Faith in the Fire
Daily Devotional for July 21st
Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, answered and said to the king, O Nebuchadnezzar, we are not careful to answer thee in this matter. If it be so, our God whom we serve is able to deliver us from the burning fiery furnace, and he will deliver us out of thine hand, O king. But if not, be it known unto thee, O king, that we will not serve thy gods, nor worship the golden image which thou hast set up. Daniel 3:16-17
Although you may never face a fiery furnace as these three men did, your faith will still be tried. It’s just a fact of life! The reason for this is because the tempter has one purpose; and that is to destroy your faith in God. While some people don’t know the secret of victory, you have. Your victory today rests upon your faith in Jesus Christ. The victory you have today is because you chose to put your faith in Jesus and that faith brought you out of bondage. God has not asked us to perform something difficult, but to trust Him during the hardest of circumstances of life.
As we see in the days of king Nebuchadnezzar, Israel was carried to Babylon because they had forsaken God. Satan was at work trying to remove the faith of the remnant; Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego. Your faith does not go on trial before you reach out for God’s promises. Your faith goes on trial the moment you decide to make a stand and say “my God promised to deliver me and I know He will!”
What Satan does not want you to know about your trial is this; the trial is Satan’s attempt to steal the miracle from you. Satan knows that God’s promises come when we believe on the Lord to deliver. The only way he can stop the promise from being fulfilled is to destroy the one thing that brings the promise to you; your faith! If Satan can destroy your faith, he will succeed in robbing you of the promise. Most of the time, sadly, this is where he succeeds. Through his continual robbing from people, he convinces them that God does not care. Some people will even forsake walking with the Lord because of it.
Are you tired of being robbed of the promises of God? If so, trust God and not allow the enemy to rob God’s promise from coming to you! If God’s promise has not come to you as a result of the trial of your faith, then the truth is, you did not really have genuine faith. As gold only gets purer in a furnace, genuine faith will only get purer. If you have real faith, nothing, not even a fiery furnace will be able to destroy your faith. Once your faith is purified in the fire, God will honor those who’ve trusted Him in the fire and deliver them in their fire! Jesus, will be the fourth man in the fire with you! He will be your present help! Is your faith on trial today? If so, the fire will prove it. Once it stands the fire, the promise will come!
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