Fire Walkers

My devotion encouraged me so much today that I had to write something about it!

It focused on Daniel chapter 3 , the most radical story in the bible!  Three young men  stayed committed to serving God only , and for that were punished to the fiery furnace to burn.  Yet God walked with them through the fire.

Let me share with you what I got from this, and 3 things to take away from this story;

1. Be BOLD about the God you serve.

 16 Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego replied, “O Nebuchadnezzar, we do not need to defend ourselves before you. 17 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. 18 But even if he doesn’t, we want to make it clear to you, Your Majesty, that we will never serve your gods or worship the gold statue you have set up.”

I do not want to be quiet about the things my God says to shout about, I pray for strength , and courage to proclaim the mighty works of the Lord. Even more to not give in to a world of influence , and peer pressure.

2.  God will walk in the fires of our reality.

25 “Look!” Nebuchadnezzar shouted. “I see four men, unbound, walking around in the fire unharmed! And the fourth looks like a god[g]!”

Digging deeper into this verse, I understand that God strengths us in the fire. We might cry , we might be scared , but with him we can walk in a freedom knowing with God nothing of this world can touch us.

3. Others will be amazed , and affected by what God did in your life.

King Nebuchadnezzar was so amazed on how God saved these three young men ,not only did he fear God , he worshiped him at the beginning of chapter 4 for the things he was starting to do in the Kings life saying;

“I want you all to know about the miraculous signs and wonders the most High God has performed for me. How great are his signs,
    how powerful his wonders!
His kingdom will last forever,
    his rule through all generations.

WOW. I don’t know about you all , but I know  I want to have the boldness they have! I want my boldness to be so effective that it is changing the hearts of those around me, even those who don’t know him. My devotion used the word facts. The fact was  Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego were about to die . YET , God was with them no matter the outcome. ( the TRUTH)

What are your realities’ today? What fires are you walking through that seem impossible? I encourage to read this story , and take those “realities” to God. He will walk with you through it all.

Blessings ❤

Where do you find comfort?

Is your comfort in food, words, music, exercise, how many like you get on social media , or people ? I mean the list can go on and on …

The crazy thing about these “things” are most of them continue to fail us over and over. As Christians we are supposed to take all comfort in God. However, as time goes on, life happens, and situations occur what did we do in those situations? What gave us peace, reassurance, calmed the nerves , or encouraged our spirit.

For me I found my comfort in words, and sometimes people. Now looking back that is a SCARY thing. We all know people change, words fail , and inconsistency is a major factor. I was putting my comfort and trust in the WRONG pocket.

In my mind I imagine God waving his hands in front of me like

“JANA I AM HERE …. Come to me, find comfort in me , ill ease the pain, I’ll give you reassurance”.

Though I failed to realize this in the past , I am so glad he is teaching me that now. Lately, especially in these last two weeks I have been hearing God so clear. In my praying , mediating , reading , and even listing to messages  he has confirmed that I need to cling to the understanding that through him all things are good. Even more in HIM there is always a YES, and he is my everlasting comforter in all my afflictions.

I was reading 2 Corinthians 1. The whole chapter jumped at me. Let’s look at some of these verses :

3Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves receive from God. For just as we share abundantly in the sufferings of Christ, so also our comfort abounds through Christ.

So not only is this comfort for us , its for others.  God instructs us to share how he comforted us with others going through these same situations – always pointing them to the lord.

This next verse one was my favorite!

20 For no matter how many promises God has made, they are “Yes” in Christ. And so, through him the “Amen” is spoken by us to the glory of God.

Ahh I just love that. This year I vowed to be a woman who says YES to God even when I do not understand it . In this verse , I gained my own perspective:  when I say yes to God and walk in his obedience then he always says Yes to the promises he has for me.

Some might ask what if God never answers me or he says no to what I ask? How do I find comfort in that? I have been currently reading What happens when woman say yes to God, and  I think Lysa Terkeurst described it the perfect way;

“ when he says no it is for my protection, provision , and its part of the process of growing me more like Christ”

That is not just for woman , it’s for everyone . Know that God wants you to trust him! I can be comforted knowing that.

 I found pure joy writing this because in him there is consistency , his word is true and everlasting. I will never have to be confused or wonder if he is there – He always is.  

Love YALL.

His word, My obedience

Last Sunday my church started a corporate fast for 21 days. It is day 5 and I feel great to be honest. I must admit that first day my stomach, and mind were having war lol .  Now I don’t even hunger for food , I just hunger for his word and presence.

The bible says in Matthew;

But he answered, “It is written, “‘Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that comes from the mouth of God.’” Matthew 4:4

The great thing about the fast is that your not just detoxing your body , but it allows you to truly depend on the lord.  I knew what I needed to fast for , and from . I believed it is the perfect way to really hear from him. I am making sure during these next couple weeks I actively seek him because fasting without praying or reading is just a diet.

But from there you will seek the Lord your God and you will find him, if you search after him with all your heart and with all your soul. Deuteronomy 4:29

I loved how my pastor taught it this past Sunday , he said fasting is not what God do for me , but saying “God what can I do for you”.

Today I meditated on psalms 119 – literally the LONGEST psalms ever lol. But MAN, when you really study it , and mediate it , it’s amazing . I read through it in two different versions (ESV,MSG) , and God was speaking me through ever other verse. So, I just want to spend some time pointing out some of the verses that jumped out at me.

V9-10 talks about how we can live a pure life unto him. And I love how the message bible depicts it;

9-10 How can a young person live a clean life?
    By carefully reading the map of your Word.
I’m single-minded in pursuit of you;
    don’t let me miss the road signs you’ve posted. MSG

Let’s have an honest moment and say it is HARD trying to live a pure life when the world seems to be throwing everything at you. These last couple of days, I have understood that I ALWAYS have to be in his word. Having a 15-minute devotion is not enough to withstand the test and trails of this world.

V32 – This next verse touched my heart. I started to say out loud – Lord, I’ll say yes to whatever you have me to do , just show me how!

32 I’ll run the course you lay out for me
    if you’ll just show me how. MSG

I committed that this year is not about what I am going to do , it is all about what he wants for me. So, I say YES. This theme of being obedient to his voice is going along with a new book I started by Lysa Terkeurst called what happens when woman say yes to God. I cannot WAIT to share more of it with you all!

Lastly , I looked at V67.

67 Before I learned to answer you, I wandered all over the place,
    but now I’m in step with your Word. MSG

These was reassurance to me. All the things i have gone through in life, caused me to be all over the place( My emotions, feelings, and actions) , because that was not what you wanted for me. But NOW I’m in step with your word. Being in step with his word has healed me , and it has delivered me from afflictions. Ultimately it has shown me his goodness.

Whew, there are so many other verses in that whole chapter , and I urge to take the time to study , mediate , and hear what God is speaking to you!

Praying for you all! LOVE yall.