Day 25 Devo - The Holy Spirit And Fire

As John the Baptist talked to the people about the Messiah who was soon to be revealed, he said:

I baptize you with water for repentance.  But after me will come One who is more powerful than I, whose sandals I am not fit to carry.  He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and with fire.        (Matthew 3:11)

We know that Jesus baptized us with the Holy Spirit, as John said.  But what is this baptism of fire?   You should recall that we talked earlier about how gold and other precious metals are purified - by fire.  The fire separates the impurities from the gold and purifies it.  The end result is pure gold - gold that is much more precious and valuable than it was before.

The Holy Spirit does the same work in our lives when He comes.  He sanctifies us and purifies us, making us a suitable dwelling place for Him to live.  He cannot live with the impurities that pollute us, because He is pure.  When He comes to live in you, serious changes must take place.  He must purify you by His holy fire, so that you can be sanctified, set aside and devoted to Him.

... from the beginning God chose you to be saved through the sanctifying work of the Spirit....   (2 Thessalonians 2:13b)

Point to Ponder:

The purifying and sanctifying is a life-long process, and we will never be free from all impurities until we are with the Lord.  Until then, the Spirit faithfully continues to search out impurities, and to purify us by His fire.

Do not put out the Spirit's fire.    ( 1 Thessalonians 5:19)