Devotionals for April 2021

#98 A Position Holy and Unapproachable

From my book, All and Only: “Nebuchadnezzar was a firsthand witness not only to their survival (in the furnace) but to the presence of their God in the blaze. For a time he basked in the wonder of that God … Continue reading

#97 To Recognize God as THE ONLY

Nebuchadnezzar’s dream was disturbing to him and a complete puzzle to his many magicians. Eventually he remembered Daniel… At last Daniel came in before me—he who was named Belteshazzar after the name of my god, and in whom is the … Continue reading

#96 Flourishing in Conquered Kingdoms

I, Nebuchadnezzar, was at ease in my house and flourishing in my palace. I saw a dream and it made me fearful; and these fantasies as I lay on my bed and the visions in my mind kept alarming me. … Continue reading

#95 Stolen Glory Used to Glorify Self

How great are His signs, how mighty His wonders! His kingdom is an everlasting kingdom, and His dominion endures from generation to generation. Daniel 4:3 ESV When is a testimony not a testimony? When praise of God is merely a … Continue reading

#94 A Testimony for Nebuchadnezzar

King Nebuchadnezzar to all peoples, nations and languages that dwell in all the earth: Peace be multiplied to you! It has seemed good to me to show the signs and wonders that the Most High God has done for me. … Continue reading

#93 Conscripted in the Service of Babylon

…there is no other god who is able to rescue in this way. Then the king promoted Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego in the province of Babylon. Daniel 4:29-30 ESV  The moment there is a mark of God’s power and favor … Continue reading

#92 Christ’s Life Is Untouchable by Death

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. Daniel 3:27 ESV This whole scene of the furnace, the king … Continue reading

#91 The Loosing of Bonds Comes Out of the Fire

From A. G. Taylor, The Loosing of Bonds: “An outcome of the fire is the loosing of bonds. Are you in the fire? Have you got a satisfactory reason for being there? Here is one; it may apply to you; … Continue reading

#90 All of Life Is a Contest of Power

…our God whom we serve is able to deliver us from the burning fiery furnace, and He will deliver us out of your hand, O king. But if not, be it known to you, O king, that we will not … Continue reading

#89 We Are Forged by Earlier Fires

Never will we enter our furnace alone. ‘God with us’ is individual but also corporate. God is with me and with us – in His Body together. “A threefold cord is not quickly broken” (Ecclesiastes 4:12). Only in three-plus-the-Fourth can … Continue reading

#88 The Cross Was the Furnace of Christ

Jesus bore our fire on the unspeakable Cross. The Cross was the furnace of Christ. He burned and He died so you won’t. So I need never. Jesus endured MY suffering and died MY death. The triumphant picture of the … Continue reading

#87 Christ Himself Walks My Walk

The king saw the slaves ‘loose and walking.’ ‘Walking’ with you means your Lord actually experiences your every step—WITH you, IN you. This is the fellowship of His sufferings (Philippians 2). Jesus experiences your trials ‘with you’ and you experience … Continue reading

#86 Loose and Walking, Not Hurt!

Then Nebuchadnezzar the king [saw and] was astounded, and he jumped up and said to his counselors, Did we not cast three men bound into the midst of the fire? They answered, True, O king. He answered, Behold, I see four … Continue reading

#85 The Presence of God with You

The appearance of God with you IS the miraculous victory. God’s eye is on you in every place, but His presence with you is quite another matter. The Lord doesn’t need to put the fire out. You only need the … Continue reading

#84 Seeing the Fourth Man in the Fire

At the refusal to worship the golden image, Nebuchadnezzar was filled with the rage of hell – the explosion of Satan against Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego. Worship is the central issue of humanity and of the universe. Worship is the … Continue reading

#83 Our Endless Struggle: Is God GOD?

You will never have the fear of God, you will never possess true humility, you will not “live by faith” until you believe in the absolute sovereignty of God over governments, situations, and mankind. Over your entire life. This is … Continue reading

#82 The Wisdom of God is to be Our Constant Source

When Adam and Eve chose knowledge, they – and all humanity – became ignorant of all wisdom by presuming to trust their own ideas. And Satan still stands by to make us stupid by thoughts that actually oppose God. Humanity … Continue reading

#81 In Surrender, We Will LET God

“LET be and be still and know that I am God.” “He who has ears to hear, LET him hear.” “LET the word of Christ dwell richly within you.” Let God Small word – let. ‘Let’ is not passive giving … Continue reading

#80 Let Be and Know That He IS God

Let be and be still and know (recognize and understand) that I am God. Complete relinquishment of your very self is the hardest thing. To give the outcome to God with no panic, no grip. To let be and…to let … Continue reading

#79 Only ONE Reigns in All Power

The Chaldeans brought charges against the Jews. “There are certain Jews whom you have appointed over the administration…namely Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego. These men…do not serve your gods or worship the golden image which you have set up” (Daniel 3:12). … Continue reading

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