Dear God: Please give me the faith of Daniel and his comrades. Help me to KNOW that you are there, even AS the fires blaze higher!
Someone who is reading this is experiencing fire so hot, they don’t know if they can go on.
Someone reading this is so close to another person’s fire, they are afraid they will be singed by association.
Whatever its, whoever you are, I beg of you: HOLD ON.
It’s not over until God says so.
Warning: This is an unapologetically super long post. (And it is a repost from almost exactly a year ago, but my spirit feels deeply that someone needs to read this.)
There are times in life when it seems that all should be going well, but something is horribly wrong.
It may be that we have finally walked away from previous behaviors or relationships.
It may be that we have finally took a leap of faith and gotten closer to God’s plan for us.
No matter our race, creed, color or social status, fire will come at some point in our lives.
When fire strikes, it’s never at a convenient time.
Fires show up unexpectedly and are unwelcome.
But once the fire starts, we have to decide if we will stand firm on God’s promises or permit the fire to ravage our faith.
There was a time when three men were thrown into a literal fire – a blazing oven.
Daniel’s friends , Hananiah, Mishael and Azariah.
You may know the latter three as Shadrach, Meschach and Abednego but that was not who they were.
They were given Babylonian names.
1) When going through the fire – KNOW who you are. Don’t ever step out of your identity.
These four young men were chosen.
The Bible describes them as “Israelites from the royal family and nobility—young men who were healthy and handsome.”
As well as “intelligent and well-educated, good prospects for leadership positions in the government, perfect specimens!”
2) No one is exempt from going through the fire.
These young men were gifted by God.
“God gave these four young men knowledge and skill in both books and life. In addition, Daniel was gifted in understanding all sorts of visions and dreams.”
3) God’s anointing over your life does not exclude you from fires.
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