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God wants to drench us with His glory, but first His eyes search and convict our hearts. He searches for those who are righteous and pure, upon whom He can settle with a glory covering, but first we must go through the process of refining, through the baptism of the Holy Spirit and fire.

Scripture describes three baptisms— water baptism, the baptism of the Holy Spirit, and the baptism of fire. “I indeed baptize you with water unto repentance, but He who is coming after me is mightier than I . . . He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire” (Matt. 3:11). Within the latter baptism, there are three fires: the refiner’s fire, the fire of His love, and the fiery witness.

The refiner’s fire is a purging that removes our filth by the spirit of judgment and burning (Is. 4:4). After this purging we will be called holy (Is. 4:3) and only then will we receive the covering of God’s glo- ry—a tabernacle for shade from the daytime heat, a place of refuge, and a shelter from storm and rain (Is. 4:5, 6). To ascend the holy hill of His presence, or stand in His holy courts, we must be purified. We endure the refiner’s fire, being purged as gold and silver (Mal. 3:2, 3), so that we can offer ourselves in righteousness to God.

It is said that Smith Wigglesworth (1859–1947), known as the “Apostle of Faith,” experienced a baptism of fire during a ten-day fast in which he cried out for God to change and purify his life. God’s fire fell and freed him from his temper and moodiness.

The second fire is the fire of His love. This love consumes us with passion for Jesus. It’s a vehement fire (Song 8:6) that burns within our hearts so that we cry out for more of Him and long to be in His glory. We’re drawn deeper into worship and intimacy. God wants to fill us with that fire too!

We need to pass through the first two fires to step into the third, the fiery witness. We need to be holy, and we need to burn with love for God. The baptism of fiery witness came on Pentecost and birthed the early church.

This fire burned in the hearts of the early disciple—cities and regions were saved as the gospel was preached with miracles, signs, and wonders following. The same fire touched Isaiah’s lips and com- missioned him to speak to the nation. Divine fire for ministry and for witness makes us fervent to preach the gospel. It is an anointing that falls upon us to preach with passion and tongues of fire.

Are you willing to commit your life to loving the Holy Spirit and seeking intimacy with Him? If so, He’ll raise you up to shake cities and nations. If you’re hungry for Him and willing to pass through the re- finer’s fire, He’ll set you ablaze with His unquenchable love, and you’ll become a fiery witness as you ascend to realms you never dreamed possible!

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