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A Man on Fire, Pt3

~Words of Faith

Becky and Rob Granger

As I sat and considered the title of this and the two previous columns, I thought perhaps I should have entitled them, “There’s So Much More.” I have chosen to keep the current title, “A Man On Fire,” not as some inference to the Lord, Himself, but as a description of my own personal experience with the Lord; the evidence that there is so much more of Him to discover.
Over the past few years, I have witnessed a growing uneasiness for the status quo of mainline, denominational Christianity; the discipline of going to church, filling a pew, hearing a sermon that will help us “get through” until next week, or, simply “hold fast” until Jesus comes.
I believe there is more for each of us to not only give us hope, but a level of faith in an unfailing God who has already given each us the victory, regardless of our mistakes and failures. “But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ” (1 Corinthians 15:57, ESV). The victory is already ours, but we must receive it.
If victory was only given as a reward for good behavior, it could not be grace. Jesus’ sacrifice on the Cross opened the door for the power of the Holy Spirit to come upon all who would believe and freely receive Him. Acts 2 tells the story.
“On the day Pentecost was being fulfilled, all the disciples were gathered in one place. Suddenly they heard the sound of a violent blast of wind rushing into the house from out of the heavenly realm. The roar of the wind was so overpowering it was all anyone could bear! Then all at once a pillar of fire appeared before their eyes. It separated into tongues of fire that engulfed each one of them. They were all filled and equipped with the Holy Spirit and were inspired to speak in tongues—empowered by the Spirit to speak in languages they had never learned!” (Acts 2:1-4, TPT).
The point is not to stir up a debate about the validity of tongues (languages by the Spirit). The point is, we are dealing with a God who simply cannot be controlled, will not be allowed to be put in a box and desires each of us to pursue Him and trust Him, to accept that there is so much more for each of us that will not only enrich our lives, but will challenge us and give us wisdom and power for everyday living. “For with God, nothing will be impossible.” (Luke 1:37, NKJV).
John Wesley once said, “Light yourself on fire with passion and people will come for miles to watch you burn.” (www.goodreads.com/quotes) People can burn with passion for all sorts of things, but when a man or women sets out to pursue God and receive a revelation of His passion for humanity – and refuse, like Jacob, to let go until God touches them, that is a desire God can’t resist fulfilling.
John Wesley’s ministry did not begin with great success; rather, with dismal failure. It wasn’t until he sought the Lord in much the same way that He was truly transformed, and consequently, so was history.
More next week!
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Rob Granger and his wife, Becky, serve as Executive Pastors of Grace Church San Marcos under Senior Pastors Brian and Melissa Bauer. Located at 855 E. Barham Drive, San Marcos, Grace San Marcos meets at 10 a.m. Sundays and 6:30 p.m. Wednesdays with meetings for youth, children and other groups scheduled throughout the week. Visit www.gracesanmarcos.net for further information.
The views and opinions expressed in this article are those of the author and do not necessarily represent those of The Times-Advocate.

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