Don't Walk by the Light of Your Own Fire by Debbie Stuart

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Don't Walk by the Light of Your Own Fire
Series: Lessons Learned
Debbie Stuart
Isaiah 50:11 

Grab your Bible, and turn to Isaiah 50:11 

Lord, Your Word tells us that the unfolding of your Word gives light, would You please light our path with Your Word. Help us now to focus entirely upon You and Your Word and center our thoughts on Your plan and purpose for our life. 

I’m a country girl at heart. I love a porch, rocker or swing, flowers in the old washtub, birds gathered around the birdfeeders and the smell of honeysuckle growing on the fence. If I had a window sill, I’d put some tomatoes on it. 

All of those things are in my backyard, including a metal decorative fire pit where the fisherman and I enjoy a small fire on cool nights. But that does not compare to the fire I love to build at our camp on Lake Fork. I’m excited just thinking about it! 

Everyone in the campgrounds knows when I’m there because smoke can be seen for miles. I can build a campfire the likes you have never seen. 

One weekend my husband and kids were out in the boat, and I had put everything together for an awesome campfire. I planned, collected, organized and arranged everything just the way I like it. At what I thought was the perfect time, I struck the match, and I made it happen — just the way I like it.

I was enjoying every minute of that fire when the strangest thing flooded my mind. Mind you, I wasn’t in a prayer time or reading my Bible or really doing anything spiritual at all, I was enjoying the fire I had built. The thought in my mind was, “You really enjoy what you can do, don’t you?” 

Those words felt like a reprimand, then I heard, “Don’t walk by the light of your own fire.” Where did that come from? I tried to act like it was the devil, but I knew it was the Lord. I recognized He was speaking to me, and somewhere down deep I knew it was not going to be in my favor. I recalled a similar scripture I had read some months earlier in my Bible reading plan, so I immediately went inside, and there it was in Isaiah 50. 

“But watch out, you who live in your own light and warm yourselves by your own fires. This is the reward you will receive from Me: You will soon fall down in great torment.” - Isaiah 50:11 (NLT) 

The Message Bible translation says it like this: 

“But if all you’re after is making trouble, playing with fire, go ahead and see where it gets you. Set your fires, stir people up, blow on the flames. But don’t expect Me to just stand there and watch. I’ll hold your feet to those flames.” - Isaiah 50:11 (MSG) 

Oh Lord, I’m in trouble, aren’t I? It’s a terrible tendency often seen in many areas of my life: I do what I want to do. I plan my thing, organize it, ...

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