1 Corinthians 15:57
“but thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.”
While I can’t speak for everyone, to me there is just something especially exciting about a bonfire. Like Charlotte said last night at LifeGroup, it sort of brings out the inner child in you.
The child that wants to roast marshmallows and sing random songs whilst dancing around.
Bonfires are certainly effective in producing the kind of environment where you feel comfortable doing just that–having fun and keeping warm.
So, just to give you a little context. Last night, my LifeGroup went on an adventure to a place approximately 30 minutes outside of Nottingham where we had the opportunity to spend time around a massive campfire.
None of us could stand too close at first for fear that our faces might melt from the heat the flames were radiating.
I mean this fire was so strong that even a ladder I had noticed at the beginning quickly burnt into ashes that later flitted from the sky and onto our jackets.
After we had been given some time to fellowship, we were called to a time of worship.
(Can I just say how thankful I am to be a part of a LifeGroup that has leaders sensitive to the voice of the Spirit?)
The Lord knew that I needed a moment with Him, and a moment with Him is what I received.
One of my leaders said that he felt God impress on His spirit that there were people around the fire who are continuing to hold onto something. And that every time we intend to lay it before God, we end up snatching the thing away and allow it to burden us.
My other leader then handed each of us a marshmallow.
“Don’t worry about who’s doing what on your left or your right. This is your moment with God.”
So, what we were encouraged to do as a symbolic manifestation of our trust in God was to pray and truly lay this circumstance or situation at the alter of God. When we threw the marshmallow into the fire, we were declaring to the enemy that he no longer had a foothold in that part of our lives because we had released it into the mighty right hand of God.
This was such a powerful and humbling experience to be a part of.
Isn’t it the same for us?
We have good intentions when we hold onto things, or at least what we convince ourselves are good.
We don’t want to burden God, or perhaps this is too menial of a thing for Him to worry about.
Whatever the reasoning, we have begun to believe the tactical and deceptive voice of the enemy that our holding onto certain aspects of our life is liberating when in fact it is detrimental to our walk with Christ.
When we threw the marshmallow into the fire, I felt a complete release from the mind-game of the enemy. I was free from His foothold in my life, and I felt the presence of God in such a sweet way.
My question for you today is what do you need to throw into the fire? What have you been holding onto for fear or for doubt that God is convicting you to release?
Please do not wait to hand it over to God. Do it right now. Pray that He would fill you with the strength of His Holy Spirit so that you might be able to be liberated from the oppression of the flesh and the enemy.
We were meant to be free, and it’s about time we started living like it.
There’s no strength in clinging to a situation, there is only pain and stress. Just give it back to the Father who knew you and died for you before you were even conceived in your mother’s womb.
He loves you and has an amazing plan for your life, but in order to step into this next season of life, you must place it at the altar.
You don’t have to have a marshmallow and a huge bonfire to be freed!
And finally, if you feel led to, please share your story of freedom with someone else. You never know how words of encouragement mind be used for the Kingdom!