“But even if He does not…”

   

    Wow, I haven’t done this blog post thing in a really long time, but the Lord definitely hit me with something as I was reading Daniel this morning, so I’m back, finally! 

 

  I’m sure we all know about Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego being thrown into the fiery furnace after refuding to worship the idol King Nebuchadnezzar set up, right? Well, the Lord lead me to the book of Daniel this morning, and as I was reading, verses seventeen throguh eighteen of chapter three lept off the page at me. King Nebuchadnezzar was angry at the three guys for refusing to bow down to his precious idol, and informed them of their consequences for not doing so. They replied (paraphrasing) “we don’t need to defend ourselves over this issue. Go ahead, throw us into the fiery furnace, we’re not afraid, because our God is able to deliver us from the fire, AND from your hand that threw us in there in te first place. BUT, even if He does not, we’re sticking to our guns and we STILL won’t bow down to worship your silly golden idol…” well, that REALLY ticked him off and he ordered for the furnace to be turned up to SEVEN times hotter than usual, and in they went. The heat even killed the soldiers that were assigned to throw them in there, that’s hot!! 

  I went back and let verse eighteen set in for a few… “But even if He does not…” Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego fully believed and trusted that God had the ability and power to rescue them from the flames, but they were also 100% set on refusing to worship the idol even if it wasn’t the Lord’s will that they be rescued from the flames. They fearlessly stuck to their word and expressed their unwavering allegiance to their God, the King of Kings! 

 We have to really ask ourselves, is our faith dtrong enough for the “but even if He does not…” moments in life? Even when God doesn’t pull a Superman and swoop in to rescue us from our situation or circumstances immediately, we MUST trust Him, and go throguh it knowing that He’ll use those circumstances for our good and our growth, and for His glory. We must go into any and all of life’s “fires” with confidence that God will NOT let them destroy us, but instead refine us, strengthen our witenss and testimony, and use us as living proof of His mighty, saving power. 

Trust Him, even in the fire. He’s got yout back. 😉 

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Weary

Even in the deepest valley

I know You walk with me

I feel Your Holy Spirit close

as it brings me to my knees

When faced with trials and heartache

I trust You know what’s best

So I give to You my weary heart

and ease into Your rest.

~Amanda N Sams

September 9, 2018

Through the Fire

Though the fire surrounds me

while Satan takes aim

I know you are with me

as I walk through these flames

Each difficult trial

I face not in vain

Only You know the purpose

so I’ll trust in Your ways

In You I claim victory

I’ve already won

The devil has been defeated,

the battle is done!

Written April 1, 2018

Amanda N Sams

Paid in Full

Cross and Nails

Two crisscrossed tree limbs

three sharp nails

that held His body there

 

He shed His blood

on Calvary’s Mount

to show how much He cares

 

The pain He bore

was all for us

He sacrificed His life

 

For our home in Heaven

a life everlasting

He paid the ultimate price

 

~Amanda N. Sams

April 12, 2015

Perfect Love

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Perfect Love

 

More than enough

His love for me

He holds me close

Welcomes me back when I flee

 

He cleansed my soul

It’s white like snow

His grace is unending

Like a fountain it flows

 

On the Cross

He bled and died

He gave His life

In exchange for mine

 

A glorious Savior

His perfect love

One day I’ll join Him

In Heaven above

 

~Amanda N. Sams

February 15, 2015

WWJD?

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Remember those bracelets, the ones everyone had?

WWJD

What would Jesus do? You might have worn one because you saw all of your friends wearing them and wanted to be a part of the crowd. Or maybe you actually knew what it meant. Either way, did any of us really think about that question?

Today, I pulled out of the parking lot at work to take my lunch break. Knowing I had to use my hour wisely because of my long list of things to get done, I began driving and planning my route. Bank, drug store, gas station, then food. I checked the bank and drug store off of my list and headed for the gas station. Pulled in, got out of my car to go in and redeem a coupon for my fuel purchase, and was stopped in my tracks when on the way in I heard, “Miss, Miss!” I turned to see a man sitting in a van park crooked in a spot, “Yes?”
“If I give you my (credit) card could you go in and buy my cigarettes for me? I’m in a wheelchair.”
Frantically trying to decide how to handle the potentially dangerous situation, I responded “I can’t, I’m sorry. I’m on a time crunch and can’t be late getting back to work.” I proceeded to go in and make my fuel purchase, but let the clerk know about the situation, wandered back out and passed the man still sitting in his van, and to my Jeep to pump my gas. I watched him pull out of the parking lot and began to think as my gas finished pumping.
“What did I just do?”
“Did I just miss an opportunity to show God’s love to someone?”
“What would Jesus have done?”

I knew the answers to the questions I had just asked myself, and I just prayed. I prayed that someone would come along and fix what I had messed up, that someone would be bold, not paranoid, and help this man if he was indeed in a wheelchair and just wanted a simple favor. (Even if it was buying a pack of cigarettes for him.) Jesus uses us in mysterious ways sometimes, and I fear that a lot of us miss many opportunities to show others the love of Christ because we’re to comfortable in our little bubbles.
I know that Jesus would have stepped out and helped that man. I also know that I should have stepped out in faith, knowing that I was protected by Him, to do that man a simple favor. I didn’t, and it made me step back and truly think about that infamous question,

What would Jesus do?

To Seek His Face

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A thirsty soul
seemingly hopeless
nowhere to turn
her life was a mess

She turns to a bottle
A temporary relief
she stumbles around
trying to get back on her feet

A hand-me-down Bible
her curious, aching heart
she opens it’s pages
but has no clue where to start

A tug at her heart
She drops to her knees
A calmness sets in
she knows He hears her pleas

Once broken and lost
She found love and grace
in the arms of Jesus
and His sweet, warm embrace.

Amanda N. Sams
January 11, 2015