(3) He lays the beams of His upper chambers in the waters; He makes the clouds His chariot; He walks upon the wings of the wind; (4) ]He makes the winds His messengers, Flaming fire His ministers. ——— Psalm 104:3-4 (NASB)
When we talk about our God and fire, we often get the picture of a mean, angry God coming to earth to kill and destroy His enemies. Scripture says that our God is a “consuming fire” (Deuteronomy 4:24 KJV). So when God tells us to be “fire-starters” and that He makes His ministers flames of fire, what does that mean? Do we need to run around with matches, exacting vengeance for God? Not even close.
When Moses stood before the burning bush in Exodus 3, the bush was completely engulfed in the flame of God, but it did not burn up. When he encountered God in that manner, he was changed forever! His entire outlook, his entire future suddenly became consumed by the God He had met. In the years after, Moses spent many hours in the tent of meeting because he was a friend of God.
In metalsmithing, the hottest part of the flame is very near the tip of the torch. It is there that the flame is hot and the impurities low. The closer we are to God when we touch the lives of others, the less of our own garbage we deposit on them. The more we are consumed by His love, His fire, the better we will be able to bring them in touch with Him. The picture in all of Scripture is about the closeness of God bringing about transformation.
As servants of the Most High God, we should give out of the pure love of God to be an agent of change to those around us. His powerful gifts, His unconditional love, His Presence, all come as an outgrowth of our love for Him. The miracles, those “burning bushes,” those moments that change the lives around us flow from us simply because He is here. Let Him light the flame today!
(This information is used with permission from “Whispers of Heaven” by Rosalie Storment and Faye Higbee, copyrighted 2011)
(9)So I will turn toward you and make you fruitful and multiply you, and I will confirm My covenant with you. (10)You will eat the old supply and clear out the old because of the new. (11)Moreover, I will make My dwelling among you, and My soul will not reject you. (12)I will also walk among you and be your God, and you shall be My people. —– Leviticus 26:9-12 (NASB)
We have an awesome God who turns His face toward us when we love Him and obey Him! The words “turn toward” in the Leviticus passage from today are translated “respect” in the King James Version, and do actually mean turn toward, face to face, in the Hebrew. Those who had a face-to-face relationship with God in the Bible became the founders of our faith and friends of God.
God does not play favorites. Scripture tell us that “God is no respecter of persons” (Acts 10:34 KJV). God is totally equal in the availability of His love. But He DOES respect –turn to–us when we seek Him and Love Him with our whole heart. He honors those who serve Him faithfully in any capacity. Every part of the Body is valued! We can all have a face-to-face relationship with Him and be His friends! (1 Corinthians 12:12-27.)
When I was a child, one of our neighbors had a grain silo that was nearly always full. Once in a while the kids in the neighborhood would climb up to the top of the silo and slide down the grain piles to the bottom. We had no concept of any danger, but I did notice one thing: when old grain was in the silo, playing there was just plain nasty. The smell was moldy and rancid. The taste of the air as we breathed it in was unpleasant. I got to the point that, unless they had freshly filled the pile, I wouldn’t play there anymore.
Today’s Scripture talks about eating the old grain to make way for the new. All of us have “eaten” of the old practices of Christianity that do not make room for those who are called by the Lord. We have all been through the old traditions or teachings which are either just plain wrong or keep us from being God’s friend. When mankind tries to be in charge, they tend to hang the veil of the temple back up and try to keep everyone but themselves out. But that veil was torn when Jesus died for us. That open door is for everyone who will receive Him!
It’s time for us to clear those old pockets out and let Him fill us with His fresh anointing, with His love which is the “new grain” that brings life. Fresh grain makes great food and accomplishes its purpose: to feed people! the personal, flowing love of God, His Presence, becomes the new grain that brings life to others.
(This information was shared with permission from “Whispers of Heaven” by Rosalie Storment and Faye Higbee, copyrighted 2011)