[We are in a Revolution: A total or radical change; return to a point before occupied; the overthrow or renunciation of one government, and the substitution of another, by the governed.]
I believe that the fire of the Holy Spirit will grip this nation as it is setting others around the world ablaze. Right now we are being gripped by the flame of God and are being consumed by the Fire of the Holy Spirit. We have had revival in England through many great people over the last few hundred years.
John Wesley said “I set myself alight and people come to watch me burn”.
England is missing the Fire of God today. God has released a Wild Fire in Wales that has burned brightly over the last few years but England has not really embraced this on a corporate level. One thing I know is that the Fire of God has consumed England in the past and it will again.
Churches and organisations that are willing to put down agendas, ministries and programs that are obstacles in front of God will be able to host the Fire of God on a corporate level. The Fire of God will not be contained by man’s programs and it tears up agendas where God’s Glory is not put first.
In Oct 1995 I was in Edinburgh during a conference with various leaders from Toronto with my family. My mum had taken me along to a leader’s meeting and Jim Paul, a leader from the Toronto Airport Church was standing at the front. There were loads of leaders from various different Scottish churches and they were discussing when to meet and the agenda for the next year. Even as a teenager I could feel the damp presence of religion! Suddenly the Fire of the Holy Spirit got hold of Jim Paul and he started shaking up and down uncontrollably as he was standing at the front. God had set him alight. Out of his mouth came a prophecy towards the leaders for about 5 minutes. As he was shaking up and down, the words came flying out of his mouth. The pure Fear and Awe of God filled the whole room and Jim Paul’s glasses flew off as he shouted “Stop trying to control God! Stop making agendas that God has not created!” I remember being convinced right there of the reality of God and that His agenda comes first.
This country has a history of Apostles filled with Fire. The Celtic Saints like Cuthbert and Patrick walked in Fire. They turned the heart of the nation towards the Father, not through programs and meetings but by living in the Fire. The Celtic Fire is returning to save thousands a day. God’s agenda does not look like ours. It is messy on a natural level. It seems out of control. It is scary and it is offensive to our man made plans. People misunderstand it, they think His apostles are drunk when it is only the morning. They may think they are heretics. But everything else is second rate. The day I saw Jim Paul ablaze with the Fire of God and saw the dank, dry, boring alternative my heart had been won by Christ. All else is second rate. I want the Fire!
The reality is The Lord who is a consuming Fire lives within us. He is the Hope of Glory. Jesus is the Fire and he is beginning to reveal himself through his Sons. As we yield we burn. As we give control of ourselves over to God He manifests the Fire out. Others begin to feel it. Strangers standing at bus stops feel the Spirit on us and it grips their heart. When we let the Fire manifest crazy stuff starts happening.
Zechariah 2.5 states “I will be the Fire around and the Glory within”. The drunkenness of the Spirit IS the Fire of God!
I was with a friend in Sheffield city centre and we were drunk in the Glory but the Fire was around us. We approached 3 girls and asked if they had ever got drunk on God and not surprisingly they said “No!” So we asked if we could pray for them. One girl started crying, another started laughing hysterically and after we prophesied over the third she screamed because of the accuracy of the prophetic word and ran over to the other side of the road literally. Our God is a consuming Fire. On another occasion I witnessed the Spirit of God leap onto a hardened atheist from my friend as we were talking to him while totally whacked, in a shopping centre. The atheist stood weeping uncontrollably in front of his mates. Later we talked to 5 of his other friends and the Spirit of Prophecy came on me. I saw details about their lives and told them specific things relating to their destiny, gifting and other things which happened to them when they were younger. The aim of a drunk man on fire beats that of a sober man any day.
The Fire of God is uncontrollable and destroys the works of the enemy. The Kingdom of God is advancing in victory. Great meetings, powerpoint presentations, buildings and car parks mean squat next to the raw Fire of God. This is what God has put within us and it is what he expects us to live in.
Philip Smith, 27th Nov 2011