Boast In The Lord January 26th, 2022

A Word From Frankie Pavia

Daniel 3:16-18
Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego replied, “O Nebuchadnezzar, we do not need to defend ourselves before you. If we are thrown into the blazing furnace, the God whom we serve is able to save us. He will rescue us from your power, Your Majesty. But even if He doesn’t, we want to make it clear to you, Your Majesty, that we will never serve your gods or worship the gold statue you have set up.”

Our lives aren’t always going to be the glamorous, filtered, perfectly lit, or highlight reels that social media and the world would like us to believe. You know as well as I do, there are going to be moments and seasons in our lives where we feel like we have been thrown into the “fiery furnace”. 
How we respond to those moments may not always determine the outcome, but will determine the way that we experience those seasons. I love this story because we know how it ends, but in that moment, they were prepared for whatever outcome the Lord would allow.
I’m sure that they were probably scared. But their fear did not deter them from practicing their beliefs. I’m sure they understood that it would have been easier to just bow. But they didn’t allow the temptation of taking the easy way out, to sway them in to giving up their integrity. 
Because of their integrity and because of their held beliefs, they had an encounter with the God of the impossible. Their faith may or may not have determined their life-outcome in the furnace.  But whether they saw the hand of God move before being thrown in the fire, while being in the fire, or even if God would have brought them eternally home to be with Him, they stood firm in their belief that He was always with them.
So whatever season you find yourself in today, remember who’s you are, and know that even if He doesn’t save you in the way that you would expect to see, He is walking with you before, in, through and after the fire.

Father I am thankful that you are walking with me through every moment and season of my life. Whether on the mountaintop, or in the valley, you are always with me. Lord I ask that you continue to strengthen my faith to say no to the fears that would like to keep me from walking in your will. I pray that you would give me the courage to say no to the temptation of taking the easy way out and bowing to the things of this world; that I would live a life of integrity, devoted fully to you, and that my life would be a testament to others that you are still at work. In all seasons, may I not be focused on the outcome, but instead be focused on you.

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