Hold Fast!


Looking Up
Just today I was witnessing and talked about Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, how God was with them and protected them... I wanted to make the point that God never changes. He will take care of us just as he had these three. There was a bit more to it and so when I read your article it was a pleasant surprise for me.

Your writing is timely and so needed. The Holy Spirit does a great work through you. God Bless you Dr. Mike. :hug

Joe B

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Thank you once again, Mike. Your Blog has now been added to my favourites and I know I will enjoy catching up on your posts.


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God Bless you. You have certainly blessed me this night. I am strengthened by those powerful words. Thank you for letting God use you to bless me. Mods, could we sticky this?


Heaven's Stables
Just want to say that it is wonderful God gave us this picture of Jesus walking in the fire with his 3 servants who were not in any way harmed by their surroundings. That is truly what happens to His servants no matter how things appear to us here on earth.

The LORD either protects and heals us here, or He meets us and ushers us "home" healed and perfected.

It is my blessed hope for all who may suffer in the fires of what the world throws at us. God told us to not fear what man can do to us, but to fear only God who after this life is done has the power to usher us into heaven or cast us into hell.

We love our LORD GOD and we don't base that love on our external circumstances here on this earth.

Our faith pleases HIM.

http://www.polycarp.net/ <---------------- Please take the time to read the story of Polycarp!

Love you too Dr. Mike. :hug:


Follower and Believer of Christ
We love our LORD GOD and we don't base that love on our external circumstances here on this earth.

Our faith pleases HIM.

Polycarp <---------------- Please take the time to read the story of Polycarp!

A wonderful example in Polycarp Mary! A man who knew he had already escaped the flames before the stake was driven in the ground, and he was tied to it.


Saved by the grace of God through Jesus Christ
I am so blessed by your Spirit driven words here Pastor Mike. Thank you for your words of peace I received. Thank you and Glory to God.


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As I reread this today I started thinking of all of us going through our trials in these later days. Our trials seem large to us, they weary us, but they are nothing to what Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego have gone through. They were the equivalent of todays on fire Evangelical Christians. They came from families that must have been very careful to do all that God said to Moses for them to do. Their country had been invaded and they had been taken captive and transported to a foreign country. They had been put in a school that tried to get them to change their way of thinking about God.

Now they were going to be tossed into a smelting furnace because they refused to bow down and worship a statute of the king. And this is there reply to the King!

16 Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, answered and said to the king, O Nebuchadnezzar, we are not careful to answer thee in this matter.
Dan 3:16 (KJV)

O King we don't even have to give a thought to your threat. Your demand doesn't even require us to give it a thought. We worship the One True God, Creator of Heaven and Earth and all we can see, touch, smell, hear, and taste. We throw ourselves on His Mercy. And allow Him to choose what is best for us!

Sadly I get tired of my trials and feel like giving up.

Mike may God use you to continue to inspire us to that Higher Ground!


Heaven's Stables
Hold Fast, was the winner of 2015 CWA Inspiration Award

More help from scripture... in addition to Hold Fast!!!


1 Corinthians 13New International Version (NIV)

13 If I speak in the tongues of men or of angels, but do not have love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal. 2 If I have the gift prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have a faith that can move mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing. 3 If I give all I possess to the poor and give over my body to hardship that I may boast, but do not have love, I gain nothing.

4 Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. 5 It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrong. 6 Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. 7 It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.

8 Love never fails. But where there are prophecies, they will cease; where there are tongues, they will be stilled; where there is knowledge, it will pass away. 9 For we know in part and we prophesy in part, 10 but when completeness comes what is in part disappears. 11 When I was a child, I talked like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I put the ways of childhood behind me. 12 For now we see only a reflection as in a mirror, then we shall see face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I am fully known.

