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God Bless and have a wonderful day. Shawn
"Go and make Disciples of all nations!"

Happiness is probably somewhere between “anything goes” or do it “any-ole-way,” and rigid perfectionism, which never knows when to stop “tweaking it.” Do quality work, but know when to stop “improving” a chicken coop.
- eab, 9/26/17

"Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego replied to the king, 'O Nebuchadnezzar, we do not need to defend ourselves before you in this matter.  If we are thrown into the blazing furnace, the God we serve is able to save us from it, and He will rescue us from your hand, O' king.  But even if He does not, we want you to know, O' king, that we will not serve your gods or worship the image of gold you have set up.'"

 




PROFILE OF SHADRACH / MESHACH / ABENDNEGO:


Friendships make life enjoyable and difficult times bearable.  Friendships are tested and strengthened by hardships. Such was the relationship between three young Jewish men deported by Babylon along with Daniel.  Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednigo help us think about the real meaning of friendship.  As much as these friends meant to each other, they never allowed their friendship to usurp God's place in their lives; not even in the face of death.  Together they silently defied King Nebuchadnezzar's order to fall down and worship the image of gold.  They shared a courageous act, while others, eager to get rid of them, told the king that the three Jews were being disloyal.  While this was not true, Nebuchadnezzar could not spare them without shaming himself.  This was the moment of truth.  Death was about to end their friendship.  A small compromise would have allowed then to live and go on enjoying each other, serving God and serving people while in this foreign land.  But they were wise enough to see that compromise would have poisoned the very conviction that bound them so closely; each had a higher allegiance to God.  So they did not hesitate to place their lives in the hands of God.  The rest was victory!  When we leave God out of our most important relationships, we tend to expect those relationships to meet needs in us that only God can meet.  Friends are helpful, but they cannot meet our deepest spiritual needs.  Leaving God out of our relationships indicates how unimportant He really is in our own lives.  Our relationship with God should be important enough to touch our other relationships, especially our closest friendships.


STRENGTHS AND ACCOMPLISHMENTS:

Stood with Daniel against eating food from the king's tableShared a friendship that stood the tests of hardship, success, wealth, and possible death Unwilling to compromise their convictions even in the face of death Survived the fiery furnace.

LESSONS FROM THEIR LIVES:

There is great strength in real friendshipIt is important to stand with others with whom we share convictions God can be trusted even when we can't predict the outcome

The story of  Shadrach (Hananiah), Meshach (Mishael), and Abednigo (Azariah) is told in the book of Daniel.

Jesus, the Game Changer

I started going to church at a very young age. Until I was a teenager, church was a solemn event with rituals that made you wondered if anyone had died. Church wasn’t a celebration of life but it was a picture of sadness that the priests painted for the community and we all bought into it. We also believed that to be pious we had to be good and buy our way into Heaven. I went to church because I was told I had to go. I do have to say that even though it was a lifeless experience, it did introduce me to the idea of God. God seemed to live in a parallel world and there was no connection between His existence and mine. Our worlds never seemed to collide. Then I was introduced to Jesus.


Jesus was a gamer changer. Knowing Him allowed my world to get attached to His or better said His world became my world. He was depicted as the beautiful One. The One who cared about me and the One who saved my life centuries ago before I was even born. He was presented how I had envisioned God. He altered my life for the best. Church after that became a celebration of Love, joy and peace. Church is not a Sunday thing anymore. It’s an every day lifestyle powered by the biggest generator of Love. The game changer became my way of life!

Before Jesus I was playing games. I was playing games with life. I took things for granted. I didn’t have an appreciation for the simple things or for the big things. Life was a series of dull moments and I couldn’t find excitement anymore. I encountered an imitation of joy in the carnal corners of the streets of life. I didn’t know the definition of true love and peace was a foreign concept. Life itself was a game. It was a giant game of rugby where I was taking risks running on the field and getting knocked out by everyone. I couldn’t make my way anywhere without being hurt and pushed around by trials and by my circumstances. I was never in control of the outcome of the game. All I knew to do was to hold on to the ball really tight hoping for the best but the best never came. When the game changer came into my life it all became fair game. No more foul play. The game took on a whole new meaning.

A game changer is an agent that reverses a situation and turns it into a different event. Jesus did that for me. As I got to know Him better I just became a better version of myself. He has the ability to highlight the good in us and magnify it because He believes in us. He is not there to drag us into a solemn ceremony. He is there to liven up our lives. Through His Spirit He gave me a strong desire to get to know Him and to this day I still feel this urge to grow in my knowledge of Him. When Jesus comes onto the scene of your life, the ball is in His hands. He is in control. He makes sure you are on the winning team. His Spirit is your coach and His angels cheer you on. I could easily make it my life mission to talk to you about Him and help you seek His face for yourself. With Him you enter a win-win situation. Life will still try to play tricks on you but He always knows how the game is going to end and it will end in your favor. You will never look at the game of life the same way again. If you are not at the top of your game, remember the game changer can do anything. Trust Him!

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Hi Saints here is the Lords Prayer. The Lord Jesus helps us to know how to pray using His own model.
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The mind of man plans his way, But the Lord directs his steps.
Proverbs 16:9 NASB
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Blessings, “In their hearts humans plan their course, but the Lord establishes their steps” (Proverbs 16:9, NIV). We make selfish plans to live how we believe we deserve. Our plans are only successful if we include God and allow Him to lead the way. As we align our heart with God’s, He will establish the lead and direct our footsteps in the best course we should take. Have a blessed day spending intimate time with God and seeking His lead in planning His course for you. GOD BLESS!

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