50 Powerful Bible Verses About Being on Fire for God

​I used to hear preachers talk about being on fire for God. But what does it mean to be on fire for God? Is that in the Bible? What are some Bible verses about being on fire for God?

I’ve since learned that being on fire for God means having a burning desire to honor and glorify Him in all we do. It’s about being all in as a Christian. When we’re on fire for God, we live with a burning passion and purpose. 

Through the power of the Holy Spirit, we are transformed to desire the things of God, the will of God, above all things. We develop a zeal for the things of God and are devoted to our faith. 

Being passionate about God means we don’t tolerate anything that dishonors the Lord. This is the same attitude that our Lord Jesus Christ had. He was committed to living according to his Father’s will and got angry when his Father’s house was disrespected. 

In these Bible verses about being on fire for God, we are invited to become excited about our faith and live in a way that honors the Lord. We become fulfilled and content when we live fully for the Lord and dedicate all aspects of our lives to him. 

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Bible Verses About Being on Fire for God

Fire can be a good thing in the daily lives of God’s people. It can comfort us and keep us warm when we’re cold. We can cook over a fire and make a nice meal to feed our families. 

But fire can be dangerous, consuming, relentless, and destroy everything in its way. In the Word of God, there are positive references to fire. God is referred to as a consuming fire, and we are encouraged to be on fire for Him. 

What does the Bible say about being on fire for God? Here are 50 Bible verses about being on fire for God. They encourage us to be totally devoted, zealous, and unstoppable in our faith in the Lord. It’s really all or anything for us as believers. The good thing is there is a reward in this life and in eternity when we give our all to God as we live out each day. 

John 4:34 

Jesus saith unto them, My meat is to do the will of him that sent me, and to finish his work.

When Jesus Christ was on earth, he showed us what it means to be on fire for God. He was busy with the work of His Father, and His mission was always top of mind (John 5:17). Our Lord was focused on the work of salvation and wanted to save as many people as possible from darkness to light. 

Doing the will of the Father was His priority, and it should be ours, too. He could not tolerate anything or anyone who dishonored His Father, as we see in John 2:13-17 when He drove out the money changers and merchants from the temple. 

Matthew 22:36-40

Master, which is the great commandment in the law? Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets.

The first step for you to be on fire for God is to love Him. Dedicate your life to Him and prioritize Him in your life. Loving God with all your heart, soul, and mind means obeying Him. 

When His principles and teachings become your guiding light and the compass for where you go, what you do, and what you say, you have honored the first commandment. 

Once you love Him, you can fully devote yourself to Him. Then it follows that you’ll love others and yourself and will do all you can to influence those around you to also dedicate their lives to the only living God. 

Psalm 1:2-3

But his delight is in the law of the Lord; and in his law doth he meditate day and night. And he shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that bringeth forth his fruit in his season; his leaf also shall not wither; and whatsoever he doeth shall prosper.

This is a powerful scripture about being on fire for God. The Word of God leads us and sustains us in our faith. When we delight in what our God says, meditate upon the word, and we’re careful to do what it says, our faith will grow. 

The Bible goes on to say we will be like rivers planted by the waters when we abide in Christ. We will continue to prosper and have good success because the Lord will bless us. 

Genesis 19:24

Then the Lord rained upon Sodom and upon Gomorrah brimstone and fire from the Lord out of heaven;

The fire of God came to destroy Sodom and Gomorrah because of the wickedness and sin in the city. Our Heavenly Father is Holy and can’t stand sin. That’s why He destroyed these cities. 

When we repent of our evil ways and humbly turn to the Lord, we will experience a deep and intimate relationship with Him instead of eternity in hell (2 Thessalonians 1:8-9). 

Revelation 3:15-16

I know thy works, that thou art neither cold nor hot: I would thou wert cold or hot. So then because thou art lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will spue thee out of my mouth.

In the Word of God, being lukewarm is a terrible thing. It means we have become apathetic, lazy, and uncaring about the things of God.  

God says He will spit us out if we continue to be lukewarm. We are rather encouraged to be hot and on fire for God, so that we have passion and zeal in serving Him.

Romans 12:11-13 

Not slothful in business; fervent in spirit; serving the Lord; Rejoicing in hope; patient in tribulation; continuing instant in prayer; Distributing to the necessity of saints; given to hospitality.

To be fervent means to have intense passion and enthusiasm in the service to the Lord. This means putting Him first and doing everything to follow His instructions. 

When we become fervent, we rejoice in the hope that one day we will meet our Redeemer and get the crown of glory He promises. We become patient in tough times because we know He never leaves us or forsakes us. 

We also practice hospitality and pray without ceasing because we know that it brings glory to the Lord. All this is done when we’re on fire for God. 

