who am i?

"I write for the unlearned about things in which I am unlearned myself." - CS Lewis, Reflections on the Psalms

Thursday, February 4, 2016

The Love Collision: Love Is A Decision, Not An Emotion - Ezekiel


“When the raw truth of the gospel and skillful penmanship collides you get the artistry of Ezekiel, lyrical evangelism.” Ezekiel is a word player in the world where silence is seen as golden, in his words “Speak now, or forever hold your “click click” PEACE.” Ezekiel speaks in the now, about what was done in the past and the joy of the future; the words of life to a broken generation, reviving the flat lined hearts of many to the life giving beauty of Christ. He is a husband, father, spoken word poet, hip hop artist, minister and teacher of the gospel.
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Who are you?

I attempt to see the more permanent element of self. That must mean I can't limit who I think I am by what I'm currently doing, or what I currently have, but the one thing that has been done for me.  My heart has been changed. Jesus Christ did it. I must find my identity in whatever that means for me. 

At the moment I do Spoken Word sometimes that many consider challenging or convicting. I deem it truer than anything. I speak from experience and I talk about issues I feel God is uses my work to convey. That's super humbling. 

What is your definition of love?

Love is a decision not an emotion. At the altar during a wedding ceremony, the response expected from the bride and groom as they embark on a lifetime journey of matrimony is." I do". It's not and will never be, "I feel".  Love says "I choose you, exclusively” Beyond forsaking all others, it goes further to mean forsaking all conditions, that's why vows read the way they do... They in essence say, "I love you, and nothing else can get in the way of that" 

Have you had a love encounter with God?

I believe that encounter is something that's still happening for me. I see more and more on a continual basis that God's love for me is yielding fruit in every aspect of my life.  
I have had great spiritual awakenings but it's the person of Christ revealed in his word that continues to fuel me to respond accordingly. 

How has that changed your life and your perception of Christianity and what religion has portrayed it to be?

It shows me that Christ's love was expressed in his Dying in the place of me and resurrecting to live through me. I can't limit what he did to a simple event that happened 2000 years ago or even 10 years ago. This is a truth that breaks me and molds me daily. It shows me that I'm serving a living God; I'm not surviving off an experience or event. 

How has this love shaped your understanding of who God is?

Again this love teaches me that as an object of God's affection, I seem so small and he appears so great! His love is a shining pattern of his Character! He pours out his mercy and grace on me and I don't deserve it. It causes me to fear him, to desire to please Him, and to be at his feet, in hopes to understand why, He loves me so. 

How has this love walk affected your life? i.e Has this love shielded you from trials? If it hasn’t, how have you been able to reconcile the truth of a loving God with the facts of life’s challenges in your face?

My continual learning and appreciation of the love of God provokes me to attempt to pour out self-sacrificial love on my family, friends and even strangers. It's impossible to experience the love of God in fullness and treat people like crap.

If you were given a chance to witness this love to someone, what would you say?

Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.  For God so loved the world that he Gave his only begotten son, that whosoever believes in him should not perish but have everlasting life.  God loved you enough to give up his Son for you, what are you going to do about that? 




Tuesday, February 2, 2016

On Police and Harrassments...


I left church a few nights ago, and I got pulled over by the cops. Hold up, I should start all over since we’re talking about the Nigerian police.
I left church a few nights ago and was stopped by some policemen. Usually they don’t stop me within town, I smile at them, or frown at them, whatever the mood is and they just wave me off, but this night, this guy needed some money, so I was asked to pull over park well. I did, confident because my documents were in order.
He asked for my license, which I handed over, and then he asked for the car papers.
I got it all out and gave him.
Then he goes, “better check well if there are any other papers there because your papers are not complete.”
Huh? How? We travel with this car, and even the hungrier police checkpoints on the highway have never harassed us about incomplete papers because the papers are in order.

