Daniel 3:23, “Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, fell into the midst of the furnace of blazing fire still tied up.”
2023 is a year of DECISION!!! A year to make our decisions in FAITH! The 3 Hebrew boys made a decision to go in the fire and not run away from it. Yes! You heard it right! They fell into the midst of the fire with bold FAITH…
Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego had the opportunity to leave according to Daniel 3:22, “Because the king’s command was urgent and the furnace was extremely hot, the flame of the fire killed the men who carried them up.”
The fire is not going to kill US but reveal what’s in US!!! What the enemy intends for evil, God will use for good (Genesis 50:20). Don’t run from the intensity of warfare this year. The warfare is connected to our posture of worship before the REAL KING Jesus Christ. King Nebuchadnezzar was so upset because of the Hebrew boy’s radical worship that he cut the fire up 7x hotter. Know this…we have already won the battle because of Jesus’ obedience at the cross. The Son of God appeared for this purpose, to destroy the works of the devil (1 John 3:8).
Daniel 3:24 “Then Nebuchadnezzar the king [looked and] was astounded, and he jumped up and said to his counselors, “did we not throw three boys who were tied up into the midst of the fire?”
The enemy in 2023 will try to restrict our worship. Nebuchadnezzar pointed out that they were tied up. This spirit was trying to control their worship before God. Don’t allow the enemy to restrict your worship this year. We must be intentional with radical worship (this will require us to do new things) and press into God’s presence like never before! The Hebrew meaning of restrict is to limit, constrict, confine, or cramp. The fire of the Lord is bringing new levels of freedom and victory. Daniel 3:25 records that “Nebuchadnezzar’s counselor said, “Look! I see four men loose, walking in the midst of the fire; and they are not hurt, and the form of the fourth is like the Son of God.” What just happened in the fire? Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego’s worship caused a greater level of deliverance. They were loosed and walking around in the mist of the fire. WOW! How powerful is that? What the enemy means for our destruction, God has given us authority in and over! God is bringing a supernatural movement in the fire - receive it NOW in Jesus name! The fire of the Lord this year may be a divine, set-up to bring new levels of deliverance and freedom in our lives. The counselor said that they were not hurt. What does that mean? That means they were healed and free. The fire of the Lord is going to bring a new level of healing in our lives. Our worship in the fire is going to cause us to get closer to Jesus. The counselor said that he saw a fourth man like the Son of God. The fire of the Lord is going to cause us to get a fresh revelation of who Jesus is and bring fresh encounters with Him. The counselor worshipped other idols and had no concept about God the Father or Jesus, but God used the fire to bring a revelation to him. God is causing the fire to bring a NEW GLORY to HIM. It’s causing people who are unbelievers to radically encounter Jesus and be converted!
We must understand the flames of a fire have several different colors naturally and each represent different things prophetically.
White, Yellow, Red, Orange, and Blue
White represents purity, cleansing from sin, and renewal.
Yellow represents glory, the presence of God, compassion, submission to God, and humbleness.
Red represents purifying in the blood of Jesus.
Orange represents warfare, courage, endurance, power, deliverance, and passionate praise.
Blue represents the Holy Spirit, intercession, and revelation.
Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego experienced every level of intensity of the fire. They walked in the fire as boys but walked out as Men of God. In this season of our lives the fire is going to cause supernatural growth and maturity. We declare that God is working in the midst of the fire this year! Fire from our enemies is causing the fire within to increase! What is the fire within? That’s the fire of the Holy Spirit!
By: Maurice and Michele Suggs, Lead Pastors