Tuesday, November 07, 2006

My Fiery Furnace is not as hot as some

Our home fellowship is doing a Beth Moore study on the book of Daniel. . . POWERFUL!!!

Regarding Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego. . .

King "Nebby" had ordered that they be thrown into the fiery furnace, Daniel 3:13 - 18 Beth Moore stops here to talk about how perhaps we might be facing a fiery furnace of some type in our own lives.


She uses the example (speaking to ladies here) that perhaps we find a lump and the doctors say it is malignant. She says: "Consider three different scenarios of which people of God will face in their fiery trial.


One of three things can or will happen:

Scenario A: Pray for healing; for a miracle. Go to the doctors and find that the lump is gone!!!

Through this season we find that we can be delivered from the fire. The dividend is. . . our faith is built.

As with Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego, they were delivered from the fire.


Scenario B: Because the lump is malignant, necessary steps will have to be taken, i.e. surgery, chemo, etc. We find that we can be delivered through the fire. John 11:4 says, that "it is for God's glory so that God's Son may be glorified through it." We are all gonna have to go through the fire somehow, some way. But God will be glorified.


In Isaiah 43, it says " Fear not, for I have redeemed you, I have summoned you by name; you are mine . . . I will be with you. . . When you walk through the fire, you will not be burned; the flames will not set you ablaze."


1 Peter 1:6,7 says: "In this you greatly rejoice, though now for a little while you may have had to suffer grief in all kinds of trials. These have come so that your faith–of greater worth than gold, which perishes even though refined by fire–may be proved genuine and may result in praise, glory and honor when Jesus Christ is revealed."

So the end result? Our faith is refined!


Scenario C: Modern medicine will not work. Jesus will be calling you home. Beth says this is what we SHOULD be attaining for. But we in our flesh struggle with taking off the coat and leaving it behind.


But what happens in death is that we can be delivered by the fire. Hebrews 12:1, 2 says "Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles, and let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us. Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy set before him endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God."


Christ is the Author and Perfector of our faith.


The dividend? Our faith is perfected. "The last enemy to be destroyed is death." 1Cor 15:26. And James 1:12 says; "Blessed is the man who perseveres under trial, because when he has stood the test, he will receive the crown of life that God has promised to those who love him." And through this season "that what has happened. . . has really served to advance the gospel." (Phil 1:12)


If we look back at Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego, they had been tied up and thrown in. But afterward, "Nebby" saw them walking "unbound!" The only thing that was flammable were their "ropes" So she was saying that "God will allow us to go through the "fiery furnace" to allow the areas of our lives that we are bind us(ropes), to be burned off of us.


That was so profound to me. AMAZING!!!


So afterwards, a lovely couple in their 60's shared that they are going through "Scenario B."

Donna has been diagnosed with breast cancer and through prayer with her husband, Larry and prayer family, she has opted against traditional medicine, including surgery.

She has chosen death, if that is what the Lord has for her.

Let's just say, not a word was spoken, not a breath breathed!

But they KNOW that God has called them to this journey and they believe that God has healed Donna. In the meantime, she has work to do. Three women she knows have been diagnosed with breast cancer in the same week! God is using her to encourage them. She is also seeing a naturopath and the lump is shrinking.

What a lovely couple.


I went to Bible study feeling very discouraged about some very small trials that occurred this evening, but I left there "encouraged" and strengthened.