By Bill Burns
The Lord spoke these words to me, "Be watchful and strengthen the things which remain, which are ready to die, and hold fast what you have until I come." I then asked the Lord what things, and He said, "I have baptized My people in the fire. Do not let My fire go out." When these words were spoken I saw a vision of a blacksmith standing by a forge. The blacksmith was pumping the bellows, and the coals in the forge burned red hot.
As I was watching the blacksmith I thought of what the prophet Isaiah said.
Isaiah 54:16 "Behold, I have created the blacksmith Who blows the coals in the fire, Who brings forth an instrument for his work; And I have created the spoiler to destroy.
As I meditated on this scripture I could see that we are the blacksmiths that God has created. The forge would represent our hearts, and the bellows would be the Holy Spirit. So, when we stir up the Holy Spirit, then He blows (wind of the Spirit) upon our hearts and keeps God's fire burning within our hearts.
In 1 Kings 8:58 Solomon prayed that God would "incline our hearts to himself." The apostle Paul exhorts Timothy to "stir up the gift of God, which is in you." The Greek word that Paul uses for stir means "to kindle up." To kindle up -- as in blowing on the coals to restart a fire that is about to go out!
In Revelation 3:18 the Lord counsels us to purchase gold (heart faith) refined in the fire. If we will stir up the Holy Spirit who is in us and believe the prophetic word (on the baptism of fire) that Jesus spoke to us, then our hearts will be set ablaze like the two disciples on the Road to Emmaus experienced.
Luke 24: 30-32 Now it came to pass, as He sat at the table with them, that He took bread, blessed and broke it, and gave it to them. Then their eyes were opened and they knew Him; and He vanished from their sight. And they said to one another, "Did not our heart burn within us while He talked with us on the road, and while He opened the Scriptures to us?"
If our hearts (love for God) are set on fire, then we will bring forth instruments (weapons) to use against the destroyer (Satan). God's promise to His servants is recorded in:
Isaiah 54:17 No weapon formed against you shall prosper, And every tongue which rises against you in judgment You shall condemn. This is the heritage of the servants of the LORD, And their righteousness is from Me," Says the LORD.
If we have had our faith purged and tempered in the fire of God, we will be equipped with spiritual weapons.
2 Corinthians 10:4 For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal but mighty in God for pulling down strongholds.
This is God's promise to the blacksmiths (artisans or craftsmen) -- NO weapon formed against you will prosper or be effective. And you will be able to break every curse spoken against you because you will have heart faith. Heart faith (not head faith) comes because you have stirred up the Holy Spirit who is in you. When the fire of God is burning within, you will have God's power (weapons) to defeat the enemy.
This is why the Lord said, "Hold fast what you have." This season will be a time of intense spiritual warfare. We must not become complacent, nor should we become distracted with the issues of life. It will be either a time of great victory or tremendous setbacks for the saints of God. Isaiah prophesied that our heritage is one of victory. That is, if we blow on the coals in our fire. You might ask how does one stir up the breath of God to blow on the coals of our heart. Here is your answer:
Ezekiel 37:9 Also He said to me, Prophesy to the breath, prophesy, son of man, and say to the breath, Thus says the Lord GOD: "Come from the four winds, O breath, and breathe on these slain, that they may live."