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  • Writer's picture DaRhon Conner, D.R.E.

A Consuming Fire

“28 Wherefore we receiving a kingdom which cannot be moved, let us have grace, whereby we may serve God acceptably with reverence and godly fear: 29 For our God is a consuming fire.” (Hebrews 12:28-29 King James Version).

Many of us know that one definition of grace is unmerited favor from GOD, however, in this verse a different meaning is being expressed. The writer of the book of Hebrews told us to have grace. In this case, he is telling us to have gratitude, to be appreciative, to have thankfulness, and to give thanks. Why?

The beginning of the verse tells us that we have received a kingdom which cannot be moved. Verse 27 tells us that when the end of times occurs, everything man made will be removed. Yet, verse 28 tells us that the kingdom of GOD is not man made and it isn’t going anywhere. That’s good news for us because we are in the kingdom. We are within GOD’s realm so HE will take care of us, and we will be with HIM at the end of all things.

Because of this, we are told to be thankful and grateful for such a blessing. Then the writer pushes it further and says this thankfulness should be accompanied by some outward action that shows how grateful and thankful we truly are. What are these actions?

We are told to show GOD how thankful we are by serving HIM acceptably. How do we serve GOD in a way that is acceptable to HIM? We serve with reverence and godly fear. Fear means reverence, respect, awe, and the fear that comes from knowing we can never fully know or understand the awesomeness of GOD, the fear of being in the presence of the Creator of existence.

That’s a good fear. It’s a fear that should keep us on the straight and narrow so that HIS will can be done on Earth as it is in heaven, so that GOD can get the glory in every situation through us bearing the fruit that comes from not only abiding in HIM, but also from exercising our blessed status as rulers by being fruitful, multiplying, replenishing, and subduing the Earth, as well as having dominion over it (Genesis 1:26-28).

We are to serve GOD in this way. Remember Romans 12:1, “I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service.” (KJV). Everything we do is in service to GOD in some way. GOD should get the glory in everything we do. Why? “7 With good will doing service, as to the Lord, and not to men.” (Ephesians 6:7 KJV). If we carry out our actions with the thought in mind that we’re doing it for GOD, then we’ll do it in such a way that GOD gets glory instead of a bad name because we who call ourselves HIS followers engage in some negative activity that is not of GOD.

This brings us full circle back to the book of Hebrews. If we are thankful, then as we serve GOD it won’t be with negative activities because we’ll have reverence and godly fear. The writer is saying that our thankfulness and gratitude should cause us to serve in a way that is acceptable and pleasing to GOD.

Like Romans 12:2 says, “2 And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.” (KJV). How can we be conformed to this world if we’re busy pleasing GOD by serving HIM acceptably with reverence and godly fear? Paul says that if we don’t follow the ways of the world, we’ll be able to tell what GOD’s good, acceptable, and perfect will is. Again, doing GOD’s will shows thankfulness, gratitude, reverence, and godly fear, which is giving acceptable service to GOD.

There is, however, a consequence if we decide to not show our gratitude by serving GOD acceptably. The next verse of Hebrews describes GOD as a consuming fire. That means everything in HIS path will be destroyed. There will be no trace of it. GOD consumes everything that is not like HIM. That means this flesh and carnal way of thinking. Will we survive such a blaze? Will we indeed come out untouched by the flames as the three Hebrew boys from the book of Daniel who were thrown into the fiery furnace (Daniel 3:27)?

They were thrown into the fire for serving GOD, so GOD covered them. Will we be able to say the same? Or, are we being thrown into the fire for not serving GOD acceptably? GOD does not tolerate rebellion, HIS wrath is released upon it. Do we want to be the recipients of GOD’s wrath or blessing? Remember, sin takes us away from GOD. HE never leaves nor forsakes us. It is we who walk away from GOD; and when we walk away from GOD we become susceptible to the devil’s attacks.

If Paul was out of GOD’s will, the venomous snake that bit him would have killed him, but because he was in the will of GOD, he was able to shake it off and go on unharmed (Acts 28:3-6). That’s just one example, but the moral of the story is being outside of GOD’s will is dangerous. Like my Bishop says, we will not be venom resistant if we don’t abide and stay in GOD’s will. Choose the path of acceptably serving GOD and being thankful that we are members of a kingdom that isn’t going anywhere, but always has a room for us. Be blessed, Family.

“20 Now unto him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us, 21 Unto him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus throughout all ages, world without end. Amen.” (Ephesians 3:20-21 KJV).

How to be Saved

Romans 10: 9-13

That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. 10 For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation. 11 For the scripture saith, Whosoever believeth on him shall not be ashamed. 12 For there is no difference between the Jew and the Greek: for the same Lord over all is rich unto all that call upon him. 13 For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved (KJV).

9 If you openly declare that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. 10 For it is by believing in your heart that you are made right with God, and it is by openly declaring your faith that you are saved. 11 As the Scriptures tell us, “Anyone who trusts in him will never be disgraced.” 12 Jew and Gentile are the same in this respect. They have the same Lord, who gives generously to all who call on him. 13 For “Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved” (NLT).

Say the welcoming word to God—“Jesus is my Master”—embracing, body and soul, God’s work of doing in us what he did in raising Jesus from the dead. That’s it. You’re not “doing” anything; you’re simply calling out to God, trusting him to do it for you. That’s salvation. With your whole being you embrace God setting things right, and then you say it, right out loud: “God has set everything right between him and me!” 11-13 Scripture reassures us, “No one who trusts God like this—heart and soul—will ever regret it.” It’s exactly the same no matter what a person’s religious background may be: the same God for all of us, acting the same incredibly generous way to everyone who calls out for help. “Everyone who calls, ‘Help, God!’ gets help. (MSG).

Romans 5:8

8 But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. (KJV)

8 But God showed his great love for us by sending Christ to die for us while we were still sinners. (NLT)

It is your belief that saves you, family. If you believe, you will speak what you believe and not be ashamed or embarrassed to do so, whether you are alone or among others. Simply talk to GOD. Say aloud to the LORD:

“I confess all my sin known and unknown, and ask You, GOD, to forgive me. I believe Jesus was born of a virgin, crucified, died for my sins, and rose from the dead. Jesus, come into my heart and make me new in You. Save me, Lord! Jesus, you are Lord. Be Lord over my life. Thank You, GOD for Your forgiveness. Thank You, Jesus, for making me Your own. Amen.”

You are now saved. You may not feel different or you may. Just know that the internal change is taking place once you uttered that prayer in faith. Day by day, you will begin to be transformed into whom GOD wants and created you to be. You will care more about the things of GOD than your own personal desires, and you will want to share the word of GOD when you have the opportunity. Begin to read your bible daily, and learn about GOD's will for your life. If you are not already a member of a local church, I encourage you to pray and allow GOD to guide you to the right fellowship for you. The pastor will help you grow in your gifts and talents so that you can begin to use them for GOD’s glory, and you and the other members will encourage and help each other along this journey with GOD.

The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you all. Amen.

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