13 And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.

  1. 1 Corinthians 13:1 Or languages
  2. 1 Corinthians 13:3 Some manuscripts body to the flames
Cross references:
  1. 1 Corinthians 13:1 : ver 8; S Mk 16:17
  2. 1 Corinthians 13:2 : ver 8; S Eph 4:11; S Ac 11:27
  3. 1 Corinthians 13:2 : 1Co 14:2
  4. 1 Corinthians 13:2 : S 2Co 8:7
  5. 1 Corinthians 13:2 : 1Co 12:9
  6. 1 Corinthians 13:2 : Mt 17:20; 21:21
  7. 1 Corinthians 13:3 : Lk 19:8; S Ac 2:45
  8. 1 Corinthians 13:3 : Da 3:28
  9. 1 Corinthians 13:4 : 1Th 5:14
  10. 1 Corinthians 13:4 : 1Co 5:2
  11. 1 Corinthians 13:5 : S 1Co 10:24
  12. 1 Corinthians 13:5 : S Mt 5:22
  13. 1 Corinthians 13:5 : Job 14:16, 17; Pr 10:12; 17:9; 1Pe 4:8
  14. 1 Corinthians 13:6 : 2Th 2:12
  15. 1 Corinthians 13:6 : 2Jn 4; 3Jn 3, 4
  16. 1 Corinthians 13:7 : ver 8, 13
  17. 1 Corinthians 13:8 : ver 2
  18. 1 Corinthians 13:8 : ver 1
  19. 1 Corinthians 13:9 : ver 12; S 1Co 8:2
  20. 1 Corinthians 13:10 : Php 3:12
  21. 1 Corinthians 13:11 : Ps 131:2
  22. 1 Corinthians 13:12 : Job 26:14; 36:26
  23. 1 Corinthians 13:12 : Ge 32:30; Job 19:26; 1Jn 3:2
  24. 1 Corinthians 13:12 : 1Co 8:3; Gal 4:9
  25. 1 Corinthians 13:13 : Ro 5:2-5; Gal 5:5, 6; Eph 4:2-5; Col 1:4, 5; 1Th 1:3; 5:8; Heb 6:10-12
  26. 1 Corinthians 13:13 : Mt 22:37-40; 1Co 16:14; Gal 5:6; 1Jn 4:7-12, 16
New International Version (NIV)
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Question: "What are some encouraging Bible verses?"

Answer: No matter what our discouraging situation, there are encouraging verses in the Bible that can give us hope:

When you’ve lost something, or someone, who has been very precious to you:
Matthew 5:4 “Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted.”
Revelation 1:18 “I am alive forevermore.”
John 11:25 “Jesus said to her, ‘I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in me will live, even though he dies’”

When excruciating waves of chronic pain and weakness are crashing over your head:
2 Corinthians 12:9 “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.”
Hebrews 4:16 “Let us then approach the throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.”

When your cupboard is bare, and your last crumb has been scraped up:
Matthew 6:33 “Seek first God’s kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.”
Psalm 23:1 “The LORD is my shepherd, I shall not be in want.”
1 Thessalonians 5:18 “… give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.”

When no one seems to understand, or even to care:
Psalm 55:22 “Cast your cares on the LORD and he will sustain you; he will never let the righteous fall.”
Isaiah 40:11 “He tends his flock like a shepherd: He gathers the lambs in his arms and carries them close to his heart; he gently leads those that have young.”

When you are being persecuted for your faith:
2 Peter 2:9 “the Lord knows how to rescue godly men from trials and to hold the unrighteous for the day of judgment.”
John 15:18 “If the world hates you, keep in mind that it hated me first.”

When the nation, the world, and even the family and the church, seem to be disintegrating:
Isaiah 14:24: “The LORD of hosts has sworn, saying, ‘Surely, as I have thought, so it shall come to pass, And as I have purposed, so it shall stand.’”
Jeremiah 29:11 “For I know the plans I have for you," declares the LORD, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”

When life’s fears and insecurities gang up on you:
Psalm 27:1 “The Lord is my light and my salvation—whom shall I fear? The Lord is the stronghold of my life—of whom shall I be afraid?”
Luke 12:7 “Indeed, the very hairs of your head are all numbered. Don't be afraid; you are worth more than many sparrows.”
Romans 8:1 “There is, therefore, no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus.”

