What does that mean?
What does that mean?
That means that a person is active for the Lord.
Instead of sitting on the sidelines and doing nothing, we should be out doing the things of the Lord. i.e. prayer, praise, witnessing, ministering, etc...
Nothing, I think.
15 “I know your works, that you are neither cold nor hot. I could wish you were cold or hot. 16 So then, because you are lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will vomit you out of My mouth.
For our God is a consuming fire.
I think people think that Jesus wants us hot. He didn't say that. He only said he wants us cold or hot, and not lukewarm. Meaning we have to decide who we're going to serve, and quit mixing things together to suit ourselves, and by so doing moving further and further away from Him. People who are lukewarm think they're one thing and actually are another. That's how I understand it. God can't deal with us when we think we're okay, but we're really not. He can't deal with us when we think we've "made it" and have no more need of Him. Remember these are people in the Church that Jesus is addressing.
People think God wants us "on fire" and filled with zeal. I personally think that God is our fire, and that it is a work He does as we submit ourselves to His judgment of us and allow Him to clean us up, and not something we stir ourselves up to be.
Having said that, people who are deeply in love with Jesus will automatically do what they can to spread the Gospel and reach others. It can't be helped.
Have you ever seen someone on fire? I have never seen one sit still.
For what mortal has ever heard the voice of the living God speaking out of fire, as we have, and survived? ~ Deuteronomy 5:26
If you're not prepared to risk your very life for your "enemy" you have no right to speak to him of love. ~ Daughter
Many say they are called... but I am pretty convinced that with many of them it was the wrong number. ~ Project Peter
My personality is such that I can and do get rather excited at times.
When someone pushes just the right button by asking particular question in the right way...that little jack in the box in me comes popping right out and no matter what they used to think of me it now is completely changed by the things that come out of my mouth.
At church and in church circles this isn't considered to be a negative.
But at work, with a bunch of heathens, in the construction world....it can make life difficult at times. I am there to work...and talk about work..and during lunch I talk about play. There has been occasions when I can invite someone over for dinner and let fly....but work isn't the place where this can happen.
I was at a dinner for the men of my sunday school class and someone asked me a question that was the equivalent of pushing the button. I let fly.
He later said to my wife he was astonished. He said my eyes lit up and it was like there was someone else there in front of him instead of the JohnDB that he knew...or thought he knew. He liked it too.
There is coming a day when that fire can be lit and not squelched so much...in fact all that waiting and pent up energy like a bow fitted with an arrow can be let loose. And I am coming....can the world take it when it is allowed full vent?
It most likely depends if it is based on emotion or zeal. One is transient, the other more steadfast.
You wanna know what on Fire for God means?
"And when he had made a scourge of small cords, he drove them all out of the temple, and the sheep, and the oxen; and poured out the changers' money, and overthrew the tables; And his disciples remembered that it was written, The zeal of thine house hath eaten me up."
We are his body, We are his representative, We are the extension of God to the earth. Every action should be a extension of God's love.
Yes, usually when someone refers to a person as being "on fire" for the Lord, they are referring to that person's passion/fervency/love . . .
"What you do does not define who you are; it's who you are that defines what you do."
-- Dr. Neil T. Anderson
Being on fire for Jesus means that we have His passion in us that moves us to serve Him with all we've got in us!
But if I say I’ll never mention the Lord
or speak in his name,
his word burns in my heart like a fire.
It’s like a fire in my bones!
I am worn out trying to hold it in!
I can’t do it!
Jesus tells us it is better to be hot for Him or cold (as in invigorating fresh springs), than it is to be lukewarm, which is nauseating to Him.
“I know all the things you do, that you are neither hot nor cold. I wish that you were one or the other! But since you are like lukewarm water, neither hot nor cold, I will spit you out of my mouth!
But I'm not asking about the metaphor of the springs. I'm asking about the specific language "on fire for the Lord". It seems to me that the expressions use connotes substantially more than just being useful.
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