Two Tongues, Two Fires
One day I was out walking in the winter cold and I thought to myself, “What am I to preach to the church I have been invited to speak at?” Immediately, the Holy Spirit filled my mind with a field and and a forest behind it completely ablaze. Everything was burning fiery orange embers that glowed against the dark night sky.
I asked the Lord what it meant and He spoke to me that man can set a fire ablaze inspired either by Hell with his tongue, or Heaven through the Holy Spirit. And we must have the Holy Spirit! We must have an increase of the Holy Spirit for Jesus’ sake. How can we set regions ablaze with His Heavenly Fire? He longs to cast fire to the earth and how He wishes it were already kindled. But how do we get it?
Jesus shows us all things as our model and having become a man, He showed the way for all mankind. Jesus, our sinless Savior, went into the waters of the baptism of repentance, not for Himself, but for all the world, turning sinful man - God’s children back to their Father. Under the water Christ went, and left beneath the ripples, an era where sin, death and Satan reigned since Adam and ended it!
He rose from the water on behalf of man, God Himself parted the Heaven’s and released His Spirit declaring, “This is My beloved Son in whom I am well pleased.” (Matt 3:17)
The last time the pleasure of God was spoken like this was over a sinless Adam, whom He blew the wind of His Spirit upon and filled and declared that Adam, His son, was very good.( Gen. 1:31)
After Adam sinned, the Holy Spirit would come and go upon, or seize men and women for tasks and prophecy and they would speak, work or war for God under the unction of His Spirit, such as Gideon, Samson, and Samuel. The Spirit would come and go- but upon Jesus, the Spirit remained (John 1:33). From that moment on Jesus went around doing good and healing all who were oppressed by the devil (Acts 10:38). He was about His Father’s business and the Spirit of God was upon Him to preach the Gospel to the poor, bind up the brokenhearted and proclaim freedom to the captives.(Is. 61)
He opened prison doors, cleansed the lepers, healed the sick, raised the dead and cast out devils. He did what He saw His Father doing and spoke what the Spirit of His Father told Him too.
Although, Jesus’ disciples baptized with water, Jesus did not. No, from that point on, baptism would become a symbol of a clear conscience towards God through repentance. But Jesus came to bring a new baptism - the baptism of the Holy Spirit and fire. (Matt. 3:11) Oh, yes, it involves repentance to receive.
“Each one of you must repent and turn to God for the forgiveness of your sins and you will receive the Holy Spirit.” (Acts 2:28)
There is a difference between filled and baptized! A mighty difference that God has put forth in the anchor of His sure and steadfast Word. Jesus says to His disciples,
'As the Father has sent me, I am sending you.” And with that he breathed on them and said, “Receive the Holy Spirit."' (John 20:21-22 NIV)
The difference is like this. When you pour water into a glass, it is full. When you put the glass in the pitcher of water, it is baptized.
The word baptism comes from when a dyer of fabric wants to change the color of the fabric. He takes the fabric to a vat of water full of purple dye. The water is hot. The dyer is the baptizer and he holds the fabric in his hands and plunges it into the hot dyed water. When he lifts it, it has taken on the qualities of the dye. They are one. You cannot separate the dye from the fabric. They are one.
Jesus is not baptizer of fabrics but of the children of God. Amen! As we repent, He holds us in His hands and baptizes us in a river of Fire, the Fire of God- The Holy Spirit. He is an All Consuming Fire and when we are lifted from that river of fire, we have taken on the Fire of God and the character, power and qualities of God Himself! You cannot separate this dye of fire from the fabric of our souls. They are one. First Corinthians. 6:17 conveys it with authority and beauty:
He who is joined to the Lord is one Spirit with Him
You take on the character of God for relationships, life and the power of God Himself to overcome sin, temptation and adverse situations. You take on God’s power over sickness, death and disease and over all the power of the devil. You take on His boldness and courage. The Holy Spirit does not have a single ounce of fear in Him, and back down to no one and nothing. He is righteous and the righteous are as bold as lions (Prov. 28:1)
Jesus told them to wait, to tarry and they would receive power when the Holy Spirit comes upon them, and they would become His witnesses in Jerusalem, Judea, Samaria and unto the ends of the earth. The word witness is from the greek word martus, (Strong's G3144). It means one who testifies even unto death, martyr, a faithful and true witness.
