Wednesday, June 18, 2014

In the midst of the HEAT.

Recently I have been hearing the phrases, "How are you guys still working in this weather?", "What do you think of this HEAT?", "Your not on bikes are you? This weather is so hot."

Our answer always is something along the lines of this, "Yes it is hot but we just keeping talking of Christ. We do it everyday all day! We live it and we love it!"

Whether in the rain, snow, wind or the midst of the Heat we continually teach and preach of Christ. We stand up for Him and work to always keep His commandments. For we KNOW that through Him and by Him all things are made possible. It is His love, grace and gospel that allow us to conquer all and live forever.

Through out all of history there have been followers of Christ that have take on more rain, snow, winds and even heat then us sister missionaries in Virginia!

Three of these individuals are talked about in the book of Daniel in the Bible.

They are named Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-nego.

The heat they took was WAY more then the 95 degrees me and Sister Savage are dealing with.

Their story is found in Daniel chapter 3. But here is a little run down.

The king builds this gold god to worship. Then he tells everyone to worship it or else they will be thrown into a firey furnace.

These three men did not follow the kings command because they knew the true and living God and kept His commandments.

The king is rent when he finds this out and threatens them.

Their simple answer is found in verse 17 

Because of their obedience and trust in God. The king has the servants heat the fire 7 times hotter then normal. He was really raged!
Then he has the strongest men bound them and throw them in the fire. The men who throw them in the fire all die because of the heat, however Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-nego are not burned and standing next to them is a 4th person who has the appearance of the Son of God.
The king and the individuals there are all changed and know that the God of these three men truly delivered them from the heat of the furnace.

Just like in those times Christ delivered His servant from the midst of the heat, He can and will.

I am so grateful for the opportunity I have to serve. It can be hot, cold, rain or shine He is there with me. I know that Jesus Christ is my Savior and I am eternally grateful for that knowledge! He loves us and want us to be happy. He knows the heat, if not already here, will come and as we follow Him, He will be there to relieve and support us.

Have a great hot day and thank Christ for all He has done for you!

Sister Schramm


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