God said that in the last days, he would pour out his spirit upon all flesh. We can either receive his power or reject it, but his spirit is being poured out. These last days that we are living in, it is going to take the fire of God for people to know that we are of God. We have to make the difference as we are living in a wicked world. “And then many will be offended, will betray one another, and will hate one another. Then many false prophets will rise up and deceive many” (Matthew 24:10-11). We need the baptism of the Holy Spirit by Jesus Christ to live a victorious life. Receiving the fire of the Holy Spirit will change your lives and God will make a difference in us.
In Malachi 3, the people complained against God and said that it was useless to serve God. They called the proud blessed, because they who were wicked were raise up and tempted God. Then those who feared the Lord spoke and a book of remembrance was written for them and for those who meditate on his name. ““They shall be Mine,” says the Lord of hosts, “On the day that I make them My jewels. And I will spare them As a man spares his own son who serves him” (Malachi 3:17). Then people would discern between the righteous and the wicked, between those who serve God and those who don’t. There is a certain joy that we have which no matter what is going on, our joy remains in tact.
In 2 Kings, Ahaziah the king fell through the lattice of his roof and was injured, so he sent messengers to enquire of Baal-Zebub the God of Ekron, whether or not he would live or die. The angel of the Lord sent Elijah to the men to ask, ‘Is it because there is no God in Israel that you are going to inquire of Baal-Zebub, the god of Ekron’” (II Kings 1:3)? The message from God was that the King would surely die. When the messengers returned to the King, they described the prophet and he knew that it was Elijah. The king sent two companies of soldiers to bring Elijah to him. On both occasions, Elijah called down fire from heaven and it consumed the two companies.
When the King sent a third captain of fifty men, they came and fell on their knees before Elijah and pleaded with him. “Man of God, please let my life and the life of these fifty servants of yours be precious in your sight” (II Kings 1:13). People will begin to see that we serve a powerful God and that power will make the difference. Power makes the difference for the one who is giving and the one that is receiving. The angel instructed Elijah to go with the third company to see the King. By this time the men understood the power that Elijah possessed by serving the true and living God. Many people have abused the word Christian, because we have allowed the world to put their identity on us. We carry the presence of Elijah and we have to be prepared to carry the fire of God.