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Fire Can’t Burn The Same Thing Twice!

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Recently, I was listening to an on-line seminar and at the close of the message the speaker presented the Gospel message in the most unique way. He didn’t introduce it with the norm of what we are use to hearing. Actually, the angle taken was so interesting, I didn’t even know I was listening to the Salvation message until the end, when he tied it all together with John 3:16!

If you are looking for a way to share the Gospel with someone and don’t know where to start or just want a good conversation starter, the story below might be what you are looking for.   The question, answer, and story that illustrates it, can be perfectly paralleled to what Christ did on the cross – it’s interesting and makes sense. 

What do you think killed more pioneer’s as they traveled out West?

Do you think it was Indians? Starvation? Disease?

What actually killed most pioneers, according to the state of Kansas, was prairie brush fires. Do you know what prairie brush fires are?

A prairie brush fire – stretches as far as the eye can see, from north to south, it’s a wall of fire racing across the plains and you know how quick it moves? It moves as quick as the wind is blowing. So if the wind is blowing at 30mph gusts, how fast is that fire going? About 30mph towards YOU!

Imagine these pioneers heading out West, and as they’re traveling, coming across a prairie brush fire in the 1800’s. You’re riding on horses and wagons!

There is this story of one wagon train, heading out west going across Kansas, led by a wagon master, that is a hired cowboy to take them across and get them out to where they need to go. (Usually heading out to the Rockies, then on to California.) One wagon train was heading out West, and all the sudden off in the distance they see smoke – and that’s trouble. It means a prairie brush fire is out there stretching as far as the eye can see and it’s racing towards them and the wind is gusting at 30mph. The wagon master has warned them about this, so everyone’s getting nervous. So the cowboy in front of this one particular group, starts to race to the back of the wagon train. The people in the wagons are like, “Hey? Where are you going? Are you just going to leave us here?” And the people start freaking out because they think he is leaving them. He races to the back of the wagon train, jumps off his horse and he starts to set another fire. The people are like, “What, are you crazy? We have a fire coming at us from the front and you’re going to put one behind us? – That’s really smart!” He says, “Just trust me, help me start this fire!” All the sudden a few people get off and start to help him start this fire. (Do you know what he’s doing?) He sets the ground on fire behind them, soon enough there is a raging fire going behind them and the wind that is blowing the wall of fire in front of them, towards them, now takes the fire that is behind them and pushes it away. The next thing that he does as soon as he has this freshly burned patch of ground, is moves all the wagons onto this freshly burned patch of ground. They get off their horses and hunker down. Now this wall of fire, that is coming upon them is right on top of them, but you know what it does? Because they are sitting on a freshly burned patch of ground – the wall of fire races all around them, but doesn’t touch where they are at. So afterwards, the people said, “Hey, that’s pretty good! How did you know to do that?” He said, “It’s simple, fire can’t burn the same thing twice.”

The same thing is true in the eternal state. Fire can’t burn the same thing twice. There has been only one time in human history where God has poured out all of His wrath – and that was on the Cross of Calvary. That is where He poured out all of His wrath in judgment of our sins. The Scripture says there is another fire a comin’. If you want to avoid being burned, what do you have to do? You have to stand where the fire has already been. How do you stand where the fire has already been? You put your trust in Jesus Christ.

“For God so loved the world,
That He gave His only begotten Son,
That whosoever believeth in Him should not perish,
But have eternal life.”

John 3:16

Whoever puts their trust in Jesus Christ, stands at the cross, stands where the fire has already been, and will have everlasting life, and no future fire will burn you!

“For God sent not His Son into the world to condemn the world;
But that the world through Him might be saved. 

He that believeth on Him is not condemned:
But he that believeth not is condemned already,
Because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.”

John 3:17-18

If you have never put your trust in Jesus Christ, right now, you are facing going to hell. You are confronting the fire without standing where the fire has already been – ’cause the fire has only been at one place at one time ever – and that was at the cross of Calvary. If you don’t know Jesus Christ as your Savior, that’s what you are faced with – confronting the fire alone. To be saved, you need to stand where the fire has already been. The only way to stand where the fire has already been is believing on the Lord Jesus Christ!






Author: lynnschronicles

2 Responses to "Fire Can’t Burn The Same Thing Twice!"

  1. Josh Posted on October 17, 2011 at 8:09 pm

    Ernie Haase used it on the Get Away Jordan DVD. Here is the video:

    • Lynn Posted on October 17, 2011 at 9:16 pm

      That’s really cool! It’s great to hear that story is in SGM, it’s such a great way to share the Gospel and I’m thrilled that groups are using it! Thanks for sharing the link too!

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