Luke 14:26

If any man come to me, and hate not his father, and mother, and wife, and children, and brethren, and sisters, yea, and his own life also, he cannot be my disciple.

Being on fire for the Lord means we are able to make decisions from an eternal perspective. We give ourselves fully to God even if He asks us to leave our earthly families, jobs or positions for His glory. 

He has a plan for us, and we trust Him and give Him glory. We look unto Him to guide us as we serve Him faithfully. 

1 Corinthians 15:58

Therefore, my beloved brethren, be ye stedfast, unmoveable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, forasmuch as ye know that your labour is not in vain in the Lord.

Our labor in the Lord has a purpose and that is to bring Him glory and honor. We are His fellow workers on earth, here to work alongside Him as ambassadors of Christ to bring forth the Gospel to the lost and encourage others in their faith. 

Because we have a vision and purpose for what we do, we remain steadfast and firm and give ourselves fully to the work of the Lord. He gives us strength and direction to continue even in times when we feel lost and weary. 

Exodus 3:2

And the angel of the Lord appeared unto him in a flame of fire out of the midst of a bush: and he looked, and, behold, the bush burned with fire, and the bush was not consumed.

Moses was a man of God with many encounters with the Lord. This one is a well-known Bible story. The angel of the Lord was in a burning bush. 

The flames of fire drew Moses’ attention so that he could investigate further. What Moses saw was miraculous. The bush burned, but was not consumed! 

The fact that the bush was not consumed can be used to illustrate how that in our own lives, as we devote ourselves to the Lord, nothing will consume us because God’s presence will be with us. The children of Israel went through affliction, bondage, and slavery but were strengthened by the Lord and not consumed by the enemy. 

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Exodus 13:21

​And the Lord went before them by day in a pillar of a cloud, to lead them the way; and by night in a pillar of fire, to give them light; to go by day and night:

This is an encouraging verse about God’s presence and guidance which leads us every step of the way. As we are His children, He doesn’t leave us to figure things out on our own, but He is with us. 

When you’re on fire for God, He strengthens you from the attacks of the enemy who wants to weaken your faith. Continue to depend on and trust the Lord always. 

Deuteronomy 4:23-24

Take heed unto yourselves, lest ye forget the covenant of the Lord your God, which he made with you, and make you a graven image, or the likeness of any thing, which the Lord thy God hath forbidden thee. For the Lord thy God is a consuming fire, even a jealous God.

God is a consuming fire because He is fully righteous, pure, and holy. His holiness does not tolerate sin. He is a light in the darkness and a consuming fire. If we try to ignore God, we will feel His existence and impact. In the same way, we can try to ignore a fire but will feel its impact. 

Fire is necessary and beautiful, and our God is the same. Fire will destroy everything that comes in its way because it’s a powerful force. The Lord will also destroy everyone or everything which comes in the way of the Gospel. 

Philippians 4:13

I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.

The Source of our strength as Christians is the Lord. We don’t rely on our own strength, because it easily gets depleted. 

Our God is all-powerful, so He can strengthen us so that we remain on fire for Him. Even when our flesh fails, we can lean on the Lord to uplift us so that we keep going and achieve great things in His kingdom. 

Revelation 21:8

But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.

The unbelieving people are those who reject the Lord Jesus Christ as their Savior and Lord. They live for the world and to satisfy their fleshly desires. The Bible says they will face their consequences one day. 

Instead of being on fire for God in this life, unbelievers are passionate about the world and will one day be in fire in hell. The second death is eternal suffering in that lake of fire.

This might seem unfair, but the Lord does give us a choice and shows us the consequences. We should choose to follow Him and be devoted to our faith. 

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Exodus 24:16-17

And the glory of the Lord abode upon mount Sinai, and the cloud covered it six days: and the seventh day he called unto Moses out of the midst of the cloud. And the sight of the glory of the Lord was like devouring fire on the top of the mount in the eyes of the children of Israel.

When God asked Moses to go up to the mountain and receive the Ten Commandments, the children of Israel needed a visible token that he was up there with the Lord. Moses was called into the cloud of the Lord on the seventh day, and he stayed there forty days and forty nights. 

The devouring fire that the Israelites saw was a reminder of the glory of God and His presence which was with them and with Moses. 

Luke 3:16

John answered, saying unto them all, I indeed baptize you with water; but one mightier than I cometh, the latchet of whose shoes I am not worthy to unloose: he shall baptize you with the Holy Ghost and with fire. 

Many people in Israel thought John the Baptist was the long-awaited Messiah. But he always corrected them and pointed them to the real Savior, Christ Jesus. 

In this case, John differentiates himself from Jesus in the way they baptized people. While John baptized by submerging people in water only, Jesus would baptize additionally with the Holy Ghost and fire, something that became true on the Day of Pentecost. 

