This is what the Lord Almighty says: “Just as I had determined to bring disaster on you and showed no pity when your ancestors angered me,” says the Lord Almighty, “so now I have determined to do good again to Jerusalem and Judah. Do not be afraid. These are the things you are to do: Speak the truth to each other, and render true and sound judgment in your courts; do not plot evil against each other, and do not love to swear falsely. I hate all this,” declares the Lord.
Lord, I see what the Holy Spirit is like as I gather the garbage to burn in the fire. I try to keep the fire burning continually; nevertheless there are times when it seems that the fire has gone out completely, but I know that underneath, a few embers continue to burn. I think humanity is like the garbage and the Holy Spirit is like the fire. Just as I gather the garbage to burn in the fire so may your church gather together humanity and put it in contact with the Spirit to purify it until it is no longer garbage. May the church never lose hope, even when the fire cannot be seen and the garbage is plentiful. May we be convinced that the fire continues to burn below and that it will never go out.
“I baptize you with water; but someone is coming soon who is greater than I am—so much greater that I’m not even worthy to be his slave and untie the straps of his sandals. He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and with fire.”