Fire

It’s amazing what goes on when Satan is attacking you.  It can feel like your world has totally collapsed. Your spirit is beyond crushed. Your soul feels hollow. All hope seems lost. You walk aimlessly through life not knowing if you are coming or going.

As a Christian who is familiar with the word, you know all about the Scriptures that can be a balm for your wounded spirit. Yet, you fall so low you can’t even seem to grab hold to what you know will be good to you and good for you. You my friend are smack dab in the middle of a raging fire. You’re dropping and rolling constantly trying not to get burned. It is sheer agony.

I am here to tell you DO NOT MOVE. Yes, you’ve heard me correctly. DO NOT MOVE. As much as you want to take matters into your hands, the battle is not yours, it’s the Lord’s. He will fight on your behalf and win. You will be delivered from the fiery grips of Satan and his agents. Two passages of Scripture that are especially helpful to me in circumstances like this are Daniel 3: 26-27.

Daniel 3:26 Then Nebuchadnezzar came near to the mouth of the burning fiery furnace, and spake, and said, Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, ye servants of the most high God, come forth, and come hither. Then Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, came forth of the midst of the fire.

Daniel 3:27 And the princes, governors, and captains, and the king’s counsellors, being gathered together, saw these men, upon whose bodies the fire had no power, nor was an hair of their head singed, neither were their coats changed, nor the smell of fire had passed on them.

More passages of Scriptures that can help you quench the raging fire that surround you are Ephesians 6:10-16.

Ephesians 6:10 Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might. 

Ephesians 6:11 Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.

Ephesians 6:12 For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.

Ephesians 6:13 Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.

Ephesians 6:14 Stand therefore, having your loins girt, about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness;

Ephesians 6:15 And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace;

Ephesians 6:16 Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked.

Stand, child of God. While tears wash your face, stand. While your knees shake, stand. While your legs are about to give way dig your heels in the earth and stand. All the while that you are standing communicate with the Almighty and watch and see the power of God move on your behalf. You will come forth from the fire shiny and new with God’s glory.

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2 thoughts on “Fire

  1. This is a really good post. It reminded me of the Refiner in Malachi 3:3 – sitting before a hot cauldron or pot of molten silver. In this illustration, you and I, as Christians, are the silver. And we are in the heat, but the Refiner is just sitting. We are tempted to ask, “What do you mean He’s sitting? I’m in the fire! Things are really getting hot for me! I’m having troubles – troubles at work, trials at home, suffering in my body! Why is He just sitting? Doesn’t He care?”

    The temptation to think this way comes from a misunderstanding about the nature of God. God is not a nervous parent, up at 2:30 a.m., pacing the floor, wringing His hands, waiting for the phone to ring, and muttering, “Why won’t My son call me if he’s in trouble? Why won’t My daughter come home – I don’t know where she is?” Nor is He snoring soundly while His children are getting into all sorts of trouble beyond the realm of His consciousness. No, the Refiner of silver sits because He’s in it for the long-haul. He will not let the refining fire He’s attending cool down too much or get too hot. Our Lord sits as a Refiner because He is determined to do a thorough and complete job.

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