He was surrounded and there was no way out. The number of those against him seemed uncountable. They released a round of fire. It came in like a swarm and he had no place to hide. There was nothing he could use to shield himself. It looked like the end. His body was riddled with holes. Death slowly and voraciously seemed to steal away his life. Through a miraculous act of God he was spared. Every step was hard but with each one he learned more about who he was and that he was created for a purpose. He stepped outside. This time he was more than recovered. He was different. He was new. Without a second of breathing time he saw the approach. They surrounded him again. For once, he was not afraid. The sound of weapons being launched filled the silence. He was without natural cover, just like the first time he faced their attack. There was nowhere to hide and no one to protect him. He stood his ground and stared at the assault as it approached. With one wave of his hand he stopped the fire in mid-air. It was as if he had frozen time. He took a moment to consider what had happened. He knew something this time that he had not known before. He knew who he was.
We all are under fire of some kind in our daily experiences. It may be the fire of slander, gossip, the threat of abuse, maltreatment or some other form of being denied. am a devoted Christian writer, lyricist, editor, single parent and social justice advocate. This site is dedicated to encouraging others through words that comfort, inspire and transform. The truth is that fire does not have any power to consume us. When we know who we are in Christ there is no weapon that can defeat us. We have an eternal connection to the source of life and truth. It gives sight to the blind, strength to the weak and hope to the hopeless.
I encourage you today to consider the fire that you are facing in light of who you are. The bible says it this way:
31-39 So, what do you think? With God on our side like this, how can we lose? If God didn’t hesitate to put everything on the line for us, embracing our condition and exposing himself to the worst by sending his own Son, is there anything else he wouldn’t gladly and freely do for us? And who would dare tangle with God by messing with one of God’s chosen? Who would dare even to point a finger? The One who died for us—who was raised to life for us!—is in the presence of God at this very moment sticking up for us. Do you think anyone is going to be able to drive a wedge between us and Christ’s love for us? There is no way! Not trouble, not hard times, not hatred, not hunger, not homelessness, not bullying threats, not backstabbing, not even the worst sins listed in
They kill us in cold blood because they hate you. We’re sitting ducks; they pick us off one by one.
None of this fazes us because Jesus loves us. I’m absolutely convinced that nothing—nothing living or dead, angelic or demonic, today or tomorrow, high or low, thinkable or unthinkable—absolutely nothing can get between us and God’s love because of the way that Jesus our Master has embraced us.
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Tony Francis is from the Middle East. He is grounded in the scriptures and has a licensed degree in biblical studies from MTI, the school of ministry, and a certificate in EPL (effective personal leadership) from LMI. He has authored many books and is the founder of Healed Nations Ministries (www.healednations.com). Tony mentors people in the prophetic and served as the prophetic leader of Patricia King’s ministries. Tony is studying to be a mental health coach.
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