I heard the voice of the Lord saying, “You’re reserved and preserved in the midst of a burning fiery furnace!” These words, I believe, are for those whose faith in Him is deep-seated, deep-rooted, resolute and relentless.
Last night, I watched a short clip of Daniel and his friends where King Nebuchadnezzar was furious with Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego for not worshipping the image of gold he had raised up, and “he commanded some of the strongest soldiers in his army to tie them up and throw them into the blazing furnace” (Daniel 3:20). These three young men would not serve any gods or bow down to any idols, decided to obey God rather than man and they were ready to take the consequences.
Turn? Or burn?
Many believers are in the midst of a fiery trial right now, desperate and desperately have longed “to enter into His rest” (Hebrews 4:11). Others are taken and thrown into the pit and are in the scorching flame of persecution raging among them to put them to the test. The enemy, ferocious and vicious, has thrown his worst at them and has tried to beat them up, beat them down and break them to pieces. He is the beast raising up an end-time army and he is forever ruthless. He has them bound and heated the furnace “seven times hotter.” Determined to destroy God’s people, he has worsened their situations causing them great discomfort, damage, distress and disaster.
Listen! The devil wants you to give up and give in! But the Lord has sent you a message of hope saying, “You’re reserved and preserved in the midst of a burning fiery furnace!” Remain steadfast, God has got your back; watch, and He is yet to show you His goodness — “God’s suddenlies!”
The enemy may have you tied up but you will walk around in the fire, unbound and unharmed — you will end up loose! The right hand of the Lord will shatter the evil one, and “shouts of joy, deliverance and victory will resound in the tents of the righteous!”
“But to the degree that you share the sufferings of Christ, keep on rejoicing so that also at the revelation of His glory you may rejoice with exultation” (1 Peter 4:13, NASB). Remember, victory comes from God alone and so does provision and promotion. YOU are yet to see unusual increase. Yes! Keep your eyes open and keep praising, for as He promoted these three young men so will He promote you. Watch, with your own eyes, you will see your enemies rejoice with you — your cup will be completely filled and “your joy will overflow!” (John 15:11)