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Let Me Out!

How many people give thought to getting out of the furnace? How few are the minority who have a dogmatic loyalty to God and do not care if they are delivered and would rather just stay in and meet God? How much time do people spend trying to rationalize their way out of a furnace for preservation's sake? They always feel they have some better idea that would benefit them and God, even spiritually. Christians do not want the furnace. The reason why is that they lack the mystery of godliness called faith.

If I do not have a faith that stays true to God anyway, then I do not have God's faith. God is able, but if not, I am still staying true to my faith decision. When we really experience the kind of humility that depends completely on the faith of Christ, then we do not care whether it is a furnace, a jail or hatred from a community. We stand on the foundation of Calvary and we do not rationalize away God's demand for us to take up our cross.

Few are like Gideon's 300. Many do not like the furnaces. Instead, they want Heaven down here in a continuing city and not the faith of Christ. They want things all modern and up-to-date while still going to church, if they please. Too many people lack the conviction and dogmatic loyalty and integrity of faith. They gird themselves about with their own concept of Christianity, thus God cannot take them where they would not go naturally that they might reveal the Fourth Man in their furnaces.

Carl H. Stevens

Carl H. Stevens

(1929-2008) pastored and established thriving churches and Bible colleges in Maine, Massachusetts, and Maryland. He also helped pioneer Christian talk radio through Telephone Time and the Grace Hour and authored nearly 500 books and booklets. See also the Carl H Stevens Memorial Site
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