Faith in the Fire, 13FEB
“IRON SHARPENS IRON”, don’t get dull…
We are forged in God’s image, therefore we are NOT to be idle or obsolete, we are to find outlets for our skills to serve. The “irony” is Proverbs 27 has so much advice, but are we “sharp enough” to glean life lessons from it?
Be the iron where there is no iron.
Are we iron-enough to challenge and sharpen each other in faith? Sharp enough to sharpen, and iron enough to be sharpened by others? Will we survive if our faith is like butter?
Are we iron stakes to hold the railroad tracks together so He can steam ahead with His power?
Have we ironed ourselves out to be our best for His use in His Work? Surely the Lord will use us no matter what shape we are in, but can we be more fit to serve?
Have you been newly forged?
Did God place you back into the fire to work out your kinks?
Can you appreciate how He hammers away to make you His tool? His VERY GOOD tool?
Will you be instrumental in His Kingdom?
What will our Blacksmith forge from you today?
Are we an industrial age iron being heated for pressing down creases and wrinkles in our faith? Are we weighted enough to work? Have we grown cold or obsolete? Are we statues forged to demonstrate that the Lord’s faith in us has never wavered?
Are we an iron furnace to warm our corner of the world or sadly stingy as a miser with our allotment of fuel?
Are we souls on fire? Will we shine His LIGHT for all to see?
Let us share our share, sharpen our skills and pour out our praise. When we walk thru the fires of life, we will be known for how we don’t lose our SPARK.
Let us stun the King Nebuchadnezzars of the world with our unwavering faith (Daniel 3) and witness the 4th man standing in the fire with us. Know that our 4th man saves.
Lord, let us know best Your fire in us. Let us search for You in our fires.
Faith in the Fire, Forever…
Do not boast about tomorrow, for you do not know what a day may bring.
2 Let someone else praise you, and not your own mouth; an outsider, and not your own lips.
3 Stone is heavy and sand a burden, but a fool’s provocation is heavier than both.
4 Anger is cruel and fury overwhelming, but who can stand before jealousy?
5 Better is open rebuke than hidden love.
6 Wounds from a friend can be trusted, but an enemy multiplies kisses.
7 One who is full loathes honey from the comb, but to the hungry even what is bitter tastes sweet.
8 Like a bird that flees its nest is anyone who flees from home.
9 Perfume and incense bring joy to the heart, and the pleasantness of a friend springs from their heartfelt advice.
10 Do not forsake your friend or a friend of your family, and do not go to your relative’s house when disaster strikes you— better a neighbor nearby than a relative far away.
11 Be wise, my son, and bring joy to my heart; then I can answer anyone who treats me with contempt.
12 The prudent see danger and take refuge, but the simple keep going and pay the penalty.
13 Take the garment of one who puts up security for a stranger; hold it in pledge if it is done for an outsider.
14 If anyone loudly blesses their neighbor early in the morning, it will be taken as a curse.
15 A quarrelsome wife is like the dripping of a leaky roof in a rainstorm;
16 restraining her is like restraining the wind or grasping oil with the hand.
17 As iron sharpens iron, so one person sharpens another.
18 The one who guards a fig tree will eat its fruit, and whoever protects their master will be honored.
19 As water reflects the face, so one’s life reflects the heart.
20 Death and Destruction are never satisfied, and neither are human eyes.
21 The crucible for silver and the furnace for gold, but people are tested by their praise.
22 Though you grind a fool in a mortar, grinding them like grain with a pestle, you will not remove their folly from them.
23 Be sure you know the condition of your flocks, give careful attention to your herds; 24 for riches do not endure forever, and a crown is not secure for all generations.
25 When the hay is removed and new growth appears and the grass from the hills is gathered in, 26 the lambs will provide you with clothing, and the goats with the price of a field. 27 You will have plenty of goats’ milk to feed your family and to nourish your female servants.
Daniel 3 (best to read the whole story)
24 Then King Nebuchadnezzar leaped to his feet in amazement and asked his advisers, “Weren’t there three men that we tied up and threw into the fire?”
They replied, “Certainly, Your Majesty.”
25 He said, “Look! I see four men walking around in the fire, unbound and unharmed, and the fourth looks like a son of the gods.”
26 Nebuchadnezzar then approached the opening of the blazing furnace and shouted, “Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego, servants of the Most High God, come out! Come here!”
So Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego came out of the fire, 27 and the satraps, prefects, governors and royal advisers crowded around them. They saw that the fire had not harmed their bodies, nor was a hair of their heads singed; their robes were not scorched, and there was no smell of fire on them.
28 Then Nebuchadnezzar said, “Praise be to the God of Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego, who has sent his angel and rescued his servants! They trusted in him and defied the king’s command and were willing to give up their lives rather than serve or worship any god except their own God.