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19 Then Nebuchadnezzar was full of fury and his facial expression was changed [to antagonism] against Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego. Therefore he commanded that the furnace should be heated seven times hotter than it was usually heated.
20 And he commanded the strongest men in his army to bind Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego and to cast them into the burning fiery furnace.
21 Then these [three] men were bound in their cloaks, their tunics or undergarments, their turbans, and their other clothing, and they were cast into the midst of the burning fiery furnace.
22 Therefore because the king’s commandment was urgent and the furnace exceedingly hot, the flame and sparks from the fire killed those men who handled Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego.
23 And these three men, Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, fell down bound into the burning fiery furnace.
This month of April has been filled with intensity for me. Much hotter than normal. Just like Nebuchadnezzar, circumstances and situations have been demanding I bow down and worship them. The pressure has been building and building, so that it seems to fill my senses and my being. Just like Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego, I feel commanded by the present circumstances to conform to certain standards and expectations. My refusal to submit to the pressure has placed me in the presence of the fiery furnace. My life is exceedingly hot! It is very intense. Because it is so hot, my normal everyday pressures are feeling very constricting. There are moments, I feel bound, much like Shadrach, Mesahach and Abednego who were bound in their own clothes and thrown, naked in the furnace.
It is from this burning place, that my heart is crying out to the Lord.
I entered into this place of fiery trial as one, but I write this from the heat, as two……Jesus and me. See, I am in the furnace, but Jesus is here. I feel stripped of all, naked and vulnerable, just like Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego were. What should be so hot as to kill me, is held ineffective by His power. His power has turned me into a fire walker. The flames are high, the heat is hot but I am walking through, in victory.
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25 He answered, Behold, 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 a son of the gods!
26 Then Nebuchadnezzar came near to the mouth of the burning fiery furnace and said, Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, you servants of the Most High God, come out and come here. Then Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego came out from the midst of the fire.
27 And the satraps, the deputies, the governors, and the king’s counselors gathered around together and saw these men—that the fire had no power upon their bodies, nor was the hair of their head singed; neither were their garments scorched or changed in color or condition, nor had even the smell of smoke clung to them.
I may be in the furnace, surrounded by the pressure of heat, but I know Who’s I am. I am the servant of the Most High God. This furnace will become the place of God being glorified. Circumstances may rage,and strip me down, and try to command me as much as they want, I will not bow down. I worship the Most High God. He is Most High over every circumstance I face. So no matter how intense the flames get, I am certain of my Lord.I have nothing but He has me.
Notice that the satraps, the deputies, the governors and the king’s counselors as well as the king, gather around that furnace. I am just believing that the same is true for my situation, all the worldly authorities will see God’s power. Soon, I will be walking out of this intense trial and not even the smell of this trial will cling to me. God will be glorified and exalted. Instead of the pressure increasing the intensity of my stress and fear, I am letting this trial increase the intensity of the presence of God in my life. Through it all, whether I am in the furnace or standing outside of it, I will intensely worship my God only. He will cause me to walk through the fire.