Victor King Ministries, which has impacted many young lives.
I just read his latest note, "Favour in the midst of your fiery furnace" on facebook which greatly blessed me, a timely Word as I was getting frustrated at the evil intent of my ex-landlord in renting out his stall to yet another dessert seller to try to put me out of business. I think it will bless many others who are facing personal trials too, and I would like to share his note here:
Grace and Peace to you from our Lord Jesus Christ,
Favour in the midst of your fiery furnace – Victor King
19 Then Nebuchadnezzar was full of fury, and the expression on his face changed toward Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-Nego. He spoke and commanded that they heat the furnace seven times more than it was usually heated. 20 And he commanded certain mighty men of valour who were in his army to bind Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-Nego, and cast them into the burning fiery furnace. 21 Then these men were bound in their coats, their trousers, their turbans, and their other garments, and were cast into the midst of the burning fiery furnace. 22 Therefore, because the king’s command was urgent, and the furnace exceedingly hot, the flame of the fire killed those men who took up Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-Nego. 23 And these three men, Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-Nego, fell down bound into the midst of the burning fiery furnace.
24 Then King Nebuchadnezzar was astonished; and he rose in haste and spoke, saying to his counsellors, “Did we not cast three men bound into the midst of the fire?” They answered and said to the king, “True, O king.” 25 “Look!” he answered, “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.” 26 Then Nebuchadnezzar went near the mouth of the burning fiery furnace and spoke, saying, “Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-Nego, servants of the Most High God, come out, and come here.” Then Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-Nego came from the midst of the fire. - Daniel 3:19-26
Have you been in a fiery furnace before? Or maybe you are going through a fiery situation now. The heat is being heated up "seven times" or the problem is becoming worst. It could be your work, family, children, relationship, health, finance, ministry, addictions and struggles. It could be anything. Do you feel like everything is against you and there is no Grace or Favour in the midst of you fiery furnace?
Sometimes, when we talk about Grace or Favour, we speak from a very positive perspective. When we have closed a deal, got a pay rise or a dreamed job or even getting in more customers, we tend to say that we have Favour or Grace and rightly so. Some of us have children who are more obedient and getting very good results in school and we say that we have Favour and rightly so. Maybe you might have a better relationship or a better family and you are telling everyone that you have Favour or maybe your boss likes you more than the rest of you colleagues and you call it Favour and rightly so. Maybe a couple of us have been delivered from certain addictions and struggles and we call it great Favour. Some of us, ministers of the Gospel have a lot of people coming in to our meetings and getting in all the finance, gifts and results and we call it Favour and rightly so. But If God’s favour is only “activated” when things are fine and good, then God’s Favour is quite weak and not constant because not all the time, things are perfect for us. Isn’t that right?
My other question is what happens when you don’t close a deal or lost your job or got a bad report from the doctors? What happens when your children doesn’t do well in their exams? What happens when your family is always in turmoil or your loved one has just left you or you have lost a family member? What happens when you don’t get in the customers for the whole week or your business has no results? What happens when no one comes to your meetings? What happens when boss picks on you all the time and does not like you? What happens when you are still with that addiction or sickness for a long time? What happens when you have lost a child? What happens when you are praying for years and your loved one is not saved yet or someone abused you? What happens? Don’t we have any Favour or Grace? Is there Favour when things don’t happen the way it should be? When we are caught in the fiery furnace, is there any favour?
The Bible tells us that, while these 3 children of Israel were going through a tough time and they were going to be killed, they were still leaning on the saving power of God’s Grace. Everything was against them. The reason, these guys were placed in that fiery situation is simply because they had Favour with God. They carried the Favour of God that they did not bow down to the king’ gods and they were punished for that. And because of the Favour they carried, Favour and Grace Himself showed up. Please keep this in mind, Grace is also known as Favour and Jesus is the Grace of God (Titus 2:11). The 3 children were tied and placed in the fiery furnace but when Favoured showed up, He loosed them and they were walking around in the midst of the hot fiery furnace. They were having a fellowship in the midst of their circumstances.
