The name Holy Fire carries with it some significance. Here is some information that few are aware of. The men in prison wanted to make sure that the name wasn’t simply a name, for there is always something behind a name. After a few of the church services on the rec. yard with came up with this acroynmy.
We decided from the beginning that we didn’t just want to have a church for the sake of saying, “Hey, I started a church in prison.” No, in fact, it was much more than that. So we began to use each letter of our name to define who we were of who we wanted to be. Ultimately to be truly CHRIST-like.
The “H”, we are a group of men who are called to a consecrated and set apart life for the Master’s use.
“I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service.” (Rom 12:1)
The “O”, doing what one is told, submission. We understand obedience to the Word and work of Christ is required of us.
“Know ye not, that to whom ye yield yourselves servant to obey, his servants ye are to whom ye obey; whether of sin unto death, or of obedience unto righteousness?” (Romans 6:16)
The “L”, feeling or showing love. To love in a social or moral sense. Jesus made it clear that love is required.
“Owe no man any thing, but to love one another: for he that loveth hath fulfilled the law.” (Romans 13:8)
The “Y”,to surrender or relinquish control. Submitted.
“Neither yield ye your members as instruments of unrighteousness unto sin: but yield yourselves unto God, as those that are alive from the dead, and your members as instruments of righteousness unto God.” (Romans 6:13)
The “F”,Not under compulsion or force, but by choice.
“I will freely sacrifice unto thee; I will praise thy name, O Lord; for it is good. (Psalms 54:6)
The “I”, Bound by contract to work for another; apprenticed
“For he that is called in the Lord, being a servant, is the Lord’s freeman: likewise also he that is called, being free, is Christ’s servant” (1 Corinthians 7:22)
The “R”, very great or complete; extreme; fervently or enthusiastically.
“Not slothful in business; fervent in spirit; serving the Lord;” (Romans 12:11)
The “E”, To give power or rights to; to give authority to.
“But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth.” (Acts 1:8) You see after going through each of the letters, we had come to understand that HE had empowered us to start this church and to live our lives. This empowerment has lead to understanding that living a Christian life is fine, but once you realize that you have been empowered, then nothing seems to stop you.
My Prayer is that you will incorporate each of these letters into your own life. Then you will come to fully understand what it means to have HOLY FIRE.