Have you been asking God, “What is my ministry so that I can serve you?” or telling Him, “Please remove King Nebuchadnezzar and his anti-God rules and regulations so that I can serve you freely”?
If you have, understand that your life is really your ministry and your storm caused by Nebuchadnezzar is your message and you may have to preach it without a microphone.
Learn from Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego in Daniel 3 when King Nebuchadnezzar built the golden image and ordered everyone to worship it or be thrown into a hot furnace. They decided to remain faithful to God and said to the King, “Our God whom we serve is able to deliver us from the burning fiery furnace, and he will deliver us out of thine hand, O king. But if not, be it known unto thee, O king, that we will not serve thy gods, nor worship the golden image which thou hast set up.” (Daniel 3:17-18)
Therefore, when facing a fiery storm, you first have to have the firm conviction that Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego had that God can deliver you for The lord’s arm is not shortened that it cannot save. (Isaiah 59:1)
Then, sort out the issue with God such that you are sure in your mind what He would like you to do in that particular situation and you will not need to convince others for as Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego said, “O King, we have no need to answer you in this matter” (Daniel 3:16) because they knew they were ultimately only answerable to God in this and other matters.
After sorting things out with God, you now have to decide to remain faithful to Him whether it endangers you life, marriage, finances, ministry, career or business. In addition to this, you also have to leave the prerogative of taking away the storm in God’s hands. This means that you will remain faithful to Him whether or not He takes away the storm even though you know without a shadow of doubt that He can take it away.
Be certain like Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego, who to paraphrase their words, said, “Our God can deliver us, no question about that, but even if He chooses for whatever reason not to deliver us, we are still okay with that and we will still remain faithful to Him for Though He slay me, yet will I trust Him. (Job 13:15)
To have the conviction of Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego, you have to really believe that your life is in really God’s hands. It is not in King Nebuchadnezzar’s hands even though he has the power to throw you into a fiery furnace. Therefore, if you have not yet done so, put your life in God’s hands so that you can have their level of confidence in God and then bite the bullet like they did for they were then thrown and Fell down bound into the midst of the burning fiery furnace. (Daniel 3:23)
After falling while bound in the middle of the fiery furnace, King Nebuchadnezzar and his counselors continued to watch them and what they saw was the message that the ministry of Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego delivered.
They saw four free and not bound men, men who were walking in the midst of the flames and lying on the floor of the furnace. This sight shocked the King for Then Nebuchadnezzar was astonished, and said to his counsellors, Did not we cast three men bound into the midst of the fire? They answered “Yes” and he said, “Look, I see four men loose, walking in the midst of the fire, and they are not hurt; and the form of the fourth is like the Son of God.” (Daniel 3:24-25)
This sight convinced King Nebuchadnezzar that the God of Israel, the God of Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego was the true God for he said, Blessed be the God of Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, who has sent His angel, and delivered His servants who trusted in Him and refused to serve or worship any god, except their own God. Therefore I make a decree, that any people, nation, and language who speak anything amiss against the God of Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, shall be cut in pieces, and their houses shall be made a dunghill: because there is no other God that can deliver like this. (Daniel 3:28-29)
Therefore, we can see that the ministry of Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego was actually how they lived their lives in the storm.
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