UV 1741/10000 The Fire that Burns In Us
And they said one to another, Did not our heart burn within us, while he talked with us by the way, and while he opened to us the scriptures?
Luke 24 v 32
Our hearts burn when the Holy Spirit opens the scripture to our understanding. The Word is both a fire and a hammer. As a hammer it destroys all strongholds of evil, as a fire, it burns all evil desires and attitudes. Currently, due to an intensely torrid summer, we read in the news of a lot of fires in buildings as well as in the forests across the country. But these are destructive fires that destroy people, materials and trees. The Word is a creative fire. It melts down what is not required and edifies or builds us in faith and strength to face every possible situation and factor in life boldly and triumphantly. Jesus described His Word as spirit and life. The Spirit quickens it to our minds and hearts or makes it active and live. It cuts to the point where bone and marrow meet, our innermost core. The Word that we store up in our hearts becomes like a fire that is shut up in our bones and core.
The evil desires of our flesh are like a leech. A leech never says it’s had enough. Hence, money or pleasure or power will never be enough. Only salt can make the leech let go of a person. The Word acts as the salt that releases the leeches of this world to release its clutches from our hearts and minds. A colleague of mind who was hunting a forest brigand was bitten several time by leeches. It had contaminated his blood and left signs and symptoms like itching and pain. The leeches secretes a hormone that anaesthetises the human body as it sucks. Similarly, there is an exchange with the world when it sucks on us like leeches. The Word provides the antidote. When Jesus spoke to the believers who were grieving his death on the way to Emmaus, His words burned in their hearts with the power of truth and conviction. It cut into their spirits as a sharp sword cuts into flesh and bone. At the same time, as they gained understanding and received the revelation, they were comforted and they were filled with great joy.
Like the disciples who were accompanied by Jesus, we too are accompanied by the unseen presence of the Risen Saviour. He walks with us and He talks with us. He blesses us with peace- the seven fold peace or Shalom. He never leaves us nor does He forsake us. Each word spoken by Jesus is so precious that it should be numbered and analysed as the bread was broken by Jesus and they chewed it to bless their bodies, minds and spirits. His words penetrate to the point or intersection where our minds and spirits meet. It judges or studies our thoughts, motives behind every thought, our emotions, our words, our actions, our intentions, goals and guides our footsteps.
Prateep V Philip