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The Fire of Cleaning by Pastor Chris Oyakhilome

The Fire of Cleaning by Pastor Chris Oyakhilome

I indeed baptize you with water unto
repentance: but he that cometh after me
is mightier than I, whose shoes I am not
worthy to bear: he shall baptize you with
the Holy Ghost, and with fire (Matthew
3:11).

Fire is very significant in Scripture. In some
places, it was used to symbolize the Spirit of
God and the character in which He operated
or manifested Himself. When God revealed Himself to
Moses, it was in the burning bush (Exodus 3:3-5). When
the Holy Ghost came in Acts 2:1-4 as Jesus had
promised His disciples, the Scriptures record that
cloven tongues like as of fire appeared unto them and
sat upon each of them, and they were filled with the
Holy Ghost.

Then we read the words of John the Baptist in
our opening verse above, where he talked about the
baptism of the Holy Ghost and fire. Now, many have
confused John’s statement to mean that both the power
of the Holy Ghost, and the fire of the Holy Ghost are
synonymous, but they aren’t. When John the Baptist
said Jesus shall baptize with the Holy Ghost, and with
fire, that “fire” meant judgment.

The fire of the Holy Ghost is about cleansing; it’s
called, “The fire of Judgment” or “The fire of cleansing.”
The Bible says, “…he will throughly purge his floor, and
gather his wheat into the garner; but he will burn up the
chaff with unquenchable fire” (Matthew 3:12). That’s
judgment! It’s the same thing we see in Malachi 3:2-3: “But who may abide the day of his coming? and who
shall stand when he appeareth? for he is like a refiner’s
fire, and like fullers’ soap: And he shall sit as a refiner
and purifier of silver: and he shall purify the sons of Levi,
and purge them as gold and silver, that they may offer
unto the LORD an offering in righteousness.”

Thus, Holy Ghost fire is the fire of purification; it
takes away the unclean things from your life; it burns
them up, that there be no impurities in you; that fire
purifies you, removes everything that’s not of God.
Thus, you’re sanctified for the Lord’s use; you’re His
vessel unto honour, to bring Him glory, and establish
His will in the earth. Hallelujah!

CONFESSION
I’m washed, sanctified, justified, in the Name of the
Lord Jesus Christ, and by the Spirit of our God!
There’s no uncleanness in me, for the fire of the
Holy Ghost purifies my heart from all filthiness. I’ve
become the radiance of God’s glory, and the
expression of His righteousness. Hallelujah!

FURTHER STUDY:
Isaiah 4:3-4; 1 Peter 1:7; 2 Timothy 2:19-21

1 YEAR BIBLE READING PLAN:
Mark 14:1-26 & Numbers 24-26

2 YEAR BIBLE READING PLAN:
Matthew 21:18-32 & Exodus 18
 


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