When your mood is dark:
Psalm 118:24 “This is the day the Lord has made. Let us rejoice, and be glad in it.”
Romans 8:29-30 “For those whom God foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the likeness of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brothers. And those he called, he also justified; those he justified, he also glorified.”

When worn out and worn down to the point of giving up:
Hebrews 12:2-3 “Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and completer of our faith, who, for the joy set before Him endured the cross, despising its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. Consider him who endured such opposition from sinful men, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart.”

When abandoned by everyone meaningful:
Deuteronomy 31:6 “Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the LORD your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you."
Hebrews 13:5-6 “… God has said, ‘Never will I leave you, never will I forsake you.’ So we say with confidence, ‘The Lord is my helper; I will not be afraid. What can man do to me?’”

When friends and even family seem to be abandoning God:
Psalm 100:5 “God’s faithfulness endures through all generations.”
2 Timothy 3:1-4 “But mark this: There will be terrible times in the last days. People will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boastful, proud, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy, without love, unforgiving, slanderous, without self-control, brutal, not lovers of the good, treacherous, rash, conceited, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God”

When under powerful temptation:
1 Corinthians 10:13 “No temptation has seized you except what is common to man. And God is faithful; He will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can stand up under it.”
James 4:7-8 “Submit yourselves, then, to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. Come near to God and He will come near to you.”
2 Timothy 1:12 “He is able to keep what I committed to Him against that day.”
Hebrews 2:18 “Because He Himself suffered when He was tempted, He is able to help those who are being tempted.”

When stung by your enemy’s false accusation:
1 Peter 3:14, 16 “But even if you should suffer for what is right, you are blessed. … keeping a clear conscience, so that those who speak maliciously against your good behavior in Christ may be ashamed of their slander.”
Matthew 5:10 “Blessed are those who are persecuted because of righteousness, for theirs in the kingdom of heaven. Blessed are you when people insult you, persecute you, and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of me. Rejoice, and be exceeding glad, because great is your reward in heaven”
Romans 8:31-34 “What, then, shall we say in response to this? If God is for us, who can be against us? He who did not spare his own Son, but gave him up for us all—how will he not also, along with him, graciously give us all things? Who will bring any charge against those whom God has chosen? It is God who justifies. Who is he that condemns? Christ Jesus, who died—more than that, who was raised to life—is at the right hand of God and is also interceding for us.”

When circumstances lead you to doubt God:
Psalm 42:5 “O my soul, why are you downcast? Put your hope in God: for I will yet praise Him, my Savior and my God.”
Mark 9:24 “I do believe; help me overcome my unbelief!”

When gripped by unrelenting anger and even hatred:
Ephesians 4:31 “Get rid of all bitterness, rage and anger, brawling and slander, along with every form of malice. Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you.”
James 1:19 “My dear brothers, take note of this: Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry, for man's anger does not bring about the righteous life that God desires.”
1 John 4:20 “If anyone says, ‘I love God,’ yet hates his brother, he is a liar. For anyone who does not love his brother, whom he has seen, cannot love God, whom he has not seen.”

When defeated with guilt, shame, and remorse:
1 John 1:9 “If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.”
Romans 8:1-2 “Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus, because through Christ Jesus the law of the Spirit of life set me free from the law of sin and death.”

When about to go over the edge with overwhelming demands, pressures, and expectations:
Matthew 11:28 “Come unto me, all you that labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.”
John 15:5 [Jesus said] "I am the vine; you are the branches. If a man remains in me and I in him, he will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing.”
Philippians 4:13 “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.”

