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A Fresh Baptism of Fire is Here

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From the desk of Roy Roden:   We plan to do an “Impart the Fire” webinar May 16that 7:00 pm eastern time 2014 and each month thereafter. If you would like to be on the notification list, please send an email to roy@eastgateoffice.org. Also each month we are doing an “Impart the Fire” during our monthly ‘Eastgate House of Glory” ministry in Augusta Maine. See this link for more information http://www.destinyeastgateministries.org/church/eastage-house-of-glory/

A fresh baptism of fire is here that is imparting new life! God is igniting hearts with the eternal flame of His love. The fruit of this fire is transforming lives, redeeming the lost and restoring the fallen. Awakened by the power of His love; people feel the warmth of God’s presence like a kindled fire that burns brightly in the fireplace of their heart. What is taking place testifies of the power of God resident in those that have caught the fire. The warmth of this fire is addictive, powerful and very fulfilling. A great awakening has begun!

Because God is Holy His love is pure. His love has the power for deliverance, healing and restoration. This baptism of fire repels demonic power, cast out fear and heals infirmities. The Father’s love destroys the works of the devil and is the greatest weapon ever to be released from the arsenal of heaven (1 John 3:8).

It renews our thoughts, restores our heart and purifies the soul. Anything that is impure that comes before the fire of His presence is not able to penetrate. This is the fire that consumes the wood hay and stubble, but will purify the gold and silver in everyone’s life “For our God is a consuming fire” (He. 12:29).

This fire is the life of His presence. It imparts a supernatural love for your enemy and those who oppose you and breaks every curse launched at you. By the warmth of God’s love in your heart, you know the ones you are called to minister to, those you are called to align with, and the people you are called to disciple.  It is this “Agape love” that opens the eyes of our heart to see others through the lens of the Father’s heart. From this place of vision, comes the wisdom to minister the anointing with the grace to impart the fire of God’s love to others (Ro. 1:11).

Years ago I saw a vision of the State of Maine where flames broke out in sporadic locations. Each of these flames grew until the entire State was on fire! Maine is about to ignite with the glory of God! This vision reminded me of the old TV series “Bonanza” where the opening theme began with a map of Nevada. A small flame erupted from a remote town that spread rapidly in all directions until the entire map was on fire! The same vision has been seen by many across this Nation.

Every day I ask the Lord  “More Fire! More Love! Show me how I can keep the fire burning to host more of your presence!” Rather than pursuing His power, pursue His presence for His power is in His presence. I love His presence that fills my entire being for in His presence there is fullness of joy. Once you feel this flame that warms your entire being, you will settle for nothing less! The key to increase for the fire to burn brighter and hotter is that of living a life of worship – the place where we abide in His love! “May the Lord direct your hearts into the love of God” (2 Th. 3:5).

The light of this truth is creating a movement. The wind of the Spirit is blowing to ignite the flames of our heart to carry the good news of the gospel message – God is a good God who loves you! Greater than any theology, bigger than any man, ministry or denomination, and beyond all imagination, this gift of fire of His presence will increase until the day it covers the earth. The time is now for it has begun!  

 

Messengers of Fire

Torch Bearers   The heart of God is revealed in the person and passion of Jesus. It is His fire that comes from being rooted and ground in His love that burns on the altar of our heart (Eph. 3:17). This is the same fire that empowers

God’s torchbearers to become messengers of fire. “For the Lord makes His ministers messengers of fire” (He. 11:1). 

A messenger of fire is a minister of life. The fire Moses saw at the burning bush is the same fire the Lord is sending with His messengers with the authority to deliver an entire city! Speaking from the place of God’s heart, they will minister His Word with the power to heal the broken hearted, open prison doors and set the captives free. His love is awakening hearts to restore our true identity – victorious believers living the supernatural life clothed in the power of the Spirit. Jesus said

But you shall receive power after the Holy Spirit is come upon you and you shall be witnesses unto me” (Acts 1:8).