“What papers?” I asked
“Two papers are not here, police clearance, and purchase receipt”
I’m stunned. “Police clearance for what? Why do I need a police clearance for this car? It was bought brand new, are we expected to get a clearance to drive it as we leave the car shop?”
“Madam you don’t have the papers… it’s required”
Now I’m getting quite calmly irritated. Especially as I know what he’s playing at.
“So what do you want to do?” I ask disinterestedly
“We’ll have to hold the car at the station”
Now’s the time for me to panic and offer him some bribe, a little more than what the other people would because I’m a small girl and I’m scared. I wasn’t going to give him that satisfaction, especially as I knew in my heart the truth that those papers he asked for were not required, even as much as I didn’t have a head knowledge ( i.e. facts, figures, words, phrases, how things relate to one another) about it and couldn’t argue.
“Ok” I throw him off guard with my response.

He leaves me for a while, and I’m on the phone gisting with a friend, and then I get tired of waiting.
I come out of the car and ask to his annoyance “Are you taking the car or not, i can get it over with and go home"
They’re disappointed, this lady is not crying, pleading with more money than the regular bribe, because of her grave crime.
He gets another confused officer who obviously isn’t keen on this play in the car to take me to the station around the corner, and I drive off, no begging, no talking, not even to my new passenger, I’m still charged up from church so praying in tongues under my breathe… I must have scared him.

We get to the station, he tells me where to park, I step down from the car and lock it, and the confused policeman still tells me to make sure I lock the car… I roll my eyes. Dude, stop delaying, I’m ready to match into the station.
Just then the police who is dragging his feet and making a call… probably to the one who asked him to bring me in, possibly telling him, the woman no say anything o tells me “I just called our oga and he said since its only police clearance I should let you go…”
Only? What about the other inconsequential document… purchase receipt? You forgot you said I don’t have that either.
He gets back in the car with me and drops off close to where his other cohorts are… then wait for it, just before he gets down he goes “Nothing at all for us?”
Like seriously? “No”
I get home angry and head to Google, I see required documents for vehicles, and I see a statement, culled from the police website stating that they are not to ask for police clearance for your car. I was angry at myself that as much as I knew they shouldn’t ask for it, I didn’t have anything to base my knowledge on, my heart knowledge had no head knowledge to back me up. You see when you speak from a point of knowing, the accusers back off quickly.

My brother says they only do that when they want money.
They saw a young lady in a nice car, a good catch for some money… but I didn’t bulge, I disappointed them. I cut short their expectation…. Like imagining a chilled bottle of coke in the fridge only to come home and find that it isn’t there.

Look! Don’t let anybody steal your word. You’ve seen in the word that prosperity is yours. For your sake He became poor so you can be rich… if after saying that someone comes to lie to you that Jesus was poor and you ought to be too, hold on to the scriptures you know… don’t allow them impound your believe/word/hope. You have your revelation of the word. Don’t allow them steal what you’ve seen in the word.
Jesus wants you to be healed, don’t allow them tell you He made you sick as a thorn in your flesh, so you can serve him without pride. Don’t allow them impound your vision of the healing and well-being gospel, they have their revelation sprinkled with lies and works, you have yours flavored with the truth. Jesus came to give us a rich and satisfying life(John 10:10) in every area of life.

Like I couldn’t defend myself beyond the heart knowledge, which gave a little room to the police to harass and waste my time, know in your heart the truth of God’s word, the revelation of the word and have those words of the bible in your head and mouth so when they come, you defend your hope beyond the heart knowledge but with a head knowledge as well. With this you don't get to the place of second-guessing, because as much as you know in your heart, you’re not so sure what the scripture says. Whatever you’re trusting God for: marriage, healing, provision, children… as much as you believe in your heart that all things are yours, look for scriptures concerning them and lock them up in your heart to guide the truth and and in your head and let them spill out of your mouth.

