Understanding the Fire Power of God
The scripture says in Heb.12:29 that our God is a consuming fire. Over the years I have found it very difficult to understand the firepower of God. How do we get the fire and how do we use it in our lives and ministry? Jesus is the Baptizer of the Holy Spirit and fire. I see many flowing in the Holy Spirit, but I find it hard to see the fire. John the Baptist said Jesus would baptize us with fire as well as the Spirit. That’s two things. It should be a big deal. Just how do we use this fire of God that we are baptized with? I am not sure we know how this fire baptism works.
Luke 3:16, John answered, saying unto them all,” I indeed baptize you with water; but one mightier than I cometh, the latchet of whose shoes I am not worthy to unloose. He shall baptize you with the Holy Ghost and with fire.” I say, if we do not see the fire, we probably don’t know how to use it. I’m not sure that I understand the full meaning of the fire baptism by the Lord Jesus, but I will try to share what the Lord has shown me.
Several years ago as I lay down on my bed, I had a dream or a prophetic visitation. I was taken to this large field.It was longer than a football field but resembled a farm. I was leading a riding horse that was saddled up. I was carrying a bouquet of flowers in my right hand and leading the horse with my left. I came up to this village, and I saw several white frame houses in a semi-circle or half circle. Every home I saw was precisely alike: white and very clean and orderly. The yards were spotless. To the left and at the rear of each house was a pile of debris about two feet high. It looked like trimmings from a small orchard. In front of each pile stood a man with a torch in his hand with no fire. Every man was blocked. They had gone as far as possible in their own power. The pile of debris represented the problems in their life that would not go away, and yet they had pushed as hard as they could. They could not move the debris or get rid of it. The debris represents problems like lust, pornography, alcohol, drugs, procrastination, sickness and above all out of control children. Anything that was eating away at them. I came to this angel on my right hand who looked like a man, and I asked him,“What are all these men doing just standing here with these torches in their hands?”The angel said, “The Holy Ghost said when you light the fire, the rats and things will come running out, and he can destroy them.” Rats and thing are demons and strongholds that stand in your way- Anything that nibbles away at your life and hinders you or robs you of joy, peace, rest, prosperity, or the quality of life that you should be living as a child of God. [Notice, you have to light the fire before the Holy Ghost moves against the enemy.] I turned and said, “Light them!” When I spoke, each man lit his brush pile, and the fire fell from heaven and licked up all the debris. It did not leave so much as a matchstick! Then every man was free to move forward.The flames rose up and blanketed the whole sky before me. The flames formed into a ball of fire as large as a truck. The wind shifted, and the Spirit of God moved. The ball of fire came to me and consumed the flowers I was carrying and then consumed me. I was absorbed into the ball of fire and was baptized in it. I have struggled with the Lord for years for a proper understanding of all of this. I now know it was to be understood little by little as I ministered and matured along the way.The men with the torches, but no fire, represented the children of the kingdom who were truly living for Christ Jesus. The clean yard and spotless white houses described the condition of the believer’s life. They had tried their very best to live for the Lord and to help those they loved. The horse represented my ministry which was to come. I was not in the saddle because I was not quite ready My flowers which were consumed, were issues in my life: my brush pile which the Lord had to take away. God is a consuming fire. He purges away what we cannot get rid of ourselves. We need a better understanding of how to use the firepower of God. I think it is like everything else, the Word makes it work, or it doesn’t work. My words were made real when I used them, and so will yours be when you speak. I would think they could have lit the fire with better understanding.
Jer. 23:29– “Is not my word like as a fire? Saith the Lord; and like a hammer that breaketh the rock in pieces?” Evidently, the fire is released through the spoken word of God. I did what the angel told the Holy Ghost I was to do; I said light them. I believe the people, who are baptized with fire, are the ones with the authority of God’s word in their mouth. His Word is like a fire when spoken with power and like a hammer that breaks down anything in the way. I kept thinking this Word was for me, but how many people could I help? This Word to light the fire of God is for all that will speak the Word with faith, boldness, and authority. The fire comes when one gets hold of God and refuses to let go. Get to know and to understand the baptism of fire when the fire was lit every man walked free from every hindrance.–
God Loves You. Fix your eye on the Straight Gate.
Fire and Fury, Don’t Look for a Pulitzer!
