Some of you may know that I work on staff at Rock City Church in Baltimore, MD. This is me living my dream and Gods vision He gave me. Narrow is the way to getting to this place.
Being a graduate of Cromwell Christian School of Ministry is a great achievement. My senior Pastor calls this ITS (Intensive Training School). Intense is right! It was the hardest time of my life. Challenges came with every circumstance that blew in. My faith, my heart, my character was tested in every way. How was it tested…IN THE FIRE!
How can we go through a process of continual testing and fiery circumstances and NOT be consumed. I found my answer in the book of Daniel.
Three Hebrew boys found themselves in a hot situation. They were tested. They were thrown in the fire but they weren’t consumed.
In a time of Babylonian captivity Israelites were told by King Nebuchadnezzar that they had to bow down and worship the gods he had created or they would be thrown into a fiery furnace.
The three Hebrew boys refused to deny God by worshipping another god. When given a chance to bow down or be thrown into fire to die they said that they would NOT bow down. They believed God would save them from the fire and even if He didn’t they still wouldn’t bow down.
These boys were faithful. Now they were about to be thrown into the fire but before they were something marvelous happened. The boys put on their garments then were thrown in.
In the bible garments signify covering. They put on their covering, God, before they got thrown in. While in the fire the king and his men saw a fourth person in the fire. That fourth person was their covering.
If you are consumed by God then your circumstances won’t consume you because you are under Gods covering. Put on your garment of praise in the midst of your circumstances. God inhabits the praises of His people. When we praise Him in the midst of the fire, then He will come down and consume us so that we will not be destroyed.
"I am convinced that life is 10% what happens to me and 90% how I react to it." #OwnAGreatAttitude #ThePowerofaHalfHour. @tommybarnett
The reason you were corrected means little compared to your reaction to correction. It’s not about right, or wrong. It’s all about the position of your heart.
Our passion for serving Jesus can’t be measured by our eager determination to serve Him our own way; however, by abandoning our way to His!
God allows bad things to happen because he knows we can overcome it and be redeemed. The worst things that happen to us are an example of God’s selfless sacrifice; allowing His one and only Son to suffer a painful death on a cross and take the wrath of sin that we deserved upon himself, so that His amazing love and redemptive power would be revealed to mankind. Instead of looking down on the bad things that have happened in your life and blamming God, look at them as your opportunity to rise above and selflessly help others and show them they too can overcome. If we never have trials and test; suffering and pain; failure and defeat, then we will never know that true satisfaction of victory!
"We believe in one God, the Father, the Almighty, maker of heaven and earth, of all that is, seen and unseen. We believe in one Lord, Jesus Christ, the only Son of God, eternally begotten of the Father, God from God, light from light, true God from true God, begotten, not made, of one Being with the Father; through him all things were made. For us and for our salvation he came down from heaven, was incarnate of the Holy Spirit and the Virgin Mary and became truly human. For our sake he was crucified under Pontius Pilate; he suffered death and was buried. On the third day he rose again in accordance with the Scriptures; he ascended into heaven and is seated at the right hand of the Father. He will come again in glory to judge the living and the dead, and his kingdom will have no end. We believe in the Holy Spirit, the Lord, the giver of life, who proceeds from the Father [and the Son], who with the Father and the Son is worshiped and glorified, who has spoken through the prophets. We believe in one holy catholic and apostolic Church. We acknowledge one baptism for the forgiveness of sins. We look for the resurrection of the dead, and the life of the world to come. Amen."
Bound up in my heart is a passion that must be released…
One of the greatest desires of my heart is to find my wife. I want to serve her, to love her, and to give all that I am for her. I long to serve her just as Christ served the church. I long to love her unconditionaly as Christ has loved us. I long to give all that I am for her just as Christ gave himself for us.
I want to wrap my wife up in my arms and just hold her and know that right there I have everything I need. I want to hold her close and feel her heart beat as I look into her eyes and feel a sensation run through my body that awakens something I have never felt before. I can’t wait to create life with my wife; to have children that look like her and have her personality so everytime I look at them it causes me to fall even more in love with her than ever before. I pray that I would serve her, love her, and give all that I am to her in such a way that she feels secure with me and never needs anything ever again. I want to give my wife the world. I want to love my wife with that kind of love because I know that kind of love is from God and it provokes a response. However, I know I will never be that man I want to be apart from Christ. Jesus enables me and shows me how to love because he has loved me that way first. I know I am not ready for a wife yet, but my desire is for her. I will allow God to prepare me for her, so it is God I am seeking now and I know that he is preparing my wife too and in God’s perfect time we will one day come together. I anticipate that day and I know it will be one of the greatest days of my life!