We have heard a lot recently about revival. Everyone’s feeling a great outpouring from the Lord is about to come, and it’s common to hear leaders, prophets, and watchmen crying out for the Church to seek the Lord, repent and get prepared for the fire God is getting ready to pour. Cindy Jacobs released a prophetic word over Brazil in 2013, at Diante do Trono‘s Conference, in which she says God is giving Brazil “a second chance”.
Before anything else is said, one have to notice this word is both wonderful and terrible. Wonderful, because God is giving Brazil a second chance – one we cannot miss. Terrible, because if this is a second chance, it means we missed the first one.
Nevertheless, I believe there is a very important aspect I have not seen being talked about in all these conversations about revival. When one talks about revival it is almost impossible not to bring up the symbolism of fire in the outpouring of the Spirit, just as it happened in Pentecost (Acts 2). 120 believers were gathered together when the Lord poured upon them the Holy Spirit which was seen as tongues of fire. And what happened right after that? They got out from where they were gathered and started preaching to all foreigners who were in the city. And many, of many nations, were added to the church, right after Peter preached.
In the following chapters, however, we see a pattern: Everything the church did was in Jerusalem. Everything. Since Pentecost to the stoning of Stephen, everything the Church did was in Jerusalem. And that is the danger in it.
God was very clear in Acts 1:8:
“But you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be witnesses to Me in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.”
They were to stay in Jerusalem until they received with the Holy Spirit. After that, they were to be witnesses until the ends of the earth. But remained in Jerusalem.
And the same thing happens today.
I believe a mistake we make is to try to control the Holy Spirit. We try to control the fire. We get the fire that comes from heaven, and put it in a fireplace – a place controlled by us, that brings comfort to our households. However, to keep this fire burning a lot of effort is needed. We have to put more wood, stir the fire, we have to clean the chimney. If throughout the night no one comes to watch and take care of the fire it will be over by morning.
And many times this is what we do we the fire of the Holy Spirit. I see the Church crying for a revival to “change our church,” “reach our cities,” “shaken our nation”. Statements such as “we need a revival to change our government,” “God, send your fire to change the laws in our nation!”
Ask yourself this question: If the Fire of God is more than enough to fill, touch, transform every nation on earth, why would He send this fire to one nation that wouldn’t care to take it to the rest of the world?
Instead of this, we should ask the fire of God to come not to be put in a fireplace, but to become a wildfire that cannot be tamed. This kind of fire doesn’t need human help. A wind will take it further and further away. It is uncontrollable. Actually, the best way of controlling a (human) wildfire is… by burning. When firemen try to control a wildfire that is coming near to a residential zone they’ll but a section of the forest before the fire comes to try to stop it from advancing. The (heavenly) wildfire, however, cannot be controlled, not even like that.
God doesn’t want to be controlled. Only when the Church understood they were to go to Samaria and to the ends of the Earth (Acts 8:1), the wildfire of God reached unimaginable places. It went through Antioch (Syria) and reached Ephesus (Turkey), through Paul, where a revival started that lasted for 300 years! This revival was so powerful that even affected the economy of the city! (Read Acts 19)
God is a consuming fire, a wildfire that cannot be controlled or tamed. A wildfire that will sweep the nations. And this fire can start in us.
But, are we going to put it in the fireplaces in our houses?
Or are we taking it to the streets and the nations?