Thursday, March 3, 2011

Flame of Fire



"He makes His ministers a flame of fire. Am I ignitable? God deliver me from the dreaded asbestos of 'other things.' Saturate me with the oil of the Spirit that I may be aflame. But flame is transient, often short-lived. Canst thou bear this, my soul - a short life? In me there dwells the Spirit of the Great Short-Lived, whose zeal for God's house consumed Him. And He has promised baptism with the Spirit and with Fire. 'Make me Thy fuel, Flame of God.'" (Jim Elliot)


In reading "Shadow of the Almighty" about the life of Jim Elliot, I have been struck by the flame of passion that exuded every part of his life. He was indeed consumed with Christ. And he sought to live as Jesus did - for the glory of God. I love reading Jim's prayers. They are bursting with fervor and intensity. I have most definitely been challenged to let go of the 'other things' in my life that are distracting me from my knees, from desperation for God to move in me, and from soaking myself in the Word of God.

This is my prayer and my song as of late:


Here & Now 

Come and consume us
We are the offering
Gladly we lay down
Our lives before the King

Life is but a moment
In all eternity
May it be used up
For Your glory

So come with fire
Come with fire
So come with fire
We pray

Here and Now
We offer up our lives
As a living sacrifice
In worship to You God
For You are
The only righteous Lamb
Slain for the sins of man
So we worship You God
Here and now

Lord we are willing
To burn if you should choose
Nothing we hold back
It is our gain to lose

We choose surrender
A life with You as Lord
Here we are waiting
O Spirit, be outpoured

So come with fire
Come with fire
So come with fire
We pray

Here and Now
We offer up our lives
As a living sacrifice
In worship to You God
For You are
The only righteous Lamb
Slain for the sins of man
So we worship You God
Here and now

14 comments:

just the two of us! said...

love this quote by jim elliot. beautiful post!

arielle said...

what an awesome quote by jim elliot.
who sings that worship song? love the words!

Jennifer said...

Oh, its just something I've been working on. I hope it becomes a beautiful song soon!

Brianna R. said...

it's going to be a great song!
ooooh the strumming of chords, and an office littered with scraps of paper, bits and pieces of lyrics written on them, pockets full of guitar picks in the laundry...my life with a song-writing worship pastor :)

Ramsey said...

Very inspirational and completely beautiful!

Jenna said...

i love this! so inspiring. this reminds me of a misty edwards song "All Consuming Fire". Definitely worth listening to as well! :)

Diana Smith said...

what a pretty poem!

Emma said...

love this SO much - thank you thank you!!

ROBERT LLOYD RUSSELL said...

Very nice thought-provoking post. My favorite Jim Elliot quote is "Forgive me for being so ordinary while claiming to know such an extraordinary God."

Incidentally, Jim's passion and thirst for God is very evident in his edited messages (Book: Jim Elliot: A Christian Martyr Speaks to You) which I had the great privilege of editing.

May God bless you and your life for Him.

Chelsea said...

Jim elliots life was crazy-amazing. he so inspires me.

love that quote and your sweet words.

Cory said...

Thanks for your sweet comment about my little man :)
Shadow of the Almighty is an uuhhh-mazing book! I read it a little over a year ago & was incredibly struck by the life of Jim Elliot. So glad that it is moving you to know more of the Lord.

CCH said...

your blog is so cute. and so are you!

AnaLisa @ Whatever Is Lovely said...

Hey! Love the come with fire line, everything you wrote has been on my heart lately. Beautiful.

Haley K said...

Jennifer that poem is amazing, to say the least! "Life is but a moment in all eternity. May it be used up for Your glory" AND "It is our gain to lose"...those lines are so moving, they touch my heart deeply. Thank you for sharing! And I have no doubt it'll become a beautiful song soon :)

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