Religion is routine ritual, faith is flaming fire. “I set myself on fire, and people come to see me burn.” –John Wesley
The fire that burned in John Wesley sparked the Holiness Movement that changed nations and led to many denominations, including Methodist, Nazarene, Pentecostal and even The Salvation Army. How did Wesley set himself on fire? And how can you and I do the same?
Make sure you are soundly and certainly saved — don’t settle for second had stories about Christ; encounter the living, resurrected Jesus for yourself. A genuine glimpse of Jesus Christ can keep your heart burning the rest of your life (while decades of dull religion can leave you dry, disillusioned and discouraged).
While on a ship, headed back to his home in England, and fearing that the ship may sink in a raging storm, Wesley wrote: “I went to America, to convert the Indians; but oh! who shall convert me? who, what is he that will deliver me from this evil heart of mischief? I have a fair summer religion. I can talk well; nay, and believe myself, while no danger is near; but let death look me in the face, and my spirit is troubled. Nor can I say, ‘To die is gain!’
Wesley the unconverted missionary/preacher suddenly realized that he (though sincerely looking and acting the part) wasn’t a true Christian. However, on his return to England, Wesley had an encounter with Jesus that transformed him into a man of spiritual power and passion. He described the moment this way: “I felt my heart strangely warmed. I felt I did trust in Christ, Christ alone . . .”
Here’s how Wesley describes the change in his life and the new fire burning in his heart: “The moment I awakened, ‘Jesus, Master,’ was in my heart and in my mouth; and I found all my strength lay in keeping my eye fixed upon Him and my soul waiting on Him continually.”
Do you have the fire of God continually raging in your heart — a spiritual furnace filling you with the passion and power to live a consistently godly life? If not, perhaps you are in John Wesley’s boat, going through the motions of faith with out the fire.
Too much is at stake for you, for your family, and for your generation; for you to settle for a wimpy faith or a little bit of religion! Get the fire! Act on this urgent message: get the fire of God ignited in your heart!
Come seek and experience the fire of God with us at The Salvation Army Berry Street and get your heart “strangely warmed” by the power of personal testimonies as everyday people show and tell what God has done and is doing in their lives (like the original Methodist class meetings: Sunday mornings at 10:45; 225 Berry Street, Nashville, Tennessee, 30207.