Who’s Bringing the Fire?

What motivates you to action? Is there a sense of calling in what you do each day? Or do you walk in a sense of not really knowing what you are supposed to do? There is a true saying; “God doesn’t call the qualified, He qualifies the called.” Calling is really a matter of sensing that God is telling you to be involved with something and someone. Greatness and fulfillment in life can only come from One place, the One who loves and equips us.

Elijah was described as a man just like you and me. He had human failings and struggles like anyone; so why was he used so mightily of God? First let’s look at what happened. In I Kings 18, Elijah confronts the people of Israel who have turned their backs on God to serve the god called Baal. There is a show-down between Elijah, and 850 prophets of Baal. The thing about this is that if God doesn’t show up for Elijah, he’s literally a dead man. The challenge that Elijah places before the prophets (as the people watch) is to put their sacrifice on their altar, and call upon Baal to burn up the sacrifice. The prophets cry, beg, plead, cajole, but alas this empty god does not respond. Elijah presents his offering to God and calls upon Him to consume the sacrifice, which God does. (I’m thinking this whole scene would have Elijah confident in God, yet with knees knocking at the sheer intensity of the situation). Of course, the crowds are convinced that Elijah serves the One and only true and Living God, so their hearts are turned toward God Almighty.


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Then Elijah’s confession: “let it be known that you are God in Israel and I am your servant, and that at your Word I have done all these things.” I Kings 18:36. Isn’t this a beautiful picture of the realization that people don’t need to see what we can do, but what God can do through willing vessels? Let’s remember that God will bring the “fire” just as He did for Elijah; and our part is to be obedient. God acted through Elijah because he remained obediently close to God. This meant that God could use him as a vessel of honor to draw the people He loves to the truth. Yes, we as God’s people have the same opportunities to have God work through us as we walk humbly before our God.

Dear Lord,

In this world of pain and darkness, I ask that you would help us your people, to follow Elijah’s example of true servant-hood; that we would “be fit for the Master’s use” to touch hurting people with your love, hope, and life eternal. Thank you for your great love. Amen.

*I came across this post from last year, and felt it needed to be brought forth as an encouragement to us all during “such a time as this.” We have a Father who loves us, and has great plans for us as we participate in the building of His kingdom. Let’s be found using every opportunity to love and to serve those around us. May God continue to bless and use us as His children dearly loved.


Jacquie ♥

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I am a writer and counselor, who embraces joy and holds tight to hope. I live with my husband Ken, of 44 years, and he is the love of my life. I enjoy inspirational and devotional writing, home decor, gardening, and being in community. My husband and I are missionaries to children in Washington State, and love the privilege of being with them.

25 thoughts on “Who’s Bringing the Fire?

  1. Thanks Jacquie for the reminder that when we stay obedient to the Lord, He will use us to help draw others to truth. It can sometimes seem our efforts are not making a difference, but we never know who is watching us. God is using our lives to show others who He is. So continuous obedience to Him is vital. Thanks for sharing this ❤️😊. Thanks again for the award nomination, I’m working on it.

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    1. Thanks Dawn. I’m definitely in a season. It seems that every time I turn around I am reading about reliance on God. It truly is a comfort to know that not only am I not to live in my own strength, I can’t. Bless His Name! I look forward to reading your responses to the award, but there is no hurry. We all have a lot on our plates. ♥

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      1. You’re welcome! So true…we can’t make it without His strength. I’m thankful that He always gives us what we need to stay encouraged. 💚

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  2. Great topic and post Jacquie! It forces us to stop and do an introspection on our lives. “IF God be God, serve Him. If Baal be Baal….” Stopping to ask who is bringing the fire takes the weight from our shoulder, the worry and fear from our minds, the anxiety from our corners as we come to grips with reality. We are nothing and can do nothing without our Father.

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    1. Thanks Deandra, I sense Him drawing me closer as the message to me is “I am the vine, you are the branch, a part from Me…” may I say there is nothing. For without Him I have nothing and can do nothing. He blesses and refreshes my soul. I’m in the Master Potter’s hands- no better place. Blessings sweet friend.

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  3. I have always strived to be God’s hands and feet for others. It certainly is more difficult now, but intercessory prayer can always be done, especially during social distancing.

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  4. I really like your blog. A pleasure to come stroll on your pages. A great discovery and a very interesting blog. I will come back to visit you. Do not hesitate to visit my universe. See you soon.

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