The king saw the Favour of God who is the fourth man in the midst of the fiery furnace. He saw Jesus, the Son of God. Think about it, how can a gentile, evil, unholy and unbelieving king see Jesus? How did he know that it was Jesus?? How does he know the Son of God? Well, there was an evil spirit that was instigating him. The bible tells us in the New Testament that Jesus had to drive and keep the evil spirits away because they knew Him. The spirit that was instigating the king to kill the children of God and was against the Favour they had with God. The evil spirit knew that these favoured children of God can turn this lost nation of Babylon to the true God. The spirit knew that these children can destroy hell’s movement and plans. We fight not with flesh and blood but with spirits that are against the Children of God.
Sometimes, when things don’t go right in your life and whatever you see may seem so discouraging because everything is against you. Your problem seems to get “heated up” more, don’t think that you have done something wrong or you have no Favour. The reason you might be going through this fiery furnace is because you are carrying the Favour of God in your life. You have Favour with God. You have things from God that you don’t even know but your enemy knows it. Just like that king who was instigated by an evil spirit. Sometimes people don’t like you and say all kinds of bad things about you is because you have too much of Favour. You are carrying the Favour of God. Nothing is wrong with you. Your deals or your business has not been good because you have too much of Favour. The enemy knows if he allows your deals and your business to go through then the finance will go to the Glory of God and He will be exalted and praised. If people are not coming to your meetings or buying your products is because you have too much of Favour and the enemy is stopping them. Whatever the situation or the circumstances is, you have so much Favour that things are going crazy for you because God has something great in stored for you. Things are against you because you carry the Favour of God, God is not weak. Grace is not weak. Favour will show up in the midst of your fiery furnace.
The king saw the Son of God and the bible tells us they were not harmed in that fiery situation and the king Nebuchadnezzar spoke, saying, “Blessed be the God of Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-Nego, who sent His Angel and delivered His servants who trusted in Him, and they have frustrated the king’s word, and yielded their bodies, that they should not serve nor worship any god except their own God! 29 Therefore I make a decree that any people, nation, or language which speaks anything amiss against the God of Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-Nego shall be cut in pieces, and their houses shall be made an ash heap; because there is no other God who can deliver like this.” 30 Then the king promoted Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-Nego in the province of Babylon.
My dear friends don’t give up when things are not going well in your life. You are carrying the Favour of God and Favour is always perpetually activated in your life. Favour is also known as Grace and the bible tells us in Titus 2:11 that Jesus is the Grace of God. Jesus is still your Favour even in the midst of your fiery furnace. Favour will surely show up and whatever is against you, will be for you like what we have just read in this story from Daniel 3:19-30. Like how Jesus loosed the 3 children of Israel and was walking with them in the midst of the fire, Jesus will loose the bondage of fear, guilt and condemnation and will walk with you in the midst of your problems. Good or bad, all things will work together for good for His namesake. David said in the 23rd Psalm that though he walks through the “fiery furnace”, he shall not fear for God is with him. Good times or bad times, you still have Favour. Grace or Favour is not weak. When people think of Grace, they think weakness or being “soft”. Well, Grace and Favour is your strength and power. When the Apostle Paul was going through his “fiery furnace”, Jesus gave Him Grace. 8 Concerning this thing I pleaded with the Lord three times that it might depart from me. 9 And He said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore most gladly I will rather boast in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me. - 2 Corinthians 12:8-9.
Grace and Strength is synonymous. Grace is the foundation, the pillar and the covering of your Christian life. You have Grace and Favour 24 hours, 7 days a week. Let this message speak volumes to your life and don’t give up in the midst of your fiery furnace, FAVOUR will show up because Jesus will never leave you nor forsake you. Even if you are faithless, He remains faithful. Jesus is full of you and He loves you too much.
(P.S. Victor's personal testimony was also featured on ChristianPost. Read it here.)