There is nothing like the infusion of fresh joy, excitement, and anticipation from missionaries coming in to visit your local church! Wow! Like John the Baptist being in prison, sometimes we need to be reminded that Jesus is the way, the truth, and the light .. that people are being healed! .. eyes are being opened! .. and that revival has come!
As I listened to his stories, the message I felt so compelled by was an unspoken message. He never said these words, but it hit my heart like brick .. Jesus went to Hell so we didn’t have to! The Bible is clear, Jesus died and went to Hell .. stayed there for 3 days .. He took the keys .. then He came back! He came back and showed us how it is HE who gives life. It is HE who revives the soul! It is HE who looks at the roster of Hell and decides who makes the list and who doesn’t.
How many times have we allowed our spirits to be vexed? How many times have we allowed Satan to take our focus off of the path of Life and pull us into the drudgery of anger, wrath, apathy, loneliness, bitterness, and all kinds of other ugliness? Remember the fiery furnace?
Shadrach, Mechach, and Abednego were sent to the fiery furnace because they REFUSED to worship anyone other than Almighty God Himself. The God who delivers! The God who saves! So King Nebuchandnezzar not only heats up the fire, but has it heated seven times hotter than normal! So hot that it burned up the very men who brought them there. In goes the 3 men and this is my favorite part, check this out …
Daniel 3:27 ‘And the satraps, the prefects, the governors, and the king’s counselors gathered together and saw that the fire had not had any power over the bodies of those men. The hair of their heads was not singed, their cloaks were not harmed, and no smell of fire had come upon them.’
Not only that, but the King saw a 4th, ‘like as the son of the gods.’ Who was it that was there with these men, but Almighty God Himself!
Jesus really did do it all! It is my belief that His revelation is simply this .. Jesus wants us to LIVE! When we are cast into the fire, we are NOT in Hell! He may use those situations to help rid us of sins, transgressions, or wrong thought processes that have attempted to attach themselves to us, but we don’t have to go to Hell! It is our job to LIVE!
I can’t help but think that this must be what people see in a Holy Ghost, Blood bought, Redeemed soul! They look at us and they see us, consumed by fire, yet untouched by the flames! They look at us and they may see our faults, our flaws, and our struggles, yet they are literally perplexed as they see our overwhelming joy! And if they aren’t perplexed, then perhaps it’s because YOU haven’t gotten the revelation yet … Jesus died so YOU didn’t have to!
We are consumed by fire, but you know what, God promises LIFE! JOY! PEACE! Yes! We have things that need to change! But the beauty of the fire is that God will perfect us. When we get focused on the dead stuff God is burning off us, we lose sight of the LIFE that we have been granted! Check your eyesight and if you need glasses, let my words be your lens!
We have God’s resurrection Spirit inside of us and the best part is that when we fulfill the prophesy of joy and focus our intentions on life, we begin to help other people realize, they were never intended for Hell either! Step up into Life!
Jesus IS the way! The truth! AND the Light!
When you fully realize the Power you have in Christ, He leads you into ALL truth. He will provide what you need. If you haven’t seen that you need water baptism in Jesus name, He will reveal it. If you haven’t seen the importance of receiving HIS Spirit, He will show you and provide it for you. Your job .. turn towards Him with all your heart and be determined to not let anyone or anything get in your way from trusting that it is He who really is God.
Oh Glory! Jesus, I know that you hear me, but I write this prayer out for the sake of those who are reading these words. I pray that those that read these words would feel conviction in their Spirit and allow you to revive and refresh their soul! I pray that my words would resonate within their souls and help them see, you desire LIFE for them. I pray that you would distinguish for them the difference between their actions that cause death and those that give life! I pray that you deliver them from the oppressive spirit of unworthiness and any other unclean thought of death that has plagued them. I pray that you provide what they need and empower them to live in the resurrecting Spirit that you have so freely, and graciously shared with us that they might be a light to others around them. In Jesus name, AMEN!!