November 24th 2009

Banishing The Cold And Dark Places

“Suddenly, a sound like the blowing of a violent wind came from heaven and filled the whole house where they were sitting. They saw what seemed to be tongues of fire that separated and came to rest on each of them. All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit….”

Acts 2:2-4 (TNIV) 

I regularly see a sign for a fireplace manufacturer which is fashioned around a flame. Obviously, not a real flame, but one that is made of red, gold and plain mirror pieces. Stuck firmly to a board at different angles they give the appearance of a real flame; the reflected light gives the impression of movement. 

Yet, this “flame” does not generate light and heat like a real fire. It cannot dispel the cold and darkness on a winter’s day. 

Luke recorded the giving of the Holy Spirit to Peter and the other apostles in the book of Acts. The Spirit was manifested as a flame and gave those men incredible confidence and ability, literally animating Peter. 

The Holy Spirit is not always given in such a dramatic way, but the impact on the recipient should always be obvious. The Spirit is always at work, banishing the cold and dark places that can reside in our lives. 

Also, this is the “flame” burning in our lives that brings light and warmth to those around us. 

Who knows — maybe this “flame” in our hearts will warm the cold and dark “rooms” in their lives, opening up the path for the Holy Spirit also to set them on fire? 


Father, how wonderful it is that you give us the Holy Spirit, transforming our lives with His presence. Help us to welcome His warmth and light into all areas of our lives, having the courage to let Him change us.


Study by Rosemary Gent 

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