The High Places
Tomorrow many of us will celebrate the birth of Jesus. The one sent as the ultimate sacrifice to save mankind. This Christmas will be very different for us. There is no tree, ornate decorations or lights on the house like we’ve had in the past. Traditional celebrations will be few and present giving a minimum. All of this is by choice.
As we approach this years Christmas and New Years season, we are busy moving out of our house and back into our motorhome. Our renters, youngest son and family, will start their move into the house the day after Christmas. All of this is necessary because of where the Lord is taking us and our business.
Because we have forgone the traditional trappings of the season, it has allowed us to stop and see what is going on in our world. Instead of a sense that we are giving up a huge thing in our lives, Christmas and on a grander scale our home, we are seeing how truly blessed we are. There are so many less fortunate than us. I’m certain if you stop and take a long slow look around in your life, you will see the same.
It’s time for all of us to take a personal inventory of what’s important in life and ask ourselves if we have our priorities in order. We are praying for all to have a wonderful holiday season, Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!
The High Places
by Os Hillman
“Blessed are you, O Israel! Who is like you, a people saved by the Lord? He is your shield and helper and your glorious sword. Your enemies will cower before you, and you will trample down their high places.” – Deuteronomy 33:29
One of the most successful movies of our time has been Star Wars, a futuristic movie where the forces of good battle the forces of evil in a far-off galactic solar system. In order for the forces of good to win their battle, they must enter the airspace of their enemies and find the central power source inside the enemy space station. Their fighter jets must locate this central nervous system and fire a laser missile into its heart in order to destroy the power source. The final scene shows the hero sending a last-minute laser missile into the power source and blowing up the space station and all the evil characters who live on it.
Throughout history, cultures have recognized idols on the high places, on the tops of hills or mountains, as their power sources. God said these high places are an abomination to Him. When God brought the people of Israel into the Promised Land, He instructed them to destroy all the high places. Many times through history, God had to judge Israel for their failure to destroy the high places.
Today, every major cult or evil spirit has its own high place that must be destroyed first before a righteous foundation can be laid. It may not mean you can physically destroy this high place, but you can tear it down through spiritual warfare and intercessory prayer.
High places are anything that is elevated above God and is worshiped. Are there any high places that take the place of God in your life? Are there any high places where you live that must be dealt with through spiritual warfare to allow the Kingdom of God to reign? You must destroy the high places in order for God to reign completely. Ask God to show you the high places so that you can elevate the one true God.