Consumed by His Fire
May 1, 2008

C. R. Oliver

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May 1, 2008

Consumed by His Fire

Hebrews 12:28-29
Therefore, since we are receiving a kingdom which cannot be shaken, let us have grace, by which we may serve God acceptably with reverence and godly fear. For our God is a consuming fire.

Deuteronomy 4:23-24
Take heed to yourselves, lest you forget the covenant of the LORD your God which He made with you, and make for yourselves a carved image in the form of anything which the LORD your God has forbidden you. For the LORD your God is a consuming fire, a jealous God.
There is a depth in God whereby one enters the friendly fire that is Him and wishes to be no place else. It consumes one in the same way love consumes the lover. His consuming fire enters the spirit of man and burns with the same fire that burns within Him. It consumes everything in its path, like a roaring fire when it overtakes and consumes everything in its way. If there be any hesitance at entering in, that consideration melts before Him. One is totally immersed in His fire and realizes such baptism is the baptism into Him.
For everyone to whom much is given, from him much will be required; and to whom much has been committed, of him they will ask the more. 'I came to send fire on the earth, and how I wish it were already kindled! But I have a baptism to be baptized with, and how distressed I am till it is accomplished! Do you suppose that I came to give peace on earth? I tell you, not at all, but rather division.'
Luke 12:48-52
I indeed baptize you with water unto repentance, but He who is coming after me is mightier than I, whose sandals I am not worthy to carry. He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire. His winnowing fan is in His hand, and He will thoroughly clean out His threshing floor, and gather His wheat into the barn; but He will burn up the chaff with unquenchable fire.'
Matthew 3:7-12
My God! There it is! There is the fire that burns in my spirit. It is a consuming fire that lashes out against all that would affront my Lord. At the same time, Its flames warm my very soul until the desire of my being is to be as He is. Some have looked upon that flame within and said, "He carries an anointing and his words are reflecting it." No, it's bigger than that! This is a flame that burns so deep within it draws a shivering world to its warmth. This is a consuming flame that, once close enough to warm another, catches that person on fire. Oh, this is more than what some infer by commenting, "He is a young Christian and is so on fire for God." Such comment implies that, "It will die back with the years, and he will become as we are." Oh No!

A thousand times no! Instead of dying back, it has become larger. What is envisioned in the young Christian novice is but a flicker compared to the raging passion within this saint of God. What Peter received in the upper room was the first strike; it was the initial ignition of that which would boil over into the street and get brighter and bolder and more complete with every passing day. God's consuming fire engulfed him, so that which made the jealousy of God rise up and strike out caused him to do the same. He wrote First Peter and the flames of it caught on in the second epistle, and he flamed out against a profligate church in a way that no one dare preach today… why, the crowds would leave in a flash, but it would be a flash of fire! The church and the people of today have never encountered such flame. The kindling dry pulpits of the world would burn away most congregations if the consuming fire of God took hold. That which passes as the Baptism of the Holy Spirit would be viewed in a different perspective with the likes of a flaming baptism. Intolerance would prevail if such flames came forth to confront the maelstrom of disbelief that rules and reigns in sovereignty over congregations like the sovereignty of a Pope.

My God, the fire grows even higher inside me as I write this work today. Like Jeremiah, the fire of God flames from inside outward toward an untoward generation. His words are lightening and fire.
Therefore thus says the LORD God of hosts:
'Because you speak this word,
Behold, I will make My words in your mouth fire,
And this people wood,
And it shall devour them.'
Jeremiah 5:14
But, like Jeremiah just a few chapters later:
Then I said, 'I will not make mention of Him,
Nor speak anymore in His name.'
But His word was in my heart like a burning fire
Shut up in my bones;
I was weary of holding it back,
And I could not.
Jeremiah 20:9
There it is…that consuming fire cannot be throttled. I know because, through the years, I have said, "No more." Yet, there is more. In pulpits, meetings, fellowships and one-on-one meetings, it is always there, always burning, always consuming the dross either by preaching or by conversation, but always to the point where run-of-the-mill Christians loath its presence, yeah, shun and denigrate the messenger---but, nay, I cry for more. The anointing lives in those flames. It abides in the secret place with those flames.

To hear one Jeremiah on the modern scene would be enough for me. To watch his fearless fierceness stand in the congregations of the world and declare an authority that has been lost by the translation of spiritual ignominy would be enough. Flame Out…that is what's needed to counter the sucking trivia of modern preachment. One blast of the consuming fire and that would silence the sycophants who derive their fortunes by plying their trade. One blast and the world would know the difference between what they have been taught and what actually is.

