Happy scripture Saturday everyone! I have a song for you today which I’m sure will get you dancing!! I really love this song! I only just found it the other day but I have been listening to it a lot this week and have enjoyed it thoroughly. Jordan Feliz has been played a lot in my house this week. I was playing his ‘River’ album which came out earlier this year, before I left for my last WACE exam! It was very inspiring! So without further delay, this is ‘Dancing Through The Fire’ by Jordan Feliz from his ‘Beloved’ album, released last year. I hope you enjoy friends!
In my devotion earlier this week, I talked about ‘Free fall’ moments. These are times where we feel like we aren’t in control and we are on our own. God is with is always, even when we think things are spiralling out of control. So take heart! The overall message of this message is somewhat similar to my other devotion this week, as it talks about ‘Dancing Through The Fire’. There will be times in life where we have to get through fires. We are faced with situations that frighten us and test us. But when we have Jesus, we don’t have to be afraid! We can walk through the fire and we won’t be burnt, we can dance through any fire we face because we have Jesus! It is an enormous comfort! We can be assured that through the hills and the valleys, the good times and the bad times, God will hold us so that we will never be there on our own.
Isaiah 43:2- When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and when you pass through the rivers, they will not sweep over you. When you walk through the fire, you will not be burned; the flames will not set you ablaze.
“There’s only one thing in this life that’s for sure, nothing can separate us from Your love, neither death nor life or the fears of this world, can steal the joy that comes from Your love, we’ll be dancing through the fire, dancing through the fire, your love will take us higher, we’ll be dancing through the fire…”
There is only one certainty in this life, and that is God’s love. It will NEVER EVER fail or give up on us. God’s grace is greater than we could ever imagine. Although we are sinners and we keep on sinning, God is still prepared to forgive us! What an amazing God we serve! As Christians, we have a joy inside of us, which is from the Lord! Nothing can steal this joy from us. As these lyrics from the chorus say, neither death, life or the fears we face can steal it. So may we hold onto the joy that we have through knowing Jesus Christ and what He has done for us! Remember that nothing can dampen it or stamp it out. His joy in our lives gives us the ability to dance through the fire! No matter what kind of “fire” life throws at us, the joy of The Lord will be our strength!
Romans 8:38-39-“For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord”.
Nehemiah 8:10-“Do not grieve, for the joy of the Lord is your strength”.
“A mighty fortress, my strength and defence, my shelter in the battlefield, forever with me, no need to worry, my victory soon to be revealed, even in the hard times, I can celebrate…”
When soldiers go into war, they need protection. Whether it be in the form of a fort, bunker or shield, the purpose of the protection is to act as a barrier between them and the enemy. Take the Romans as well. To protect themselves from the enemy, they formed a ‘turtle- shell’ like structure with their shields. In the same way, God is our protection in the fires and battles that we face in life. We will face difficulties in this life, it’s just apart of life and it is something we cannot avoid- until we are given new life in Heaven! We never have to fear when we face the fire, God is covering us with His love, he is our strength and shelter. He is fighting for us and He always will be. Don’t face hardships on your own. Look to God first and foremost! We can’t get through it by ourselves. Just like the lyrics say, we don’t have to worry, the victory- God’s victory that He has won over sin and the victory over our battles will be revealed!! Because God is our strength and protection in the fires of life and because He is always with us and fighting for us, we can see the hope in the hard times and celebrate!
It can be hard, but even in the valleys, in those tough times, give thanks to God for His protection and safeguarding! Never forget His sacrifice that was victorious over our sin! Celebrate Jesus’ love and sacrifice for us in these hard times.
Psalm 46:1- “God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble”.
This is a comforting verse. It reminds us that God is strong and always with us in our times of trouble, when we need His protection the most.
1 Thessalonians 5:18- “Give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus”.
“All that you do is for my good, even when I can’t see it, you’re with me through fire and flood, we’ll be dancing through the fire…”
Romans 8:28 relates to these lyrics so well- it is one of my many favourite verses of scripture to remind myself of- even when things might seem to be going sour.
Romans 8:28- “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”.
God is always fighting for us and working all things for our good. He is a good God!! With this knowledge we can dance through the fires of live, knowing God’s plans will work for our good. Just like Jeremiah 29:11 says about the plans God has for us- plans to prosper us and not to harm us.
We will face all sorts of ‘fires’, trials and hardships in this life, but never ever forget that God is right there with you, protecting you and shielding you! He is our refuge and He always fights for us, because He has amazing plans for our lives, better than we could ever imagine! Jesus has defeated our sins, once and for all and is with us… always! It’s because of Jesus that we can dance through the fire! Father, I thank you that you are always with us, our ever present help in trouble. We will face difficulties in this life but you have defeated our sin, the biggest battle of them all all! You are on our side, protecting us from all that seeks to harm us. Thank you for your love and that nothing will ever separate us from it! Thank you Lord!
Let’s dance through the fires of life with the assurance of God’s love and protection! We have nothing to fear with our amazing God! I hope this song got you dancing! Life is worth celebrating!
God Bless everyone,
Joshua Clarke- The Faith Filled Friends