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Smoke Showing! But Where Is the Fire?
WE HAVE heard all too often upon arrival on scene at a structure fire, “Smoke showing, will advise!” Do you also remember the old saying, “Where there is ...

Rob Hitt, Firefighter/EMT-I – Greenville-Spartanburg International Airport Fire Department; South Carolina Fellowship of Christian Firefighters International Regional Director


Do we always see the smoke?

WE HAVE heard all too often upon arrival on scene at a structure fire, “Smoke showing, will advise!” Do you also remember the old saying, “Where there is smoke, there is fire”? But do we always see all the smoke?

Sometimes, even when the best of incident commanders performs a textbook size-up, things like unseen smoke are missed. Likewise, even after we perform a spectacular suppression, concealed heat, embers, and flames can hide from our sight. Today we have excellent advanced technology including thermal imaging cameras, yet fire can still play a game of hide and seek.

“You have shattered the yoke that burdens them, the bar across their shoulders, the rod of their oppressor.” (Isaiah 9:4)

Hidden flames in an attic, crawl space, wall, or basement are like some of the burdens we carry in our lives. The exterior appears “under control” and we may even have gone through spiritual “salvage and over-haul,“ but still those personal burdens can flare up in our lives and refuse to be extinguished even with our best efforts.

The only way to extinguish these personal flames is to turn command over to Jesus. He is the Incident Commander who won’t miss one single thing. He already sized up everything on Calvary. The suppression of sin and burdens was not accomplished with water—they were cleansed by the blood of Jesus. But you have to do your part; you must allow him to remove those hidden fires before they “fully involve” your life.

Burdens come in many and varied forms, such as an illness you don’t understand, the loss of a loved one, or perhaps the death of a dream. Maybe your burdens are related to secret sins in your life, such as pornography, gambling, hate, a marital affair, or a chat room romance. Maybe it’s a spirit of rebellion or an unforgiving heart that plagues you. Whatever the burden burning within you, Jesus is the answer.

Jesus’ sin payment for you was no cakewalk, so you need to take it seriously. He took all your burdens and sins and then some, and nailed them to his cross. Remember the old hymn, “Burdens are lifted at Calvary …” Jesus will surely bring those burning desires and sins under control. Let him do that for you today!


Lord, it is unfathomable in human understanding what you did for me. I thank you and praise you that all my burdens were lifted at Calvary.

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