Fire Proof Day 10 – Fires of Affection

Day Ten – Fires of Affection
Regarding Zion, I can’t keep my mouth shut, regarding Jerusalem, I can’t hold my tongue, Until her righteousness blazes down like the sun and her salvation flames up like a torch. Foreign countries will see your righteousness, and world leaders your glory. You’ll get a brand-new name straight from the mouth of God. You’ll be a stunning crown in the palm of God’s hand, a jeweled gold cup held high in the hand of your God. No more will anyone call you Rejected, and your country will no more be called Ruined. You’ll be called Hephzibah (My Delight), and your land Beulah (Married), Because God delights in you and your land will be like a wedding celebration. For as a young man marries his virgin bride, so your builder marries you, And as a bridegroom is happy in his bride, so your God is happy with you. Isaiah 62:1-5

Isaiah’s fire from the early days only got hotter and more compelling as he served and walked with God. In this passage, he cannot contain what God has shown him. Righteousness is a deep sun-fire. Salvation flares up like a torch all around the land. The results of such an uncontainable holy fire? Nations will recognize that God is in the land from the lowliest servant to the leaders of the world!
There have been times in history when God’s fire fell in ways that the culture was changed and the nations and rulers took notice. During the early local revivals and the places this fire spread, newspapers would publish daily reports of how the revival was spreading and affecting their culture. Nations and leaders were often transformed during these revivals.
Notice what happens to God’s people in the above verses when this revival fire falls. God changes what we are called – no longer are we called what the Enemy spent years drilling into our minds we were called. God transforms what we are worth – no longer a broken clay pot meant for the trash bin, but a treasured cup and crown designed for royalty. God changes what we are destined for – no longer rejected, separated, good for nothing and joyless. Now we are His delight. We are not just invited to the wedding – we are in the center of His ravishing gaze.
Face it: this kind of love and affection from God the Mighty Creator makes us nervous. I mean, He really has better things to do than meet me and pour out His passionate affection on me. Today, your discipline practice is to read through as much of the Song of Songs as you can stand. Read it as a love song to a lover. More importantly, read it as a love song from the God of all Power, to you. Underline what he feels for you, and read it back to Him as an expression of love from you to Him. The fires of His affection are directed to you and wouldn’t that be a shame to miss out on.

All For Him – Rick


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