|24 Apr 2014|
|‘…I will wait, ’til my change comes.’ Job 14:14|
|Before you quit and give up in discouragement, consider the long and difficult process by which a butterfly emerges from its cocoon. If you try to rush God’s purpose and process in your life, you’ll produce something deformed, something that can’t get off the ground and fly. Perhaps you’re thinking, ‘I can’t wait for this to be over.’ That’s understandable. Job couldn’t either. He said, ‘All the days of my hard service I will wait, ’til my change comes.’ But by God’s grace he survived, and ended up with twice as much as he lost. So hold on, your change is coming! God won’t give up on you, so don’t give up on Him! There’s a work going on in you right now.
Something is dying that has to die, so that something better can be brought to life. Let it happen. Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego told a king, ‘We will not bow down to your gods’ (Daniel 3:18). Don’t bow to temptation, or to manipulation, or to ungodly persuasion. Don’t try to keep up with the Joneses, or surrender to selfish ambition and self-promotion. Don’t bow to the spirit of anxiousness and impatience. Continue to walk by faith and not by sight, knowing that ‘…[God] is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all we are able to ask or think…’ (Ephesians 3:20 KJV). They say, ‘Good things come to those who wait.’ The determining factor is Who you are waiting for. God says there’s a purpose for all these things (Ecclesiastes 3:1). Wait, God will make the pieces fit together. He won’t disappoint you.
Pastor E. Mutai Kenya Africa a very encouraging friend.
By David Wilkerson
[May 19, 1931 – April 27, 2011]
Today, the heat of temptation and compromise is many times hotter than it was a
generation ago. For example, Satan has rigged the entire technology of our
age—corrupting it with seduction, sensuality, lust and temptation. Why do we
face such a white-hot furnace of temptation today? Why are lust and sex being
used to sell every conceivable kind of product? Why are there hundreds of porno
websites on the Internet? Who is the target of this flood of filth?
It isn’t the secular world, which has already been seduced. No, Satan’s
target is none of these. Rather, he has manipulated the media to snare the
hearts of overcoming Christians. He wants to weaken and destroy the testimony
of the gospel.
Right now the furnace is being heated seven times over in the lives of many
believers. Satan has created situations in their homes, on their jobs and in
their relationships that are more intense than ever. And many once-strong
Christians are giving up, quitting on God. They no longer pray for help.
Instead, they think, “My trial is too intense for me to survive!”
In Daniel 3, God turned the devil’s scheme into an opportunity to expose the
whole nation of Babylon to His testimony. Because the three young men would not
bow, the Lord delivered them. And they brought to the nation a clear
manifestation of the Lord Jesus Christ!
The king of Babylon testified, “Did not we cast three men bound into the
midst of the fire? . . . Lo, I see four men loose, walking in the midst of the
fire, and they have no hurt; and the form of the fourth is like the Son of
God” (Daniel 3:24-25).
Quickly the king nullified his first decree of idol worship and issued this new
decree: “Therefore I make a decree, That every people, nation, and language,
which speak anything amiss against the God of Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego,
shall be cut in pieces, and their houses shall be made a dunghill: because
there is no other God that can deliver after this sort” (verse 29).
Beloved, it all happened because of the testimony of three men—righteous
lovers of God who were willing to lay down their lives in faith.
Yes, things are going to get hot economically, physically, mentally,
spiritually and in every other way. But God has already put His hand on
separated, godly men and women in every place. And His gospel will be preached
as a testimony.
Then the Lord will come!
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Today God Is First By Os Hillman
Have you ever known someone who lived an outcome-based Christian experience? This means that their decisions are made based on the positive or negative outcome, not on absolute obedience.
Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego were three men who lived an obedience-based life. When King Nebuchadnezzar passed a law that said all were to worship his idol, these young men determined they would not worship anything other than God. You can be sure these men did not make this decision at the time of the decree. Their decision actually had been made years earlier. Their convictions were already in their hearts.
Each of us must come to a place of knowing what our boundaries are in given situations. What will you tolerate from your employer? What situation crosses the line for you? Where are the boundaries for questionable practices in your life? If these are not worked out ahead, you will live a life of situational ethics, determining what decision to make based on the merits of the situation.
Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego were willing to die for what they believed. In this case, they were delivered from the fiery furnace. God used their faithfulness to impact a king, and they were promoted to higher positions.
Are you an obedienced-based Christian? Or are there situations that can move you based on the outcome? God wants to know that we will stand firm on the issues that are important to Him, no matter what the outcome may be. God is looking for those who are radical in their obedience. Does this describe your commitment to Christ? If not, pray for this kind of conviction. The Lord will honor you for this.