"The Spirit of the Lord God is upon me, because the Lord has anointed me to bring good news to the poor; he has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of the prison to those who are bound." - Isaiah 61:1 (ESV)
My roommates and I got robbed when we were in college.
After freshman year, two of my friends and I decided to move off-campus. So we rented a place that was within walking distance of our school.
We thought we were "winning" because we only paid $350 a person per month to rent a 3-bedroom townhouse. The only issue was that our college was in one of the worst areas of Atlanta, which meant that our townhouse was also in one of the worst areas of Atlanta.
Nonetheless, we were convinced that the area wasn't as bad as people said it was.
When our school closed for Christmas break, one of our friends moved in for a week and my roommate from Michigan had two of her best friends from home come to visit.
We had a full house—six people were staying there, including me.
As we were headed to an event one evening, my roommate got a call from our next-door neighbor.
"Melissa, Mia's outside!"
Mia was melissa's dog.
"Wait, what? Are you sure?" Melissa frantically responded.
We were all confused.
I locked Mia in the bathroom before we left the house because she wasn't house trained yet, and we didn't want her messing up our carpet. So even if she magically got out, there's no way she would be outside.
"I think someone's in your house!" My neighbor said after seeing a shadow of someone walking around inside.
Our neighbor was on speaker so we all heard the entire conversation and started freaking out.
We headed back to our house, and when we got there, our door was wide open. We went inside and found out that we got robbed.
I was thinking about that robbery as I was reading the story of Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego. If you don't know the story, it's found in Daniel 3.
King Nebuchadnezzar made a giant gold statue in the province of Babylon and ordered everyone to bow before it when they heard musical instruments. Anyone who disobeyed his order would be thrown into a blazing hot furnace.
Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego oversaw the province of Babylon and refused to obey the order. They trusted God with their lives and were willing to be thrown into the furnace for their faith.
They believed that God was able to save them from the furnace.
However, in Daniel 3:18 they said, "But even if he does not, we want to make it clear to you, Your Majesty, that we will never serve your gods or worship the gold statue you have set up."
Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego had spiritual posture. Whether God would save them was not as important as the fact that God could save them.
Then King Nebuchadnezzar leaped to his feet in amazement and asked his advisers, “Weren’t there three men that we tied up and threw into the fire? ” They replied, “Certainly, Your Majesty.” He said, “Look! I see four men walking around in the fire, unbound and unharmed, and the fourth looks like a son of the gods.” —Daniel 3:24-25 (NIV)
God came through for them.
Someone physically let my roommate's dog out of the house, just as someone physically let Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego loose from their chains.
And there's only one person who could miraculously protect men in a blazing hot furnace—the Son of God.
The same personal God who can loosen the chains in a blazing hot furnace is the same God who can loosen you from whatever you're battling.
When you have spiritual posture, you don't allow others to dictate your faith and keep you bound. You trust God to do miraculous things in your life.
People may come to rob you of your peace and God's promises, but God is here to set you free. Keep praying for that breakthrough.
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