Lord, rescue me

ZionFire.org - Prophetic teaching, Biblical Truth, Edification -- Lord Rescue Me! Spiritual Warfare Trials Faith Prayer Help In Time Of TroubleHow many times have we found ourselves distraught and overcome by the difficulties that are happening in our lives? It is hard to endure and always seems to go on longer than it should. We are desperate. We cry out to God for victory. Lord, make it all just go away.

To use a cliché, “Life is not easy”. The Lord never promised us it would be.
Good news is that when we stay under the umbrella of God’s protection, His care and His instruction- we can carry on in victory. This all hinges on what we choose though.

The name of the Lord is a strong tower; the righteous run to it and are saved. Proverbs 18:10

What does that mean to run to the name of the Lord?
How would we be saved by His name?
Because of what Jesus did for us, we can come to the Father and petition Him in the name of Jesus. Without the name of Jesus Christ, without the finished work of Jesus, we cannot approach God.
There is no other Name by which we are saved.

It is through Jesus that we are saved from our sins. We must first repent of those sins before we can be rescued. When we come to Him humbly repenting, the good news is that He is faithful and just to forgive us. Every time.

When we reject Jesus, we choose death and destruction.
When we choose Jesus, we choose life.
So, follow God’s way, it leads to abundant life.

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In The Fire – Enduring Trials and Tribulation

In the fire we are tested. In the fire we are purified. Will we break? Or will we become a shining reflection of Jesus? When we read about Shadrack, Meshach and Abednego we may be tempted to dismiss them as a children’s story. Don’t make the mistake! These guys are powerful witnesses of faith. They were a few young men who loved God but were captured by their enemy and then forced to work for a powerful government. The enemy king at the time had become very prideful, wallowed in sin and served idols. It was a dangerous place to be for all the captured Israelites. Every day they faced unbelievable persecution and slavery. Still they stood up well and served while serving the Lord in their hearts. We do not know how many close calls they had with torture or death. We know that at some point, the king commanded everyone to worship a false god and our heroes made a choice that would bring their deaths for sure. They would not bow. Enraged, the king chose execution by fire in a kiln. He was going to cook and vaporize these men. Imagine what Shadrack, Meshach and Abednego were thinking as they looked at the furnace before being thrown in. I doubt they had 100% holy thoughts. They had to have been afraid, but they were resolved to not turn away from the Lord. They KNEW who they served. The Bible tells us that as they were in the furnace, these men were not killed or even burned. A fourth man, Jesus, could be seen in there with them. Their miraculous encounter with Jesus turned this idol worshiping king to the one true Lord and a nation would follow suit. These young men literally went into a fire and walked out without even the scent of smoke on them. An incredible account from history that we all can take a lesson from! Shadrack, Meshach and Abednego lived in the middle of idolatry and had to serve in an idolatrous government. The things they had to witness and endure in this kind of environment probably made their skin crawl, yet they did not give up serving the Lord. Many many Israelites had long since given up. By these young men’s faithfulness, God was glorified and a nation turned to Him. If they had not chosen to stand for the Lord, we would never have heard about them and the country would have continued serving idols.

The Lord can do great things through a righteous person and bless them in the process.

Take heart. Stand firm. Persevere.

Dusting Off Faith

How many sermons have we heard extolling the importance of faith? We groan, roll our eyes and hope we don’t fall asleep. What more could we honestly hear that would be different? The Bible has a lot to say about it and we never seem to really understand exactly what faith is, how to recognize it and how to measure it. Newer Christians, with zeal, pray for faith and may even look at Faith as the proverbial brass ring for Christians. They want it dearly. Many older Christians have patted these newbies on the back while politely smiling and nodding. Then, more mature Christians, bored, shrug off questions of their faith. Guess they figure “task accomplished”, they have enough.

Somewhere in our mind we have an intangible understanding of what faith is. Most simply, Faith is absence of doubt in the Lord. That translates into every area. We can have faith. We can show faith. We can be faithful. Be it noun or verb, the basic premise we all have is that faith is on a sliding scale. Measurable. The disciples asked Jesus to increase their faith. In response, Jesus said “If you have faith as a mustard seed, you can say to this mulberry tree, ‘Be pulled up by the roots and be planted in the sea,’ and it would obey you.” [Luke 17] Jesus made a metaphorical reference to a very small seed in comparison to our faith and how such a small amount of faith could do amazing things. Jesus also similarly said “For assuredly, I say to you, whoever says to this mountain, ‘Be removed and be cast into the sea,’ and does not doubt in his heart, but believes that those things he says will be done, he will have whatever he says.” [Mark 11:23] Why does Jesus keep saying we can do tremendous things with our faith, even if it is small? [Read more...]