HH, Sir Godfrey Gregg D.Div
“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 strangely intense and intrinsic. It goes into the very substance of things. It somehow blends with every particle of the thing it touches.
There are the severe trials that come to minds more sensitive, to the minds that have more points of contact with what hurts; so that the higher the nature the higher the joy, and the greater the avenues of pain that come.
And then there are deeper trials that come as we pass into the hands of God, as we pass from the physical and intellectual into the spiritual nature.
When they first come, we shrink back from their unnatural and fearful breath, and we say: “Oh, this cannot be from the hand of a loving Father! This cannot be necessary for me.” We sometimes miss what the Father is doing for us. How He loves to build our character that will strengthen us and causes us to stand on solid ground rather than shifting sand.
And then come the pains and sufferings from God’s own hand, when He sits as a refiner and purifier of silver, when He lets it burn until it seems that we must be burned to ashes, and we are, indeed, at last burned to ashes. There are many examples in the Holy Writ, but there is one outstanding person I will love to make mention of this morning and that is Job. A man that was tried in every corner, every angle from the rising of the sun to the setting thereof, all day and night the same. God knew His servant and in whom Job trusted. There came a time when Satan recognized that there was a barrier around Jod and he insisted that once the barrier is removed that Job would show his manly “colour”. God allowed the carrier removed and Job was resolved that His God is even greater than before. Hallelujah
But we must get the victory through faith. The moment you cease to fear it, that moment it ceases to harm you. He says, “The flames shall not kindle upon you.”
God can only get the best of us when we are committed to His word and His will. We must become one with Him and then like Isaac through obedience can look at the things that are not as though they were and I thank God for His love and mercy towards us this day. Amen