Fan into flame

I was trying to light the fire one night and decided that it had gone out, but then I heard a tiny crackling sound. It looked dead and there was no light. Suddenly I saw a spark, then another, then nothing. I was tempted to give up. I knelt down and gently blew at the heart of the pile of sticks and paper, and then waited. After a while there was a curl of smoke and I could still hear a slight crackle, then there was a red glow. The red ember ignited into a flame and it soon became a roaring fire.

Jesus doesn’t quench a dimly burning flame of response. It doesn’t matter how small it is. He notices and cares, and his Holy Spirit will encourage even the faintest heart cry.

When we are trying to spread the light of the glorious Gospel of Jesus Christ, even though there may seem no life in someone, we should not give up but ask the Holy Spirit, who knows their heart, to reveal any spark of response or whisper from that one that may be on the brink of coming to life.

Paul tells us to ‘stir up the gift that is within us’, that was given to us by the laying on of hands, by meditating, teaching and encouraging one another (1 Timothy 4:14).

There must be more than this, Oh breath of God come breathe within.

There must be more than this, Spirit of God we wait for you.

Fill us anew we pray, Fill us anew we pray -

Consuming Fire, fan into flame, a passion for your name,

Spirit of God would you fall in this place,

Lord have your way, Lord have your way in us.

Come like a rushing wind; clothe us with power from on high.

Now set the captives free, Leave us abandoned to your praise.

Lord let your Glory fall; Lord let your Glory fall.

Consuming Fire by Tim Hughes

Prayer: O Lord, thank You for Your Holy Spirit who yearns over us. Stir us deep within, that our love may be a burning fire for You. In Jesus’ Name. Amen.


Rss feed


"He will not break the bruised reed, nor quench the dimly burning flame. He will encourage the fainthearted, those tempted to despair. He will see full justice given to all who have been wronged. He won’t be satisfied until truth and righteousness prevail throughout the earth, nor until even the distant lands beyond the seas have put their trust in him. "
Isaiah 42:3-4, LB


Ellel 365 - Online Training School

Shepherd Love Series - by Pam Smith

Supporting Ellel Ministries by making a donation at


Please feel free to use this devotional to send on to your friends or share with your church fellowship. Provided full acknowledgement is made to Seeds of the Kingdom as the source, you are also welcome to use it in a non-commercial way and reproduce it in magazines or other Christian websites. The copyright for any commercial use of the material remains with Ellel Ministries International.
Today's Writer

Pam Smith has a background in art and nursing, has a son and two daughters and six grandchildren. She has been a friend and helper of Ellel Ministries since l992, and has been involved with Healing Through Creativity Courses. As writer of the Shepherd Love Series, she has a passion for the comfort and encouragement that leads people towards enjoying abundant Life in Jesus.

Pam Smith

This website is owned and operated by Ellel Ministries International. Registered in the United Kingdom as The Christian Trust under charity number 1041237 and company number 02883771. Registered in Scotland under charity number SCO 38860. Registered office Ellel Grange, Bay Horse, Lancaster, LA2 0HN, United Kingdom.