He will baptize you with fire.
By Pieter Kirstein
Surrender is to be entirely taken over and invaded by God.
HABITATION IS HIS DESIRE NOT VISITATION AND HE WILL CLEANSE HIS DWELLING BY THE SPIRIT OF BURNING.
A fleshly false shallow deceptive version of the Gospel of God will always be propagated by the spirits of false religion through the fallen natural minds of religious men if they have not yet followed Christ through the cross unto the death of self.
They will raise and build fleshly external kingdoms for themselves through the abuse of the gospel of Christ because their inward brokenness have not yet been healed through the inner workings and ministry of the cross. You must be taken by God through the cross to experience the inner invasion and establishment of His Spiritual Kingdom.
Jesus said that the kingdom is inside of us. If you are not healed and conquered by Christ inwardly then the god of this world will enslave and bind you outwardly through your inward brokenness.
Only the Spirit can renew the fallen mind of the flesh and quicken it through the power of the mind of Christ.
The natural mind is in enmity against the order and the way in which the Spirit of God operates.
Even Peter fell into deception through mental ascent, trying to lean on his own understanding, when Satan through him, attempted to prevent Christ from being crucified and the same today is true of many Christians who allowed themselves to be deceived by the same devil through the mental ascent of their own foolish reasonings and opinions in preventing themselves to truly be crucified with their Lord.
Matthew 16: 21 From that time forth began Jesus to show unto his disciples, how that he must go unto Jerusalem, and suffer many things of the elders and chief priests and scribes, and be killed, and be raised again the third day.
22 Then Peter took him, and began to rebuke him, saying, Be it far from you, Lord: this shall not be unto you.
23 But he turned, and said unto Peter, Get you behind me, Satan: you are an offense unto me: for you consider not the things that be of God, but those that be of men.
24 Then said Jesus unto his disciples, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me.
25 For whosoever will save his life shall lose it: and whosoever will lose his life for my sake shall find it.
Many reason themselves out of the will of God not to only follow Jesus “to the cross” unto salvation but also to follow Him “through the cross” to attain and lay hold of the Victor ‘s Crown of Glory which the Father bestows upon the overcomers.
Revelation 3:21 To him that overcomes will I grant to sit with Me in My throne, even as I also overcame, and sat down with My Father in His throne.
22 He that has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says unto the churches.
James and John petitioned Jesus, after that they were saved for the seat of the overcomer in Mark 10:35 And James and John, the sons of Zebedee, come unto Him, saying, Teacher, we would that You should do for us whatsoever we shall desire.
36 And He said unto them, What would you that I should do for you?
37 They said unto him, Grant unto us that we may sit, one on Your right hand, and the other on your left hand, in Your glory.
38 But Jesus said unto them, You know not what you ask: can you drink of the cup that I drink of? and be baptized with the baptism that I am baptized with?
The cup and the baptism of fire through the principle of one’s own cross is a very deep and sacred experience in our Christian walk because in it is hidden a great mystery and great eternal reward.
Jesus told us that the Father will honor those who follow Him not just to the cross but also through the cross and the Bible tells us in Romans 8:17 that He’ll make us joint heirs with Him which is a place in His throne as an overcomer if indeed we share in the sufferings of a laid down crucified life. Nobody can experience resurrection unless they allow themselves first to be crucified.
Jesus declared to me – “you cannot reign with Me in the Spirit unless you first allow Me to crucify you in the flesh. A king can only reign over that which he has overcome and conquered. As long as you are still in bondage to yourself and your own desires you have not yet been fully crucified. You are crucified when you are no longer influenced by the world around you.”
Galatians 5:24 And they that are Christ’s have crucified the flesh with the affections and lusts.
25 If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit.
TO WALK IN THE SPIRIT MEANS TO WALK AS JESUS WALKED- Isaiah 61.
You as a born – again seed must fully develop into a mature manifested son and therefore you are called to follow your Lord also through the cross unto the death of self.