 

Acts 2:1-4

And when the day of Pentecost was fully come, they were all with one accord in one place. And suddenly there came a sound from heaven as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled all the house where they were sitting. And there appeared unto them cloven tongues like as of fire, and it sat upon each of them. And they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance.

In the New Testament, we learn that after Jesus had died, resurrected, and ascended back to heaven, the disciples were gathered in one place, afraid to go out and feeling a bit lost without their Leader and Teacher. Then suddenly what Christ Jesus had promised actually happened. They were filled with the Holy Spirit and tongues of fire sat on them!

The Holy Ghost empowered them to start speaking in tongues, or foreign languages, as miracle proof that their words were from God. And gave them the boldness needed to preach the Word of God. Even in our lives, it’s the Holy Spirit who empowers us to be on fire for the Lord. 

Even in our lives, it’s the Holy Spirit who empowers us to be on fire for the Lord. 

Exodus 23:20-22

Behold, I send an Angel before thee, to keep thee in the way, and to bring thee into the place which I have prepared. Beware of him, and obey his voice, provoke him not; for he will not pardon your transgressions: for my name is in him. But if thou shalt indeed obey his voice, and do all that I speak; then I will be an enemy unto thine enemies, and an adversary unto thine adversaries.

The angel God was sending to the children of Israel was a special One. They had to obey Him because He carried the name of the Lord. This Angel, the pre-incarnate Christ, would preserve the Israelites in their journey through the wilderness. He would guide and bring them into the promised land of Canaan. 

While the Israelites were blessed based on their performance, our blessings are in Christ Jesus. So we are compelled by God’s love, grace, and mercy to be passionate and enthusiastic in our faith.  

Isaiah 41:13

For I the Lord thy God will hold thy right hand, saying unto thee, Fear not; I will help thee.

God’s right hand is one of strength and power. We can trust Him to protect and defend us as we give ourselves fully to Him.

He is faithful to fulfill His promises to us. He will help us and sustain us as His children. When we are overwhelmed by the obstacles to being on fire for Him, He gives us strength and renews our hope.  

Deuteronomy 9:3

Understand therefore this day, that the Lord thy God is he which goeth over before thee; as a consuming fire he shall destroy them, and he shall bring them down before thy face: so shalt thou drive them out, and destroy them quickly, as the Lord hath said unto thee.

In the verses before this one, the Lord had told the Israelites they would go and dispossess nations greater and stronger than they. But the Lord made them a promise in this verse that victory was certain. 

The Lord has a purpose and plan for us just like His plan to take the Israelites to the promised land. The fire of the Lord is a mighty force that will destroy everything that opposes Him or stands in the way of His plans for us. For us today, God removes and destroys sin which is our greatest enemy, so that we can serve and glorify Him.

Matthew 5:16

Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.

In a dark and evil world, the Lord wants us to be seen as a light. This means we become a source of hope, peace, and love to those around us. 

Our good works are a testimony and evidence that we are children of the Lord. They should inspire others to take action, repent, and accept the Lord Jesus Christ in their lives. Everything should be done with the right motives, so that we don’t get praise but so that all the glory be to God. 

2 Timothy 1:6

Wherefore I put thee in remembrance that thou stir up the gift of God, which is in thee by the putting on of my hands.

This is an encouraging message that Apostle Paul sends to his young disciple Timothy. He tells him to nurture the gift that was inside him. Timothy had been ordained to a higher office in the ministry of the Gospel because he was gifted in that area (1 Timothy 4:14). 

In our own lives, we all have gifts that the Lord has placed in us for the serving of the ministry. Being on fire for God means we should fan our gifts into flame. We can do this by avoiding the work of the flesh and cultivating the fruit of the Spirit. 

Spending time in community with other believers serving in the church and community with our gifts helps us to continue burning brightly in our faith. 

2 Thessalonians 1:7-8

And to you who are troubled rest with us, when the Lord Jesus shall be revealed from heaven with his mighty angels, In flaming fire taking vengeance on them that know not God, and that obey not the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ:

This verse talks about Jesus’ second coming and the judgment of the world. Jesus coming with the angels spirits will be in a flaming fire to destroy those who don’t believe in Him, disobey Him, and have persecuted Christians. 

In this world Christians will go through trials, but those who hurt and harm us will get their punishment one day. This encourages us to be on fire for God and serve Him faithfully, because He will reward us one day for remaining steadfast. 

Galatians 4:18

But it is good to be zealously affected always in a good thing, and not only when I am present with you.

It’s easy to be on fire for God when we are at church or in the presence of other Christians. However, having a desire to impress people shows the wrong motives and posture of the heart. 