The police can’t harass me anymore in that area, because I know what I ought not to present to them and I’ll confidently defend myself and avoid being bullied or delayed for no reason. I didn’t give in to them by bribing or crying and pleading, but I was delayed. We can’t have people impounding our prophecies and dreams for no reason, and wasting your time. When you stand your ground and they/the devil sees you cant be moved or shaken, he’ll let you go for another day, but he wouldn’t get to you in that area any more because he knows you’re grounded in it, like being grounded in the truth that Jesus loves you. He'll probably look for another area to harass you, but remember you always win, no matter what angle he tries to hit you from. Glory to God.

Monday, February 1, 2016

The Love Collision...

I’m so excited about 'The Love Collision’ a new series I’m working on. We all have testimonies, especially as Christians who’ve been called out of darkness into His marvelous light, and in this light is so much pleasure, and the greatest of this pleasure is the love encounter! Where a higher love collides with our frail humanity and breaks us down to a place of wholeness. When love collides with rebellion, it’s a story of grace so beautiful. It’s unfortunate that some people cling so much to religion, that they’re unable to open up to this true love of God, and enjoy all the goodness it has to offer.

In show casing different people's testimonies of love, I want people to know that you’re never too lost to be found (remember the shepherd that leaves the 99 to search out the 1 missing sheep?) too dirty to be sparkly clean by the blood of Jesus.
Our darkest sin isn’t strong enough to keep us from our true identity as the righteousness of God in Christ… Whatever phase of life you’re at, it’s not too big to be submerged in this beautiful love, to be shattered when the gentleness and sweetness of this love is allowed to crash into it. Love bends and picks us up from whatever place we’ve fallen, however low.

These are people from different spheres of life in different continents who are consciously living under the cocoon of God’s love, outside the bondage of religion. I’m putting the spotlight on their own personal understanding/revelation of this love they’ve collided with and as you read it, I pray [That you may really come] to know [practically, through experience for yourselves] the love of Christ, which far surpasses mere knowledge [without experience]; that you may be filled [through all your being] unto all the fullness of God [may have the richest measure of the divine Presence, and become a body wholly filled and flooded with God Himself]!
Ephesians 3:19 amp

What better month than February, the month of love to start this series…

Thursday, January 28, 2016

Mob Attack...


Jumping up, they mobbed him and forced him to the edge of the hill on which the town was built. They intended to push him over the cliff, 30but he passed right through the crowd and went on his way. Luke 4:29-30(NLT)

They tried to mob Jesus, pushed Him, forced him to the edge to throw him over, but he passed right through the crowd and went on his way.
See, issues push you to the limit, they push you to the walls where everything in you is squashed and you can’t breath. They push you to the edge, when the bills aren’t miraculously being paid. When you’re still without child after waiting for years, when you’re unmarried, when you’re jobless…. That’s the mob that comes against the word of God, the opposite of what you believe. And it comes at you, head on. You don’t run off when you’re faced with a collision with the devil, you face him with what you have, the word, because one way or the other, only one person will be moved when your standing in the word crashes into the issues of life…. And it can’t be you and your word, especially when Christ is your foundation.

When they gather against you, when you are pushed to the edge, you will not be thrown over the cliff, right at the edge, right where your fall is supposed to happen, you will walk away, right passed the crowd and go on your way, with ease. One minute you’re at the edge almost falling over, and the next, you’re going on your way. Your rescue will be surreal, something like this…
When the lord brought back his exiles to Jerusalem,
it was like a dream!
We were filled with laughter,
and we sang for joy.
And the other nations said,
“What amazing things the lord has done for them.”
Yes, the lord has done amazing things for us!
What joy! Psalms 126:1-3
Whatever you’re going through, keep calm even as you feel like you’ve gotten to the end of the road. Take it one day at a time... face the day, the issues knowing it can't push you over even as it takes you to the edge. You don't kill yourself over issues, you live through the mob action, knowing you'll be walking through unharmed when it's most complex. When hope seems lost, like a dream, you’ll walk out of captivity, unhurt and striding in strength and in purpose.