John 12:23 And Jesus answered them, saying, The hour is come, that the Son of man should be glorified.
24 Verily, verily, I say unto you, Except a grain of wheat falls into the ground and dies, it abides alone: but if it dies, it brings forth much fruit.
25 He that loves his life shall lose it; and he that hates his life in this world shall keep it unto life eternal.
26 If any man serves Me, let him follow Me; and where I am, there shall also Ny servant be: if any man serves Me, him will My Father honor.
It is heart-breaking to see how religious and shallow churches have mis-interpreted the real meaning of the Lord’s cup.
Paul also spoke in 1 Corinthians 11 about the fact that there are people that drink judgment upon themselves not discerning the Lord’s body.
We need to understand that it is not a cup of self-indulgence but a cup of self-denial.
We can clearly see this in the Lord’s attitude when He declared, Father, all things are possible to you; take away this cup from Me: nevertheless not what I will, but what You will, in other words; Father have Your way and let Your will be done in me.
I set my will in agreement with Your will, Your plan and Your sovereign purpose for my life.
The cup will take you from Gethsemane to the cross, it is the introduction to your personal cross of self-denial meaning, what Jesus went through in the natural in His flesh (speaking of the natural circumstantial desert) and the baptism of suffering will take you from the cross to the throne meaning His sacrificial ministry as the Lamb of God where He offered himself through the eternal Spirit unblemished to God (speaking of the spiritual desert that we go through) and the Holy Spirit will take those that are willing on in the same manner to be united with their Lord.
Please allow me to explain. When we come to the Lord in true surrender we will find that the Spirit will give personal promises or prophetic words to hold on to until the time of the fulfilment of the promise.
Many times He will declare the end from the beginning through a personal word. It is like giving you a future picture of His plans and purposes for your life but then the potter has to prepare and raise up the vessel to be mature enough and to have the character to walk in the manifestation of the promise.
The Lord will cause you to grow up into the fullness of His promise. His word to us is the foundation that will carry us through the storm of tribulation and every trial that will come to test our hearts, our motives, our trust and our confidence in the Lord our God.
His word is given to encourage and inspire us to press through the difficult circumstances that comes against us as the enemy seeks to invalidate the validity of the Lord our God.
These are what we call trials that we face as believers in our walk toward maturity. Many times when God gives a promise it seems that the exact opposite manifest in the natural. Spiritual trials are allowed by God to purify and strengthen His children because it has been determined that the just shall live by faith. We are the city of the living God and our walls must be fortified to withstand the battles that we face.
Our weaknesses must be transformed into unshakable trust and through these trials we shall find that our God always lead us to triumph in and through the power of His indwelling Spirit. He is a consuming fire that will burn up all traces of doubt, fear and unbelief. He will heal us of the wounds that caused these deceptions to find root in our hearts and He will always show himself strong and faithful on our behalf.
We will be able to say like David in Ps 60:12 Through God we shall do valiantly, for it is He who will tread down our adversaries.
HE IS WITH YOU IN THE FIRE AND HE IS FOREVER FAITHFUL TO BRING YOU THROUGH.
Isaiah 43:2 When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and through the rivers, they shall not overflow you: when you walk through the fire, you shall not be burned; neither shall the flame scorch you.
We come out of a world of abuse where we have been misled and deceived in relationships and these encounters caused unbelief and distrust to be rooted deep within our hearts. The Lord knows exactly what it takes to expose and remove these from our hearts because without faith it is impossible to please God.
Trials bring pressure and pressure applied causes exposure of the true condition, intentions, motives and desires of our hearts. These trials are all meant for our good no matter how hard or painful they might seem. Jesus was made perfect through suffering and we are called to walk in the same for a season until our characters have developed, our hearts have been purified and until the faith of God has conquered and expelled all unbelief within our hearts. Ps 84:12 O LORD of hosts, blessed is the man that trusts in you.
