“Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-Nego answered and said to the king, ‘O Nebuchadnezzar, we have no need to answer you in this matter. If that is the case, our God whom we serve is able to deliver us from the burning fiery furnace, and He will deliver us from your hand, O king. But if not, let it be known to you, O king, that we do not serve your gods, nor will we worship the gold image which you have set up.’ “ (Daniel 3:16-18, NKJV)
I’ve heard someone say, “If you can’t stand the heat, get out the kitchen.” But in contrast, the heat is where things get cooked! In other words, the heat causes things to develop, things to rise and reach its full potential. Masterpieces are made! From the heat things are created and purified, impurities are removed. In the heat (fire) miracles are seen; just take a look at Shadrach, Meshach, Abed-Nego.
Are you in the fire today? Has the fire (the stresses, crisis, and turmoil) of this life left you wanting to say “I’m done!”?
If you’re in the fire, don’t get out! Don’t walk away, but stay in the heat! Remember, battles are won in the fire! Lives are change in the fire! God makes us new in the fire! Greatness is born and miracles are seen in the fire! Though the fire that God places us in or allows us to experience may makes us want to throw our hands up and say, I’m quit. Remember, we have to believe that God is allowing us to experience the fire for His perfect will and all for His glory.
God turns up the heat in our lives to cleanse us, make us better, and remove all the filth that weighs us down. Sometimes, He allows us to go through the fire so that others may see His power and might.
“‘Look!’ he answered, ‘I see four men loose, walking in the midst of the fire; and they are not hurt, and the form of the fourth is like the Son of God.’ Nebuchadnezzar spoke, saying, ‘Blessed be the God of Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-Nego, who sent His Angel and delivered His servants who trusted in Him, and they have frustrated the king’s word, and yielded their bodies, that they should not serve nor worship any god except their own God!’” (Dan. 3:25, 28, NKJV)
Sisters, if you’re in the heat, don’t get out the kitchen! But do like our brothers did in the book of Daniel! Trust God and believe that He will either deliver you from the fire or deliver you in the fire.
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