Tuesday, December 24, 2013

December 24, 2013 … Take the High Places!!

Daily Berry Patch Devotions in 2013 - Day 358

Devotional Song: Go to this link  – Please take your time to see a different type of video today … one of the famous scenes in the movie Star Wars of Luke Skywalker risking his life to destroy the “high place” of the enemy, the death star; … and then GO TO THIS LINK  – to see the famous “see you on the beach” scene from Saving Private Ryan where the allies risk it all to overtake the beachhead established by the enemy on Omaha Beach.

Highlight Passage #1 - NKJV: Deuteronomy 33: 29 [God wants us to take and hold His high place in battle.]  
29 Happy are you, O Israel! Who is like you, a people saved by the LORD, The shield of your help and the sword of your majesty! Your enemies shall submit to you, and you shall tread down their high places.” 
Highlight Context - NKJV: Deuteronomy 33: 26-29… GO TO THIS LINK … [For Moses song to the tribe designated to take down the high places of the enemy.] … 

Reference Passage #1: Exodus, Chapter 3 [NKJV] …GO TO THIS LINK ...  [God draws Moses to His high place to show the way that God’s people are to be saved.] …

Reference Passage #2: 1st John 4: 4 … [NKJV] … [We have the power to take the high places established by our enemies.] …  
4 You are of God, little children, and have overcome them, because He who is in you is greater than he who is in the world.

Reference Passage #2: Ephesians 6: 10-20 … [NKJV] … GO TO THIS LINK ...  [God’s exhortation, through Paul, to fight the good fight in His Name. ] …

My Journal for Today: Today, my blog uses a slightly different approach to illustrate the point which God made to me today through Os Hillman’s journaling. Instead of using a song or two to illustrate my highlight point today, I’ve taken to You Tube segments from famous movies to help me make the point that God desires us to destroy the high places, which we’ve relinquished to the enemy, and to take them in God’s Name and for His glory.

Most of you have probably seen these two movie segments where the forces of good risk it all to destroy the enemy’s stronghold; and today’s highlight passage [from Deuteronomy 33: 29] has God proclaiming the same message to His people, … i.e., for them to take down the “high places” established for worship of God’s enemies so that He will be glorified.

 And Hillman asks his readers to identify those strongholds – or high places – in our lives, … i.e., those places where we’ve allowed the enemy to take and hold. … i.e., … places where we worship the evil one rather than taking and holding the high places for us to worship our God. Perhaps you have allowed God’s spiritual enemies to establish “high places” or strongholds of sin in your life. There are many which are prominent in our culture/world these days, … the high place of p0rnograpy, … the worship of the almighty dollar, … or the power of holding high political office. All of them – and others – are beachheads where we Christians have allowed Satan to have a foothold in our world.

 But, seeing the photo attached, just as God brought Moses to His high-place on Mount Moriah to show Moses the way to do battle against the enemy, our Lord wants us to do battle in His Name and with His power [see 1st John 4: 4] to tear down the high places established by our giving power over to the enemy [see Ephesians 6: 10-20].

Yes, my friend, … we can do battle – with God’s power – to take the high places which we have relented to God’s enemies; but we have to realize that God has given us THE power – HIS POWER - to take the beaches and bring down Satan’s strongholds in God’s Name and for His glory.

So, my friend, “I’ll see you on the beaches” today as we go forth to do take and hold the high places in God’s Name.

My Prayer for Today … Lord, I’m taking the beaches for Your glory today!! … Amen

Blogger Note: Everyday during this year, my daily devotional blogs are influenced by the reading and study of the online blog entitled Today God Is First [TGIF], authored by Os Hillman. If you GO TO THIS LINK  on the date of my blog, you’ll find a link to read Hillman’s TGIF blogs; or you can subscribe to the blog via email at that site.

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