Firey Furnace.

Yesterday was hot and felt like looking through a shattered piece of stained glass.
All around was colour but not in the expected places.

It started off in the Church meeting, where I was greeted with God whispering me to share out the truths of the New Covenant.
Stepping out is always a daunting experience.
I am not really ready for public speaking but I learnt a long time ago that it’s better to give than to receive.
And if people think you are mad, make their day and confirm it.
At least they will be happy and it’s always nice to see someone smile.
Better at your expense than someone else.

The excellent preach was on the firey furnace in Daniel.
And how to live in a world which is increasingly hostile towards treasured values.
As the passage was read, Annette (my wife) said to me, “7 times, the furnace was heated 7 times stronger than normal.”
This started of a chain reaction in my mind.
7 times = completion
7 times = finished
7 times = rest
The furnace was to Babylon a place of punishment, torment and destruction. But to God it was a place of rest, a place of provision, a place where love would win.
A place where the world would see and know the favour of God.
As I thought about it, it occurred to me that the way the world views punishment is completely different to the way God views it.
For God sees it through the finished work of Christ.
Christ took our punishment.
He is our deliverance.
We now stand in his finished work.
We live in the day of the Lord’s favour.
I now receive what Christ has won for me.

God is able to do what everyone else considers impossible.

As so it continued on during the day.

As I was leaving Church God gave me a picture for a man who was being prayed for.
At first I was hesitant.
Those old doubts of ‘is it just me ‘ came to my mind.
But the more I stopped and listened .
The more I realised that God was whispering.

Later that day I had the pleasure of watching the ‘Greatest Showman. ‘
My daughter convinced me to watch it and I was glad I did
It brought back memories of old Gene Kelly and Fred Astaire movies that I grew up with.
And as I watched it i saw God’s acceptance and value of all he had created once again.
For God never devalues us.
It is us who devalues ourselves and each other.
For each of us is made in the image of God and carries our heavenly Father’s imprint.
The movie really captured the beauty of God’s diversity and of God’s overwhelming embracing acceptance.

For in the embrace of the unconditional love of God comes the embrace of value and acceptance of each other.

So I will leave you with this thought :-
Ephesians 1 : 4-6 – The Passion Translation.

“And he chose us to be his very own, joining us to himself even before he laid the foundation of the universe! Because of his great love, he ordained us, so that we would be seen as holy in his eyes with an unstained innocence.

For it was always in his perfect plan to adopt us as his delightful children, through our union with Jesus, the Anointed One, so that his tremendous love that cascades over us would glorify his grace—for the same love he has for his Beloved One, Jesus, he has for us. And this unfolding plan brings him great pleasure!”

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