Monday, January 25, 2016

Mouthy

(Was going through my drafts and saw this post I left lounging there since 2013... )

My visit to the dentist was an ego booster. She was impressed with me, said I had perfect teeth, and told me I had no reason to whiten it when I asked her to pimp up my teeth (she may rethink on that now) The nurse who scaled and polished my teeth was more impressed than the doctor. She said I had nice healthy teeth.
I was so proud of myself, I declared on twitter I would smile all day, all year and all century.
I brush, I floss, I chew minty gums and suck on tic tac. I have low tolerance for mouth odor. I have 'smellymouthophobia':)

Thus I got confused when my friend had a dream about me. In it, he gave me a birthday cake, and seated on top of the cake was a toothbrush with toothpaste, close-up toothpaste to be precise. Now that got me laughing... but I must have tried to smell my breath before laughing out loud. You see I laughed at the dream, but I didn't find it so funny.

I tried to go all Joseph on the dream, pulling out interpretations from wherever I could grab them from. Did it mean I ought to drop the Oral B toothpaste for close-up all my life or face the consequences? I mean, why toothpaste of all things? Why couldn't he have seen me flying into the sunset from my private island with my husband and all our children in our private jet?
Or maybe his subconscious was acting out what he thought, that i had stinky breath? Thus the subconscious painted a picture in his dream trying to tell me to brush with close up to get rid of the bad breath or something?

Or maybe I was taking a piss at life and taking it to seriously, maybe his dream was just a dream. Maybe we shouldn't read meaning to everything.
I just checked again, my breath is fresh and clean. In fact, I could be the breath of life to some people, I should breathe into bottles and sell. :)

Moral of the story? After days of pondering, I guess we don't have to think too deeply or read deep meanings to everything, somethings are just what they are. A hello is just a hello, a smile is just a smile and a dream is just a dream...

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Send Them Out...

I don’t think I’m half bad when it comes to my personal style. I can comfortably put an outfit together from what’s in my closet and look perfect for any event. I don’t overly fret when there’s a wedding or an occasion and there’s no new outfit, I whip a nice outfit cocktail that looks good and I’m good to go. But I always get to crossroads when I get to dress with my friends. I doubt my outfit, I ask if it’s ok, and the hesitant look or awkward shoulder shrug makes me feel like it’s bad. I forget that we have different styles and that I’m good to go without suggestions.

When I set outfits aside or have a look in my head, especially for asoebis, I’ve come to realize that it is wisdom not to go round asking friends how they’re styling theirs. Because they start describing things that feel or seem out of this world and I take a second look at my great put together look and it looks bland and I feel bad, and try to scramble round for something new because suddenly what I was confident about isn’t so appealing anymore. In the end most times, I tell myself, “I’ll go as I planned, I cant stress myself” and I end up looking real good. I prefer my look even if it’s not as outlandish as the next persons and I become thankful that I didn’t let other peoples choices move me. The other day I was getting my makeup done. I had a look all planned out and I told the make up artist what I wanted, then my friends came and suggested something different, they didn’t think my subtle look was a great idea. I wasn’t too wild on the idea, but now my subtle look sounded bleh and I doubted my choice… what they gave me was good, but I wasn’t too wild or comfortable with it because I didn’t feel like it was me. I looked good, but I still felt like I would have looked better if I went with my original plan.
I realize that whenever I dress by myself, I always come out looking good and receiving compliments even from the ones who would have suggested something different. Friends are blessings and great, but sometimes you have to step aside, learn to send them out of the room to make the best decisions.

