Saturday, January 30, 2010

forth in the furnace!!!!


Let me set this up..I was reminded at revival tonight of something I have forgotten...i remember hearing this when i was a child but i guess tonight it meant something totally different to me. Do you remember the story in Daniel about Shadrach. Meshach, and Abednego. I know you all do. Well as i sat there and Clif Johnson was giving the message i realized the chance these three guys were taking by not bowing down to Nebuchadnezzar's 90 foot statue. They had been declaring thier God's worth publicly for the last three years...first by not eating the "kings" food. They had chosen to lead a life that always brought FAME to the Father. ON that day when thousands of high ranking officials were called by the king to come and worship the statue they too were called. The officials stood in their rankings which meant that these three men were probably close to the front because God had purposely placed them in a place of power that would ultimately bring honor and glory to His name. So as the band began to play and all of the thousands of men started to kneel themselves infront of the golden idol these three men did not hestitate to keep their position and NOT bow down to an idol. I wouldn't be surprised if they even might have been seen with their eyes focused on the Heavens towards God's Glory. Because of their disobidence they were bound and prepared to be thrown into a furnace to be burned...Nebuchadnezzar even told the soldiers to make the furnace 7x more hotter. The soldiers that were holding the three boys there were killed by the extreme heat. As the three were finally hurled into the furnace Nebuchadnezzar thought for sure he had taught the other officals standing a lesson about making sure that they always follow the orders of the king. As he was sitting there basking in his feelings of victory he happen to walk by the window into the furnace and notice that there were not three figures but four walking around in the flames. Stunned i am sure he takes a second look and asks a soldier to make sure that there were only three that were thrown into the furnace. At that moment he actually states that the forth being looks Godlike....woa woa....did you hear that...He then asks that three men let out of the furnace...after inspection he sees that they are not only not burned but that they dont even smell like smoke....only God Could Do That....then he states in Daniel 3:29 "I make a decree that the God of the three men shall be praised and is the one true to God....anyone who goes against their God shall be torn Limb from Limb." Don't you love that....so here is my question for me and you...are you walking around a fire one that may be 7x hotter than any other one you have ever been in before? Haveyou taken time to look around you notice that the Father is right there with you? He has never left your side....he is right there...holding your hand....when this is over you will not be burned nor will you smell like smoke...and Your God will be given that much More Fame....So don't stop declaring his name....For his worthy to be praised...

3 comments:

The Wades said...

Hey Mary, I just came across your blog and wanted to stop in and say hello. I can't believe I have not met you yet or ran into you around town. I was Sayward's roommate in college and my family moved to Magnolia about a year ago. Maybe I will meet you in person soon:)You have a wonderful blog! Take Care- Evelyn Wade

The Wades said...

Good Morning, Why is it children are so early to rise on a Saturday?:) We live on 525, not far from Say's old house. Claire is going to school at CDC. Our schedule is pretty flexible,...thank you for all the sweet comments. my email is thenicholaswades@gmail.com...lunch? dinner? what's best for you? look forward to meeting you:)

The Wades said...

Hey girl...I am hoping you get these messages too. I have given up the social networking of facebook for lent, hence my response here...I would love to have lunch on saturday!!! I am excited! my email is thenicholaswades@gmail.com....I am going to have our "facebook stalker" send you a message via FB too! Can't wait:)

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