We must learn how to handle the heat!

John 16:33- these things I have spoken to you, that you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation; but be of good cheer. I have overcome the world.

The kingdom of God is not about avoiding tribulation. It’s about enduring tribulation.

2 Cor 4:8-9- we are hard pressed on every side, but not crushed; persecuted, but not abandoned; perplexed, but not in despair; struck down, but not destroyed.

To survive means to endure tribulation and overcome it. We have to realize that we will endure the heat at time, seasons where we are pushed on every side. I must stand firm! There comes a time when we must look at our trouble and declare that WE WILL SURVIVE!

No matter how faithful to God you are, life will still happen.

How will you handle the heat?

Willpower is very important. It comes down to our will in every circumstance. It can’t be taught. But willpower alone is not enough. There must be some God given skill to go long with it.

Daniel 2 and 3- Nebuchadnezzar had overtaken Israel. He had built the huge statue and had driven the decree that everyone should bow down and worship it when the horn sounded. He recruited the brightest minds in Israel to be his advisors. Daniel as one of them, and he, in turn brought on Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego.

Sidenote: Daniel knew these three before he was even promoted. He knew their character and that they treated him with honor and loyalty before he was promoted. Understand, Sometimes, my door is not my door, but it is connected to someone else’s door. So you’d better serve faithfully now, because the person you serve with today might be the one God uses to open your own door! Be careful how you treat people now, because you never know what they may do later. Treat people good now, because those same people may be good to you in the future. Even if they don’t, God will!

You can’t love the door God opened for you more than the God who opened the door! There will be times when God opens a door of tribulation so that you can be refined!

How do you handle the heat?

1. Develop confidence in God before you go through the fire. Dan 3:17- if that is the case, our God whom we serve is able to deliver us from the burning fiery furnace, and He will deliver us from your hand, o king.

If you don’t have confidence in God before the crisis, the heat will reveal our true make up. You must have the confidence in knowing who God is! You may not be in. Crisis right now, but God is trying to build confidence in you before your crisis comes. Growth is proved in how we respond to crisis.

2. Cultivate commitment to your convictions that is greater than your commitment to your convenience. Dan 3:18- but if not, let it be known to you that we do not serve your gods, nor will we worship the golden image which you set up.

If we don’t make up in our hearts now that we have convictions that we are willing to die for, we will fall for anything. The world will try to mold us into their convictions, but we must know who we re in God, and what God wants us to do. Choose to be solid in your convictions, regardless of your convenience.

3. Remain calm in the middle of the crisis.

Sometimes you have to speak to your subconscious and say its ok. WE WILL SURVIVE.
Sometimes, Gods answer is not to get you out of the fire. Sometimes God is looking to make us free IN the fire!

Dan 3:27- then high officers….crowded around them and saw that the fire had not touched them. Not a hair on their heads was singed, and their clothing was not scorched. They didn’t even smell of smoke!

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