What am I trying to say? When it comes to decisions, trust your judgment, trust the Spirit of God within you and send people out of the room, make your decisions and run with it. Because even with good intentions, the wrong people in the room will keep you from making the best decisions. The wrong people in the room can deflate your faith. The wrong questions, the wrong looks, the wrong body language, the wrong advice, the wrong scriptures can have you second guessing your vision, abilities and the promises of God in your life.
Ask Jesus. He understood this so well, and He, the Son of God, God in flesh had to send people out of the room sometimes.
By now they had arrived at the house of the town official, and pushed their way through the gossips looking for a story and the neighbors bringing in casseroles. Jesus was abrupt: “Clear out! This girl isn’t dead. She’s sleeping.” They told him he didn’t know what he was talking about. But when Jesus had gotten rid of the crowd, he went in, took the girl’s hand, and pulled her to her feet—alive. The news was soon out, and traveled throughout the region. Matthew 9:23-26(MSG)  
Murmurs can get even the most confident person to doubt, unbelief can be contagious sometimes and affect your faith.

Even Peter learned this truth from Jesus, he was sending people out of the room too… But Peter asked them all to leave the room; then he knelt and prayed. Turning to the body he said, "Get up, Tabitha." And she opened her eyes! When she saw Peter, she sat up!’ Acts 9:40

Jesus had all His disciples in the room and revealed this great plan of God. It was going to take Him away from his comfort zone, it was dangerous… but it was God big plan to save humanity….
From then on Jesus began to tell his disciples plainly that it was necessary for him to go to Jerusalem, and that he would suffer many terrible things at the hands of the elders, the leading priests, and the teachers of religious law. He would be killed, but on the third day he would be raised from the dead.
But Peter took him aside and began to reprimand him for saying such things. “Heaven forbid, Lord,” he said. “This will never happen to you!”
Jesus turned to Peter and said, “Get away from me, Satan! You are a dangerous trap to me. You are seeing things merely from a human point of view, not from God’s.” Matthew 16:21-23(NLT)
See, Peter was genuinely concerned… what if Jesus listened to Him? What if it made Him question His choice? Thank God He didn’t question or hesitate, thank God He was so rooted in this plan that all He did was rebuke Peter. Thank God He was so sure of what outfit He was going to wear, He didn’t let the opinion and concern of the disciples change His mind or doubt His choice. Anyone could be easily swayed by such show of emotion.

To do great works this year, you’ve got to send people out of the room. To be surrounded by people is nice, it’s kind of comforting… but your dreams can’t be digested by everybody (especially those who love comfort), sometimes your dreams are tailor made to the size of your faith and not your best friends, or even your pastor… that’s why it’s easy to loose it because you listen to the voices and murmurs of genuine concern. Jesus had many around Him and then He had the twelve disciples… but He always took just Peter, John and James into the room with him in records of some of His greatest miracles. (Maybe they believed in Him more, maybe it was something else about their will… Who knows?) and sometimes Jesus went in alone to pray, just He and God.
Find the one(s) from the crowd who you can take into the room with you. The ones, who even if they can’t fathom the size of your dreams and plans, will know enough to trust that you know what to do and pray for you and encourage you as you go through the process. Don’t fret if there’s no one you can take with you… stand alone in your faith, God’s got you and He’ll give you the encouragement you need, as long as you shut the other voices out.


Thursday, January 14, 2016

I Will Fight...


 Pastor Steven Furtick released an audio track  ‘I will Fight’ in January 2014, I always feel a burst of energy whenever I listen to it. I love the vibes it gives me; it’s a spiritual work out track with words that remind you of basic truths of who you are and just how much you've got within you and the advantage you have as you go through everyday life. I’m not sure why I’m just sharing it two years after it's release, but I pray it blesses someone as we walk through this new year.



The Christian life is not a playground, it’s a battle ground. So today I will give no place to fear or failure. I will not accept a trace of apathy in my attitude in my actions. I will reject complacency and embrace the greatness that God has planted inside of me. I will waste no opportunity to glorify God and maximize everything he has entrusted to me.
I will fight.

My battle in not against flesh and blood, but against a spiritual enemy who opposes me. So I will draw the battle lines and face my enemy with a bold determination. I will dismantle every argument and pretension that he presents which contradicts what God has spoken. My enemy fights against me because he fears me. And every time he reminds me of my past, I will remind him of his future. Every time I resist him he must flee and every time I speak the truth, every stronghold must surrender.

