How do we know whether it’s the fire of God, or the fire of satan, at work in our lives? When we are in battles, it’s important for us to know the source of our troubles in order to war effectively.
We can discern when the fire is of God, or of satan, with many easily recognizable clues. The fire of God comes to lift us higher, not crush us. It purifies us by removing impurities and drawing us closer to His purity. It burns on the inside enabling us to walk in the holiness we have in the Lord. It doesn’t destroy us; it puts us together. It doesn’t hurt; it helps. It doesn’t kill; it brings life, hope, love and peace. The fire of satan is the opposite. Its fire is from outside sources that bring destruction, death, despair and desolation.
God loves us and His mighty works are to bring us closer to Him, and one another. He moves from above to lift us up, not from beneath to bring us down. He doesn’t condemn us, but convicts us so we can walk in the purity of His holiness. We receive His cleansing and walk in His glory, from glory to glory!
Luke 9:54-55 And when His disciples James and John saw this, they said, “Lord, do You want us to command fire to come down from heaven and consume them, just as Elijah did?” But He turned and rebuked them, and said, “You do not know what manner of spirit you are of.”