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Aug 05

Consuming Fire

Hello everyone,

Welcome back from camp! I hope you all had a wonderful time at youth’s biggest event of the year ☺

I was a bit sad to not be going this year (work ☹ ) but I have been to quite a few youth camps in the past. I will never forget the awesomeness of it all: being at a Christian retreat with my wonderful brothers and sisters, singing praises to God and building up relationships with new friends. It can truly be a life-changing experience. You leave the camp feeling buzzed and burning with love and passion for our almighty God. You feel ready to go out and change the world! Anything is possible! *pumps fist*

But camp comes with challenges as well. The biggest challenge surrounding camp for me hasn’t been trying to fit all my massive fluffy jumpers and sleeping bag back into my suitcase, or trying to keep up with all the young’uns during sports, or valiantly trying to stay up late on the last night.

The biggest challenge is when camp has been over for a month, and you’re back at uni/work slogging it out, and the fire you felt in your heart during the week of camp has died down to tiny cold embers. Maybe it’s because your family and friends aren’t Christian, and you don’t have the shared joy and beliefs any more. Maybe it’s because you’re completely swamped with responsibilities and aren’t getting enough time with God. Maybe you’re mentally chalking the whole week up to “just a phase”.

Whatever the reason may be, I want to share this Scripture passage with you.

But you have come to Mount Zion, to the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem. You have come to thousands upon thousands of angels in joyful assembly, to the church of the firstborn, whose names are written in heaven. You have come to God, the Judge of all, to the spirits of the righteous made perfect, to Jesus the mediator of a new covenant, and to the sprinkled blood that speaks a better word than the blood of Abel… Therefore, since we are receiving a kingdom that cannot be shaken, let us be thankful, and so worship God acceptably with reverence and awe, for our “God is a consuming fire.”
Hebrews 12:22-24,28-29

Read it again. Let the passage flow through your heart. This is God speaking right now, to your soul.

Our God is an Almighty God. When we worshipped together at camp, it was like a Mount Zion. Angels rejoiced as we came together and sang praises to Him who takes away our sin. Maybe camp was your first time coming to a Mount Zion and worshipping God, then you kind of descended the mountain again back to your everyday life. Or maybe your spiritual life as a Christian has felt like a walk through the dry desert. Don’t let it stay that way!

If you are feeling the post-camp dullness (or maybe trying to prevent it soon), meditate and think about the greatness of God and what you’ve been learning and thinking about after camp. This is the Father who loved YOU so much He sacrificed His only Son to take our place in judgement. Your attendance at camp (or at youth) is no coincidence, nor the people you have met. Don’t forget it!

Consider with thankfulness all the blessings He has abundantly provided and the lessons taught along the way. Make some daily time and start communicating with God. Tell Him know how thankful you are to have Him in your life (or to have started hearing about Him) – and listen out for His quiet voice in your soul.

Our God is a God of consuming fire. Whether the coals in your heart are flickering faintly or burning steadily, let His Spirit renew your life in Him. I hope your love and passion for God will burn like a great fire that draws people into its warmth and light. Remember, coals stay warm and burn for longer when they are placed together. ☺

Blessings,

— Heidi Yau