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Thou preparest a table for me in the presence of mine enemies… Psalm 23:5
Perhaps you wouldn’t choose to have a meal at this time. But even when life is hard, even when you are being battled Jesus is still wanting to feed us, to grow us, to encourage us to rest in Him.
Be sure to feast on the Word when you are dealing with life. It’ll strengthen you, giving you energy to go on. 

Through the Fire

 Meshach, Shadrach and Abednego were publicly facing the biggest trial of their lives. They stood in the midst of the fiery furnace as onlookers and King Nebuchadnezzar stared in awe.

Instead of seeing three men bound and scorched they were watching four men walk through the fire, loosened and unharmed. 

The fourth man was likened unto the Son of God.

What type of a testimony do you live as you’re going through trials in your life? 

Are you viewed as a person that gets bound by the circumstances and falls apart under pressure? Or can people look at your situation and see Jesus walking right there beside you, strengthened by Him?

Jesus will gladly lead you through the fires of your life. Be willing to seek Him for guidance and support.

 

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I Peter 4:12-13

Daniel 3:19-30

Meshach, Shadrach and Abednego were publicly facing the biggest trial of their lives. They stood in the midst of the fiery furnace as onlookers and King Nebuchadnezzar stared in awe.

Instead of seeing three men bound and scorched they were watching four men walk through the fire, loosened and free.

The fourth man was likened unto the Son of God.

What type of a testimony do you live as you’re going through trials in your life?

Are you viewed as a person that gets bound by the circumstances and falls apart under pressure? Or can people look at your situation and see Jesus walking right there beside you?

Jesus will gladly lead you through the fires of your life. Be willing to seek Him for guidance and support.

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Let The Son Shine In

I Chronicles 16:11

Mark 13:24-26

Have you ever been through something so terrible that you felt like The Lord couldn’t care any less…like He wasn’t there for you…

But once you started seeking Him He was there to be found…ready to show you His power and glory.

So you came to realize that it wasn’t that He left you at all. It was just that you weren’t looking for Him.

Jesus speaks about a people going through a tribulation. After they face this tribulation the sun is darkened, the moon doesn’t show it’s light. The stars fall from the sky…

But then as the people look to heaven they can see Jesus coming in the clouds with power and glory.

This prophecy doesn’t only teach about the second coming of Christ. This truth can be applied to our everyday life.

We all face tribulation. We are often times upset or shaken. And then we allow the light of Christ to dim in our world. Because we turn our backs on Him. But later we remember what The Light was like. How It guided us. Led us. Made sense of things. So we look for It again. And just as we do we can see that Jesus is already on His way and He is ready to pick up where He left off; shining in His power and glory.

When times get tough don’t allow your pathway to be darkened. Walk willingly to The Light for comfort and strength.

The Answer

Psalm 103:17

Job 38:1-4

Sometimes as Christians we try to give explanations as to why people are experiencing life as they are. We spend time creating an answer for ourselves until we feel better about the situation, or sometimes we create answers that make us feel worse.

Job had started to become weary of the trials he was experiencing. When the trials first came along his only response was “blessed be the name of The Lord.” There wasn’t any uncertainty in the statement, any question as to why he was experiencing the things he was, just full reliance and peace in God.

Later Job begins to search for what he might have done wrong or why this was happening to him. When Job started searching for an answer he moved away from his peace that he had had in God to insecurity of God’s role in his life.

God responds to Job. He tells him that He knows what He is doing. He has it all under control. He tells him that there isn’t any need to fear because He has always been, always is and always will be. He reminds Job of His greatness, His sovereignty and that He is just.

It’s then that Job once again finds peace in God. Not because God had given him an answer explaining the situation. Not because Job had come up with an answer that he was satisfied with.

Job finds peace again when he quits searching for answers and begins clinging to God.

If you’re going through difficult times try focusing on Jesus instead of the journey. He already has everything mapped out, we just need to fully rely on Him.

Walking With The Creator

Isaiah 43:1-7

Paul was shipwrecked. Meshach, Shadrach and Abednego were thrown into a fiery furnace. The list of God’s people that dealt with hard situations goes on.

Paul reached land unharmed. Meshach, Shadrach and Abednego didn’t have a hair on their head singed. God’s grace, strength and presence are evident in His children’s lives.

These people of God faced terribly frightening circumstances. They had no idea what the outcome would be. Yet they chose to walk through it because they knew who would be walking with them.

God was by their side. Just as He is for you. When you accepted His gift of salvation you welcomed His presence into your life. Being a follower of Christ doesn’t mean that you become exempt from life’s trials. Being a follower of Christ means that you will have Jesus to walk through those trials with you.

He has created you for His glory. Glorify Him in whatever situation you might face.

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