I, too, am a living creature, and I tell you this day, enough is enough. Let the fire fall. Let there be a sound from me and from heaven that rattles the earth.
As for the likeness of the living creatures, their appearance was like burning coals of fire, and like the appearance of torches. Fire was going back and forth among the living creatures; the fire was bright, and out of the fire went lightning. And the living creatures ran back and forth, in appearance like a flash of lightning.
Ezekiel 1:13-14
They sing in the local Baptist church that wonderful song, "This is the day of Elijah" and in its verses they change to, "These are the days of Ezekiel." Well, folks, that song is about to be true. One blast from either of these saints of God would vacate the premises. Those who remained are to be called saints and would be accustomed already to the flames.
'I watched till thrones were put in place,
And the Ancient of Days was seated;
His garment was white as snow,
And the hair of His head was like pure wool.
His throne was a fiery flame,
Its wheels a burning fire;
A fiery stream issued
And came forth from before Him.
A thousand thousands ministered to Him;'
Daniel 7:9-10
Does the scripture not say?
Who makes His angels spirits,
His ministers a flame of fire.
Psalms 104:4
Here's a flame-of-fire minister and one that is consumed by His presence. Being with Jesus causes it. His Flame touches off a flame among those with whom He fellowships.
And they said to one another, "Did not our heart burn within us while He talked with us on the road, and while He opened the Scriptures to us?"
Luke 24:32-33
Bless the Lord, when He opens the Word as the Word, the flame is in it. I am quick to tell you it is an overwhelming fire. It consumes all time and place and causes me to enter into it. I believe Daniel's friends were surrounded by it, and the king couldn't tell the difference except he saw the Son of God in the midst of it with them. Hallelujah! That burning inside is just fine because it is the only way the man of God can enter the icy cold dominions of the current church and live. Most modern day Christians turn away from it.

Moses was accustomed to the fire and the people were not… that is the case today.
And the Angel of the LORD appeared to him in a flame of fire from the midst of a bush. So he looked, and behold, the bush was burning with fire, but the bush was not consumed.
Exodus 3:2
Moses knew he was just like that burning bush. His internals would be afire, but his externals would not be consumed. I'm talking spiritual stuff here, readers-get this. The people who followed Moses were afraid of that flame! They missed the greatest opportunity this world affords---standing in the presence of the Lord. That's what wrong today. The people are afraid of the fire.
The LORD talked with you face to face on the mountain from the midst of the fire. I stood between the LORD and you at that time, to declare to you the word of the LORD; for you were afraid because of the fire, and you did not go up the mountain.
Deuteronomy 5:4-5
Vast multitudes of "believers" are afraid of the fire. They don't want to be consumed by its power and neither do they wish to harbor the One who speaks through it and lives in it.
And you said: 'Surely the LORD our God has shown us His glory and His greatness, and we have heard His voice from the midst of the fire. We have seen this day that God speaks with man; yet he still lives. Now therefore, why should we die? For this great fire will consume us; if we hear the voice of the LORD our God anymore, then we shall die. For who is there of all flesh who has heard the voice of the living God speaking from the midst of the fire, as we have, and lived? You go near and hear all that the LORD our God may say, and tell us all that the LORD our God says to you, and we will hear and do it.
Deuteronomy 5:24-27
Oh, but that's how He does things…through the flame. Thousands read this newsletter because God brought it to pass. To you, I address these words, "Stop being afraid of the fire." In the last days, Holiness and Righteousness, personified in the two witnesses, will demonstrate to this world that He lives in the fire and so do those who abide in Him.
(Two Witnesses Fire:)
And if anyone wants to harm them, fire proceeds from their mouth and devours their enemies. And if anyone wants to harm them, he must be killed in this manner. These have power to shut heaven, so that no rain falls in the days of their prophecy; and they have power over waters to turn them to blood, and to strike the earth with all plagues, as often as they desire.
Revelation 11:4-6
Yes, those multitudes who come with Our Lord in the last days will take vengeance with flaming fire. Yes, the Lord is described in fiery terms, and it's time the saints came to terms with it and were described similarly.
Take careful heed to yourselves, for you saw no form when the LORD spoke to you at Horeb out of the midst of the fire.
Deuteronomy 4:15-16
His flaming presence went before the children of Israel out of Egypt. His flaming presence abode with them in clouds and fire (at night). He spoke in power through the flame. What on earth did the children of Israel fear in the fire of His presence? The same question could be asked today…at least by me. Why fear the flame of glory? Enter into it!
Now it came to pass, in the morning watch, that the LORD looked down upon the army of the Egyptians through the pillar of fire and cloud.
Exodus 14:24
Out of heaven He let you hear His voice, that He might instruct you; on earth He showed you His great fire, and you heard His words out of the midst of the fire. Deuteronomy 4:36
Speaking to the children of Israel, their leadership invoked their understanding about their situation. We need such invoking today!
Therefore understand today that the LORD your God is He who goes over before you as a consuming fire. He will destroy them and bring them down before you;
Deuteronomy 9:1-3
Now Mount Sinai was completely in smoke, because the LORD descended upon it in fire. Its smoke ascended like the smoke of a furnace, and the whole mountain quaked greatly. And when the blast of the trumpet sounded long and became louder and louder, Moses spoke, and God answered him by voice. Then the LORD came down upon Mount Sinai, on the top of the mountain. And the LORD called Moses to the top of the mountain, and Moses went up.
Exodus 19:18-21
Now the glory of the LORD rested on Mount Sinai, and the cloud covered it six days. And on the seventh day He called to Moses out of the midst of the cloud. The sight of the glory of the LORD was like a consuming fire on the top of the mountain in the eyes of the children of Israel. So Moses went into the midst of the cloud and went up into the mountain. And Moses was on the mountain forty days and forty nights.
Exodus 24:16-18
It is time for the fire to fall. It is time for me to pray for church leaders and pew folks. It is time to pray the same prayer as Elijah, "Let the God who answereth by fire, be God."

Until Next month,

Dr. Cosby R. Oliver, PhD.


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