The Holy Spirit has empowered God’s people with the ministry of the Word of reconciliation. To minister hope to the hopeless and give life where there is no life. Our call is to let the light of His love shine that reveals God’s goodness. To speak His words seasoned with grace (the anointing) to impart love to those in stress and depressed that can find healing and peace with renewed hope (Col. 4:6).

The result of the working of His fire in our lives is more of His presence. The heart fire of God is drawing us back to His heart to return to our first love.  Because God is love, as we abide in His love, we become filled with His living presence to be as He is – that of love (1 John 4:16-17). His love reveals His likeness that enables people to feel the warmth and light of His presence. Others will know of His great love by the love shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Spirit (Ro. 5:5).  In doing so, we leave a blazing trail of fire for others to follow that ignites revival.

God is calling the prodigals, the lost and the fallen to “Come home.” One of my first prophetic experiences took place in 1977 in a Baptist church. During worship, I sensed the natural realm invaded by the realm of the Spirit. I raised my left hand to heaven in worship at which time I felt my Heavenly Father grasp my hand. I then heard Him say, “Welcome home son.”  In an instant I knew the heartbeat of heaven was that of God’s love. In His presence there was total acceptance! The goodness of God, His mercy and compassion was evident as I experienced HIM! In that moment of time my entire being was flooded with the Spirit of His wondrous love.

Home is where the heart is and He is our hearts desire. The realm of the Kingdom of heaven is our home. We thus thank God, “Who has delivered us from the power of darkness and has translated us into the Kingdom of His dear Son” (Col. 1:13).

    Within every person is the desire to feel the heartbeat of heaven that comes from intimacy with our heavenly Father. The wind of the Spirit is blowing to ignite the flames of revival. The longing for destiny is leading many to come out of the old in order to find the new and they are finding it! You will know them by the fire that burns in their heart. Not content with religious practices, they desire the reality of the joy of fellowship with Christ who is their inheritance (Eph. 1:18).

Created in God’s image, our spirit longs to be where He is – the place where we can abide in His presence for a “heart to heart” intimate relationship. It was the prayer of Jesus on the night of His betrayal for the Father to give us the glory of His presence “that we may be one”  (See John 17:21-23). The fire of God’s love is burning to bring us into a dynamic relationship with our heavenly Father.

Two as one   The heart of mankind was created to be the torch of the Lord to host the light of His presence. In order to keep this fire burning, we must learn to abide in His presence for it breathes the air of heaven. The fire burns brighter as we draw nearer to its source, which is our life in Christ.

It is this “secret place of the most high” that King David knew, that overshadowed Him with the Lord’s presence. Abiding under the wings of the Almighty, the Lord was David’s fortress – the place where no weapon formed against him could prosper (Psalms 91). In Christ we are seated with Him in the place of victory that empowers us to carry the light of His presence with the fire of His love burning in our heart. As messengers of fire, our call is to carry the torch of His presence to ignite others with His love, and reveal the heartbeat of heaven as ministers of life to a lost and dying world.

This is a new burning catapulting believers into a higher realm of glory!  A fresh baptism of fire is here, which is the light of His presence. This fire has the ability to quickly awaken the heart of another by the power of God’s love. Those who carry the torch of God’s presence, in the wake of their walk will leave behind a blazing trail of fire that spreads rapidly. Anyone that has the flame can ignite the heart of another. Love is a universal language that breaks all barriers.

When those who carry the flame of His presence unite as one, the power and presence of the Lord is greatly magnified. Kingdom authority multiplies with unity, “For he that is joined to the Lord is one Spirit (1 Cor. 6:17).  A candle by itself is but a single flame, but a multitude of lamps can illuminate an entire city with the light of God’s glory. We can have unity in the midst of diversity, as His Spirit never changes.

 

It’s Time To Prepare

Soon, this fire will touch every believer, every denomination and every nation. Just as the scriptures declares in both Joel 2 and Acts 2, in the last days, God will POUR OUT His spirit upon ALL FLESH! The old and young, male and female, sinner or saint, will all be impacted one way or another. Despite man’s theology, position or desire, they are going to be exposed to it! Just as in the time when Jesus walked this earth, the dividing line is whether or not they will receive it!  This baptism of fire will be so powerful and far reaching, that there will be no escape from it!

