Dear God: Please give me the faith of Daniel and his comrades

Dear God: Please give me the faith of Daniel and his comrades. Help me to KNOW that you are there, even AS the fires blaze higher!



There are times in life when it seems that all should be going well, but something is horribly wrong.

It may be that we have finally walked away from previous behaviors or relationships.

It may be that we have finally took a leap of faith and gotten closer to God’s plan for us.

No matter our race, creed, color or social status, fire will come at some point in our lives.

When fire strikes, it’s never at a convenient time.

Fires show up unexpectedly and are unwelcome.

But once the fire starts, we have to decide if we will stand firm on God’s promises or permit the fire to ravage our faith.

Someone who is reading this is experiencing fire so hot, they don’t know if they can go on.

Someone reading this is so close to another person’s fire, they are afraid they will be singed by association.

Whatever its, whoever you are, I beg of you: HOLD ON.

It’s not over until God says so.

There was a time when three men were thrown into a literal fire – a blazing oven.

Daniel’s friends , Hananiah, Mishael and Azariah.

You may know the latter three as Shadrach, Meschach and Abednego but that was not who they were.

They were given Babylonian names.

1) When going through the fire – KNOW who you are. Don’t ever step out of your identity.

These four young men were chosen.

The Bible describes them as “Israelites from the royal family and nobility—young men who were healthy and handsome.”

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As well as “intelligent and well-educated, good prospects for leadership positions in the government, perfect specimens!”

2) No one is exempt from going through the fire.

These young men were gifted by God.

“God gave these four young men knowledge and skill in both books and life. In addition, Daniel was gifted in understanding all sorts of visions and dreams.”

3) God’s anointing over your life does not exclude you from fires.

A death sentence was decreed over these four young men because of the ineptitude of other people.

Why?

The King asked for something to be done that had never been done before:

He wanted someone to not only interpret his dream – they had to tell him what his dream was.

When his Babylon fortune tellers could not do it, he killed them.

He then issued a death decree for all wise men.

“When the death warrant was issued, Daniel and his companions were included. They also were marked for execution.”

4) Sometimes our fires come because of other people who have nothing to do with us.

When Daniel found out what was going on, he “went to the King and asked for a little time so that he could interpret the dream.”

Then, he asked his companions “to pray to the God of heaven for mercy in solving this mystery so that the four of them wouldn’t be killed.”

5) Even when we don’t understand the reason for the fire, we must continue to pray.

God revealed to Daniel the dream and the interpretation.

When the King asked if he could really tell him his dream, Daniel said Nope. But, God can.

6) Realize your limitations in the fire. Give God the glory even in the midst of it.

After Daniel publicly acknowledged God and gave him the dream and meaning, the King was humbled.

“Your God is beyond question the God of all gods, the Master of all kings.”

“And he solves all mysteries, I know, because you’ve solved this mystery.”

7) God is able to unravel the deepest mysteries surrounding your fires.

But, it wasn’t over.

Daniel got promoted to a very high position and at his request, so were his friends.

Still, not over.

That same King later built a gold statue.

He decreed that everyone should bow down or be thrown into a “roaring furnace.”

Fire.

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When Daniel’s companions did not bow down, who do you think told the King?

Babylonian fortune tellers.

8) If you think all of your enemies are destroyed, think again. THE enemy is always seeking to devour you.

The Bible doesn’t say, but I can only imagine how they felt about Daniel and his friends.

We don’t know if they were new fortune tellers or remnants of survivors from the King’s decree.

It could be that they felt the favor Daniel and the others had was unfair.

Maybe they were jealous because Daniel gave his friends a hook up.

Perhaps they wanted to do something to endear themselves to the King.

No matter the reason, they eagerly stepped up at the chance to put Daniel’s friends in hellfire.

“These men are ignoring you, O king. They don’t respect your gods and they won’t worship the gold statue you set up.”

9) People who don’t like what you stand for will always eagerly serve you up to fire.

So, the King gave them another chance.

He then asked: “Who is the god who can rescue you from my power?”

REWIND!

When Daniel told him his dream AND interpreted it, what did the King say?

““Your God is beyond question the God of all gods, the Master of all kings.”

His friends served that SAME God.

10) People who are selfish have a short memory when it comes to any good you have done.

Daniel’s friends replied:

“Your threat means nothing to us. If you throw us in the fire, the God we serve can rescue us from your roaring furnace and anything else…”

“But even if he doesn’t, it wouldn’t make a bit of difference, O king. We still wouldn’t serve your gods or worship the gold statue you set up.”

You can read the entire account in Daniel Chapters 1-3, but here’s the point:

The faith of those men were so strong that they realized it may not have been the will of God to spare them from the fire.

Yet, they were spared and escaped a fiery death.

They came through without even the scent of smoke on their bodies.

But, the strong men who delivered them tied up into the fire, died from the flames.

Know this: When God brings you through something, he brings you through WHOLE.

God never brings people through a fire injured.

Never.

When Jesus was resurrected, he was whole.

When Lazarus came back to life, he was whole.

And anyone. ANYONE who serves you up in the fire.

God will deal with them. In ways you can’t imagine.

This fire you are experiencing won’t last always.

It will be put out.

It will be extinguished.

Don’t stop praising God in the midst of the fire.

The higher the flames rage, increase the intensity of your praise.

No matter what.

The stronger the calling on your life, the stronger the fire.

Don’t give up.

There may be some who fan the flames of the fires in your life.

Surround yourself with those who are pushing you closer to God.

And leave it to God to deal with the fires.

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Dear God: Thank you for going ahead of us to prepare a waySuncera Johnson aka That Writing Chic is a freelance writer and former freelance producer and editor for MTV Networks.  A former freelance writer for Rolling Out Magazine . She is currently the CEO of http://amassdigital.com   and the author http://DearGodBook.com . She loves the Lord. The rest of her time is spent with her family and writing, writing, writing, and more writing.


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