“Fire goes before him and consumes his foes on every side. His lightning lights up the world; the earth sees and trembles. The mountains melt like wax before the Lord, before the Lord of all the earth.”Psalm 97:5
The other day I was having some awesome prayer time. Coming to the mercy seat and asking God what in the world we need to be doing about the chaos around us. The verse that bubbled up in my heart was in Psalm.
“May God arise, may his enemies be scattered; may his foes flee before him. May you blow them away like smoke— as wax melts before the fire, may the wicked perish before God. But may the righteous be glad and rejoice before God; may they be happy and joyful.” Psalm 68:1-3
I began to pray that plans of the enemy melt. As I meditated on that phrase, I had a holy revelation. The verse says his foes melt like wax.
Wax is made to melt. It is designed to dissolve and disappear under fire. That’s when it hit me- our enemies are designed to vanish under fire.
So when the world around us is getting hot. When the flames are kicking up all around us- it’s not time to step down afraid and shaking. Because I have great news for those who are believers in Christ.
We aren’t reduced by fire as the enemy is. We are refined by it.Tweet
“This third I will put into the fire; I will refine them like silver and test them like gold; They will call on my name and I will answer them; I will say, ‘They are my people,’ and they will say, ‘The Lord is our God.’” Zechariah 13:9(NIV)
God is an incredible architect. I don’t believe that God causes bad things. But I am confident that He uses them. He is infamous for taking Hell’s plans and constructing them into Heaven’s purposes. God can use the exact same things that the enemy meant to destroy you, and use it to restore you. What was meant to tear you down, God uses to build you up higher, stronger, and better than before.
“And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.” Romans 8:28(NIV)
All things. Even the chaos surrounding us at this very time. He can take it and compose a most magnificent masterpiece.
Now is not the time to shrink away and be afraid. Now is the time to rise up and tell the enemy, “Not on my watch.” As believers we carry so much authority to change the future before us. But even more than that, our God carries tremendous power and He is with us. Even in the fire.
Psalm 97:5 says “Fire goes before Him…” We need to get excited when we see the flames, because we know that following the flames, is our big God making His entrance. And when He walks in the room- revival awakens.
Your enemies, fears, and worries, are all designed to melt in the presence of God. So start taking them to His feet. Bring your cares to God. Drag the plans of the devil to your prayer closet and watch them dissolve. Bring your fear to God and watch it turn to smoke. Bring it all. Because the things of value with become stronger in the fire. But the things created to destroy and distract you will puddle in His presence.
We don’t shrink away from the fire. We don’t fear flames. We were made for this. We were made for war.
“Blessed be the Lord, my rock, Who trains my hands for war, And my fingers for battle;” Psalm 144:1(ASV)
The plans of the wicked, on the other hand, were made to melt. Hell has been plotting. It’s been stoking the flames. All the things happening now, have been in the making for a while. God is not surprised. He is not caught off guard. And every single promise in the Bible about your protection, provision, and calling are still just as true as they were when everything was running smoothly. In fact, this is what those exact promises are for. Now is the time to use the Word as a weapon.
“…He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim freedom for the captives and release from darkness for the prisoners, to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor and the day of vengeance of our God, to comfort all who mourn, and provide for those who grieve in Zion— to bestow on them a crown of beauty instead of ashes, the oil of joy instead of mourning, and a garment of praise instead of a spirit of despair. They will be called oaks of righteousness, a planting of the Lord for the display of his splendor.” Isaiah 61:1-3(NIV)
Hell sent fire to frighten us. God used it to refine us. We get beauty for ashes.
You weren’t made to melt. Don’t be afraid of the fire.
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I love that passage from Psalm 68:1-3. I don’t recall ever reading it before. But I will remember it now!! Thanks
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