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October 15, 2018

It’s kind of a dreary Monday morning. Cold. Wet. I wanted to just stay under the covers this morning and call in sick. Ha. I’m sure none of you felt that way today. But I am thankful God has given me another day to serve Him. He has given you today as well. What are you doing today for the Kingdom? What are you spending your time on that will last for eternity?
 
I was challenged recently by something I want to pass onto you. The quote was this, “Replacing ‘what if’ with ‘even if’ is one of the most liberating exchanges we can ever make.” It really made me stop and think. It wasn’t one of those quotes that was immediately clear, at least to my weak mind. But then I read the further explanation and it became clear. “In the Bible, Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego were not guaranteed deliverance. Just before Nebuchadnezzar delivered them to the fire, they offered some of the most courageous words ever spoken. ‘If we are thrown into the blazing furnace, the God we serve is able to deliver us from it . . . But even if he does not, we want you to know that we will not serve your gods . . .’ (Daniel 3:17-18).” Have you ever read scripture and in that moment it is as if the words you are reading are being spoken to you by God himself? As I read those familiar words once again I was struck by God in my spirit and I felt God speaking to me. What powerful and amazing words that still speak to us today. They believed that God was going to rescue them but that isn’t even the cool part of the story. Think about that. They truly believed that God was going to work a miracle and save them from this furnace that was 100% going to burn them alive. That kind of faith is shocking to us. We don’t really know what to do with it. It is beyond our daily experience and so I would imagine many of us cannot even grasp it or get our head around the fact that someone would so totally trust God that they would put their physical lives in His hands. But it wasn’t just a random willingness to sacrifice their lives or putting their lives at risk for nothing. They were willing to risk their lives for their faith, for their God. They refused to denounce Him. They refused to worship other gods. They were truly willing to die for their faith. And the most amazing and cool part of this story goes beyond all of that. The phrase “even if he does not” is the key. They believed God would rescue them. They believed He would save them. But their trust in God was so absolute, so total, so overwhelmingly great that they said even if he doesn’t save us we will not serve your gods. Even if God chooses not to act it doesn’t matter when it comes to our resolve to trust Him. I wonder today if we can say with Shadrach and Meshach and Abednego that even if God chooses not to heal my loved one or if He chooses not to deliver me from this great thing in my life or if He says NO to some desire I have will I still trust Him completely and totally and continue to serve Him in obedient faith? It’s not about “what if” God does something. It’s about our obedience and trust in Him “even if” He doesn’t.
 
I wanted to thank Pastor Ernesto Alfonso for speaking yesterday. Our church body will be hearing more about our proposed partnership in the next few weeks. Please be in prayer that we will listen to God and be obedient to His will.
 
Don’t forget about the Singing Women of North Texas who will be at FBCWS this coming Saturday evening, October 20th @ 6:00 PM. If you miss this I know you will miss a true blessing!
 
October continues to be Missions Month here at FBCWS. Be in prayer for our missionaries who are serving vocationally around the world. Come prepared this Sunday as we continue by learning more about what God wants all of us to be doing in Local Missions.
 
Last thing: I was reminded yesterday that not everyone reads this blog. Ha. Trust me, I didn’t need to be reminded. Though I did comment and say well it sure goes out to a lot of email addresses so it’s not my fault if they aren’t reading it. I do want to say thank you to those of you who do read it each week. I do my best to keep it short and relevant and sometimes humorous. I hope God uses it as a part of His desire to speak into your life every single day!!
 
I am ON MISSION Today! Are You?
 
Blessings
 
David
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