There is no fire in hell that can touch you if you Jesus Christ is your Lord. He will cloth you in righteousness and not one hair head will be burned. No matter the difficulty of your circumstance, rather it be like the 3 Hebrews who found themselves thrown into a fiery furnace, or Paul chained in prison. One thing they had in common is this, they rejoiced in all things, I say again rejoice.
When told to worship Nebuchadnezzar’s image or thrown into the furnace the three Hebrews rufused. There response was, “Oh Nebuchadnezzar, we have no need to answer you in this matter. “If that is the case, our God whom we serve is able to deliver us from the fiery furnace, and He will deliver us from your hand. O king. “But if not, LET IT BE KNOWN to you, O king, We do not serve your gods, nor will we worship the golden image which you set up.”
I love their response! “Our God will deliver us”, “But if not, let it be known!”
Paul had a similar story. Paul was was accustomed to prison. One night when Paul and Silas was cast into prison, in the midnight hour, in their chains they began to sing and worship and a earthquake shook the prison and the doors opened and their chains fell off. It doesn’t say that they began to worship God in hopes of freedom. They were not using praise in order to get God to move. The interesting thing about the story is even when the chains were broken they did not run. Instead they used every opportunity this miracle offered to bring God glory by leading the guard and his family to Jesus.
See my friends, Paul and Silas were not using praise and worship to manipulate God into doing something. Instead they worshipped God because He was still good even though they were in chains. We are so often using praise and worship as a weapon of warfare instead of a repositioning of our Lordship through enthroning Him within our hearts.
This is exactly what the three Hebrews were doing. What they were saying is, “God will deliver us, but if He doesn’t, it still doesn’t change the fact that he is still God!” So often I meet Christians who the moment their miracle doesn’t manifest their opinion on God’s goodness changes proving the point that the sought God only for their needs, not for relationship. Because of the Hebrews unwavering hearts about God’s goodness, they enthroned Him King over their hearts through praise. Because of this rock of faith they stood upon, Jesus himself comes to deliver them from their circumstances.
I will finish with this. Paul had another trial while being imprisoned in Rome. He looked at his circumstances quit differently then most believers. In the middle of his prison while be chained, Paul remained in more freedom then most of the people I know. He saw that even in his chains the gospel could be furthered. He rejoiced in the Lord. He made Jesus King over his circumstances. He saw that his physical limitations through being chained in prison did not have right to the condition of his heart. He didn’t spend his time blaming God. Instead he penned letters encouraging the churches to remain steadfast in the faith of Jesus.
Now I have to write this last part so that liberty is not given to ones who would allow the enemy to remove them from all the blessings we have through Christ. I am in no way saying that your sickness in any way is sent by God so that people might see your long suffers as worship unto him. That is a doctrine of demons. God is not the author of sickness but faith. I am saying that in spite of your healing, your deliverance, your provision, that you praise and worship the Father because he is good and worthy of all praise. Make Jesus Lord over your emotions and heart and watch what God will do. Your very miracle might be hindered because of the posture of your heart. John says that Christ withdrew Himself from man in Israel because he knew they intent of their heart. They didn’t want him as King, they wanted Him for his blessings.
ONLY BELIEVE SAINTS!!!