From the Desk of: Evangelist Armental Crawford Subject: The Lord Our Divine Deliverer
We Praise, Honor, Bless and Exalt our Great King, Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. My rock and my fortress, my deliverer, my God, my strength, in whom I will trust. My buckler, and the horn of my salvation, and my high tower. I will call upon Him, the Lord of Glory. He is truly worthy of all honor and praise. We honor our Mother of the Church, as well as all Prophetess, Mothers, Evangelists, Teachers, Sisters, Saints, and You our beloved friends. We desire you to continue and not wavier in the heart of your mind, thus realizing "The Lord is our Divine Deliver”. As we reflect on the Book of Daniel, and how the Lord delivered Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego. It reveals the power of the Almighty God, and the faith, trust and confidence they had in God. Their refusal to fall down and worship Nebuchadnezzar's idol left him in a rage. Daniel 3:15-20 states, “Now if ye be ready that at what time ye hear the sound of the cornet, flute, harp, sackbut, psaltery, and dulcimer, and all kinds of musick, ye fall down and worship the image which I have made; well: but if ye worship not, ye shall be cast the same hour into the midst of a burning fiery furnace; and who is that God that shall deliver you out of my hands? 16) Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, answered and said to the king, O Nebuchadnezzar, we are not careful to answer thee in this matter. 17) If it be so, our God whom we serve is able to deliver us from the burning fiery furnace, and he will deliver us out of thine hand, O king. 18) But if not, be it known unto thee, O king, that we will not serve thy gods, nor worship the golden image which thou hast set up. 19) Then was Nebuchadnezzar full of fury, and the form of his visage was changed against Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego: therefore he spake, and commanded that they should heat the furnace one seven times more than it was wont to be heated. 20) And he commanded the most mighty men that were in his army to bind Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, and to cast them into the burning fiery furnace.” It states further that the fire was so hot, it consumed the men that threw them in, as they fell bound into the fire. Nebuchadnezzar rose and inquired of those around him--were not three men bound and cast into the fire? His inquisition prompted this question because he saw more than three according to Daniel 3:25, which states, "He answered and said, Lo, I see four men loose, walking in the midst of the fire, and they have no hurt; and the form of the fourth is like the Son of God”. The Lord Himself was there in the fire with them (his divine presence). He said," I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee”. Isaiah 50:2 states, "Wherefore, when I came, was there no man? when I called, was there none to answer? Is my hand shortened at all, that it cannot redeem? or have I no power to deliver? behold at my rebuke, I dry up the sea, I make the rivers a wilderness: their fish stinketh, because there is no water, and dieth for thirst”. Isaiah 43:1-3 states, “But now thus saith the Lord that created thee, O Jacob, and he that formed thee, O Israel, Fear not: for I have redeemed thee, I have called thee by thy name; thou art mine. 2) When thou passest through the waters, I will be with thee; and through the rivers, they shall not overflow thee: when thou walkest through the fire, thou shalt not be burned; neither shall the flame kindle upon thee. 3) For I am the Lord thy God, the Holy One of Israel, thy Saviour: I gave Egypt for thy ransom, Ethiopia and Seba for thee”. Psalms 33:18-22 states, “Behold, the eye of the Lord is upon them that fear him, upon them that hope in his mercy; 19) To deliver their soul from death, and to keep them alive in famine. 20) Our soul waiteth for the Lord: he is our help and our shield. 21) For our heart shall rejoice in him, because we have trusted in his holy name. 22) Let thy mercy, O Lord, be upon us, according as we hope in thee. May the Lord Jesus Christ continue to Bless you richly and His Grace abound upon you.