Dear Salvation Army: We need God’s fire more than ever!

Back in the day when The Salvation Army was young and was spreading the power, love, and presence of the living God around the world, General William Booth wrote a song that passionately cried out for God to send His fire! If Booth felt a deep need for God’s fire in the Army’s “glory days,” then we desperately need it today!

“Send The Fire,” is the prayer of my heart! That song gets me all worked up! We (The Salvation Army) have the word “Fire” written on our flag, but do we have the “Christ of burning, cleansing flame” roaring like an uncontained wildfire in our hearts?

William Booth called God’s fire “another Pentecost” that burns up “every trace of sin” and brings “the light and glory in.” How we need that fire! Read Acts chapter 2 to see what Booth says we need. If we don’t have the passion and power of Pentecost in our lives and in our meetings, we don’t have the fire that Booth was asking for! If there is still a “trace of sin” in our life, then we still don’t have the fire that Booth wanted The Salvation Army to have!

That’s actually good news. Since perhaps we don’t actually have the same fire that Booth sang about, then that fire is still available to us — to take both our lives and our work with The Salvation Army to new spiritual heights!

William Booth said that God’s fire, blazing in our soul, will “make our weak hearts strong and brave” and cause us “to live a dying world to save.” If we get that fire roaring uncontrollably inside of us, we will surrender “our lives, our all” to the living, resurrected Jesus “this very day.”

I want that fire! I yearn for that fire! I cry out for it! I want to feel it burning in me so much that others come to watch me burn for Jesus!

I dare you to listen to “Send The Fire” everyday for a week and see what God does in your heart! Here’s a link to it on YouTube:

About Steve Simms

I like to look and think outside the box. In college I encountered Jesus Christ and I have been passionate about trying to get to know Him better ever since. My wife and I co-lead a non-traditional expression of the body of Christ in Nashville based on open participation and Spirit-led sharing. We long to see the power and passion of the first Christ-followers come to life in our time. I have written a book about our experiences called, "Beyond Church: An Invitation To Experience The Lost Word Of The Bible--Ekklesia" that is available in Kindle & paperback @
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