When the road forks unexpectedly, or when the multiplied factors of a crucial decision bring darkening confusion:
James 1:5 “If any of you lacks wisdom, he should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to him.”
1 Corinthians 14:33 “God is not the author of confusion.”
Proverbs 3:5-6 “Trust in the Lord with all your heart. Lean not on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct your path.”

When you are famished of soul, longing for purity and righteousness:
Matthew 5:6 “Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled.”
Psalm 23:3 “He leads me in paths of righteousness, for His name’s sake.”

When all roads have been cut off so that only despair seems left:
1 Corinthians 10:13 “No temptation has seized you except what is common to man. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can stand up under it.”
2 Corinthians 4:8 “We are hard pressed on every side, but not crushed; perplexed, but not in despair.”

When the grave opens before you:
John 3:16 "For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.”
John 11:25-26 "I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in me will live, even though he dies; and whoever lives and believes in me will never die.
Hebrews 2:14-15 “Since the children have flesh and blood, He too shared in their humanity so that by His death He might destroy him who holds the power of death—that is, the devil—and free those who all their lives were held in slavery by their fear of death.”

A blessing for all circumstances:
Romans 15:13 “May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.”

Recommended Resources: Laugh Again, Experience Outrageous Joy by Charles Swindoll and Logos Bible Software.

Read more: http://www.gotquestions.org/encouraging-Bible-verses.html#ixzz3g4BcAfop
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Almost Heaven

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As they watched the fire surrounding them, you cannot help but wonder what thoughts rushed through their minds? As they were thrown into the flames, what words of prayer were found pressed to their lips? As they realized those flames did not even singe them, how quickly did those prayers turn to praise? As they walked amongst the raging fires, what sounds and words did they hear from the crowds that watched in astonishment?

We all know the story of Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego. Men of unwavering faith, that refused to deny God in the face of the most powerful man the world had yet to know. A man who’s reach stretched out to much of the known world. A man who with the snap of his fingers could command armies to distant lands. A man who could destroy and rebuild cities with nothing more than the nod of his brow. But these three followers of the Lord, knew that with all his power, Nebuchadnezzar was just that, he was just a man. He was not God, and he did not speak for God.

As they stood before this powerful king, their devotion stood true to the King of Kings. The words they professed to Nebuchadnezzar still move us to this day. “O Nebuchadnezzar, we do not need to give you an answer concerning this matter. If it be so, our God whom we serve is able to deliver us from the furnace of blazing fire; and He will deliver us out of your hand, O king. But even if He does not, let it be known to you, O king, that we are not going to serve your gods or worship the golden image that you have set up.”(Daniel 3:16-18). They looked into the eyes of the most powerful one the world had to offer, and placed their faith in the most powerful One the world could ever know. Their answer was simple, if God rescues me, or if He does not, I will only serve the Lord!

Many excuses could have easily come into the thoughts of these three men. Thoughts and excuse that would have spared them the fate they knew would soon follow. They could have fallen to their knees, but not actually worshipped the statue. They could have told the king they would not become idol worshippers, but would this one time to appease the king. They could have reasoned with themselves, the king has absolute power, so we must do this. The could have used their titles as an excuse, the king had appointed them so they must obey him. They could have used their situation as an excuse, they were in a foreign land and needed to honor the followings and traditions of that land. They could have turned to the past, knowing their ancestors had worshipped idols at times and had survived. They could have bowed to the social pressures of the day, convincing themselves that to worship another god did not diminish their God. And they could have looked to justify their actions, if they were to deny the king then it might impact the rest of the Jewish people. But they rejected the temptation to use their own logic, standing on the promise of God’s Word. They placed their fate and their future into the Lord’s hands. Their belief became their insurance, and their faith spoke the words for them.

