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Lord, Take Me to the Fire

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Lord, Take Me to the Fire
by Deborah TomlianThen King Darius sent this message to the people of every race and nationand language throughout the world:
“Peace and prosperity to you! I decree that everyone throughout my kingdom should tremble with fear before the God of Daniel.  For he is the living God, and will endure forever.  His kingdom will never end. 
He rescues and saves his people; he performs miraculous signs and wonders in the heavens and on earth.He has rescued Daniel from the power of the lions”

Daniel 6:25-27

 …I watched as thrones were put in place and the Ancient One sat down to judge.  His clothing was as white as snow, his hair like purest wool.  He sat on a fiery throne with wheels of blazing fire, and a river of fire was pouring out, flowing from his presence.Millions of angels ministers to him;many millions stood to attend him. Then the court began its session and the books were opened. 
Daniel 7:9, 10 NLT

Idols! Idols! Idols! They are everywhere.  Every day they are battling for the throne room of my heart and mind.  They come in the form of materialism, money, sex, achievements, family, friends, work, entertainment, self and many more. An Idol is anything that vies for my affections from the One True Lord and King. In the book of Daniel we see much idol worship.  In chapter 3 Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego were brought before an angry King because they had refused to bow to his god.  King Nebuchadnezzar gave them another chance, again they refused. The king wondered what God could rescue them from his power.

Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego replied to the King,  “O Nebuchadnezzar, we do not need to defend ourselves before you. If we are thrown into the blazing furnace, the God whom we serve is able to save us.  He will rescue us from your power, Your Majesty. But even if he doesn’t we want to make it clear to you that we will never serve your gods or worship the gold statue you have set up (v.16-18)

Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego had had an encounter with the living God.  No other God would ever satisfy their souls.

The King, now more angry, demanded that the blazing furnace be turned up seven times the heat.  He ordered his strongest men to bind up Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego and throw them into the furnace.  The fire was so hot in the furnace that the soldiers who threw the Hebrew men in were killed. Suddenly, in amazement the King shouted out, “I see four men!   Didn’t we tie up and throw three men in?!” As the king counted, he again came up with four men, and the fourth was like that of the Son of man! The men were unbound, unharmed and walking around the fire. Nebuchadnezzar got as close to the fire as he could and he called each by name recognizing them as servants of the Most High God. He called them to come out and come here (from v. 19-26).

Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego came out of the fire. They were untouched by the fire; no smell of smoke was upon them, neither their clothing nor their hair was scorched by the fire.

There are times in our lives that the furnace is turned up; we do not have the strength to go through the fire alone.  Three men were thrown into the blazing furnace, four walked around, three men walked out, “Where is the Son of Man?”  … He is still in the fire! We may feel bound, weak, and unsure if He will pull us through, but when we are willing to die for Christ, rather than serve or worship any other god, we have a heart satisfaction that says, “Lord take me to the fire!”

 The Lord’s promises are pure, like silver refined in a furnace, purified seven times over.  Psalm 12:6

Deb Tomlian serves Jesus as a pastor’s wife and mother in Pennsylvania.

From the fields white unto harvest in Africa we are privileged to hear from the heart of another one of our harvesters. This week’s scheduled Autumn Harvest readings so ministered to Kelly Hallahan she wanted to share her gleanings with us. I pray we will all read both Deb’s and Kelly’s  ”grain for gleaning” causing us to fall on our knees before God for His purifying fire in our lives and around the world.

In Psalm 10 we read about the wicked and evil men who prey on the weak and helpless.  There are so many corrupt leaders and politicians around the world!  They are doing as they please and prospering while the people they were chosen to serve suffer in poverty.  But God sees! How my heart aches for all the small people in the world oppressed by wicked leaders.

And, praise the Lord, in Daniel 6 we read that God can put His man (or woman) in high places of authority and accomplish His purposes even when corrupt leaders try to thwart Him.  We are here in Uganda working with university students that we are praying will be Daniels and Esthers in the coming generation!  We are discipling and training the 1% of men and women in Africa who get a university degree and will, by default, become the next leaders of their communities, families, and perhaps, countries!

Even as I pray against corrupt leaders, and beg the Lord to ARISE, I am seeing Him answer as we hear about alumni from our ministry in places of authority (as high as personal advisor to the Vice President of Kenya!)! Praise the living God  who endures forever, whose kingdom will not be destroyed and whose dominion will never end!

Grateful to kneel alongside you, even from Uganda!

Kelly Hallahan serves Jesus through WGM Uganda. She and her husband Josh focus on discipleship of university students. Read more at Hand in Hand with the Hallahans. 

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About Stephanie

Stephanie Hogan has had a love for Jesus and people since she began leading discipleship groups in high school. She has a master's degree in counseling and loves offering God's hope and healing through His Word as she speaks at women's retreats across the country. Stephanie serves as Director of Titus Women, a ministry of the Francis Asbury Society.

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