When the Lord discussed the cup of His passion in Mark 10 with His disciples He declared to them, you don’t know what you are asking.
Then the Lord gave them the requirement to share in the honor of reigning with Him, can you drink of the cup that I drink of, and be baptized with the baptism that I am baptized with?
There is a very powerful revelation revealed in the account of the last supper as we read in Luke 22 from verse 20. The Son of God reveals to His disciples and introduces to them through his cup the heart of a servant and the glory of a surrendered life. Luke 22:20 Likewise, he took the cup after supper, saying, “this cup is the new covenant in My blood, which is poured out for you. But behold, the hand of him who betrays Me is with Me on the table. The Son of Man indeed goes, as it has been determined, but woe to that man through whom He is betrayed” They began to question among themselves, which of them it was who would do this thing.
There arose also a contention among them, which of them was considered to be greatest. He said to them, “the kings of the nations lord it over them, and those who have authority over them are called benefactors. But not so with you. But one who is the greater among you, let him become as the younger, and one who is governing, as one who serves. For who is greater, one who sits at the table, or one who serves? Isn’t it he who sits at the table? But I am in the midst of you as one who serves. But you are those who have continued with me in my trials. I confer on you a kingdom, even as my Father conferred on me, that you may eat and drink at my table in my Kingdom. You will sit on thrones, judging the twelve tribes of Israel.” The Lord said, “Simon, Simon, behold, Satan asked to have you, that he might sift you as wheat, but I prayed for you, that your faith wouldn’t fail. You, when once you have turned again, strengthen your brothers.
Notice He said, this cup is the new covenant in My blood, which is poured out for you. The cup speaks of the life-blood of Jesus that was poured out for His children. The life is in the blood so He literally poured His life out to serve us with His love and so we are admonished to do the same. 1John 3:16 Hereby perceive we the love of God, because He laid down His life for us: and we ought to lay down our lives for the brothers. As Jesus declared in Mark 22:26 and 27, but the one who is the greater among you, let him become as the younger, and one who is governing, as one who serves. For who is greater, one who sits at the table, or one who serves? Isn’t it he who sits at the table? But I am in the midst of you as one who serves. Him serving us through the outpouring of His love is revealed in the statement, this cup is the new covenant in My blood, which is poured out for you?
Now notice this mighty revelation revealed in the life of the servant. Jesus makes the statement but the one who is the greater among you, let him become as the younger, and one who is governing, as one who serves. Then He says the following, or who is greater, the one who sits at the table or the one who serves? Isn’t it the one who sits at the table?
This last supper is a prophetic picture of the great ones who will be counted worthy to sit with Christ at His table in His kingdom.
These “great ones” are they of whom the Father spoke the following in Isaiah 53 because they too have poured themselves out unto the death of self as they followed their Lord faithfully on the road of the cross.
Isaiah 53:12 Therefore will I (THE FATHER) divide Him (JESUS) a portion with the great, (THE REIGNING SONS) and He (JESUS) shall divide the spoil (THE RESTORED EARTH WHICH IS THE GARDEN WHICH ADAM LOST) with the strong;(THE MATURE SONS) because He has poured out His soul unto death: and He was numbered with the transgressors; and He bore the sin of many, and made intercession for the transgressors.
Jesus illustrates a powerful principle regarding greatness in His kingdom. He makes this statement to His disciples in conclusion to all of this by declaring, but you are those who have continued with me in my trials. I confer on you a kingdom, even as my Father conferred on me, that you may eat and drink at my table in my Kingdom. You will sit on thrones, judging the twelve tribes of Israel.
Also these judges are spoken of in Isaiah 1:24 Therefore says the Lord, the LORD of hosts, the mighty One of Israel, Ah, I will rid myself of My adversaries, and avenge myself of My enemies:
25 And I will turn My hand upon you, and thoroughly purge away your dross, and take away all your alloy:
26 And I will restore your judges as at the first, and your counselors as at the beginning: afterward you shall be called, The city of righteousness, the faithful city.
