I have been lead to write this article because recently I have received so many calls from people that are on the verge of giving up. I’ve been asked hard questions that I had no answers to. “Why is it that I can’t find one good job? Why is it that I have not received my healing?, Why is it that I have not received my financial breakthrough? Why is it the more I pray for my marriage the worse things get?.. The more I pray for that son or daughter the worse they get...I felt that the individuals that I was speaking to had heard it already. Even before sharing their heart they told me, Carleen, “I know longer want to hear that my blessings are on the way. I don’t want to hear to hang on in there. They exclaimed, “I’ve done it all. I’ve fasted and prayed, I’ve decree and declared the promises of God day and night over my family, finances and health and I have not seen a change. I have not received my breakthrough. I don't have any more strength left. I don't have enough strength for one more prayer. I don’t know how much I can take and how long will I be able to last Without fully just giving up!” Does it sound familiar? I can honesty say I’ve been there. I felt like giving up. I felt like what’s the use. I felt like I don’t believe God will ever intervene in my situation. But when I wanted to give up. Something in me wouldn’t allow me to give up. When I felt disappointed at God. Yes, I said it. Evangelist Pope is not always super spiritual, I'm human, I hurt and have disappointments. I was disappointed, because I’m not quite sure where God was taking me. I FELT LIKE HE WAS NOT ANSWERING ME QUICK ENOUGH! Why is he allowing me to experience these hard things? I mean hard things that I had to walk THROUGH. After all God “I know many great Evangelist that haven’t had to walk the road that I walked.” He immediately whispered to my spirit, the calling and the annointing that I have called and appointed on your life is different from theirs. Nevertheless, I told the Father. “I’m struggling; my faith is being tested at this moment. How can I encourage others when I'm struggling myself. When its hard for me to find the words, because I need someone to encourage me TODAY! So what is it that you want me to tell to your people when asked “Why am I not receiving MY BREAKTHROUGH FROM GOD? “ This is what he gave me this Thursday morning the day before Good Friday 2015. He gave me Daniel 3.
I know you’re saying Evangelist Pope another bible story. But stick with me for a minute. Because God is speaking. We heard the story millions of time. We understood that they did not bow to the Golden Image. But we have to understand that it’s in them not bowing and compromising to the King, satanic influence that they were thrown into the fire. I know we don’t want to be in the situation we are in right now. It does not feel good. It feels really bad. God understands that your mind is troubled, your soul is troubled. Sometimes you don’t know how you will make it through the day. But if you understand that because of your choice to not bow to the circumstance, to not bow to doing wrong when given the opportunity. To not bow down to sin. You were lead to intense pressure, intense persecution. The enemy turned it up, because he wants you to give up. Because if you give up you have no testimony as to how God brought you out of the situation and God gets no Glory. The enemy, Satan has always wanted to steal the Glory from God. God may be allowing you to go through hard situations to lead you into greater victories and greater spiritual and earthly promotions. Yes, He could have rescued the Hebrew boys from the fire, He could rescue you from your situation. But how would you ever know his power. So, this is the answer God wanted me to give to his people who say,” I’m tired. I’m about to give up on God because he had not moved in my time. Here it goes in verse 17 “if it be so, our God whom we serve is able to deliver us from the burning fiery furnace, and he will deliver us out of thine hand o king. 18, But if not, be it known unto thee, o king, that we will not serve they gods, nor worship the golden image which thou hast set up.” So my response to those who want to give up is “No, keep believing, keep trusting no matter how it looks. Secondly, make up in your mind today and make an affirmation that if God chooses not to change this situation, chooses not to rescue me from this situation. It's not because he couldn't. And no matter if God chooses to deliver me or not I will not turn around, and I will not give up on God to serve the god of depression, oppression, fear, guilt, remorse, anger, retaliation , pride, pity, selfishness, money, gambling, fornication, adultery, idolatry, homosexuality and unforgiveness. When Job faced his adversities, his lost and when friends pointed the finger at him that he must have sinned to bring this horror on his life. He said, in Job 13:15 “Though he slay me, yet will I trust in him. We have to make up in our mind that we are going to walk through the fire. The enemy sent the fire to destroy us. But God is going to use the fire to purify us. Like Joseph said, what the enemy meant for harm God has turned it for my good. You see, it’s in the fire that we know what we are made of. Fire purifies, it’s a process of taking off the old and putting on the new. In the fire that which had you bound will no longer hold you. In the fire you will find a breakthrough from the bondages that have been holding you down. Fire takes out anything that is not like God. But scripture said that they were not alone in the fire. You are not alone in the fire! Say out loud “I am not alone in the fire!” It may seem like you are alone. But God is walking with you in the fire. There was a fourth person in the fire; scripture said that they drop to their knees. I believe that not only did the King see the Lord in the fire, but the three Hebrew men saw God in the fire, and they fell to their knees. Because they understood that it was a process to get them where they needed to be. These men worship God in the fire. Because of their trust, and faith in God; God revealed himself to them in a way they had never seen before. He also revealed himself to those that were on the outside looking in. The unsaved are looking for those persons that will not bow to satan tactics no matter what. We can always choose to take the easy road. We may look silly, even stupid believing God when all hell has broken loose at our homes, on our jobs. But we have to make up in our minds today affliction upon affliction, sorrow upon sorrow, lost upon lost I’m going to keep trusting, keep praising, knowing that the Father will never leave you nor forsake you. He’s in the fire with you! The 27th verse said that all that them that saw them being placed in the fire ( kings, prince, governors) realized the fire had no power on the bodies of God’s Servants! Scripture said, their hairs were not singed, neither were their coats did not change, nor the smell of fire had passed on them. The King recognized that God had delivered his people that TRUSTED in him, and yield not their bodies nor worship any god, except their own God!! You see your enemies want to know how can you still smile after all that you went through, how can you still praise God, How can you keep your chin up. You see you were in the fire, but the fire had no power to destroy you. It only took you closer to God!
By trusting God you will win souls to the Kingdom! Maybe, just Maybe that was the plan all alone. The 30th verse says that the King promoted the three men over the province. If we can trust God as we walk through the fire. God says he will elevate you and promote you to the next level.
The answer keep trusting, keep trusting, keep trusting!