Tied up and ablaze.

Daniel 3:21-26 “So these men, wearing their robes, trousers, turbans and other clothes, were bound and thrown into the blazing furnace. The king’s command was so urgent and the furnace so hot that the flames of the fire killed the soldiers who took up Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego,and these three men, firmly tied, fell into the blazing furnace. Then King Nebuchadnezzar leaped to his feet in amazement and asked his advisers, “Weren’t there three men that we tied up and threw into the fire?”They replied, “Certainly, Your Majesty.”He said, “Look! I see four men walking around in the fire, unbound and unharmed, and the fourth looks like a son of the gods.Nebuchadnezzar then approached the opening of the blazing furnace and shouted, “Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego, servants of the Most High God, come out! Come here!”So Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego came out of the fire, and the satraps, prefects, governors and royal advisers crowded around them. They saw that the fire had not harmed their bodies, nor was a hair of their heads singed; their robes were not scorched, and there was no smell of fire on them.

Nebuchadnezzar then approached the opening of the blazing furnace and shouted, “Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego, servants of the Most High God, come out! Come here!”So Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego came out of the fire, and the satraps, prefects, governors and royal advisers crowded around them. They saw that the fire had not harmed their bodies, nor was a hair of their heads singed; their robes were not scorched, and there was no smell of fire on them.

I have read this scripture many times. But in this current season of life I am seeing it from a whole other side. I wanted to share.

What happens when you are obeying God and you still get thrown into the fire. What happens when you are doing what you believe is right and it seems as though all hell is breaking loose in your life. Your going to church, you stopped going to the clubs, you are trying to read the Bible more, trying to change the way you talk, you are on the way to becoming the better version of you. Then it seems areas in your life are set ablaze.

Tonight I want to talk to those that feel as though they are in the fire. That they are in a position in their life that you are not only in the fire but you are tied up in the fire. You couldn’t run if you had to. Those that are looking at their giants and feeling that there is no way to defeat this. That feel as though this is the place where I am going to be consumed, this is the place I can not figure out.

You can not fight your way out, pray your way out, you have exhausted all you options.

I know this is a terrifying place to be but my friend but this is the best place to be. This is the place of miracles. The place of refinement. The end of your rope is the beginning for Gods. I know it seems like you will be consumed but I can promise you if you just wait it out a little longer you will see the other in the fire. It is not my promise but Gods.

If you open your eyes past the obstacle you can see the one who is holding back the flames so that not even a hair on your head will smell like smoke.

Job 23:10, It’s the ones who endure through the fire, that come out as pure gold. It’s the ones who remember to trust in God, even when it doesn’t make sense to, that get to see the promise of God’s Word come to life pertaining to those who persevere.You will overcome it.

Please read that verse again it is so powerful. We have the strength through Christ to ENDURE through the fire. It is easy to trust God and endure when everything seems to be going smoothly. But when we face trial and circumstances that we did not see coming it could take everything in us to stand firm. It could take every ounce in us to stand on the promise that He will be in the fire with us. In the hardship with us, in the heartbreak with us, in the sleepless nights with us. There is nothing that can separate us from the Love of God.

I know it feels impossible sometimes and it seems hopeless or even to much to bear. But feelings are liars, the truth is His word. He is for you and this is a mere moment. You are going to pass through this not be consumed by this. Do not give up, do not give in to the feelings. Are you made for such a time as this. Stand firm, even tired up and ablaze.

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