Can You Handle the Heat?

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Sermon from church today “How to Handle the Heat”:

Daniel 3:16-18Daniel 3:16-18
English: King James Version (1611) - KJV

16 Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, answered and said to the king, O Nebuchadnezzar, we are not careful to answer thee in this matter. 17 If it be so, our God whom we serve is able to deliver us from the burning fiery furnace, and he will deliver us out of thine hand, O king. 18 But if not, be it known unto thee, O king, that we will not serve thy gods, nor worship the golden image which thou hast set up.  

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This sermon lightened my heart, gave me some encouragement and revealed some important truths to my soul.  The important parts that I got from the sermon are:

The devil does not lose your address when you give your life to Christ
On the contrary, life sometimes gets noticeably harder after you are saved and baptized.  It’s as though we Christians believe that the heat will never be turned up when you give your life to Christ.  There is nothing further from the truth.  Somehow, we have allowed others to convince us that when we go through struggles, it is because we did something wrong but in actuality — that is not always true.  This is clearly evidenced by the Scriptual text!  

How we handle the heat is what differentiates us as Christians
Our faith dictates that we are given spiritual tools in which to better manage the heat.  What this does not mean, is that we are perfect and we will accept our circumstances without anger and bitterness.  It does not mean that we are almighty in our responses to adverse situations.  What it does mean is that we are able to use our faith in order to better navigate the situations that we find ourselves in.  Don’t let your doubts get strong enough to strangle your faith!

Others are supposed to see the light of God through our actions
We don’t get to choose WHO is watching our responses to tragedy.  We don’t get to dictate WHEN this occurs.  Our job is to display diligence to the Word of God in all situations BECAUSE people are watching.  Here is where the hypocrisy of Christians enters in — and most of us are guilty of it from time to time.  When you were thrown into the den with poverty, unemployment, relationship troubles, familial strife, and other circumstances — what was your response?  Are people seeing the fact that no matter how high the heat gets turned up in your life that you turn to God and handle your situations with grace and faith?  Or do you “act like a two-year-old at naptime?”  Be careful, because you can either bring someone into the faith or turn them away simply because they watched YOU.

This sermon was a polite reminder to me that I need to continue to lean on God despite my circumstances.