I usually wake up before the alarm goes off at 5:30 a.m. Yesterday I was deliciously snuggled in my warm cocoon of blankets. It was 6 degrees F (-14 C) outside, so I was savoring my warm bed while chatting with God. I asked Him what wonderful things He’s going to share with me today. Then I started praising Him while I listened for His response. I was so filled with His love I thought I’d just burst at the seams. Then a recent verse I have been memorizing came to the surface.
“Send us out all over the world so that everyone everywhere will discover your ways and know who you are and see your power to save.” (Ps. 67:2 [TPT])
Oooo, and this one too! “If you wait at wisdom’s doorway, longing to hear a word for each day, joy will break forth within you as you listen for what I’ll say.” (Prov. 8:34 [TPT])
Then my brain put two and two together—bursting at the seams and being a witness and I came up with Spontaneous Human Combustion. (S. H.C.) (Yes I know, I’m different!) SHC is the concept of the combustion of a living human body without an apparent external source of ignition.
I speak from personal experience. One of the joys of being a woman, is when you reach a certain age, you get hot flashes and night sweats. For a few years I would get so overheated I really thought I would spontaneous combust. One night I rolled over in bed and draped my arm over my husband and he woke me up saying it felt like his skin was sizzling upon contact. I mean I know I’m smoking hot, but come on already!
But we do have an external and internal source of ignition, the Holy Spirit. He provides the spark necessary to become engulfed in the power of Jesus and to radiate that warmth to others. I continually ask to be on fire for God and let my witness be so bright that I fulfill my goal of taking as many people to heaven with me as God allows.
In my office, I always have a non-scented candle burning. It reminds me when I see the little flame, that I want to keep the flame burning in my heart. Because I am reminded by these verses:
“He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire.” (Luke 3:16 [NIV]) and “They saw what seemed to be tongues of fire that separated and came to rest on each of them.” (Acts 2:3 [NIV]) I like to think I have a visible holy flame resting on me, that gives me the power to boldly share about Jesus.
In Matthew 14, Jesus was about to feed the 5000. The only food to be had was a small boy’s lunch. In 14:17, Jesus said, “Bring me what you have.” I want to be that five loaves and two fish. So I bring it and watch Him work miracles with what little I have when I give it freely to Him, and hope to see Him feed the multitudes with my witness. “As for me, I would see God, and to God would I commit my cause, who does great things and unsearchable, marvelous things without number.” (Job 5:8-9 [ESV])
I’ve also heard it said that isn’t it awesome that the boy’s mom actually packed him a lunch that day? She got to be the behind the scenes part of the story that fulfilled the miracle done that day.
So ask God today to be five loaves and two fish, and see if He won’t set off the spark inside you so you can radiate Jesus to those you come into contact with today. Ask God to bring it! And He will!
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