Fire and Fury, sounds like a book about how Trump might have devastated “Rocket-mans North Korean empire.” But alas, not to be! Rather, it comes like a flaming torch out of the dim recesses of someone’s dark mental notions, not to illuminate the darkness, but as one wielded in the hand of an arsonist determined to terrorize while burning Trumps house down. Happily, once again It turns out to be another fruitless Liberal exercise in “Hope and Change.”
In essence, the book, by Michael Wolff, was created just to spread more confusion, but not for Donald Trump or on any allegations that he is mentally unstable, but for the trash author who, rhetorically, was carrying the torch for Democrats determination to not let him keep the prize he won by the vote of the people. Trump’s very bombastic presence in the White House, is anathema to what’s left of the Progressive hopes and dreams for a Hillary presidency. Damn, I just hate it when that happens.
The author, in his lunacy, offers another try for the demented Left to ruin Donald Trump’s credibility by seeking another path for his removal, i.e.: the 25th Amendment. The weirdos in the mainstream media try their hardest, bless their hearts, to convince Americans, even after a full year of promises kept and positive actions taken, that Trump, borders on incompetence and, therefore, must be removed. Read the 25th Amendment, carefully. Nowhere in it does anybody but the President himself, unless he is DRT (dead right there), can write the necessary letter acknowledging his own incapacity to carry on and allow the Vice-President to assume the reins of power. No matter what, Hillary isn’t going to be President. So there!
Some will argue that genius often borders on dementia and Progressive thinkers, like Michael Wolff, want so badly for that to be true in the case of Donald Trump, that they will prostrate themselves on the altar of fake journalism to try to convince us peons in fly-over country that we sorely misjudged ourselves when we voted Donald Trump our President. I don’t think so!
To produce an entire book filled with gossip, rumors and half truths, supported by a cacophony of WAG’s, and pitch it as the truth shows where the real dementia lies. It’s in the mainstream media propaganda machine. When the author admits some of the data might actually be wrong, then Fast and Furious can be listed right up there with the GPS Fusion Dossier as essential reading for the masses. The only fire this book has generated so far is the slavish belief by the Inside the Beltway crowd that at last the truth has been revealed and it will bring down Donald Trump; And, the people will rejoice and be happy. Kinda like believing “If you like your doctor you can keep your doctor” & etc., isn’t it?
Fire requires three things to work: fuel, oxygen and heat. Take any one of the ingredients away and the fire will go out. Metaphorically, Trump’s handling of the administration’s immigration conference with second tier Senate and House political leaders of both parties, accomplished exactly that. He blew out the flame by opening the door of transparency, asked Democrats, for the record, to tell what it was that they wanted, made gestures of cooperation and then after nearly an hour, ushered the media, their mouths still agape in disbelief, out the door.
The Left has got to be running out of ideas to stop Trump from ruining their decades of hard work to create a multicultural and diverse America, a country of multiple languages, multiple religions, multiple cultures and chaos and confusion for all. It’s all got to stop!
Remember, freedom is the goal, the Constitution is the way. Now, go get ‘em.! (10Jan18)
A portion of GA I-85 collapsed last Thursday. GA I-85 is one of the busiest interstates in the United States. According to all reports a homeless man by the name of Basil Eleby, invited two of his friends to join him in smoking some crack under a bridge on Interstate 85. Under this bridge the state stored not combustible but highly flammable PVC type tubing. At approximately 6:30 PM, for reasons unknown Eleby sets fire to a chair next to this flammable pipe. Within 30 minutes the fire burns to a point that the heat is high enough to cause a section of the overpass to become weak and collapse. Between 7:00 PM and 8:00 PM firefighters on the scene extinguished the flames. The following day the police arrest the three suspects and added the charge of arson to Basil Eleby. Eleby has been arrested 19 times.
A lot of questions arise here about how a homeless man, who has been arrested 19 times, is smoking crack next to flammable pipes at a time line of 6:30 – 8:00 PM and a portion of a major interstate collapses with no one harmed. Then the police immediately get their man.
CLEVELAND, Ga. – Firefighters from the City of Cleveland and Lee Arrendale Fire Brigade spent four hours Sunday battling a residential fire on Brookwood Village Lane. The home was badly damaged, but no injuries were reported.
