Fires so often can seem as though they're the end of the world. Too often, they're unfortunately the end of someone's world. Sometimes they can seem so numerous and so costly that perhaps some would wonder whether they're a judgment from God, but Isaiah 54:9-10 and Jeremiah 31:27-28 assure us that these things aren't the plan of God for our lives. He has said that what was formerly destined to be destroyed must experience the miracle working of Christ Jesus. It says in Jeremiah 31:27-28 that His sole purpose in each person and each pet's life is the planting of His blessing in their lives and their being built up through all of His Covenantal mercies until people and their animals are living in His New Jerusalem life according to Hebrews 12:22 and Zechariah 2:4-5. This is His Gospel to every creature that His Covenant of Peace cannot be removed from them.
We're standing with every firefighter on Isaiah 54:17 that no weapon formed against you will prosper and every tongue of fire that would rise against you in judgment, as you're doing your duty this week, has to fall before you, in the Name of Jesus. We claim your Psalm 91 protection from danger, God answering your every prayer, and that God would satisfy you and your loved ones with long life and show you His salvation because Jeremiah 31:27-28 says that His purposes for your life and for those that you care about are His continual building and planting in your life of His Covenantal mercies. When you get a few: very carefully read Isaiah 54 in the light of Jeremiah 31:27-28.
Fasting & praying for all of our firefighters in Colorado today, for their strength, protection, staying cool under pressure, for God's angels to assist them, and for the wisdom of God to be manifested among them regarding how to deal with this situation.
I'm 37yrs old & within 3 months of nothing but water feel like I've removed about 30 extra yrs of aging I'd self induced on my body. The aches & pains AREN'T normal. Going to drinking water only will be as life changing as anything you've read or heard about the benefits of going totally organic in your diet. Won't be the same as, but the changes will be that dramatic. Your physiology will totally change from anything you've known before, particularly the worse you were about 2 or 3 gallons of things to drink per day with only SOMETIMES it being water.
No excuses for not drinking water any more, k? Even if some of it is unfiltered tap. Consider it a return to the days that you were 1st learning how to stomach coffee or whatever! Yes, they say all kinds of things about the tap water in the United States, but you probably already know if you're starting to hit the wall sometimes on what you've been drinking INSTEAD. Get the filtered/bottled water WHEN YOU CAN, but don't let anybody's ideas or your interpretation of them stand between you and the water EVER AGAIN! Go to Toms of Maine toothpaste or any number of other toothpastes from healthfood stores that have options of buying it without the flouride if you're concerned about overkill on how much of those chemicals you'll get if you go hardcore water-only & drink whatever's available when you're not around filtered water.
Yes, get the filtered water, but don't let THAT stand in your way when you need WATER. Don't let it be the excuse to buy a coke or a decaff tea or whatever. You need the WATER-ONLY! Older you get, if you put this off, you will hit the point where the only thing you care about in your daily decisions is what it takes to start feeling good again. You can feel the best you've ever felt with something as cheap as water, even while you don't yet have the budget to go hardcore organic on all of your food.
Praying for each of you to stay spiritually, emotionally, & physically hydrated WITH THE APPROPRIATE FORM of water. Better to risk having to go to the restroom a couple of extra times 'cause you drank more water, today, than to fallout 'cause of a 3 alarm nightmare that involved not only throwing the kitchen sink at it, but yourself too to get people & their frightened, hiding pets out of harm's way.
Romans 8:11 says the Spirit of Him that raised Christ from the dead will quicken your mortal bodies. Those of you that are regulars at the gym: do you ever stop and believe you receive the Deuteronomy 1:11 thousandfold harvest before & after each workout, that you'd be a thousand times stronger?? You know the 30fold, 60fold, 100fold, 1,000fold, and the 10,000fold sure mercies of David work only by faith, right? Start mixing your faith with your workouts so that you're not limited to your body's inherent ability to build stronger muscles. If you'll start mixing your faith with it, for the results you fully intend to have that are based on the Word regarding God's previous athletes in Biblical history, then you'll start having more and more of His Spirit's leading towards your portion of bringing that to pass, per Colossians 2:6-7 & many other passages of Scripture.
Beyond strictly gym time: any time you've got physical soreness from any physical activity that evidently demanded more of you than you thought it would, immediately stop and believe you receive your increased strength through His Spirit's quickening of your body, per Mark 11:24. You'll wind up having in 5 or 6 years what it takes other athletes 15yrs to have; you'll have the benefit of steroids without taking any, 'cause you're lifting your body out from under the curse with Galatians 3:13; 29 and Covenantally demanding with your faith that it function with the perfection that God created it to function, forbidding all malfunctions in it, and demanding the quickening of your mortal body that Christ Covenantally suffered, rose from the dead, and was seated at God's right hand to give you His Spirit in the Covenantal behalf of.
Until we're able to get you guys & gals a national holiday, recognizing you exclusively instead of lumping you in with cops, EMTs, etc., though I recognize y'all often work as a team, after my couple hrs of prayer time this morning a thought hit me for when to really go all out in celebrating the work you do in rescuing God's Creation from peril. Your work very often means people find an escape from death that without your help otherwise seemed inevitable, many times. So at our ministry, I want to make sure we do all we can during the two days of the feast of Purim (from the book of Esther) in recognizing the heroic work you do everyday. Since that's calculated on the Jewish calendar, yr by yr, and varies from our calender from one yr to the next, just means keeping an eye on the calendar for February & March (usually) for when Purim is celebrated. From now on, we'll celebrate your life saving work at Purim.
We appreciate you as often being Creation's own Special Forces, fighting, as best as you're able, against fires that come about through conditions having been too dry, freaks of nature like lightning, and people's carelessness. Much too often it is a life saving work with situations where smoke detectors didn't have batteries 'cause they'd act up while someone was making pancakes, or situations where people get trapped because of how/where a fire got started. & obviously in many states, this year, there's the out of control wild fires that threaten whole habitats and communities of people.
Though you're often marginalized by others in their celebrations of our armed forces that are basically trained killers that are for hire by whatever dominant political party happens to be in power, you're uniquely in a place of actually making a difference. EMTs & cops often do face life/death decisions, but in terms of scale, you're very often a community's defense from perils that can easily be as threatening or more threatening than any foreign army! Cops often work to keep spectators out of your way and EMTs try to save those that either got out before it got out of hand or that you've brought to them, but you're the ones really taking the heat of battle where out of control fires are concerned.
The preceding was a compilation of recent posts addressed to Firefighters. You can find more of the above at: Firefighter Blessings on Facebook.