It is very easy to just follow the crowd and end up warming yourself with the wrong fire. Here, Peter was following afar off, but we cannot follow Jesus from afar off, for when we do, we start to substitute things for what is real. Then, before you know it you are warming yourself with the wrong fire and with the wrong company who have no time for the things of God. You cannot find a substitute for the Fire of the Holy Spirit!

It was while Peter was in the company at the wrong fire, trying to keep warm, that he compromised his integrity and denied Jesus. Not once, but three times did Peter deny he knew Jesus. But the grace and love of God can restore the vilest offender. Peter, in the book of John chapter 21, was forgiven and restored by Jesus. Out of that personal and close relationship with Jesus the true Fire of the Holy Spirit can be truly known.

As Peter and the disciples gathered in the upper chamber at the time of prayer, there came a blowing of a mighty wind and tongues of fire that rested upon each one of them. The Fire of the Holy Spirit burned within them with a power and passion in God. Now, here Peter sat while the True Fire burned and fell upon each and every one of them.

The question is asked, “Will you be found at the fire trying to keep warm in the company of mockers, or sitting in the upper chamber warmed by Fire and power of the Holy Spirit?”

My friend, it is far better to be seated in the place of prayer, the place of power, than share a fire to stay warm in the company of mockers. It is far better to be baptized with the Fire and power of the Holy Spirit and let His Fire burn within your hearts to be His witnesses and declare His wonders and win souls, rather than be sitting at a fire trying to just stay warm. Let His Fire not only warm your bodies, but also fill your life with His flames of passion and power with Fire of the Holy Spirit, to do His will.

God bless you my friend, Pastor Matthew.

It is very interesting to note that the young buck drinks from the same stream as the adult stag. This verse of Scripture appeals to every level of your walk with God; from being a young fledgling, a newborn believer, to someone who has walked with God and whose walk in God is as strong as an adult stag.
The Psalmist then goes on to say in verse two, “My soul thirsts for God, for the living God.” We all need to come and drink from the stream of living water; we all need to come to Jesus as if our very lives depended upon Him. He is the air that I breathe, and with every heartbeat I long for more of Jesus.
Martin Nystrom wrote these words to this timeless song;
As the deer pants for the water, so my soul longs after you,
You alone are my strength, my shield, to you alone does my spirit yield,
You alone are my heart’s desire and I long to worship you.
Notice if you will, the gasping desire of the deer for the streams of water, it’s longing to drink in and be watered and refreshed. The deer thirsts for the water, it pants for the water, gulping in as much as it can. Does your soul long for God like this? Do you desire more of God in such a way that you drink in as much as possible of God, your very being longing to be filled with His water, nourished and refreshed by the living God?
My friend, today come afresh to the streams of God’s mercy, grace, healing and love. Today, drink once more of His goodness, as the deer pants for the water and drinks as much as it can. Come to God and drink afresh everyday from His never-ending streams of life for your soul.
God bless you my friend, Pastor Matthew.

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