Once a fire starts, it can be deemed to be uncontrollable until it is put out. Before a fire starts, we need to know what is needed for the fire to even come about.
For a fire to start, it needs Oxygen, Heat, and Fuel. Now, if any one of those components is taken away, the fire can not start. Within Church circles, the fire triangle can also apply. Here is how it relates
For the church, the fire triangle works like this:
OXYGEN = The living God. The living God loves to breathe on his people and blow fresh life into us.
HEAT = The love of God. The heat source of the church is the undeserved, unconditional love of God.
FUEL = Us. People increasingly alive and awake to the living, loving God are the fuel of this fire
So, let’s look at this in context….
Acts 2 – And when the day of Pentecost had fully come, they were all assembled together in one place,
2 When suddenly there came a sound from heaven like the rushing of a violent tempest blast, and it filled the whole house in which they were sitting.
3 And there appeared to them tongues resembling fire, which were separated and distributed and which settled on each one of them.
4 And they were all filled (diffused throughout their souls) with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other (different, foreign) languages (tongues), as the Spirit [a]kept giving them clear and loud expression [in each tongue in appropriate words]
Before a fire started amongst the disciples, there was one thing that needed to happen which was Unity. You could imagine that in that one place, the disciples were praying together in one accord. At that point, the Holy Spirit was present and boom, a fire broke out amongst them and through them. Now, imagine if they were together but weren’t praying together in one accord. The Holy Spirit wouldn’t be present because before the Holy Spirit there was no fuel which represents us – the church.
I’m sure if you have seen a fire start, you will notice how rapid the surrounding buildings are engulfed in flames and hot it becomes. At first, the fire will start off small but in time to come when all the elements are present, the fire will take over.
In these times we are heading into now, a revival will surely break out but in order for a fire to break out, there must be unity. The church must be in one accord for the revival to take place. Don’t get upset when you aren’t seeing the big revival, it’s just that people haven’t seen the revelation.
Leonard Ravenhill made this statement – “You never have to advertise a fire. Everyone comes running when there’s a fire. Likewise, if your church is on fire, you will not have to advertise it. The community will already know it.”
This is very true because whenever a fire breaks out, you will already know how hot the place is.
As a human being, I’m sure you have experienced a train journey where there are many bodies at one time. Ever noticed how hot it can get? That should tell you that when a people are in one accord, a revival will surely break out. Without the church, there can be no revival and without God there will be no church. We all rely on one another just as fire relies on oxygen, heat and fuel.
Deuteronomy 9:3 Know therefore today that it is the LORD your God who is crossing over before you as a consuming fire. He will destroy them and He will subdue them before you, so that you may drive them out and destroy them quickly, just as the LORD has spoken to you
‘Once a fire starts, you will not be able to stop it’