It is time to turn up the heat. When you are trying to move forward, you will encounter obstacles. This is not time to fold under and give up. It is time to push through. Whatever you’ve done before, turn it up! (Fasting, prayer, praise, meditating and hearing the word of God, etc…)
Endure Is the Cure (refer back to post on June 10, 2018)
Isaiah 43:2 -4 New King James Version: 2 When you pass through the waters, I will be with you;And through the rivers, they shall not overflow you.When you walk through the fire, you shall not be burned,Nor shall the flame scorch you.3 For I am the Lord your God,The Holy One of Israel, your Savior;I gave Egypt for your ransom,Ethiopia and Seba in your place.4 Since you were precious in My sight,You have been honored,And I have loved you;Therefore I will give men for you,And people for your life.
Hallelujah! God is with us through the fire. The fire won’t burn us and we won’t drown in difficult times. We just have to hold on to the word of God and God will give us grace to go through any situation.
Challenging circumstances can cause you to bow and give up. I am determined to not bow to a difficult situation. I will bow only to the Most High God.
This reminds me of the Hebrew boys in the fiery furnace:
In Daniel 3 King Nebuchadnezzar built an golden image as a god . Nebuchadnezzar had everyone in the kingdom to bow to the gods and the golden image when they heard the sound of the horn and flute.The Chaldeans reported to Nebuchadnezzar that certain Jews that were appointed of the province of Babylon: Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-Nego, did not bow or serve the gods or the golden image he set up. The king was angry and brought them before him and demanded they bow to the gods and the golden image or they would be thrown in the fiery furnace.
Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-Nego, refused. They said the God we serve will deliver us out of the fire.
This made Nebuchadnezzar furious so he told his men to heat the furnace up seven times hotter.
Daniel 3 starting at verse 21
21 Then these men were bound in their coats, their trousers, their turbans, and their other garments, and were cast into the midst of the burning fiery furnace. 22 Therefore, because the king’s command was [c]urgent, and the furnace exceedingly hot, the flame of the fire killed those men who took up Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-Nego. 23 And these three men, Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-Nego, fell down bound into the midst of the burning fiery furnace.24 Then King Nebuchadnezzar was astonished; and he rose in haste ands poke, saying to his [d]counselors, “Did we not cast three men bound into the midst of the fire?”They answered and said to the king, “True, O king.”25 “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[e]Son of God.”
26 Then Nebuchadnezzar went near the [f]mouth of the burning fiery furnace and spoke, saying, “Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-Nego, servants of the Most High God, come out, and come here.” Then Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-Nego came from the midst of the fire. 27 And the satraps, administrators, governors, and the king’s counselors gathered together, and they saw these men on whose bodies the fire had no power; the hair of their head was not singed nor were their garments affected, and the smell of fire was not on them.28 Nebuchadnezzar spoke, saying, “Blessed be the God of Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-Nego, who sent His Angel[g] 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! 29 Therefore I make a decree that any people, nation, or language which speaks anything amiss against the God of Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-Nego shall be cut in pieces, and their houses shall be made an ash heap; because there is no other God who can deliver like this.”30 Then the king [h]promoted Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-Nego in the province of Babylon.
Instead of bowing to the situation, Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-Nego trusted in God to deliver them. It transformed people lives and they ended up promoted. People were bowing and serving the true and living God.
We as believers should have things happening in our lives that has people glorifying the true and living God.
Don’t admit defeat, turn up the heat!