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DEVO 07.07.23

DEVO. 07.07.23

“He said, “Look! I see four men walking around in the fire, unbound and unharmed, and the fourth looks like a son of the gods.” (Daniel‬ ‭3:25‬ ‭NIV‬)

- Shadrach, Meshach & Abednego had enraged the king because they refused to bow to the image he had made.

- They trusted and obeyed God, regardless of the consequences.

- Regardless of what everyone else was saying and doing.

- Regardless of the outcome.

- The king ordered the furnace to be heated seven times hotter and then they “were bound and thrown into the blazing furnace.” (V.21)

- What’s interesting to me is that the fourth man doesn’t appear until after they are already in the fire.

- They didn’t see Him in the fire, first, and then decide to trust God because they knew He would be there with them.

- They had faith in Him without any evidence that He would protect them.

- Hebrews 11:1 says, “Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see.”

- ‭‭They showed complete faith in their God who Delivers, rescues and saves his people who have faith in Him and in His name.

- Their 3 Hebrew names even correspond to the deliverance that God gave them.

- Hananiah’s name means, “The Lord shows grace”

- Azariah’s name means “The Lord is my Helper”

- And Mishael’s name means “who is equal to God” which is what the form of the fourth man appeared to be.

- Just like the prophet Jeremiah said in Jeremiah 1:5, ““Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, before you were born I set you apart; I appointed you as a prophet to the nations.”

- ‭‭God knew these 3 Hebrew men and gave them names which would speak of the deliverance that they would receive even before they were born.

- He had equipped them in advance! The evidence was always in their God given names regardless of what the world named them.

- How about you?

- Where do you need to trust God Today?

- With all of life’s uncertainties, today, how about trusting in the God who has shaped you and formed you for “such a time like this”? (Esther 4:14)

- Today is a great day to place your trust in the Lord!

- Don’t fear the Fire. Instead let the fear of the Lord live in you.

- He’s the one who will be in the fire with you.

- But you will never stand with the one in the fire with you if you are unwilling to take a stand!

- Have a great weekend.

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