White County Public Safety Director David Murphy reports that fire apparently started in the attic area and that firefighters efforts were hampered by the home’s two roofs which allowed air to flow and fuel the fire.
Murphy said the homeowner was in the neighborhood when a neighbor informed him that his house was on fire. The homeowner returned home and attempted to extinguish the fire himself before calling 911 for assistance.
The Red Cross was called to assist the family as they had no insurance.
Murphy said the fire department appreciates the homeowner trying to extinguish their fire, but said it is always wise to call 911 as soon as possible.
Raging fires have been spreading through dry land in the North Georgia Mountains for weeks. A few sprinkles of rain fell in the past few days but really didn’t make much of an impact.
The local community appreciates the firefighters and a local church in Chatsworth decided to show it on Thanksgiving Day! The First Baptist Church of Chatsworth fed over 400 out of town firefighters who didn’t make it home to be with their families. Locals from various areas including Blue Ridge brought food to the Church to assist in the program to feed the firefighters. Much of the food cooked in their homes and a local Ingles Market also took orders from those who wanted to donate a meal but didn’t have time to cook.
A local man told us, “It’s a small effort to say a big thank you to those firefighters protecting us and our homes.”
Firefighters have been working tirelessly for weeks to battle the wildfires and a home cooked meal of turkey was an extension of the gratitude felt by the folks in the North Georgia Mountains.
Rough Ridge Fire Update
A 14-mile section of U.S. 74/N.C. 19 in Swain County has been closed due to debris from nearby wildfires.
The stretch of road, which goes through the Nantahala Gorge, will be closed to all traffic until officials deem the area safe for residents and visitors.
Crews from the Department of Transportation have established a 30-mile detour around the closure, which will add longer travel time for motorists driving in Western North Carolina.
Southbound traffic is being detoured on the following route: North on N.C. 28 to Stecoah, south on N.C. 143 in Robbinsville, then south on U.S. 129 to Topton. Northbound traffic will follow that route in reverse.
Fires in the area have resulted in loose debris and rocks tumbling to the U.S. 74/N.C. 19 creating dangerous situations.
Transportation officials remind motorists that wildfires create smoke that can quickly reduce visibility. Motorists are advised to slow down, obey all posted signs and add extra time into upcoming plans.
Visit the Traveler Services Section of NCDOT.gov for real-time traffic information at follow NCDOT on Twitter.
On Wednesday morning, Nov. 2nd, Jeff Gardner, USFS District Ranger for Conasauga District provided FetchYourNews with the following information about the Rough Ridge wildfire in the Cohutta Wilderness Area. Story begins below map.
As of Tuesday evening, the Rough Ridge wildfire was at 2,771 acres. The main part of the fire is on the east side of Rough Ridge trail and is moving on a north, north-east track following the ridge line. The northern extent of the fire is near Crooked Dogwood Gap. Fire has backed down to the Jacks River all the way to Sugar Cove Branch.
Estimates from last week was that it would be about 3,000 acres in size. Gardner now says that the fire will exceed 3,000 acres but did not provide information on how large the fire could become.
The wildfire jumped two control lines early this week. On the west side, the fire crossed Rough Ridge trail and is now established on the western side of the mountain near Ash Hopper Branch, burning in a south to north direction. Fire crews plan to stop the western side of the fire at Rough Creek.
On the east side, embers from the fire crossed Conasauga Creek and ignited roughly 40 acres. Two other spots crossed the control line west of Jones Settlement and were contained at 2 and 15 acres. USFS used bulldozers to make a clean fire line around these areas. Crew members camped at the control lines east of Consauga Creek so they could walk the fire lines day and night. Fannin County EMA sent trucks to the area yesterday in case the spread outside into Jones Settlement. USFS is also conducting water drops on the western edge of Jones Settlement.
Jones Settlement contains about 25 cabins. According to Gardner, it is the only piece of property in Fannin County that backs up to the Cohuttas. The rest of the wilderness is surrounded by National Forest.
USFS is now conducting water drops on the fire to keep its heat down. USFS is using two helicopters to make the drops. One has a 150 gallon capacity and draws its water from a bucket filled at Lake Ocoee. The other has a 2,880 gallon capacity and uses a snorkel which sucks water up from the lake. Both helicopters are using Lake Ocoee as it is five minutes by air from the fire area. Lake Blue Ridge is much further.
