Untouched by the Flames

3a6bf297-90a1-4f18-92e4-4fb17d7ef531“God saved my house from the flames last night!” An excited lady had come forward in church to give her testimony. Joyfully she testified that there had been a terrible neighborhood fire, but miraculously God had protected her house from the flames. Everyone was happy for her but didn’t get too excited. They just assumed that her house was the last one on the block. Perhaps the fire department got there just in time before the flames reached her house.

A few weeks later her pastor, R.W. Schambach, visited her to pray for her sick husband. When he got to her house, tears came to his eyes. He could not believe what he was seeing. Her house was in the middle of the block! All the houses on both sides were gone. He asked her what had actually happened. She said the fire began on one end of the block and came raging toward her house. Nobody could explain why, but when it came to her house it jumped around her house and kept burning the other houses leaving her house untouched by the flames. God had not allowed the flames to touch her house!

Her neighbors were upset at her and asked, “Why did your house not burn down?” She answered, “This house belongs to God.” God had noticed that in her house there was no cursing, no gambling, no immorality or selfish living. There were home groups that were meeting there for Bible study and prayer. What was more, that family was surely tithing. God took note and stood by His word: “And I will rebuke the devourer for your sakes” (Malachi 3:11). Jesus put His protecting arms around that house.

The Bible says, If you say, “The Lord is my refuge,” and you make the Most High your dwelling, no harm will overtake you, no disaster will come near your tent. For he will command his angels concerning you to guard you in all your ways (Psalm 91:9-11).

If you put God first in your life, He will always stand by His promises!

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