FRIDAY, JUNE 8
Scripture: Matthew 3:7-12
Matthew 3:7-12 states, “But when he saw many of the Pharisees and Sadducees coming to his baptism, he said to them, ‘Brood of vipers! Who warned you to flee from the wrath to come? Therefore bear fruits worthy of repentance, and do not think to say to yourselves, “We have Abraham as our father.” For I say to you that God is able to raise up children to Abraham from these stones. And even now the ax is laid to the root of the trees. Therefore every tree which does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire. I indeed baptize you with water unto repentance, but He who is coming after me is mightier than I, whose sandals I am not worthy to carry. He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire. His winnowing fan is in His hand, and He will thoroughly clean out His threshing floor, and gather His wheat into the barn; but He will burn up the chaff with unquenchable fire.’“ Jesus is the God of fire and His job is to baptize people in that fire and completely purge every hindrance in their lives. John declared Jesus will drag us into the fire in order to burn up the chaff and no man can quench the fire that He carries. This is not the Jesus of the typical successful church. We have portrayed Jesus as meek and mild. Many churches do not have altar calls. How many people would run up and answer an altar call if they knew that the promise was, I am coming in fire that you cannot quench? Jesus is after something in our lives. He is after something and He will not relent. What He is after is the chaff. He is after what hinders His Spirit from coming forth in fullness and He is not going to leave until the chaff is burned up! Joseph had it nonstop until he could fully accept the work of the Living Christ. Are we ready to stand up and say, I fully accept the work of the Living Christ? If we are, then there is a day coming that we will stand in the fire we are calling down because we said, yes to the preparation. God will give us answers to the prayers we have to pray to move His judicial Hand on those who are hindering or devastating His harvest field!