Campfires and Bonfires
By: Bishop Larry Herrera
John 20:22 And when He had said this, He breathed on them, and said to them, “Receive the Holy Spirit.”
The Holy Spirit was given to lead us in our daily lives, and to cultivate the character of Christ within us. Filling, refilling and walking in the Spirit is crucial for every believer. Just before Jesus breathed on the disciples He commissioned them, “As the Father has sent me, I also send you.” The scene that was unfolding is very interesting; the disciples had locked themselves in for fear of the Jews. Fear turned to joy when Jesus entered and revealed His side and hands. The disciples were exposed to what I call, “The campfire effect” warmth, intimacy, close friends, forgiveness and resolve. I have heard reports from our churches about how the Holy Spirit is visiting and moving, in short your church is experiencing a campfire. As with the disciples, our campfires serve only as a prelude to the bonfire that is awaiting His church.
A bonfire is a large fire built in the open air, for warmth, entertainment and celebration. I’ve been to many bonfires and have noticed that they all have something in common. First there is an invitation, then there is a gathering, next there is anticipation and lastly an expectation. I have found that expectation is never disappointed. This year at the Art of Leadership we experienced a bonfire; pastors, ministers and layman alike stepped away from their campfires to unify in one mind and one accord around the bonfire. “LET GO” was the shout Friday night. Let go of your inhibitions; let go of your reservations and let go of your personal bias, let it go! Friday night’s message, “Not by might nor by power, but by my Spirit” was the spark that would ignite the accelerant of the explosive breakout sessions – Character, Speaking in Tongues and the Power within. The platform was set; all of the critical elements were in place then the Holy Spirit came in, and with a prophetic word He told us to “Open the door.”
As I thought about the meaning, “Open the door” the Lord brought to my attention my daughter and grandsons that had been sick all that week and he reminded me that when there is sickness in the house, I open all the windows and doors to allow fresh air to flow through. God is saying, “Open the doors and let the fresh wind of the Spirit move through your church again.”