If you follow Jesus Christ He will baptize you in the Holy Spirit and with Fire. Jesus calls us and not just to believe in Him but to obey Him. If we obey the gospel of Jesus Christ and do what He commanded, which means to repent, turn away from sin, turn away from following after our own desires, our own plans, and go after Him, be baptized in water, then He will baptize us with the Holy Spirit; and if we keep on following Him He will baptize us with fire.
If you follow Jesus Christ, you obey His words, then you will immediately experience fire. If you turn away from sin and from your worldly friends to follow Jesus, you will experience persecution, rejection. If you do what Jesus requires of you, you will suddenly find yourself alone. Those who once loved you will hate you. If you go after Jesus and you abandon your own ways, you will have to trust in Him. You will have to pray ask Him for His guidance, and you will find yourself in the wilderness; because you will not know what to do. But if you trust Him, He will guide you, He will teach you. You will go through the fire of anxiety, depression, rejection, and you will have to decide whether you will abandon Jesus and go back to your own ways, or whether you will endure through your tribulation.
You will go through suffering because your faith will be tested. You might not just lose your friends, you might lose your job and much more. Your family might reject you. Will you choose your family? Will you deny Jesus and go back to your church friends that no longer accept you, because you’ve become a disciple of Jesus, and you’re not just playing church, being part of the club, but suddenly you’ve become serious. Will you choose to go to church and associate with sinful Christians that have a no desire to follow Jesus or will you stay with Jesus.
When Jesus speaks to you, when the Holy Spirit convicts you of sins in your life, things that separate you from Him, sinful attitudes, worldly things, your idols, will you get rid of those idols? Will you repent of those sins when the fire starts burning you? Will you give up? Will you turn back or will you follow Jesus Christ through that fire.
Jesus will use the fire of persecution, rejection, suffering, to purify you, to test your faith, because our faith has to be tested and only those who endure with Jesus and stay with Him until the very end; only they are worthy of Him and only they will enter His kingdom. Will you endure the fire and go with Jesus or will you give up and go back to your sin, go back to your worldly friends? Will you give up? Jesus said, the one who endures until the end will be saved. Those who give up are not worthy of Him. He said that the one who puts his hand to the plow and looks back is not worthy of Him. Many believers never started following Jesus. Some started and when the fire started burning them they withdrew. They gave up. To them it is all in vain.
We have to endure with Jesus until the very end. It will be a lonely road. It will be a harsh road, but Jesus will be with us if we stay with Him. We can only win the prize of eternal life if we endure and stay with Jesus until the very end. Will we endure the fire baptism of Jesus Christ? Will we prove our faith through our endurance, our obedience to Him, when we go through the fire?
May Jesus bless you.