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Hands To War, Fingers To Fight

20130727-214410.jpg“Praise the Lord , who is my rock. He trains my hands for war and gives my fingers skill for battle.” (Psalm 144:1 NLT)

“Hands trained for war, fingers skilled for battle”, doesn’t necessarily mean someone trained for fighting in hand to hand combat, or someone skilled in bow and arrow. Not necessarily.

There is a battle ground far greater and even more deadly than any Vietnam or Armageddon. It is the battleground of the spirit realm.

Notice Paul’s reference to it: “We are human, but we don’t wage war as humans do. We use God’s mighty weapons, not worldly weapons, to knock down the strongholds of human reasoning and to destroy false arguments. We destroy every proud obstacle that keeps people from knowing God.” (2 Corinthians 10:3-5 NLT)

“For we are not fighting against flesh-and-blood enemies, but against evil rulers and authorities of the unseen world, against mighty powers in this dark world, and against evil spirits in the heavenly places.” (Ephesians 6:12 NLT)

Many battles are won or lost in the unseen realm of the spirit. People understand the power of prayer; intercessory, praying in faith, and other types of prayer. Yet many believers do not know the spiritual power released through true worship. Even the simple faith act of prayerfully playing a piano can allow the Holy Spirit to join in the spiritual battle and bring a victory.

David, the kingly psalmist, waged as many successful battles through worship as he did with his sling, sword, or fist. The psalms he wrote describe his battles, won through his connection with God as he worshiped.

“For You are my hiding place; You protect me from trouble. You surround me with songs of victory.” (Psalm 32:7 NLT)

“I called on the Lord , who is worthy of praise, and He saved me from my enemies.” (Psalm 18:3 NLT)

“May the nations praise You, O God. Yes, may all the nations praise You. Then the earth will yield its harvests, and God, our God, will richly bless us. Yes, God will bless us, and people all over the world will fear Him.” (Psalm 67:5-7 NLT)

See what happens when praise is given to God? The spiritual affects the natural.

David said, also, that “God inhabits the praise of His people.” Psalm 22:3

Moses sang a song, declaring his commitment to preparing a “habitation” for God through praise and worship. “The LORD is my strength and song, and He is become my salvation: He is my God, and I will prepare Him an habitation; my father’s God, and I will exalt Him.” (Exodus 15:2 KJV)

Much spiritual power is released through spiritual playing, as well as praying. May God anoint your heart and hands to fulfill His will in this world.

Amen!

Hand Signals

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Our marvelous hands.

Besides being used for the obvious, hands can be somehow linked to the mouth’s operation. Ever known a person who “couldn’t talk if their hands were tied”? Of course you have.

The hands may also signal a person’s intent. Understanding “hand signals” people use can be key to knowing a person’s motive or desire. Specifically, how and where their hand is placed ON you can reveal a lot.

For example, when someone places their hand…

On your head, it’s to bless and encourage you, but…
Patting your head could mean they are patronizing you.
On your mouth, they’re attempting to stifle you
On your neck, prepare to be choked
On your shoulder, it’s a sign they agree with you, unless…
The hand roughly squeezes the shoulder, pushing. Disgust and mad
On your arm, companionship
Hand in hand, covenant
On your chest, making a point
On your back, consoling and loving
On your belly, humor at your expense…
In your belly, well, you know what that means
On your hips, are they that good of friend?
On your rear end, well, depends on how long it lingers
On your legs and ankles, you are being held back

But under your feet, you’re being lifted to new heights.

“Don’t be afraid, for I am with you. Don’t be discouraged, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you. I will hold you up with my victorious right hand.”(Isaiah 41:10 NLT)

See also Deut. 33:27; Psalm 18:48

His hand is mighty to save!

Hands

Hands

Now God worked unusual miracles by the hands of Paul, so that even handkerchiefs or aprons were brought from his body to the sick, and the diseases left them and the evil spirits went out of them (Acts 19:11,12 NKJV)

Ordinary hands. Unusual miracles.

Not your ordinary, everyday, common, plain, typical type of miracle.

“…so that EVEN…” Unusual miracles PLUS!

All of this extraordinary stuff through the hands of a guy who said he was “chief of sinners.”

Hands that once held the coats of those who stoned Stephen to death.

Hands used to carry letters, authorizing him to find and imprison believers in Jesus Christ.

Isn’t it amazing what hands can do after the heart has been changed by Jesus?

Just think what God does (and has done) with His hands:

-Formed the dry ground
-Formed man from the dust of the ground
-Held Adam’s head while He breathed into him the Breath of Life
-Placed Adam in The Garden
-Measures the size of the universe, and the waters of the earth
-Delivered the children of Israel from Egyptian bondage
-Upholds all who trust in Him
-Defeats His enemies
-Feeds His creation
-Works truth and judgment
-Leads His people
-Opens blind eyes and deaf ears
-Heals the sick and raises the dead
-Holds the keys to Death and Hell

“His coming is as brilliant as the sunrise. Rays of light flash from his hands, where his awesome power is hidden.” (Habakkuk 3:4 NLT)

“Do not let any part of your body become an instrument of evil to serve sin. Instead, give yourselves completely to God, for you were dead, but now you have new life. So use your whole body as an instrument to do what is right for the glory of God.” (Romans 6:13 NLT)

Just think what God could do with your hands; your “instrument of righteousness”, if you’d let Him have your heart.

I believe I know what you’re thinking. You’re saying to yourself, “I’m a Christian! He has my heart.” Okay, I’ll buy that.

But is there a bit of fear in your heart? A fear of allowing God the freedom to use you in unusual and uncomfortable ways? A fear of letting go of your dreams and desires, and taking His plans into your hands? A fear of embracing those whom society has simply discarded, abandoned, and left for an eternity separated from the God of Love?

Is fear present in your heart? A fear that you’ll fail if you start obeying God’s voice, His leading? Do you fear God won’t answer or confirm His word with an accompanying sign, after you’ve laid your hands on the sick?

You don’t need to fear! Remember His hands? They are pointing you in the direction you should go, AND they are upholding you AS you go. His hands are protecting and empowering you, so release the fear and allow faith in God to rule your heart.

Your heart, my heart, isn’t different than anyone else’s, including Paul’s.

Neither are your hands.

Ordinary hands.

Hands God can use to work unusual miracles.

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