In a courtroom, a witness can be a living piece of evidence bearing the marks that something has occurred. When you are baptized with the Holy Ghost, tongues of His fire fall upon you and you are a living piece of evidence and like Jesus, the Spirit of God is upon you to preach the Good news with fire like Jesus did, and go around doing good and healing all who are oppressed by the devil. It will make you strong in God’s might to speak for Him. The baptism changed cowering and fearful disciples into apostles unto death.
There is another fire that can start a raging fire and it only takes a tiny ember:
But a tiny spark can set a great forest on fire. And the tongue is a flame of fire. It is a whole world of wickedness, corrupting your entire body. It can set your whole life on fire, for it is set on fire by hell itself. No one can tame the tongue. (James 3:6-8).
Jesus said that it is out of the abundance of the heart that the mouth speaks (John 6:45). And although no one can tame the tongue, we can tame the heart with God’s help. He bids us to purify our hearts in James 4:8. We purify our hearts with repentance.
Sometimes what we have repented of is difficult to stick with, but God is abundant in mercy and makes us this promise:
I will give you a new heart, and I will put a new spirit in you. I will take out your stony, stubborn heart and give you a tender and responsive heart. And I will put My Spirit in you so that you will follow My decrees and be careful to obey My regulations. (Ez. 36:26, 27)
And I will give them an undivided heart and put a new spirit within them. (Ez. 11:19)
Look at Isaiah, one of the most powerful, and prophetic preachers for God in history. Mark carefully in your heart his experience as he encounters God in a vision and is commissioned to speak for Him.
6 In the year of King Uzziah’s death I saw the Lord sitting on a throne, lofty and exalted, with the train of His robe filling the temple. 2 Seraphim stood above Him, each having six wings: with two he covered his face, and with two he covered his feet, and with two he flew. 3 And one called out to another and said,
“Holy, Holy, Holy, is the Lord of hosts,
The whole earth is full of His glory.”
4 And the foundations of the thresholds trembled at the voice of him who called out, while the temple was filling with smoke. 5 Then I said,
“Woe is me, for I am ruined!
Because I am a man of unclean lips,
And I live among a people of unclean lips;
For my eyes have seen the King, the Lord of hosts.”
6 Then one of the seraphim flew to me with a burning coal in his hand, which he had taken from the altar with tongs. 7 He touched my mouth with it and said, “Behold, this has touched your lips; and your iniquity is taken away and your sin is forgiven.”
8 Then I heard the voice of the Lord, saying, “Whom shall I send, and who will go for Us?” Then I said, “Here am I. Send me!” 9 He said, “Go, and tell this people:.....
When he repented, God did the work with fire and then sent him out to speak. Likewise, as we wait on the Lord and tarry with repentant hearts, He will send us His Holy Ghost fire. As Jesus is, so are we in this world and as the Father sent Him, so He sends us. Sends us to do what? To represent the Father with the characteristics and miraculous power of Himself by His Spirit into every oppressive situation mankind faces. This is the Good News.
And why, on earth do we need the Holy Spirit? It goes all the way back to Genesis 1 when the Spirit of God was hovering over the world- over the deep darkness, the void. What was He hovering and waiting for? He was waiting for the word of God to be released. He said, “Let there be light”. The Spirit of God was the power of God to make it a reality.
Jesus was the word made flesh and when the Spirit came on Him and remained, the Holy Spirit was God’s power to confirm the words with miracles, signs and piercing the heart of His listeners.
In Mark 16:15, 20 Jesus bids them to “Go into all the world and preach the Gospel to everyone.” Verse 20 shows their reply, “They went everywhere and preached and the Lord confirmed the word with many miraculous signs” because as the Father sent Him to be the Word and speak the word, so he sends us to be the word and speak the word. His word in our mouth becomes as powerful His word in His mouth.
When we look at each person God has made, He spoke a unique word that created that person. It will never be repeated again in history. God’s word is eternal therefore each person in our towns, cities and nations is eternal. They will either live forever in heaven or live forever in hell and God has set eternity in their hearts. When we preach the Gospel, it is an echo to what they already know. No matter how hard people want to think otherwise, deep down they know it.
Revival is when the word of God in your mouth is given flight as flaming embers, burning its mark into the hearts of men and eternal lives are saved. Revival is when He confirms who you say He is with miracles, signs and wonders.
To Jeremiah and us, the Lord says, “If you will speak good words rather than worthless ones, you will be My spokesman” - meaning he would have the high honor of speaking for the Lord.
We can set our regions on fire by hell or by Heaven for Jesus Christ. The fire will surely fall either way- but you and I get to choose which fire.
-All for Jesus and for souls,