For every outward manifestation, there is an inward infestation. There is a root to every fruit. There is a start to ever finish, a spark to every flame. There is a cocoon before every butterfly. A turtle in every shell. A seed in every flower. And for every move of God, there is the fire of God. There is that inward fire that produces the outward manifestation of the fire of God.
That inward burning, that inward thing that comes on the inside of you and flips all your insides. That inward thing that messes with all your mindsets. That makes you question the things you think. That thing that stirs up your heart, but you don’t know what it is. You don’t know if it’s God or Satan or just you.
O, it’s Him, and He’s releasing that side of Himself inside of you that shakes everything. That side of Him that makes you want to be in the prayer closet all day. That side of Him that leaves you feeling like you just did 40 minutes of cardio. That side of him that just feels like a hammer. That painful side of Him. Many don’t know this side of Him because they reject it all the time. And they wonder why they can’t keep their fire going, why they lost their zeal, but it’s because they stopped letting their carnality be crushed. They stopped letting God stir the pot, they stopped letting God burn their insides, those parts of us inside of us that still exist that are still earthly.
Its hurts, the woman in the birthing room is hurting, too. Yet on the other side of that pain is her beautiful son or daughter. And on the other side of your pain, is Christ in you. Who will endure this inward scourging? Who will be the one that will suffer for Christ? Not just outwardly by men! But inwardly by God!!!!
It hurts when my pride gets hit by God. It hurts when my wounds get poked at. It hurts when the things that I always thought that were right are now wrong. It hurts when I have been putting my heart and soul into something or someone and God says turn away from it or them. It hurts when my will is so strong and God knocks down the strongman. Yet it feels so good when it’s finally dead.
When my will and my thoughts are finally gone and replaced with His. We think God is putting us through misery, yet He is taking us out of our misery. He’s appointing that old man, the flesh, to the slaughter. Don’t make yourself suffer 10 times more by fighting it, because when people see how on fire you are, when they see the lion erupting out of you, you’re going to thank God for that inward burning.
You’re going to thank God for flipping the tables in your mind and your heart. You’re going to thank God for the hell He put you through because, in that hell, He’s saving you from hell. And the first level of hell is here on earth, and it’s you apart from God, with the devil twirling you around with all his delusions.
Blessed are those that suffer the death of themselves inwardly, because they will be set free from the death of themselves inwardly and outwardly in eternal fire. Burn now or burn later.
Those things that are inside of you now want to pull you down to the lower parts of the earth. Their roots extend to that place, but when the roots are burned and dead, disconnected, Satan no longer has any hold in your life. Strongholds are not just addictions or cycles of the same action. Strongholds can even be when Satan has tricked you to think like him. When he has taught you to desire and chase things like him. It’s a stronghold because you think it’s right or godly and it’s not going anywhere because you're holding on to it strongly. You have a stronghold on it, and its strength in your life is protected because you are unaware.
This is the type of thing that God’s fire is after, baptism of the “Holy Spirit and Fire,” and this fire He's talking about, the Spirit brings it because He's out to make you holy!!
“Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego answered and said to the king, O, Nebuchadnezzar, we are not careful to answer thee in this matter. If it be so, our God whom we serve is able to deliver us from the burning fiery furnace, and he will deliver us out of thine hand, O king. But if not, be it known unto thee, O king, that we will not serve thy gods, nor worship the golden image which thou hast set up. Then was Nebuchadnezzar full of fury, and the form of his visage was changed against Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego: therefore he spake, and commanded that they should heat the furnace one seven times more than it was wont to be heated. And he commanded the most mighty men that were in his army to bind Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, and to cast them into the burning fiery furnace. Then these men were bound in their coats, their hosen, and their hats, and their other garments, and were cast into the midst of the burning fiery furnace.Therefore because the king's commandment was urgent, and the furnace exceeding hot, the flames of the fire slew those men that took up Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego. And these three men, Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, fell down bound into the midst of the burning fiery furnace.Then Nebuchadnezzar the king was astonished, and rose up in haste, and spake, and said unto his counsellors, Did not we cast three men bound into the midst of the fire? They answered and said unto the king, True, O king. He answered and said, Lo, I see four men loose, walking in the midst of the fire, and they have no hurt; and the form of the fourth is like the Son of God. Then Nebuchadnezzar came near to the mouth of the burning fiery furnace, and spake, and said, Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, ye servants of the most high God, come forth, and come hither. Then Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, came forth of the midst of the fire. And the princes, governors, and captains, and the king's counsellors, being gathered together, saw these men, upon whose bodies the fire had no power, nor was an hair of their head singed, neither were their coats changed, nor the smell of fire had passed on them.Then Nebuchadnezzar spake, and said, Blessed be the God of Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, who hath sent his angel, and delivered his servants that trusted in him, and have changed the king's word, and yielded their bodies, that they might not serve nor worship any god, except their own God.” Daniel 3:16-28
The fire saved Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego from the king. The fire saved them from the world. The fire delivered them from the hand of the king. This was the only way that they could be delivered from Nebuchadnezzar’s hand. And this is the only way you can be delivered from the hand of the god of this world. This is the only way you can have your strongholds to this world burned. This is God’s way. And just as there were 4 men in the furnace, Jesus and those 3 boys, there will be two in yours. Just you and God. God is in the midst of that furnace. God is in the midst of that crushing. God is turning you upside down. God is in the fire!
Just like they came out of the fire with no hurt or scent of suffering, so will you. No one will know the things that God puts you through. No one will see you in the fire, except Nebuchadnezzar, the God of this world, Satan. Even though he delivered you to the fire, God is in the fire. When you come out unscathed and untouched, every wicked thing burned out of you, Satan himself will have to release you from his hand because you have endured the fire. The inward burning, all of his possessions in you were burned in there, but you came out alive. Now you will be able to take your authority and finally say, just like Jesus, “For the prince of this world cometh, and hath NOTHING in me.” (John 14:30)
By Joe Pinto