Luke 22:55 Now when they had kindled a fire in the midst of the courtyard and sat down together, Peter sat among them
In the verse quoted above, Jesus was taken prisoner and Peter was following at a distance. It is here where Peter was confronted three times as being with Jesus, and each time he denied it.
If you compare the other gospels, you will read that Peter swore and raised his voice.
Sitting by the wrong type of fire can cause many of us to do things that we should not do.
The fire that Peter sat by to keep him warm was just that, the wrong fire. Many of us find ourselves in that position. I know I have several times.
Fire has many meanings in scripture, such as a symbol of God presence in the burning bush, purifying, His everlasting fire, inspiration and spiritual power. It can also mean judgment of God, and it also was one of the plagues of Egypt.
Peter sat by the wrong type of fire in the company of others. We later read that God's grace and mercy was upon him as Jesus himself restored Peter three times, each time for denying him.
After the restoration, Peter was found in the fire once again. He was baptized in the upper room with tongues of fire!
Friends, the world can offer us many warm fires out there, but there is only one true fire that will comfort us, guide us and keep us on the right path.
The fire that we should seek should be the same fire that Peter received in the upper room. This type of fire fills you with the Holy Spirit, and other around you will be astonished as you flow in His anointing and power.
Seek that treasure, the fire of God!
Yvette Nietzen lives in the foothills of the Zurqui mountain in Costa Rica with her husband of 30 plus years. View her blog at: www.freshwind-ministries.org