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Thrilled by the fire

Remember the scene in the movie Cast Away when Chuck, played by Tom Hanks, finally starts a fire after many futile attempts? He shouted, he was almost dancing he was so thrilled by the feat. Chuck was stranded on an island after the plane he was on crashed in a storm. Chuck was forced to learn to survive, alone. As a driven and overworked FedEx executive, whose schedule is laid out for him in the logistical world of the shipping business, Chuck is now forced to figure out how to survive with no modern conveniences, or any basic supplies.

The accomplishment of starting the fire symbolized the beginning of his path to survival for years to come. Hope.

When I accepted Christ as my savior in 2005, I instantly felt a fire in my soul that I could not have started on my own. I am not sure I shouted, or even did a little happy dance, but I definitely was thrilled by the feeling. Though I too, like Chuck had many futile attempts, nothing spawned the flame in me like the love of Jesus. Finally coming to the understanding that life without a savior was bleek at best, I let Jesus stoke the fire within me to live life like never before. It still has its ups and downs, I am human after all. But life on my own was never as good as it is now.

Fire is consuming, bright, hot. It is used to shape, refine, purify, for heat and light. Asking God to set a fire down in your soul, this means you want Him to light a burning flame that consumes all you are. I want to be completely overtaken by His refining, purifying, consuming, bright fire.

To ask for this fire to be uncontainable, or uncontrollable is to say, “I don't want limits on what your Holy Spirit can do in my soul. Come have your way".

God will set a fire within us when we allow His Holy Spirit to enter in without restriction. This means letting go of fear and trusting Him. We trust Him because we trust His character. If God is true to Who He says He is, then we can put all confidence and faith in Him without reservation.

This fire He sets in our hearts, the freedom to allow the Holy Spirit to work without restriction, can only be fueled by one desire; “He must become greater; I must become less” (John 3:30)

Chuck's survival on the island after the plane crash was dependent on his willingness to be patient in learning certain skills. I know from deep within me, if I didn't have the love of Jesus covering me, and the Holy Spirit helping me and guiding me, ("And I will ask the father, and he will give you another helper, to be with you forever". John 14:16) I am not sure I would survive this life here, let alone on an island by myself!

God's word tells us; Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer. (Romans 12:12)

Those have become my survival skills, they can also become yours when you let go and let God stoke the flames only He can start in your soul. You will be nothing short of thrilled by the all consuming uncontrollable freedom that comes with that fire!

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