Along with the fresh outpouring of the Spirit, will come an increase in prophecy, visions and dreams,

 “ And your sons and daughters shall prophesy, and your young men shall see visions and your old men shall dream dreams. And on My servants and on My handmaidens I will pour out in those days of My Spirit; and they shall prophesy” (Acts 2:17-18). 

      Many are seeking the supernatural life that comes from hosting His presence with the desire to minister the anointing to touch others with His life. Soon, people will be seeking gifted teachers who can pastor them in the prophetic.  A demand will be placed on those who can equip believers in the gifts of the Spirit that have a teaching style that demonstrate the love of the Father with signs and wonders. This was the model Jesus used to train His disciples who did the works He did (Acts 1:1).

We must be ready for a great harvest for it is now upon us! We must cultivate an atmosphere for revival that will attract and host the Lord’s presence. We must provide the necessary training to equip and empower those who desire to work in the Vineyard of the Lord. In preparation for this, the Lord is not only establishing Schools of Ministry, but also restoring the five-fold ministries of Christ to the Church. In order for the Church to come into the fullness of Christ, all the ministries of Christ must be resident and operating in the Church. Which is Christ the apostle, prophet, evangelist, pastor and teacher (Eph. 4:11).

In Closing,

     A fresh Baptism of fire is here! The Church is about to catch on fire! The glory of the Lord will fill His house in such an extraordinary way; the light of the Lord’s presence will transform individuals and even nations (Ez. 44:4). As the prophet Isaiah saw, even in the darkest of times, a remnant will rise with the light of God’s glory as a shinning light to the nations.  People will come from far and near to bask in the presence and power of the baptism of fire (Is. 60:1-3).

In order to prepare for this outpouring, we must establish equipping centers where the fire can burn brightly and it’s warmth can bless the people. The fireplace of believer’s heart must be established in order to host the fire. Without the pulse of the heartbeat of God, this fire can be exploited, misused and spread rampant as “wild fire.”  We need God’s wisdom in order to keep it moving in the right direction.

Without learning to walk in love as children of God, its power and influence can corrupt the heart and lead many astray. Unless it has a safe place to burn, this fire can burn the house down!  Even the joy of experiencing the life of His presence and the manifestations of the Spirit can distract us from following Him. In order to stay on the path of life as victors in Christ, we must “set our affections on things that are above.” (Col. 3) Jesus said, “Where your heart is there will you be also.”

The Holy Spirit is relentlessly directing the heart of God’s people to the heart of the Father and to one another. We can create a culture where love is the rule, in an atmosphere where the warmth of His presence creates increase. Just as the light and warmth of a greenhouse promotes healthy plant growth, the Lord will cause prosperity and growth to come in the midst of those that “Abound in love one toward another” (1 Thessalonians 3:12).

Love Breaks chainsWe are in a time where Kingdom opportunities exist to make a great advance. Those walking in Kingdom life will awaken the life of God’s Kingdom in others. The unified results will cause a great awakening with the power to bring much needed healing and restoration. The power of His love breaks every chain. Many are now being called to go forth with the Gospel message of life with the vision to,

“Turn the heart of the fathers to the children and the heart of the children to their fathers” (Malachi 4:6).

Today is the day and now is the time! Seize the moment for the harvest is ripe for the hearts of many are ready to ignite! Catch the fire and let your light shine that the world may know the love of God and His goodness.

  A Prayer: Father, I ask for the heartbeat of heaven. Come Holy Spirit and come with fire. Ignite the altar of my heart with the flame of your love. Set my heart on fire that I may know you. Fill me with the life of your presence that I may rise and shine with the light of your glory.

I pray for fire that John the Baptist spoke when He declared before all, “I indeed baptize you with water; but One mightier than I is coming whose sandal straps I am not worthy to loose. He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and with fire (Luke 3:16). 

I give you my whole heart, my devotion and my life. You are the one I worship and the lover of my soul. I ask that you make me a messenger of fire to carry the torch of your living presence in the power of the Spirit as a minister of life that others may know your great love.

In Jesus name I pray.

Roy Roden

 

 

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