I will fight.
I will make no excuses, but through every obstacle I will find a way. I will not procrastinate my progress. I will not defer my destiny. I will not waiver when I'm weak. I will not cower when my circumstances take a turn for the worse. Because greater is He that is in me than he that is in the world.

I will fight.
I will pursue, overtake and recover everything that the enemy has come to kill, steal and destroy in my life. And even if I lose the battle, I will win the war. Because I am more than a conqueror through him who loves me. I am raised to life with Jesus Christ and I reign with Him because I look to Him for strength. I will reject the lies that echo in my mind telling me that I don't have what it takes that I cannot survive this trial; that my best is behind me or that humiliation awaits me. The devil is a liar. And my God always causes me to triumph through Jesus Christ my Lord.

I will fight.
I'm unashamed to represent a kingdom that is unshakeable. No one will be able to stand against God's plan for me all the days of my life. With my God I will advance against every troop. With His help I will scale every wall. Though my enemies surround me, my God surrounds my enemies. Though they may come at me one way, they will flee seven ways because no weapon formed against me will prosper and every evil thing that rises against me I will condemn,

I will fight.
I have determined to build my life on the solid foundation of God's perfect word. By faith I will activate every promise He has made, and I will aim these promises as weapons of mass destruction obliterating every opponent.
The weapons God has given me have divine power. I defy and defeat sin because of the finished work of Christ my saviour. I am whole heartedly devoted to the cause God made me for and I have no intention of letting the world define me because I know who I am. A humble warrior, a good soldier, a strong and mighty servant of the living God. In Christ I am courageous. In Christ I am confident. My heart is steadfast. My purpose in immovable. I am always abounding in the work of the Lord and my potential is unlimited because the limitless God lives within me.

I will fight.
The cross is before me. The world is behind me. I'll never turn back. I'll never give up. I'll never settle. I'll never stop short. I will press toward the mark for the prize that is already mine. For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, nether height, nor
depth, nor anything else in all creation shall be able to separate me from my God. And if my God is for me, who can be against me.
I will fight.

Friday, January 1, 2016

2016... HAPPY NEW YEAR!

Happy New Year Everyone!

I pray for a renewed mindset beyond your resolutions to do things differently!
God bless you all in this new year.
I love and appreciate you all.



Wednesday, December 30, 2015

His Over Mine...

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Many plans are in a man's mind, but it is the Lord's purpose for him that will stand. Proverbs 19:21(Amp)

I had plans for this year. Well, when you look at them, they weren’t really plans, probably just vague wishful thinking… but they had sense and reason to them, they were all for a greater purpose. But thank God God’s purpose prevailed over my wishes.

The painful losses I later discovered were gains in disguise… its heart wrecking to think you’ve lost something valuable, but the joy of realizing that it really wasn’t a loss after all... It was such a gain. When you look beyond your emotions in most situations, you’re able to take the moment like a good sport because you know the pinch is worth the pain of now, than the torture of a deep gashing wound in future.
There were pains that brought tears… but ah, what a beauty it was to discover that the ugly of the tears served as the moisture needed for purpose to expand and grow. I asked for growth and it rained… Can I complain about that? The rain that got me soaking wet and messed up my hair and make up, was nourishment to the seeds I planted and look how the tree has grown… I can’t wait for the fruits to ripen and begin to drop.

Some dreams were crushed, but even as I tried to figure it out, I realized that they were only crushed to be reshaped into bigger realities.
I’ve had trust broken enough to make me take a stand against trusting anyone… but then in the betrayals, I’ve learned to love and to trust again in the face of the obvious scorn, because love is all that matters. We don’t give so much power to past betrayals by letting them dictate what our attitudes to others should be like, devoid of openness and love. Love is my anchor, my essence, I breathe and live and survive and joy in love. God loves me, and that clouds my judgment for good, to look at (some of) those who’ve hurt me with eyes of love to a point of foolishness… I admit not everyone has come into my circle of positive vibes, but I’m good to go on this love journey.

