and why Holy Spirit is associated with fire.

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The Fire Within

For this reason I remind you to fan into flame the gift of God, which is in you through the laying on of my hands.

2 Tim 1:7

Fire…

-…is spoken of as being inside of a person.

-Can be for bad

--Urge to do wrong Hosea 7:4, Isa 9:18

--The Tongue is like a fire

-Can be Godly

Fire and God

-The Burning Bush

-The Pillar of Fire

-His glory is like fire Ex. 24:17

-His words are like fire Jer. 23:29

-His eyes are like fire Rev.

-His wrath is like fire

Fire and God

-Holiness is like fire.

-Baptize with the Holy Spirit, indeed, with fire Luke 3:16

-Acts 2 – Tongues of Fire

-Do not put out the Spirit’s fire

Fire…

-…Needs to be lit, needs a spark

-…Needs to be fed

-Jesus had a Fire inside

Fire…

-Consumes

-Removes

-Destroys

Fire…

-…Changes (cooks)

-…Refines/Purifies

-…Cleanses

Fire…

-Is intense

-BURNS

-Blinds

Fire…

-…Can run wild

-…Can be contained

-…Can be harnessed

-…Can be productive

Fire…

-Fascinates

-Warms

-Brightens

-Welcomes

Fire…

-…Comes in different shapes and sizes

-…Varies in temperature (fuel)

-…Additional fires increase the effects

Fire…

-…Doesn’t compromise…it is fire

-…Is active, it doesn’t sleep, can be dormant, but just needs to be stirred up and fed to take off again

-…Can go out

For this reason I remind you to fan into flame the gift of God, which is in you through the laying on of my hands.

2 Tim 1:7

-And the special gift of ministry you received when I laid hands on you and prayed--keep that ablaze! (Msg)

6That is why I would remind you to stir up (rekindle the embers of, fan the flame of, and keep burning) the [gracious] gift of God, [the inner fire] that is in you by means of the laying on of my hands [[3] with those of the elders at your ordination]. (Ampl)

-6This is why I remind you to fan into flames the spiritual gift God gave you when I laid my hands on you. (NLT)

-Therefore, I remind you to keep ablaze the gift of God that is in you through the laying on of my hands. (HCSB)

-That is why I remind you to help God’s gift grow, just as a small spark grows into a fire. God put his gift in you when I placed my hands on you. (NIRV)

Fire in the Bible

Fire 459 times

Not counting other forms and various forms of burn and flame

-Normal, physical descriptions

--Warmth, cooking, destruction, etc.

-Physical but with meaning

--Cleansing, Destroys, Sacrifices, Honor

-Non-physical meaning

--Emotion

--Desire

--Passion

--Zeal

-Spiritual Meaning

--Inside a person

--Hell


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