Deliverance from a Fiery Furnace?

Daniel 3 is our storyline.

We all know the story of Shadrach, Meshack and Abed-nego and the fiery furnace, so I am not going to retell the story. The part that fascinates me whenever I think of this story is the part that follows after King Nebuchadnezzar, full of fury commands the furnace to be made seven times hotter! (v19)

After the King commands his “most mighty men” (v20) to cast our 3 friends into the burning furnace, the King’s “most mighty men” are all killed by the heat of the furnace (v22).

Time to stop and ponder: our 3 friends were bound hand and foot (v21), so they had to be helped/carried/assisted to the edge of the furnace. Our 3 friends were the only ones left standing close to the furnace after watching these “most mighty men” fall down dead around them from the heat.

Now if it was me, this would be going through my mind:

“Oh yeah King! You see! I told you my God would deliver me!”

(v17 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)

At that point, I would have summarised the situation very quickly and realised, not one of the Kings other men would have come close to me to throw me into the furnace, their friends were lying dead at my feet! If I decided to at this particular point, to actually plead my case with the King, he would probably have listened because he would not want to die throwing me in the furnace. He knew at that particular point, he was in a very negotiable position as to making him look really powerful or really powerless before his entire nation.

Me, I would have thought that God had started opening the door for my deliverance with the guards dying, because at that point, the 3 friends were in a position of power.

Looks like the Son of God in the Fire (v25)

And our 3 friends? They decided to throw themselves into the fire without the help of the “most mighty men” of the king or without any further assistance! (v23)  The end result we know, they walk around in the fire with Jesus.

When we go through “fiery situations”, we are inclined to expect God’s deliverance before the flames reach us, but sometimes God has a bigger picture in mind than our immediate comfort zone.

A New Testament version of  this Old Testament story.

Read John 18:1-6

Judas is coming out to betray Jesus into the hands of the Pharisees with a band of men, soldiers and weapons.

(v 6) As soon then as Jesus had said unto them, I am he, they went backward, and fell to the ground.

At that particular point, Jesus was free to escape as all who had come out to take Him captive, where lying on the ground, out under the power that came on Jesus when He took up His full authority by saying “I am He!”

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In both stories, God had a bigger plan of redemption in place than the individuals involved’s deliverance out of that particular situation.

In the 1st story a nation got to know a new God, and in the 2nd story, all the nations were freed from the curse of the law of sin and death through the death of Jesus on the cross.

Going through our trials and our own “fiery furnaces”, when we get to that point where there seems to be a deliverance from our immediate circumstances and we can walk away almost “justified” or “redeemed” or “vindicated”, we need to be very sensitive to the Holy Spirit and listen what God’s perfect purpose is for the situation. Sometimes the battles we fight are not just designed to bring us into freedom, but also the people around us. If we walk away at the 2nd best deliverance, we might miss God’s best for our lives and the lives of others.

God always gives us the choice. We can stay and go through the trail, or at a point, we can walk away. Walking away frees us and no one else. But going through, potential frees the entire body of Christ with the new truth you have learnt.

At what point in your fiery trail, do you consider yourself “delivered”?

SUPERNATURAL (Part 1): THE RICH YOUNG RULER

Luke 18:18-23

18 And a certain ruler asked him, saying, Good Master, what shall I do to inherit eternal life?

19 And Jesus said unto him, Why callest thou me good? none is good, save one, that is, God.

20 Thou knowest the commandments, Do not commit adultery, Do not kill, Do not steal, Do not bear false witness, Honour thy father and thy mother.

21 And he said, All these have I kept from my youth up.

22 Now when Jesus heard these things, he said unto him, Yet lackest thou one thing: sell all that thou hast, and distribute unto the poor, and thou shalt have treasure in heaven: and come, follow me.

23 And when he heard this, he was very sorrowful: for he was very rich.

The same story can be found in Matt 19 v 16 – 29; Mark 10 v 17 – 30    

As Part 1 of the Supernatural series, I’ve chosen this passage of scripture to start prodding your Spirit. Many times when we read the Bible, it is treated as a prescribed reading book at school. I read what I need to enabling me to answer the test /exam questions that follow. Please read the passage with the following intent in your heart: “Holy Spirit, please show me during the next month what my attitude towards money, riches and giving is”

The 1st points I would like you to consider is:

  • If I was the rich young ruler, would I have gone and sold all my possessions and given the money to the poor. How easy would it have been for me to obey Jesus command, or would I have become sorrowful.

Some other points of consideration:

  • How do I feel and respond when someone around me is blessed.
  • When I need something, is my first thought “Oh no, now I have to spend more money”
  • When someone asks for something, what is your first thought.
  • Have you ever looked at something that you have needed and wanted, but in your heart accepted the fact that you will never have it.
  • How do you feel about giving to a beggar, to an orphanage, to a church, to individuals.
  • Have you ever confessed “money does not grow on trees”.
  • Do you go to work only so that you can earn a salary at the end of the month.
  • Would you get up in the morning and go to work if no one paid you.
  • Have you ever received any money over and above your paycheck.
  • Are you a cheerful giver.
  • In your heart, if I gave you a million rand cheque today, would your 1st response be that all your problems are now solved.
  • What one thing in your life do you need right now that would solve all or most of your problems.
  • How much seed do I really have in the ground.
  • If I have an unexpected expense, do I trust God to provide.
  • Have I ever done spiritual warfare to claim back what the devil has stolen from me.
  • Do I know what the devil has stolen from me.

These points may seem strange and somehow not connected at all to the supernatural. But I have my perspective on the supernatural which does not include some of the standard “supernatural” ideas. I am going to be posting a couple of thought provoking posts to encourage the beautiful believers reading these posts to just start a different thought pattern. The Holy Spirit takes you on a wonderful journey once you open your spirit for instruction and education by the Holy Spirit. Everybody’s journey is different. Revelations are not the same. We all have them at different times regarding different topics resulting in different outcomes. But it is the same Holy Spirit, it is us that are different, not the Holy Spirit.

To me the supernatural is not about finance, but we as people only consider been blessed when we receive money. By the end of the series, I will bring the “money” into context into the supernatural – in the context that I see it. I will be dealing with various issues such as justice, healing, education, government, churches and employment. I will be taking each issue and sharing my supernatural theories.

This part is not part of the Supernatural teaching, but I liked the pictures I found, so I included it for the pictures 😀                                                                       

Luke 18:24-25:

24 And when Jesus saw that he was very sorrowful, he said, How hardly shall they that have riches enter into the kingdom of God!

25 For it is easier for a camel to go through a needle’s eye, than for a rich man to enter into the kingdom of God.