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‘…the smell of fire was not on them.’ Daniel 3:27 NKJV

Deliverance is when God brings you out of a fiery trial that was meant to destroy you. Total deliverance is when, like the three Hebrew children, He brings you out without even the smell of smoke on you. You see, it’s possible to be delivered but still be ‘damaged.’ You can hear it in what a person says. They speak only of the past because they stopped living at a certain point. They survived the trauma, but because they haven’t dealt with it the right way they constantly refer back to it. When they talk, part of them is still ‘in the fire’. Now we are not talking about some ‘quick fix,’ or a ‘one size fits all’ form of healing. Your temperament, your faith level, and the depth of your pain at the time are all determining factors in how long it takes to recover and become whole. But this much is clear: whatever was binding the three Hebrew children when they went into the fiery furnace, wasn’t binding them when they came out of it. And that’s what God wants to do for you too. Does that mean you’re not supposed to talk about what you’ve been through? No, but don’t talk like a victim, talk like a victor! David said: ‘He also brought me up out of a horrible pit (the past)…and set my feet upon a rock (the present)…He has put a new song in my mouth-praise to our God; many will see it and fear, and will trust in the Lord.’ (the future) (Psalm 40:2-3 NKJV) Your experience may be old, but your song will be new.

SoulFood: 2 Kings 4:18-6:33, Matt 25:31-46, Ps 38:1-12, Pr 8:22-23

The Word for Today is authored by Bob and Debby Gass and published under licence from UCB International Copyright 2012

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