I have stretched…  like Isaiah 54 says; I have enlarged the place of my tent, and let the curtains of my inhabitations stretch out, spared not and lengthened my cords and strengthened my stakes. My stretch has taken me farther in faith, in hope, in understanding and in grace.  Oh, it hurts to stretch, to go beyond capacity, but same Isaiah 54 says Fear not, for you shall not be ashamed; neither be confounded and depressed, for you shall not be put to shame. I love the feeling that comes after the discomfort. It’s a good one, especially with knowing that a stretched out heart can’t go back to its previous state, it’s filled with capacity and only gets better.  I have not been put to shame; I have not been disappointed in daring to step out. God has met me every step of the way. Miracle worker He is.

This year I have grown in my understanding, and what this understanding has taught me is that the more you eat, the hungrier you become… the more of God I’ve come to know, the more of Him I want to know.
I’m thankful for His grace and His love.
God has been faithful and I’m not complaining. His plans over mine any day, any year.
We humans keep brainstorming options and plans,

but God’s purpose prevails.

Proverbs 19:21(msg)

2015 has been real… excited for 2016!

Tuesday, December 29, 2015

Fire On The Mountain...


So what if you’re in a fire right now? A fire that has been heated seven times hotter than what others seem to be going through. Like the three Hebrew boys…

“Nebuchadnezzar, his face purple with anger, cut off Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego. He ordered the furnace fired up seven times hotter than usual. He ordered some strong men from the army to tie them up, hands and feet, and throw them into the roaring furnace. Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, bound hand and foot, fully dressed from head to toe, were pitched into the roaring fire. Because the king was in such a hurry and the furnace was so hot, flames from the furnace killed the men who carried Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego to it, while the fire raged around Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego.
Suddenly King Nebuchadnezzar jumped up in alarm and said, “Didn’t we throw three men, bound hand and foot, into the fire?”
“That’s right, O king,” they said.
“But look!” he said. “I see four men, walking around freely in the fire, completely unharmed! And the fourth man looks like a son of the gods!”
Nebuchadnezzar went to the door of the roaring furnace and called in, “Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, servants of the High God, come out here!”
Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego walked out of the fire.
All the important people, the government leaders and king’s counselors, gathered around to examine them and discovered that the fire hadn’t so much as touched the three men—not a hair singed, not a scorch mark on their clothes, not even the smell of fire on them!” Daniel 3:19-27

Maybe this year has felt like you’ve been bond and thrown into a roaring furnace from January to December. But look, it’s the end of the year and you’re standing in victory right in the midst of it. You’re praising God right in the midst of the fire. The only thing that burned off the three Hebrew boys was the shackle. They only things the fire has been able to burn off you are every bondage and shackles.
It’s burned off self. It’s burned off the weight and the flaws, but it hasn’t touched you.
Rest in the midst of the heat. There’s a fourth man in the fire with you, the world and those who’ve wished you evil can testify to that.
Keep praising, that’s your rest, your praise and your trust.
Those outside see the hand of God upon you. And you’re coming out with not a smell of smoke, not looking like what you’ve been through… but better, because self has died, character has formed in the midst of the trial. It’s only Jesus.

Then the king promoted Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego to even higher positions in the province of Babylon. Daniel 3:30
Be expectant for the new. What was meant to kill you, to burn your will, to melt your faith, raze your trust and consume you has only brought promotion your way. Be expectant for promotions to come, for higher, for better. Don’t let what you’ve been through this year lower your expectations or determine your joy. Shedrach, Meshach and Abednego came out of the fire that was meant to destroy them and got promotions. The plot to destroy them made a way for their promotion.
God’s got you, and that’s why He’s promised that When you pass through the waters, I will be with you, and through the rivers, they will not overwhelm you. When you walk through the fire, you will not be burned or scorched, nor will the flame kindle upon you. Isaiah 43:2
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