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September 2013 Walking Freely

From My Life’s Journey                                                       September, 2013  

Topic:  Walking Freely in the Midst                        

When you read the Word of God and something just jumps out at you, stay there for awhile and meditate.  Write the verse down and reflect further.  This is what happened to me as I read the book of Daniel the other day.  You know the story of Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego in the fiery furnace.  Well, I saw something in the Word that gave me pause.  Let me share it with you.

As these Hebrew boys were minding their own business, praying to their God, a decree was issued that all who didn’t bow to Nebuchadnezzar’s idol would be cast into the fire.  As a Christian, I hope you know that as you are minding your own business, living your life before God in righteousness, the enemy may just stir up something of his own accord.  When trials occur, know that it doesn’t always mean that you’ve done something wrong.   

Notice that when these men were tossed into the furnace, Dan. 3:23 in the King James Version says they “fell down bound.”  The next day, however, when the king checked on the three men, they were “walking around loose” with a fourth man (Dan. 3:25).  Praise be to Almighty God!

 In the midst of their trial, these men stood up and were freed from what bound them.  Many times we think that a situation has to be completely relieved before we can be free.  What gripped me was that these men were standing and walking about freely –in the midst of a fiery furnace, no less.  Walking around freely informs the enemy that his plan has come to nothing.  In the middle of what he has devised to bring us down, we can stand up in freedom.  But the best part is this – God (the fourth man) shows up!  We are not alone.  In my own life I’ve had a longstanding health trial pertaining to my physical body, but God has given me strategies to overcome so that I walk freely in the midst of the trial.  Yes!

You might say, “How can I walk about freely when the enemy is doing this or that in my life?”  Let me send you to God.  As His child, ask Him for His presence as He was with Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego.  When you begin to focus more on God in your trial, you’ll focus less on the fire in your trial.  As a matter of fact, when the three Hebrew boys came out of the furnace, the officials came to see 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” (Dan. 3:27).  That’s called the victory of faith!  1 John 5:4 says, “For whatsoever is born of God overcomes the world; and this is the victory that overcomes the world, even our faith!” 

Though you may “fall down bound” initially, you are not to stay there.  If you’re struggling now, know that God is no respecter of persons; what He did for the three Hebrew boys, He can do for you.  Commune with the fourth man, and ask Him to show you how to walk freely in this trial.  He answers; this I know.  Turn from ways that don’t please God, so you can hear from Him clearly.  Finally, I pray that you come forth out of this trial so powerfully that no one would know you had been in a trial at all.  If God’s Word is true (which it is), let it be true … for you!