Fire Resistant Faith!

 



Fire Resistant Faith!

Last week the Lord provided us with much-needed encouragement against the discouragement and depression our times might produce in us. The Lord desired to leave a strong impression upon our hearts that He loves us and that He has provided us "the oil of joy for our mourning, and the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness...that He may be glorified". All that we are facing is about glorifying God! We may think it's about us - but it really is about the purpose and the plan of our God to be glorified in His children. 

However, the hardest part about realizing this powerful revelation is the fact that we've got to believe it! I can't impress upon us enough the fact that God gave us faith for a very good reason! The reasons are clearly provided to us in His Word. Our Loving Father provided us with full disclosure of what we needed to know in order to be the victorious children of God He created us to be! Unfortunately, we've become so accustomed to the sentiments, emotions, and ways of this world that the fire of faith becomes weakened and watered down. The Father desires that we "fan the flames" of our faith so that the realities of His promises can work mightily in us.

I know and feel the sting from watching all the suffering and pain that is taking place all around the world. Yet I also understand that the perpetrator of all evil and destruction is the one that unleashes his will upon the earth. Well, he thinks it's his will but it is the permissive will of Father. Just as God used Pharoah for His own purpose, He uses Satan in the same manner. As I mentioned last week, Satan can not stop the will of God. He never has, and he never will.

In spite of all Satan's plots and schemes - the Father has kept us informed. He has openly declared His plan to us, and warned us about what's going to happen when He said that "the Holy Spirit tells us clearly that in the last times some will turn away from the true faith; they will follow deceptive spirits and teachings that come from demons. Knowing God's word fully arms us for all of Satan's schemes. He wants us to know these things, dear sisters, so that we will be worthy servants of Christ Jesus, nourished by the "message of faith" and good teaching (1 Tim. 4:1, 6). 

The situations that are taking place around us will require a "Fire Resistant Faith". The kind of faith that emboldened Shadrach, Meschach, and Abednego. Fear of death did not intimidate them!  We too must be willing to enter into the fiery furnace of our day fully confident in the ability of the One Who called us and enables us to do His will! Our faith must be fully engaged and operative, unfettered by doubt, fear, emotions, or this world!

There were Chaldeans assigned to discourage and strike fear in the hearts of these young men. There are also those assigned to discourage and strike fear in our hearts - to keep us from serving and worshiping the Savior of our souls. But just like the Chaldeans failed at their attempt to silence and inhibit the faith of the three Hebrew boys, so will those that attempt to discourage and frighten us. By faith, we will not be moved!

It is my prayer that our faith will grow and that we will believe that God is not a liar, but all that He has promised He is well able to perform! 

Here are some things you can begin doing to strengthen your faith:

Know and believe God's Love for you! "I have loved you with an everlasting love...". Jeremiah 31:3

Read God's Word every single day! "Faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God". Romans 10:17

Memorize Bible passages that strengthen your faith! "...Remember all the commandments of the Lord, and do them..." Numbers 15:39

Always remember that the Lord will provide all you need to live for Him! "...God has given us everything we need for living a godly life...". 2 Peter 1:3a

God will enable and empower you to do His will! "For it is not your strength but it is God Who is effectively at work in you, both to will and to work (that is, strengthening energizing, and creating in you the longing and the ability to fulfill your purpose) for His good pleasure." Phil. 2:13 AMP

Father help my unbelief! By the power of Your Spirit, help me walk by faith and override the thoughts that discourage me, and try to defeat my faith in Your ability to help me. Remove fear and create in me a fearless heart like the Hebrew boys. Help me to remember Your great love for me and that you will protect me, provide for me, lead me and guide me all the days of my life! My hope is in You, have Your way in me, in Jesus' Name!

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