27 Zion shall be redeemed with justice, and her repentant converts with righteousness.
28 And the destruction of the transgressors and of the sinners shall be together, and they that forsake the LORD shall be consumed.
Here we see the position of the overcomers again as was spoken of in Mark 10. Remember James and John asked to be seated with the Lord in His kingdom?
But greatness comes through servanthood and yielding oneself to be cleansed by the purifying fires of the Lord’s trials, because the revelation is this, if we are willing to humble ourselves, like the Lord said, in becoming the servant here on earth through the pouring out of our lives, then God will qualify us to sit at His table in His kingdom and be served, just like Jesus revealed through the question that He asked, or who is greater, the one who sits at the table or the one who serves? Isn’t it the one who sits at the table?鈥?
As we said, the Cup of the Lord’s passion will take you through a natural circumstantial desert. In other words, plain and simple, you will go through suffering in your natural circumstances just like Jesus did from Gethsemane to the cross. As we read in the Gethsemane account; and Jesus began to be greatly troubled and distressed. In John 16:33 Jesus declared, in the world you shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world.
Acts 14:22 Confirming the souls of the disciples, and exhorting them to continue in the faith, and that we must through much tribulation enter into the kingdom of God.
1Thess 3:3-4 That no man should be moved by these afflictions: for yourselves know that we are appointed thereunto. For truly, when we were with you, we told you before that we should suffer tribulation; even as it came to pass, and you know.
Tribulation and anguish of soul are all part of this Christian walk but it is very encouraging to know that all things works together for the good of those that love God and who have been called according to His purpose.
We need to understand the Lord’s purpose revealed in the cup of His passion because through its application in our walk a holy surrendered heart becomes the end-result, a purified heart, a humble obedient submissive-to-God heart that has been completely conquered by the love of God.
When your heart is purified through the purging fires of seasonal trials and filled with the love of God then you will be empowered through that love to serve in the kingdom. The love of God is for the broken and the needy and the sick and if we are self-centered people how will these people that are so close to His heart ever be reached? Know and realize this child of God that self-desire blocks the flow of the love of God into this lost and dying world because the church are suppose to be His hands and feet.
The heart of God was poured into that cup as the Father showed me. The heart pumps the blood, so the heart of the Father pumps the blood of Jesus to the heart of man because this gospel is a matter of the heart. When the Lord takes us through fiery trials it is all for our good.
All doubt, unbelief, evil desires, corruption, wrong motives and mind-sets will be uprooted and consumed as we yield ourselves to this divine process. We come to the Lord as self-centered people and the carnal heart of stone wants to do things contrary to the will of God. God knows exactly all the things and evil desires that are embedded in the heart of His children, so because of His great love for us, He has to put us through a deep cleansing and this happens in the Lord’s pressure cooker.
It is as the Holy Spirit said to me the love of God sets you free because it liberates the heart from fleshly desires through the love of the world being used by Satan to destroy us and as you allow Him entrance into every area of your life and heart you discover that nothing can satisfy you like Himself.
HE MUST BE DISCOVERED AS THE GREATEST OF TREASURES.
Fleshly bondages frustrate the purpose of us being created by God. Man’s no 1 purpose must be to be in love with God and to live a life in pursuit of God.
If we stay in bondage to ourselves how will we fall in love with Him to be liberated by the greatest of loves.
God is the greatest gift to man and the god of the flesh, Satan dreads for man to discover this reality, so his ambition is to enslave man in desires which are contrary to God. Love birthed us so we were made to respond to love. But how can Godly desire invade a heart already occupied by so many desires contrary to God?
Therefore God puts us through a cleansing process because He is jealous over us. This jealousy is very sacred because through it He demonstrates His deep devotion towards the objects of His affection.
SO THROUGH THE PROCESS OF PERSONAL SANCTIFICATION GOD IS IN RELENTLESS PURSUIT OF YOUR HEART.
