One of the many things I learned in the Fire Department Drill Tower was that at 211 degrees, water is hot. At 212 degrees, it boils. And with boiling water, comes steam. And with steam, you can power a train. One degree! When water turns to steam the expansion ratio is 450/1. 450 more effective than water at 211 degrees. Applying one extra degree of temperature to water means the difference between something that is simply very hot and something that generates enough force to power a machine. A beautifully uncomplicated idea that should feed our every effort. Consistently pushing us to make the extra effort in every task, action and every responsibility we undertake. 212 serves as a scientific/natural law and a spiritual law. It reminds us that seemingly small things can make tremendous differences. In the lives of believers, this entire thought has a much greater outcome – salvation, eternal life, making a spiritual impact on the world that we live in. Let me ask and answer the question that most of you are/should be thinking about now:
WHAT IS NEEDED TO REACH AND MAINTAIN THE BOILING POINT IN MY LIFE? What is needed to transform me into steam?
1. Position yourself over the heat source:
Leviticus 6:12 (ESV) The fire on the altar shall be kept burning; it shall not go out. The priest shall burn wood on it every morning…
Being Spirit filled and Spirit led is deliberate act of your will. If you want to go from a subdued, unenthusiastic, lukewarm existence to the boiling point (212) which produces steam - you will have to position yourself for it. Position yourself over the fire of God!
2. Be constant:
1 Chronicles 16:11 (ESV) Seek the Lord and his strength; seek his presence continually!
Stay long enough for the fire to do its work. Be steady, stable and unmovable when it comes to your dream or vision. Never allow yourself to be thrown off or removed by things you see around you (failure of people, administration, bureaucracy).
3. Maintain concentration and focus:
Psalm 1:2 But his delight is in the law of the Lord, and in His law he meditates day and night.
Joshua 1:8 This book of the law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do according to all that is written in it; for then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have success.
Your efforts must be such as to harness the steam and focus it where it is needed. A laser beam can cut through several inches of steel. That laser is no more than concentrated light. The bottom line - do whatever necessary to raise your temperature. Let us ask God for help in moving from a simmer, to a boil, to steam which has the ability to produce power.