Near the end of 2017 I was asked to speak at a Convergence Conference in South Africa. It was a profound event, a gathering of almost two million people, called to pray. Before leaving, I asked the host farmer/evangelist, Angus Buchan, to pray for me.
He prayed, prophetically and powerfully: “The word God is sending from heaven is FIRE! Fire! Fire! Fire!
“Fire upon this man. Fire upon his mouth. Fire upon his church, his people and his staff. Fire upon his nation. May the fire of the glory of God be upon you.”
I knew then that the word the Lord had for me in year 2018, is fire! Consuming, purifying, cleansing, healing fire. Fire that is here, now. Not fire we are waiting for. Fire that is ready to burn in our lives as we are renewed and filled with the Holy Spirit.
Every year the Lord gives me a word for my personal life and ministry. It is a word that motivates, inspires, and reflects what God is doing in our lives; a word that imparts vision for the coming year. God wants us to be on fire for Him in 2018!
The prophet Isaiah wrestled with his sins, crying, “Woe is me for I am undone,” confessing to being “a man of unclean lips.” His total surrender came after his call by fire: “One of the seraphim flew to me, having in his hand a live coal which he had taken with the tongs from the altar. And he touched my mouth with it, and said: ‘Behold, this has touched your lips; Your iniquity is taken away, And your sin purged.’ Also 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.’” —Isaiah 6:6-8
Isaiah repented, was cleansed by holy fire, and ready to go where the Lord sent him, ready to prophesy, and speak God’s Word with fervent fire.
On the Day of Pentecost, after Jesus ascended into heaven with a promise of the Holy Spirit, about 120 believers came together. “And suddenly there came a sound from heaven, as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled the whole house where they were sitting. Then there appeared to them divided tongues, as of fire, and one sat upon each of them. And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance” Acts 2:2-4).
People were amazed and marveled, asking, “How is it that we hear, each in our own language in which we were born?”
Peter, filled and anointed with the Holy Spirit, preached with a new boldness and passion, calling upon the gathered crowd, “Repent, and let every one of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins; and you shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.”
Three thousand people were added to the new church that day. Fire touched their hearts and their lips and ignited the church.
I pray for an outpouring of the Holy Spirit upon the church in this New Year. When we are filled with the fire of the Holy Spirit, we will see lives changed, and hearts, minds, and bodies healed.
May our lips, touched by cleansing fire, speak to glorify, thank, and praise our God!
During this 40-Day Fast, I encourage you to ask God to send fire into your life. Let Him fill you with the Holy Spirit and set your heart and lips on fire for Him!