Thursday, March 14, 2013
I Love the words from the bible from Daniel 3:19,"Then was Nebuchadnezzar full of fury, and the form of his visage was changed against Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego..." Have you ever been around someone who was in a rage and saw their eyes change? i have and I am thankful that it has only been 2 times. But I will tell you their eyes did change, and I believe when such happens they are being transformed into doing something far worse them what they intentionally were about to do. In the bible it goes on to say,"herefore he spake, and commanded that THEY SHOULD HEAT THE FURNACE ONE SEVEN TIMES MORE than it was wont to be heate." I am writing about this point to illustrate the demon's power over people. However, I will go a step further and say that God's power is more abundant and powerful than the demon's power is, and if the devil can change the image and thought process of a human what MORE can and WILL God do! We must always remember that nothing is impossible with God.
Lets face it this world is harsh and cruel at times. We all have had days when all we can do is shake our heads and ask, Why God why? But it is necessary it is a must, we also should be saying, YOUR will God NOT MY OWN will be done. Two things happened today and there I was shaking my head and saying those very words, why God WHY? However as I prayed, as I sought after God I was filled with His peace, without explanation. You see we can seek and receive comfort during those times even through confusion... if we truly TRUST GOD.
I love this part of the story mentioned above in Daniel 3:24," Then Nebuchadnezzar the king was astonied, and rose up in haste, and spake, and said unto his counsellors, Did not we cast three men bound into the midst of the fire? They answered and said unto the king, True, O king. He answered and said, Lo, I see four men loose, walking in the midst of the fire, and they have no hurt; and the form of the fourth is like the Son of God.
In my heart and in my mind I just see these three men dancing with Jesus within the fiery flames! You see, I have been through hell and back at times. I mean I have lived through some things, just like we all have. There have been times when I was suffering and I told God this needs to stop NOW! But humbly share with you as I sought comfort through God's word, as I prayed, and I spent time talking and sharing with God there was the comfort, grace, and ability to get through it. God gives to us all but at times we need to fulfill our part & relationship with God to receive more than others do. God is an equal opportunity God. But let's face it, there are some people who receive more from God than others do. I will try to explain it in the following manner: There are certain types of people we all want to be friends with, let's call this person Tom. Tom will be our friend, but he is a better and closer friend to those who abide in and with him. Tom will be friends with everyone, and he is a person who could only be the best of the best of a person one would want to be friends with. But although he is such a desirable person to be friends with many people are distracted, and knowing that when they get around to it Tom will be there to become their friend during THEIR convenience. Yes, Tom is the kind of guy who will give and give to his friends, and he will wait for them when each person is ready. However, all of the other people who have taken the time to get to know Tom, who have relied on Tom who give to Tom, well these people simply receive more in abundance, and receive more than many others could receive because they abide with Tom. This is the very same thing with God. God wants to give you His everything! He is there for our taking. But everything have a "price". And DO NOT get me wrong, God gives freely, even to those who don't believe in Him. But God gives even more to those to ABIDE in HIm. One reason is because those who have a closer relationship with Him can receive what He is giving to them. I will go as far to say that God gives to all of us equally at times yet, those who do not talk to Him, those who go to church but do not know Him, people who say a prayer & then have hatred within their hearts or doubt God's ability, it is not possible for those people to receive God's FULL gift of love, grace, peace, and many others things.
Stay close to God. Make Him the center of your life. Spend time with God outside of going to church. Grow closer to God in every way that you know how. Put your trust and life in God... Then watch your life change!
We all have fiery circumstances, and fiery trails, but we can dance within that firer with Jesus!!!