3 D Part 8 Hearts burning, souls on fire: December 2006 to November 2008
“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.—John 3:16
“Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth: for he shall not speak of himself…”
“But God, who is rich in mercy, for his great love wherewith
he loved us, Even when we were dead in sins, hath quickened
us together with Christ, (by grace ye are saved;)”
“Now set your heart and your soul to seek the LORD your God…”—1 Chronicles 22:19
“Speaking to yourselves in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord;”
“Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom; teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord.”—Colossians 3:16
Heart/Fire in “Christian” songs
There are a number of heart/fire songs. Some of these songs focus on an experience and compare God’s love to fire. In others, “Holy Spirit fire” is
asked to either purify hearts, “revive hearts,” or motivate people to read
the Bible, or be “on fire,” for the Lord and/or missions.
And yet others ask for something more—something more than having sins forgiven, the righteousness of Jesus, and living with our Saviour, the Lord
Jesus Christ forever?
“But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while
we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.”—Romans 5:8
“Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down
his life for his friends.”—John 15:13
“Hereby perceive we the love of God, because he laid down
his life for us…”—1 John 3:16
“That he might sanctify and cleanse it with the washing of water by the word,”—Ephesians 5:26
“Even the righteousness of God which is by faith of Jesus Christ unto all and upon all them that believe…”
“But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ
his Son cleanseth us from all sin.—1 John 1:7
“Being filled with the fruits of righteousness, which are by Jesus Christ, unto the glory and praise of God.”
A few hymns/songs that reference soul/heart/fire.
Fire in the Soul by Daniel Warner
Is the Spirit glowing in thy heart?
Oh, my brother, can you say
That you feel the burning love of God
In thy bosom day by day?
Yes, ’tis love, ’tis burning love divine,
Filling all my soul’s desire;
Oh, how sweet its glories ever shine!
Now I feel the glowing fire.
Has the merit of the blood divine
Swept away thy sinful stain?
And does heaven’s glory in Thee shine,
Ever bright and holy flame?
Is thy hope unclouded by a fear?
Hallelujah! do you know [And this moment]
That the love of God is burning clear
In thy heart as white as snow?
If thy all is on the altar laid,
Guard it from each vain desire;
When thy soul the perfect price hath paid,
God will send the holy fire.
Hymn 382 p. 322
Come as the fire, and purge our hearts
Like sacrificial flame;
Let our whole soul an offering be
To our Redeemer’s Name
Pass it On (It only takes a Spark) Words and Music by Kurt Kaiser
Shine Jesus Shine by Graham Kendrick
“Shine Jesus Shine” has become the most popular modern hymn of the last decade in the UK and is now sung all over the world…
In a recent interview Graham said:
“This song is a prayer for revival. A songwriter can give people words to voice something which is already in their hearts but which they don’t have the words or the tune to express, and I think ‘Shine Jesus shine’ caught a moment when people were beginning to believe once again that an impact could be made on a whole nation.”
Graham explains how the song came together…”I had been thinking for some time about the holiness of God, and how that as a community of believers and as individuals, His desire is for us to live continually in his presence. My longing for revival in the Churches and spiritual awakening in the nation was growing, but also a recognition that we cannot stand in God’s presence without ‘clean hands and a pure heart’…”
‘Shine Jesus Shine’ has been sung at numerous high profile occasions such as; The Dunblane Memorial Service, Tasmania massacre memorial service…Prom Praise, Billy Graham crusades, and the largest ever open air mass in Manilla where the Pope “swung his cane in time to the music”!!
Light the Fire by Bill Maxwell
Refiner’s Fire Words and music by Jon Mohr and Randall Dennis
Refiner’s Fire Words and Music by Brian Doerksen
by Brad Avery, David Carr, Mac Powell, Mark Lee, Samuel Tai Anderson
Tim Hughes wrote “Consuming Fire” and “Oh How I Need You”, both of which have a strong fire reference. The son of an Anglican vicar, born in 1978, Tim Hughes is a Christian worship leader and songwriter, and currently the Director of Worship at Holy Trinity Brompton, an Anglican church in central London, where the Alpha course originated. Holy Trinity Brompton’s vision is to play their part in the re-evangelisation of the nations and the transformation of society.
Tim Hughes also heads up Worship Central, a school of worship that trains and equips worship leaders, musicians and worshippers. Worship Central’s vision is that it will be a place where, “together, we encounter God, equip the worshipper and see our churches empowered to worship in spirit and in truth.”—Tim Hughes and Al Gordon.
“Jesus said, ‘I will build my church,’ so that’s the focus of everything I do,” Hughes emphasizes…“I’m involved with leading the worship on Sundays [at Holy Trinity Brompton], training up other worship leaders…working with the leadership team to bring about change…”
…Hughes’ heart’s desire is simply that everyone who hears his music would see all the wonders Jesus has created and let those discoveries fuel their worship—timhughesmusic.com/
Set me on Fire Words and Music by Ryan Delmore
Praise: Awakening the Heart of Worship album
The cover has a heart on fire.
Be Free To Reign Scott Cunningham, Lindsey Skarr Danny Donnelly
Consuming Fire by Tim Hughes
A while back, our church in Watford, England was going through
a season of really calling out for more of God. One Sunday our associate pastor was speaking and kept using the phrase,
“There must be more.”
That struck me. We’ve seen glimpses of God’s greatness and
glory, but there is still so much more to discover. I went home
and started writing the song. It’s a cry for God to fill us anew,
to deepen our passion for Him, to do all that He wants among us.
It’s a cry for more.
“Little children, keep yourselves from idols. Amen.”
—1 John 5:21
“Keep yourselves in the love of God, looking for the mercy
of our Lord Jesus Christ unto eternal life.”—Jude 21
“Love worketh no ill to his neighbour: therefore love is the fulfilling of the law.”—Romans 13:10
“And be found in him, not having mine own righteousness, which is of the law, but that which is through the faith of Christ, the righteousness which is of God by faith:”
“Whom having not seen, ye love; in whom, though now ye
see him not, yet believing, ye rejoice with joy unspeakable
and full of glory:”—1 Peter 1:8
“But God forbid that I should glory, save in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ…”—Galatians 6:14