Within a Wilderness Area, fire crews must use fire control methods that have minimal impact. USFS’ overall plan is to control the fire with natural barriers like Jack’s River, Conasauga Creek and Rough Creek and man-made fire breaks such as Rough Ridge and East Cowpen trails. In total, USFS has established 15 miles of control lines, which included natural and man-made fire breaks. Fire crews daily hike the natural and man-made fire breaks to clean the breaks of leaves or dead fall which fire could use to travel over the breaks. Crews are also igniting back fires from the fire breaks with the idea that the back fires will burn up all the fuel between it and the main fire, leaving the main fire with nothing to fuel it. USFS is also conducting a daily fly-over of the fire. The site of the fire is an extremely remote, rugged area with limited access. Crews must hike in all their firefighting equipment like shovels and saws.
A lightning strike ignited Rough Ridge fire in mid-October. Gardner said that lightning strikes only start 3% of the fires in the Cohutta Wilderness Area. The other 97% of fires are human-caused. In fact, Conasauga District rangers are now dealing with fires in the western part of their district and have brought in a fire management crew to oversee the Rough Ridge fire in the Cohuttas.
Gardner says that Fannin County can expect Rough Ridge fire to burn for a while. The next predicted rain is in the middle of November. Other weather services say that north Georgia’s drought could last through winter.
The fire burns more slowly in the morning hours due to higher humidity and lower temperatures. In the afternoon, low humidity and higher temperatures cause the fire to pick up again. Wind directions change day to day, so different communities may experience smoke impacts on different days.
A burn ban for Fannin County started on Oct.22nd. There should be no outdoor burning of any type including fire pits, campfires and burn barrels. On Oct. 23rd a smoldering fire pit on an outdoor deck in Gwinnett County started a fire which engulf the house, killing all five people in the house. Fannin County EMA and Fire Department remind residents one floating ember can start a fire.
Current closures associated with the Rough Ridge wildfire include:
- Forest Service Road 64 from Betty Gap trailhead to Three Forks trailhead
- Three Forks trailhead parking lot
- East Cowpen trail from Three Forks parking lot to the junction with Panther Creek trail, and
- Entire length of Rough Ridge trail from the junction with East Cowpen trail to Jacks River trail.
A small wildfire discovered in the Cohutta Wilderness on October 16 has grown to 10 acres and is highly visible across Fannin, Gilmer and surrounding counties. The fire is not threatening any private lands or structures.
The Rough Ridge wildfire is located approximately 1.5 miles north of Three Forks trailhead on the east side of the Rough Ridge trail, and is at 3500 feet elevation on extremely steep slopes. The nearest private land is located 1.5 miles to the northeast. This wildfire is most active on the northwestern and southern flanks. Flame lengths are less than one foot and the rate of spread has been slow. Lightning is believed to have started the fire.
Because this wildfire is located within a congressionally designated Wilderness Area, it is managed differently than some other wildfires. Actions are limited to those that safely and effectively suppress the fire when needed to protect life and property and to meet other objectives.
“Natural processes, such as lightning caused fires, have helped shape the forest type you see today in the Cohutta Wilderness,” says Conasauga District Ranger Jeff Gardner.
Fire personnel are currently monitoring the Rough Ridge wildfire and using Minimum Impact Suppression Tactics to allow ecological and biological processes to progress naturally while reducing the long-term effects of the suppression actions. Fire management strategies are based on many factors, including risks to public and firefighter safety; condition of fuels; predicted weather; values to protect; and available firefighting assets. These strategies may change as conditions change.
This week, firefighters have suppressed five other small fires on the Conasauga Ranger District, all located outside Wilderness Areas. As warm, dry weather persists, fire danger remains High for this area. High winds today and tomorrow are contributing to the fire danger.
Current closures associated with the Rough Ridge wildfire include the entire length of Rough Ridge trail from East Cowpen trail to the Jacks River trail.
A campfire restriction issued on October 12, 2016, includes all of the Chattahoochee National Forest, including the Cohutta Wilderness. The restriction prohibits building, maintaining, attending or using a fire or campfire outside of developed recreation areas. That means that only campfires built within metal fire rings in developed campsites are allowed. There are no developed campsites within Cohutta Wilderness.
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