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This  is a word from Pastor Timothy Burdick, Minister of Abilities for Friday Study Ministries:

THE CROSS AND THE CRUCIBLE

Today, please look at Daniel Chapter 3, Verses 24-25 with me: ďThen 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, O king.' 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.'Ē

Does this Scripture sound remote to you? Think about the passage with me. If you read the chapter carefully, you'll notice that while the smell of fire wasnít found on these men and their bodies were unharmed, the text does not suggest that they had no feelings about it. Get real! It was a blazing fire that was heated seven times hotter than normal. Now, how about you? Do you feel like you have obeyed Christ only to be thrown into the fire? Then does it feel like the fire is being heated up? If so, donít give up.

While you may be going through a hard time, I believe that God had you read this to strengthen and encourage you. I want you to notice something. These three men who were thrown in to the midst of the fire were bound. Do you feel bound by your troubles? If so, read on. For if you feel bound and fear you will never get out of that fire, I want to say in a loving way: stop looking to your own resources, but rather look to the God who delivered these men when they were still in the fire. He will deliver you, too. But affirming this truth does not suggest how the deliverance will take place.

Even though I donít know how God will work for you in the fire of your life, I can say that He will do it with certainty. Look again at this text: While the Hebrews were still in the fire they were unbound and a Fourth Man came alongside of them. So let God speak to you and touch you today. Even while you still feel bound in the middle of the fire, will you let Him walk with you in the midst of your troubles?  Will you let Him loose you from them?

While fire is never a pleasant experience, God can use it in your life to strengthen you. So, let Him do His work of loosing you today in its midst while you remain faithful. Remember that the Fourth Man walks with you through the fiery times of your life. He has given me strength to do this and it will be so in your life as well.

You can join a discussion/prayer/Bible study with Pastor Timothy on the telephone each week on Thursday evenings at 6 PM Arizona time for his Bible study, by dialing 1.218.936.7979 (US) and entering access code number 139535.

You can also telephone Pastor Timothy at 602-652-2179.  Leave a message and he will get back to you.

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