Just wanted to say...judge thyself lest ye be judged....cause here comes the....FFFFFFFFFFFIIIIIIIIIIIIRRRRRRRRRRRREEEEEEEEE!!!!
_________________SI Moderator - Greg Gordon
"The purpose of the fiery trial the saints endure is to free us from the gods that would rule us, to remove all of the forces and things that stand between us and the headship of Christ and put them beneath our feet. At times this is a very painful process. We love and worship our gods and want to serve them. To have them wrenched away from their position in our personality and crucified tears at our soul. But we can receive nothing from God of eternal worth until first it has been crucified with Christ and then resurrected with Him.While we are in prison all sorts of things come forth from our personalityspirits we did not realize were present in us. If through Christ we confess those that are sinful, denouncing, renouncing, and resisting them with all diligence, drawing near to God at all times, we will overcome them. If we remain faithful to the point of death we will emerge as king over our circumstances. We will govern all things by the power of eternal life.And the satraps, prefects, governors and royal advisers crowded around them. They saw that the fire had not harmed their bodies, nor was a hair of their heads singed; their robes were not scorched, and there was no smell of fire on them. (Daniel 3:27NIV)When Nebuchadnezzar called to them the three walked out, no longer being bound. How marvelous to be in the fire with the Lord!When you are going through a really severe testing you may believe you are not going to survive. All is lost! But when you emerge you will discover nothing really was destroyed except your bondages."~In The Fire With The Lord
So would you charactorise the two instaces of (1) What Paul did as he walked on water - as the fear of his surroundings tried to grip him and Christ reached out to him and saved him and(2) The three in the firey furnace. Do you think that they looked around at the surrounding. If they did not and if they had what would of become of them. Was that why Christ himself appeared in the furnace with them. Holding their hands? :-?