His Godly jealousy makes you feel wanted and very special in that He doesn’t want to share you with another. His love is possessive because you belong to Him. You are to Him that pearl of great prize for which He laid down His life just so His blood could purchace you.
Sanctification is God in pursuit of the heart of man to conquer it with His all-satisfying love.
HE IS THE CLIMAX OF ETERNITY.
He created you to walk in the knowledge of His love for you so we are called to rid ourselves from all those temporary distractions.
As we allow this amazing all-satisfying love of God to saturate our hearts and to replace all distractions, the Spirit of love will dance us into the joy of His glorious freedom as we willingly yield ourselves to Him in every area.
He created us to be free and true freedom is only found in the love of God. His love fulfills and satisfies whereas satan’s fleshly lusts always leaves you frustrated and dry causing you through your brokenness to live in pursuit of things that has no eternal value, purpose or meaning.
So the choice belongs to us.
Are we gonna keep waisting time at the feeding troughs of the swine through fleshly pursuits or will we come and feast at the table of the King of glory? Fleshly pursuits also are like wells without water.
Are we going to allow this amazing love of God to set us free and lift us far above all earthly distraction or will we stay stubborn stiffneck children that grope along in the darkness of fleshly bondage?
TO BE ENSLAVED AND LIBERATED BY THE LOVE OF GOD SHOULD BE OUR ONLY AMBITION IN LIFE BECAUSE IS THE HIGHEST ECSTASY.
A heart that has been conquered by the love of God is a heart at rest and a heart that has subdued all enemies.
You are free when your heart has been conquered by the love of God and His love has become the no.1 driving-force in your life.
This is grace manifested in the obedience of His Holy Spirit because His assignment is to conquer your heart and to bring your life into subjection and agreement with God.
His love opens the eyes of our hearts so that we can see Him clearly. True repentance is when you allow the love of God to fully conquer you.
Smith Wigglesworth said it like this, you will be tested as though some strange thing tried you. You will be put in places, where you will have to put your whole trust in God. There is no such thing as anyone being tested beyond what God will allow. God will be with you in every temptation to deliver you, and when you have been tried, He will bring you forth as gold. Job 23:10 but He knows the way that I take; when He has tested me, I shall come forth as gold.
Every trial is to bring you to a greater position in God. The trial that tries your faith will take you on to the place where you will know that the faith of God will be forthcoming in the next test. No man is able to win the victory, except by the power of the risen Christ within him. You will never be able to say, i did this, or that. You will desire to give God the glory for everything. You can laugh when you see things getting worse. God wants you to be rooted and grounded in Christ and to become steadfast and unmovable in Him. (end of quote)
If you want to know the things hidden in the heart of man then just put pressure on Him and challenge him with godly desires that are contrary to his flesh. Jesus said in Matt 15:19-20 For out of the heart proceed evil thoughts, murders, adulteries, fornications, thefts, false witness, blasphemies: These are the things which defile a man.
In the account of the Lord and His beloved bride the Spirit of the Lord spoke the following concerning the cup; The true bride and Jesus both partook and drank together from that precious sacred CUP of SELF-DENIAL and then through a demonstration of true love they were united in death through the power of THE CROSS.
Their love toward each other is MUCH stronger than death as this SACRIFICE sealed the eternal covenant that can NEVER be broken.
Now the King and His beloved bride are united through a glorious RESURRECTION and they will rule over the nations with a rod of iron.
This ROD is none other than the RIGHTEOUSNESS OF GOD AND THE POWER OF HIS LOVE because His love and righteousness shatters all darkness.
I call the cross to remembrance…THROUGH A DEMONSTRATION OF THE LOVE AND THE RIGHTEOUSNESS OF GOD HE DESTROYED THE KINGDOM OF DARKNESS.
The cry of the cup should ecco through the heart of every believer, not as I will Father but as You will. We can no longer be driven through rebellion by our own will. We must renounce our fleshly will to take up and follow the will of God.
