(11) Yours, O Lord, is the greatness and the power and the glory and the victory and the majesty, indeed everything that is in the heavens and the earth; Yours is the dominion, O Lord, and You exalt Yourself as head over all. (12) Both riches and honor come from You, and You rule over all, and in Your hand is power and might; and it lies in Your hand to make great and to strengthen everyone. (13) Now therefore, our God, we thank You, and praise Your glorious name.——–1 Chronicles 29:11-13 (NASB)
The title today isn’t referencing an old Science Fiction movie. It’s about victory in the heat of battle. As the Israelites traversed the desert, they encountered the Amalekites. This vicious army attacked them, forcing Joshua to lead his people into battle. During the battle, as long as Moses held us his hands, Israel prevailed. When he put his hands down, the battle turned against them. So Aaron and Hur sat Moses down on a rock, and held his hands up so that the battle would be won. (Exodus 17).
In the Promised Land, Joshua came up against the Amorites (Joshua 10). In order to finish the battle while daylight allowed them to see, Joshua commanded the sun not to go down, and the moon to stay still for an entire 24 hours. In that time frame, the Lord brought about a victory for Israel. Their enemies literally fled before them, as Israel obviously had the Living God on their side! To us, these were bloody battles, the path to victory, almost weird. Spiritually, however, there is a lesson in them.
Today we find the Lord reminding us that perilous times breed fear and anxiety. They also breed weariness. If the battle is hard enough, we start slipping into darkness and despair, even though we may know the Lord. The solution? Love, unity of spirit, and willingness to lift up the arms of those who are weary, bringing the true power of God that causes light to come into the lives of those who need to finish the battle.
When the Lord asks us to show others the simple truth of His love, it’s a call to help others finish the victory. It can be a needed miracle, or a small helping hand, but sometimes the strangest of actions can bring God’s power to bear on a problem. Listen for His voice and leadings in these perilous times: the victory belongs to the people of God!
(This information is shared by permission from “Whispers of Heaven” by Rosalie Storment and Faye Higbee, copyrighted 2011)
(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)