Weekly Student Encouragement - Trial by Fire
By Deborah Velthuysen - Prophetic School Principal
  

Deborah-Anne Velthuysen
Prophetic School Principal
Apostolic Movement International

You are in the fire right now, and how you respond to the flames will determine if you will be a flawless golden vessel, or one mixed with dross and not worth your weight.

When you look into the Word of God and you read about the story of Daniel, you know how he was dedicated to the Lord no matter what. Even when he was thrown into a den of lions and left there to be eaten, he still held strong in his faith.

Now, with this instance, it is easier to believe there was a way out, but there is one part we tend to overlook.

Daniel 3:19-21: "Then Nebuchadnezzar was full of fury, and the expression on his face changed toward Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-Nego. He spoke and commanded that they heat the furnace seven times more than it was usually heated.

And he commanded certain mighty men of valor who were in his army to bind Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-Nego, and cast them into the burning fiery furnace.

Then these men were bound in their coats, their trousers, their turbans, and their other garments, and were cast into the midst of the burning fiery furnace." - (NKJV)

So hot were the flames that the mighty men of valor that were sent to throw Shadrach, Meshach and Abed-Nego into the blazing furnace, died right away, but the three of them walked around unbound and untouched.

How much faith do you think they needed to face such a fire that burned hotter than ever before killing their captors with flames dancing everywhere they looked?

Still, in that moment, they stood. They had proclaimed their faith is in Christ their Savior, and they knew that He would deliver them from the furnace.

Even in the midst of the fire, they believed in their Savior, and because of this, God was with them in the fire.

You are either in the fire or are about to enter into the fire right now, and the decision is yours. You can either have faith that God will deliver you and take care in His way or you can fight the flames on your own and end up being overcome.

You see, they said to the King just before being thrown into the flames, "Our God whom we serve is able to deliver us from the burning fiery furnace, and He will deliver us from your hand, O king."

They did not know how God would deliver them, but they knew He would. I am sure they did not expect to have to face the furnace they did, but that was the way God chose to deliver them.

Can God choose to deliver you from the trials you are facing through the furnace?

The pressures that are unfair, the conflicts you are having, the struggles you are facing, and the pitfalls you find yourself in are your fire - welcome to the furnace!

It is time to face those flames, embrace them, and rejoice that Christ is there with you because He has deemed you worthy to be a vessel of gold.

So, I have a challenge for you today. It is time to look at the flames surrounding you, and allow them to shape you - to burn away the dross.

  1. Look back over the last week: make a list of pressures, conflicts and pitfalls you have faced, then next to each one put what the core of each one was.
  2. Now for this next week, document all the conflicts, pressures and pitfalls you have faced and also how you reacted and handled each one.
  3. Give each of the "flames" you faced to the Lord and instead of looking at a fire that kills, see the flame that refines, and rejoice that He has found you worthy of the fire.

It is time to stop running away and fighting the flames because you will only burn yourself and then they will come back stronger and hotter, than before. It is time to embrace the furnace as your deliverance and allow the shaping to come.

Your trial by fire has begun - what vessel will you be by the end of it?

The choice is yours.

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