The will of the Lord must be wrought out in your life through self-abandonment on earth as it is in heaven. God’s kingdom can only manifest and come where His will is done and accomplished.
Your whole life must come into agreement with heaven as you allow His ruler-ship to be established in every area of your life. You can no longer live as you please and do what you will because the will of man must become subject to the will of God.
As we surrender ourselves to the divine will of God we allow Christ to be enthroned and through this the Father is glorified. His blood was shed to destroy the results of us wanting to live in rebellion against God and as we yield to its cleansing power the result will be sweet communion with the lover of our souls. The blood of Jesus flows from the heart of God to the heart of man.
THIS IS THE MINISTRY OF THE CUP.
Our evil corrupted hearts caused the death of God’s son and if we want to walk close to God and become His friends then we need to partake of the Lord’s cup.
If you embrace the cup then you embrace the Father’s heart because in the cup are tender mercies, forgiveness and complete acceptance. In it is healing and cleansing from everything earthly which defiles body and spirit and in it is the power to redeem the soul of man.
When the blood has purged the soul of all corruption you will then enjoy complete freedom and your heart will find its rest in the love of God. His love is the strongest force because GOD IS LOVE and when He dwells in your heart no demon of hell will be allowed to enter ever again.
THE POWER OF HIS CONQUERING LOVE FORTIFIES THE HEART OF IT’S SUBJECTS.
The rulership, power and authority of God is established through the love of God. As we yield to this self-sacrificial love we shall discover true ecstacy, fulfilment and freedom. It is an honourable ecstasy to dwell in the presence of divine love. But to be brought into this place you must be willing to lay down and sacrifice all that blocks the pathway to your freedom. You must embrace the heart of God by becoming a living sacrifice. When you have partaken of the Lord’s cup through suffering then you will understand the Lord’s compassion. A life well spent is a life that demonstrates compassion to others in need and compassion is the love of God in action.
We need to understand the message of the cross of Jesus Christ if we desire to be free, because it is by His cross that our Lord spoiled principalities and powers and it is through His cross that He made a public spectacle of them, triumphing over them in it.
Satan knows very well that if he can keep the church ignorant of the way of the cross she will lose her focus and God-given purpose because how will the great commission be fulfilled if we live for ourselves?
I see today how this has become a reality in the body of Christ.
How can we rescue the lost when the church is living in defeat and paralyzed in self?
How can we rescue the lost when we ourselves need to be rescued?
How can God release the river of life through you to reach others when your flesh like a rebellious wall blocks it’s flow ?
How will you learn to be concerned about others in need when you are only driven and entrapped by your own desires?
If you keep on sowing to your flesh through worldly indulgence then you are like a carnal beaver building a barricade between you and God. The blockade of your flesh must be broken down and removed by the power of the cross so that you can flow as one that’s being led by the Spirit of God.
How can the world see Jesus in us through the distortion of the flesh?
Your life must become a mirror-image of Christ. Imagine for a moment standing before a huge mirror covered with dirt and mud. Man comes from the dirt and if we live fleshly lives then we are dirty people but if we apply the water of His word to our lives through radical obedience then His truth will remove the dirt and cleanse us of all fleshly corruption until we become a reflection of Christ.
HIS DESIRE IS TO BRING YOU INTO AGREEMENT WITH HIMSELF. YOU ARE CALLED TO BECOME THE HABITATION OF A HOLY GOD. YOU ARE CALLED TO BE THE LIGHT OF THE WORLD AND TO SHINE FORTH THE GLORY OF GOD.
1 For Zion’s sake will I not hold my peace, and for Jerusalem’s sake I will not rest, until its righteousness goes forth as brightness, and its salvation as a lamp that burns.
2 And the Gentiles shall see your righteousness, and all kings your glory: and you shall be called by a new name, which the mouth of the LORD shall name.
3 You shall also be a crown of glory in the hand of the LORD, and a royal diadem in the hand of your God.