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12 Weeks of Prayer Week 3 Day 3

12 Weeks of Prayer Week 3 Day 3


By Pastor Mike Heil

TOH The Unapologetic Theologian

“For the Lord your God is a consuming fire,

a jealous God.”

Deuteronomy 4:24

This is the most critical area the church needs in which the church needs a revelation from God: God is not an incomplete God. We cannot afford to let the opinions and thoughts of the world define who God is nor can we accept the smarmy, slippery, touchy, feely concept that God is only love. Of course, God is love; we are told that specifically in I John 4:8, “The one who does not love does not know God, for God is love.” Why is it dangerous to view God as only love? Because it distorts who God really is; God is a person who is the totality of what scripture reveals!

Do we want an incomplete God? A God who has been emptied of His passion, who has been plundered of His power, a God of confusion and a God of indecision? It seems to me that American society appears to want just that kind of God. They want a God who is a figurehead, constantly smiling on them and patting them on the head with approval. Never mind that their actions are destroying them. Never mind that their behavior is hurting others. After all, it is all about me anyway. If that is the kind of God America wants, sadly they will miss the best in life; they will miss the God who is a consuming fire.

God is a consuming fire. He is not tame. He is not powerless. He is not one to be trifled with. He is, however, always ever-loving, and since He is loving, and since He is consuming fire, He will not give up trying to refine us and bring out the best in us. He will be tenacious in seeking our best! He will not settle with letting us be less than the person He created us to be. Does it hurt when He refines our rough edges? Certainly. Is it uncomfortable when He allows us to walk through His consuming fire? There's no doubt about it, but if we allow Him to be consuming fire in our life, He will mold us and shape us. He will make us into a person of honor. A person filled with peace, driven by love, consumed with blessing others and meeting their needs. And, in the end of all this molding, all the uncomfortable twisting and turning, stretching, and prodding that He brings into our life will be worth it. For on that beautiful and glorious first day in Heaven we will see Jesus, and we will be like Him!



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