Zeal for the Lord should come from the heart as a way of worship, gratitude, and service for who our God is and what He has done for us. It’s not for show. The Lord rewards us when we are genuine in our faith, whether others see us or not. 


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Matthew 24:11

And many false prophets shall rise, and shall deceive many.

The reason why we should know the truth of the scriptures and the teachings of Christ for ourselves is because a time is coming when there will be false prophets. They will sound like Christians and sway many, if we are not certain of what God’s Word says.

Being on fire for God gives us discernment to know the difference between real and false prophets. We can hear from the Lord and test the spirits so that we are not led astray (1 John 4:1).  

Titus 2:13–14

Looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ; Who gave himself for us, that he might redeem us from all iniquity, and purify unto himself a peculiar people, zealous of good works.

The Lord Christ Jesus is our blessed hope who will one day be with us in eternal life. He left His home in heaven and willingly gave Himself to be crucified on the shameful cross, so that He could redeem, purify, and reconcile us to our Heavenly Father. 

Because of God’s love, He sent His Son to make the biggest sacrifice for us. In turn, He asks us to be passionate and zealous in doing good works just like He was. He was all about His Father’s business and so should we be.

Leviticus 6:12-13

And the fire upon the altar shall be burning in it; it shall not be put out: and the priest shall burn wood on it every morning, and lay the burnt offering in order upon it; and he shall burn thereon the fat of the peace offerings. The fire shall ever be burning upon the altar; it shall never go out.

In the Old Testament, burnt sacrifices by priests were the way to atone for the sins of man. The fire for the altar came from God first showing that atonement can only be made through Him. 

The fire was a sign of refinement for the people of Israel. It had to be kept burning and was similar to the burning bush Moses saw which burned but was not consumed. This fire showed the presence of God and His power, which is always in us. 

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Luke 24:32 

And they said one to another, Did not our heart burn within us, while he talked with us by the way, and while he opened to us the scriptures?

When Jesus rose from the dead, He appeared a few times to His disciples while they gathered and sat, or walked together. They didn’t recognize Him, but we see the impact He had. 

Their hearts burned because Jesus Christ is the light of the world. The light inside us, when we receive Christ, should burn brightly and compel us to be on fire for God. 

Jeremiah 20:9

Then I said, I will not make mention of him, nor speak any more in his name. But his word was in mine heart as a burning fire shut up in my bones, and I was weary with forbearing, and I could not stay.

Jeremiah was on fire for God. He could not hold back the passion he had for preaching or speaking the name of the Lord and what He had done. 

God’s Word lived in his heart and was burning like a fire. It took all his strength to hold it in because it pressed on his entire being. 

Isaiah 6:8

Also I heard the voice of the Lord, saying, Whom shall I send, and who will go for us? Then said I, Here am I; send me.

Prophet Isaiah was eager to serve in the kingdom of God. He had a longing and hunger to serve the Lord and be sent to represent the King of kings wherever He would send him. 

Like Isaiah, we can be on fire for God and be willing to obey and dedicate ourselves to His calling.  When we do His will and answer His call with enthusiasm, not hesitation, He will be glorified and pleased. 

Hebrews 10:24-25

And let us consider one another to provoke unto love and to good works: Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching.

Community helps us to stay on fire for God. In times when we feel discouraged and weary in serving the Lord, meeting with other like-minded people will uplift and encourage us. 

The enemy wants us isolated so he can whisper lies to us. But in community, we get reminded of the truth of the promises of God which will help us to keep going in our journey of faith. 

Psalm 63:1

O God, thou art my God; early will I seek thee: my soul thirsteth for thee, my flesh longeth for thee in a dry and thirsty land, where no water is;

The psalmist had a deep desire to have a close relationship with the Lord. He longed for the presence of the Lord. Our God fills every longing and desire within us. 

Many people seek satisfaction in other things, but our souls only long for the Lord to fully satisfy us. Being on fire for God means seeking Him day and night and having a desire to be with Him. Jesus Christ says He is the living water, and when we drink from Him, we will never thirst again. 

Being on fire for God means having a burning desire to serve Him, honor and glorify Him in everything you do. God’s love compels us to follow Him and devote ourselves fully to Him. 

In turn, when we obey the first commandment to love God with all our heart, soul, and mind, this leads us to focus on him and devote ourselves to the work of the Gospel. 

The Word of God encourages us not to be lukewarm Christian but zealous followers of Christ. May these Bible verses about being on fire for God inspire you to be passionate, unstoppable, and enthusiastic about your faith and sharing it with others around you. 


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Tinashe Jaricha is a child of God, saved by His amazing grace. Her passion is to encourage moms to grow in Biblical knowledge. She shares Christian living tips and resources at Our God Is With Us.


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