Lessons Learned Regarding The Fiery Furnace
In the story about Shadrach , Mishach and Abinego as the ” heat was being turned so high that even the guards who were in the process of throwing these Hebrew boys into the furnace because of their stance and convictions were burned to a crisp as they APPROACHED the furnace- that’s how hot / intense the heat w/in the furnace was. However, they (the Hebrew boys) were eventually thrown into the furnace, the Bible says that as they were walking around the fire, when King Nebuchadnezzar actually peered into the furnace that he saw a fourth guy that was like the image of the Son of God w/them in the furnace.
A few weeks ago I was in the midst at Chrenshaw Center East- the speaker of the hour made a reference regarding my situation that I believed echoes the sentiment of many others like him. He stated “that I was able to be strong as long as everything was going well- but the moment the heat got hot I backed away”.
That one statement has been nagging away at me intermittently ever since. I have been asking the Lord for permission to respond ever since and I kept being impressed with His response to wait. Well praise Jesus- He just gave me the flag to respond , but only AFTER He ministered to me first.
First of all, I am so tired of the elephant in the room ( passive/aggressive song and dance-aka phony) game that I have played along with all these years. I am prayerfully coming to terms and accepting the fact that nothing pertaining to me and/or my life is sacred and that I am on display hopefully for God’s splendor. So having said that- can we please, please be mature and let’s call what it is and begin to have open, honest conversations with each other in love? In the words of Rodney King ( rest his soul) “Can we all just get along?” Jesus- there’s simply too much work to do!
So the situation that this speaker was referencing was a personal situation that I have been battling alone by the grace of God regarding invasion of my privacy. I will the save my thoughts regarding the many factors and details regarding this whole situation – the fact that people ( supposedly Godly people at that) feel justified to peep into my life on a daily basis and run commentary on my life vicariously rather than having the courage to speak/ deal with me directly, open and honestly in love; and/or to have the discipline to seek God personally regarding me/my situation. Like I said- we can save that for another day and time.
However, what I gleaned from this particular situation was this is- as I have been reflecting on this particular situation and the particular day when I was told that I had to move out my apartment. Regardless of the imminent danger that I may have and/or may not have been facing- I had peace as it pertains to MY PERSONAL safety. However, when the the safety of my mom and my mover was presented later that afternoon as we were in the process of heading to clear things out of the apartment, I recall my sentiment within myself being ” it’s one thing for me put myself in danger, but another thing to put others in danger as well.” That’s the real reason I cancelled the move that day.
In the days following, hindsight kicked as it always does and I remember kicking myself then and until very recently for not mustering enough faith for the three of us to the point that I could declare ” fear not- our God will avenge us”
Say to those who are fearful-hearted,
“Be strong, do not fear!
Behold, your God will come with vengeance,
With the recompense of God;
He will come and save you.”
It had gotten to point that it was difficult for me to forgive not only myself for not being able to override the fears of the two other people involved , it was also becoming more and more difficult to not hold any resentment for their lack of courage and easily love them unconditionally .
However, this morning in prayer- the Lord bought the whole thing back up- including the statement that made by the minister at Chrenshaw Christian Center East. He ( God) made the simple point very clear- the three Hebrew boys were all on one accord!
They were on one accord when they decided to refuse the delicacies of the king’s table and decided to go on what term today as ” the Daniel’s Fast”, they were on one accord regarding their convictions of not having nor worshipping any false idols- which is what landed them to the point that they were about to be thrown into the fiery furnace. And even though they were actually thrown into the fiery furnace, I firmly believe that the fact that they remained on one accord regarding their convictions. Therefore, Jesus ( the fourth man ) not only joined them, however they all ( the boys being and joined by Jesus ) caused the king to sincerely repent from his sins ( false worship being one of them) and made a proclamation that his contingents ( the nation) were to worship the God of Shadrach, Mishach and Abinego.
I love my mom very dearly and I know deep down she loves me as well; however, the three of us ( her, myself and my mover) were not on one accord that day because of our respective journeys. I believe that’s the reason that God put it on my heart to walk away from the apartment and my possessions ( however limited- they were precious to me and held sentimental value), besides the fact that He was also in the process of doing ” a new thing” in my life. That’s why I firmly believe that true Agape love is very important.
The kind of love that not only is patient and kind, however it also bears ALL things, believes ALL things, HOPES ALL THINGS and ENDURES ALL THINGS! This is the Agape love that takes real strength and courage ( that one can only gain by spending time in His presence on a daily!). This is the love that I believe that God would have us to express to each on a daily basis because it is so crucial, vital to getting ALL believers to a point where we are ALL ONE ACCORD!
Being on one accord is what rescued the three Hebrew boys, got the nation to worship God ( which I also believe God desires to do here in the US and then w/ in the Body of Christ abroad); however being on one accord also got Paul and Silas out of jail!
The Upper Room Prayer Meeting
Then they returned to Jerusalem from the mount called Olivet, which is near Jerusalem, a Sabbath day’s journey. And when they had entered, they went up into the upper room where they were staying: Peter, James, John, and Andrew; Philip and Thomas; Bartholomew and Matthew; James the son of Alphaeus and Simon the Zealot; and Judas the son of James. These all continued with one accord in prayer and supplication, with the women and Mary the mother of Jesus, and with His brothers.
The POWER of Agape Love and One Accord will deliver us individually and collectively as One Body of Christ as well! 😘
Please read :
1Cor 13 ( emphasis 4-7)
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