I don’t know about you, but when my alarm goes off in the morning, I’m usually not too happy. Maybe some of you are those who wake up joyful and ready to go, but most of us would hit the snooze because we aren’t ready to wake up yet. If a fire alarm went off, you would not be able to hit snooze. You can’t just tell the fire to come back when you want it to; when you’re ready for it. “Oh, I’m not ready for fire” – snooze. “I don’t want fire” – snooze. “No, I don’t want this to affect my lifestyle and daily routine” – snooze! “I can’t give anymore of myself to God” – snooze. “I don’t think I want to participate in a city wide or nation wide move of God right now” – SNOOZE! Every time you hit snooze when the alarm goes off, you are saying it’s not urgent enough. Let me tell you though, you cannot push snooze on God’s command to sound the alarm.
God wants to mobilize His church and we are either going to be at the front end running with the fire, or at the back trying to survive in the smoke.
On the third day, when morning came, there was thunder and lightning, a thick cloud on the mountain, and a loud trumpet sound, so that all the people in the camp shuddered. Then Moses brought the people out of the camp to meet God, and they stood at the foot of the mountain. Mount Sinai was completely enveloped in smoke because the Lord came down on it in fire. Its smoke went up like the smoke of a furnace, and the whole mountain shook violently. As the sound of the trumpet grew louder and louder, Moses spoke and God answered him in the thunder.
It is time to sound the alarm to let all the powers of darkness know that God is going to shake this nation. Our praise sounds the alarm in our nation. Our shout immobilizes armies. Our sound and unity prepares the troops for battle. What if it was written of us that the sound of praise was very loud because all of the people, all the churches, gathered together at Prairie Fire to sound the alarm.
Sometimes our expectations are too mediocre. God descended on the mountain with fire because the people gathered together and the whole city was shaken. The preconceived ideas of what gathering churches should look like were shaken. Their petty differences were shaken.
Your lifestyle might be saying, “I don’t want to,” or, “I don’t have time for this,” but the fire is coming and if we aren’t ready we are going to burn. God is conducting a fire drill so that, when the time comes and the city shakes, we will be ready.
If we haven’t had a fire drill then we are unprepared. God has been fire drilling us in the spirit to see if we can handle His fire when it comes. Fire is a scary thing; it can hurt. Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego had been fire drilled. They were so ready for the fire that, when they came out of it, they didn’t even smell like smoke. Instead of being burnt, the ones who had thrown them into the fire died. So when the time comes, the world will be watching and saying, “we threw three in, but now there are four!”