As the crowd watched that day, their astonishment turned into amazement, and the words of the king went from anger to praise. All those witnessing, looked into the furnace that day, and what they saw had to have brought them again to their knees. But this time, they did not fall to their knees because a king had ordered them to, they found themselves on their knees because of what the King of Kings showed them. As the king and the crowd looked into the furnace, they did not just see the three men, but a fourth man. One the king would proclaim was, “like the Son of God”. A image that would forever change the fate of not only these three men, but of the Jewish people. The actions of the king reflect this, and so do his words as he called out to Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego. “Shadrach, Meshach and Abed-nego, come out, you servants of the Most High God, and come here!”(Daniel 3:26). No man can bind what Christ sets free!

As Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego faced that day, a verse that David wrote quickly comes to mind. A verse that easily may have been on the lips of these three faithful men that day. “So be strong and courageous, all you who put your hope in the Lord!”(Psalm 31:24). When we look at the words that make up this verse, we see the power of David’s pen come to life.

Three words from this verse stand out at us; strong, courageous, and hope. The Hebrew word for strong used here means, “to grasp, to hold fast’. The Hebrew word for courageous means “an inner will, determination”. And the Hebrew word for hope we see used in this verse means, “to wait in anticipation.” No matter where we find ourselves, and no matter what this world may throw our way, we do not face it alone. The grasp that Christ has on us, gives us the will and determination to face anything. And with Christ by our side, we anticipate how the Lord can use us in any situation. We have the promise of knowing that tomorrow is the Lord’s. We do not have to worry if the Lord will rescue us today, because He already saved us yesterday, and we know that either way we will have Him by our side tomorrow! Whether rescued or not, tomorrow holds our hope!

As many of us today look at the world around us, we feel the heat coming from the furnace. We watch the events of this worlds unfolding, and we see flames of the fire starting to burn. We watch as fellow believers are being persecuted, and we see the guards approaching. And as we look to our left and our right, and see many of our “so-called’ brothers and sisters on their knees before a false god, we see the bindings the guards are carrying in hand for us. We see the crowds gathering around us, and we know what our future holds. But as we face the fires, we must first ask ourselves one question, a question three faithful men asked themselves so many years ago. Whether God rescues us or not, will we serve the Lord?

In our stance today, are we ready to stand for God? Are we willing to show this world, that when we stand for God, we stand out? Are we willing to accept that sometimes in our trials can be found eternal reasons? Are we willing to place our destiny is God’s hands, or will we trust them in the hands of man?

To each of these questions, I would give a simple answer. Hold fast! Let us answer these questions boldly, moving forward with strength, courage and hope. Let us not find ourselves on our knees as we cower to the demands of this world, but let us lead the world to its’ knees as they watch the Lord work through us. Let us never forget, when we walk by faith, we walk for Christ. We must be willing to follow the example Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego set so many years ago. We must be willing to show those who would lead us into the fire a greater purpose and calling than this world can ever offer or know. We must show the world the face of the One who can keep us from the flames, the only One who can deliver us from the fire. We must be willing to offer and give our all, showing this world that only Christ can bring us all. We must face what the world throws at us today, standing strong and courageous, knowing we will see the hope that tomorrow brings.

As I look at the world around us today, I see the flames of the fire again being stroked. I watch as the world again prepares the furnace, and I see the anger on the world’s face because many of us will not bow before it. I fear that before that Glorious Day, many of us may be given a view of the inside of that furnace. But to each who refuse to bow, I would offer words of encouragement and hope. The words of a fellow believer I often like to quote. “Hold fast. Help is on the way. Hold fast. He's come to save the day. What I've learned in my life, one thing greater than my strife, is His grasp. So hold fast.

Hold fast to the foot of the Cross! In that grasp lies complete hope. The Cross you grasp is anchored deep, and despite how hard they may try, the world cannot pull you away. That Cross is filled with the confidence and assurance you will see tomorrow, and the strength and courage that will carry you through this day. And as you grasp firmly to that Cross, know that in the splinters that now fill your hands is found the only hope, joy and peace that can change this world tomorrow. Hold fast!

Praying each of you keep a strong grasp in the midst of the fire.

I asked Adrien to help me find this. I so needed to read it again.
Many thanks :hat