Maintain Your Fire

Posted on 30 Sep 2018, Pastor: Tolu Makinde
Title: Maintain Your Fire
Text: Matt. 3:11, Acts 1:8, Acts 2:1-4 (NKJV)
[Mat 3:11]  I indeed baptize you with water unto repentance, but He who is coming after me is mightier than I, whose sandals I am not worthy to carry. He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire.
[Act 1:8]  But you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be witnesses to Me in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.”
[Act 2:1]  When the Day of Pentecost had fully come, they were all with one accord in one place.
[Act 2:2]  And suddenly there came a sound from heaven, as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled the whole house where they were sitting.
[Act 2:3]  Then there appeared to them divided tongues, as of fire, and one sat upon each of them.
[Act 2:4]  And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance. 
  • John the baptist told the people that he was only baptizing with water
  • That Somebody is coming, whose sandals he was not worthy to carry, that person will baptize them with the Holy Spirit and with fire
  • Jesus said that you shall receive power (fire) when the Holy Spirit come upon you
  • In Acts 2:1-4, the disciples received the baptism of the Holy Spirit and it appeared that fire sat upon each of them
Main Topic
1. Baptism of the Holy Spirit produces fire
  • Acts 1:8
  • Acts 2:1-4 – Baptism of the Holy Spirit produced fire in the disciples
  • [Luk 12:49]  “I came to send fire on the earth, and how I wish it were already kindled!
  • [Luk 12:50]  But I have a baptism to be baptized with, and how distressed I am till it is accomplished!
2. What is the fire for?
  • Peter –
    • Acts 2 – Peter who denied Jesus three times out of fear is now bold enough to preach in public about Christ
    • Acts 3 – He also prayed in public for a lame man by the gate called beautiful
    • Acts 4 – He was bold enough to face the Sanhedrin that he could not stop preaching Christ
  • Paul –
    • Acts 8 – Saul consented to the death of Stephen and persecuted many follower of Christ
    • Acts 9 – the fire came upon Saul and he became brother Paul and the rest was history
  • You
    • [Joh 14:15]  “If you love Me, keep My commandments.
    • [Joh 14:16]  And I will pray the Father, and He will give you another Helper, that He may abide with you forever—
    • [Joh 14:17]  the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it neither sees Him nor knows Him; but you know Him, for He dwells with you and will be in you.
    • [Joh 14:18]  I will not leave you orphans; I will come to you.
    • [Joh 14:19]  “A little while longer and the world will see Me no more, but you will see Me. Because I live, you will live also.
    • [Joh 14:20]  At that day you will know that I am in My Father, and you in Me, and I in you.
    • [Joh 14:21]  He who has My commandments and keeps them, it is he who loves Me. And he who loves Me will be loved by My Father, and I will love him and manifest Myself to him.”
    • The fire will help you run your race better
    • The fire will protect you from the enemy
    • The fire will deliver you in the time of need
    • The fire will help you help others catch fire
3. You must maintain your fire
  • The parable of the 10 virgins – Matt. 25:1-13
    • 5 were wise and 5 were foolish
    • The wise ones knew the oil in their lamp will not be enough, so they brought extra oil
    • The foolish ones did not bring any extra oil
    • The oil ran out – may your oil never run out in Jesus name
    • Don’t be like the foolish virgins, keep your oil flowing
  • How to keep the fire burning
    • Prayer
      • You caught fire by praying. Don’t stop praying
      • You keep the fire burning by praying all manner of prayer
      • Pray in your native tongue, pray in the tongues of the Holy Spirit
      • Your relationship with the Holy Spirit produces the oil to keep your fire burning
    • Word
      • The Word will keep you grounded, so you cannot do without the Word
      • [Mat 4:4]  But He answered and said, “It is written, ‘MAN SHALL NOT LIVE BY BREAD ALONE, BUT BY EVERY WORD THAT PROCEEDS FROM THE MOUTH OF GOD.’ “
      •  You must feed your spirit man with the Word on a daily basis
    • Assemble with other fire carriers
      • [Pro 27:17]  As iron sharpens iron, So a man sharpens the countenance of his friend.
      • [Heb 10:24]  And let us consider one another in order to stir up love and good works,
      • [Heb 10:25]  not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as is the manner of some, but exhorting one another, and so much the more as you see the Day approaching.
  • If you are yet to catch the fire, you must be baptized in the Holy Spirit and with fire
  • If you already caught the fire, you must maintain your fire by
    • Prayer
    • Word
    • Assembling with other fire carriers.