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Standing in Fire & Unwavering Faith!

Daniel 3:16-18 (NLT)  ‘Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego replied, “O Nebuchadnezzar, we do not need to defend ourselves before you. If we are thrown into the blazing furnace, the God whom we serve is able to save us. He will rescue us from your power, Your Majesty. But even if he doesn’t, 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.”

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Now this story is a great example of unwavering faith! If you don’t know the story, please go read Daniel chapter 3 in the Bible. But here, we see the response of Shadrach, Meshach & Abednego, they were not going to bow down to a stupid statue, they were not going to worship anything or anyone other than the Living, Holy God! They were not bothered whatsoever by the king’s threats! So King Nebuchadnezzar is ticked and orders them to be thrown into the fiery furnace only he’s so angry, he orders it to be heated up 7 times hotter than normal! Stop here. Ok, I don’t know about you but I’d probably be crying, begging, pleading, snotting all over the place because hello, I’m about to be bound and thrown into fire, while I’m awake and fully alive! I can’t help but to wonder what was going on in their minds! What were they saying to each other if anything? Were they praying? Were they praising God? Or were they silent and stoic? Also, as I was reading, I noticed that as they got closer to the fire, the guards who’d bound them and led them to the fire, they burned and died but nothing was said about the heat from the fire affecting Shadrach, Meshach & Abednego! So now I’m wondering, when did the Angel of the Lord actually show up?! Shouldn’t Shadrach, Meshach & Abednego have burned from the heat too?

I’m reading this chapter in the Bible and I’m thinking of all the warfare I’ve experienced in the past few weeks and even hearing from friends who’ve been in a spiritual battle and wondering, how strong is our faith really? I know I’ve had several days where I’ve just wanted to quit and in my mind I did quit. But I’m not facing physical fire, no physical pain, nothing as dire as what Shadrach, Meshach & Abednego faced so why is my faith so shaky and conditional? Lord, this it too hard, I quit! Really Shannon!? Not only is this chapter making me check myself (insert eye roll here), I learned 4 key points about unwavering faith from our brothers:

  1. Standing in unwavering faith initiates God’s supernatural protection.
  2. Standing in unwavering faith brings godly promotion.
  3. Standing in unwavering faith draws others to God.
  4. Standing in unwavering faith brings God great glory!

In the ending of chapter 3 after seeing 4 figures walking around in the fiery furnace, the king was astounded! He had to question his guards to make sure that there were only 3 people thrown in to the furnace! The king goes to the furnace, calls for Shadrach, Meshach & Abednego to come out of the furnace and they don’t smell like smoke, there are no burns, not even a piece of hair was singed! He’d witnessed the miracle of God’s supernatural protection as a result of their unwavering faith and it drew the king to worship God and to promote Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego!

I don’t know about you, but I needed this kick in the butt today! God always gives us what we need when we need it. He knows when we need a gentle nudge or a firm push or kick in the pants to get us to stand while in the fire! Either way, He still gets the glory! I shall press forward to fulfill what He’s called me to do. I know the warfare won’t stop but I can rejoice knowing that by standing in unwavering faith, I’m protected, my faith is drawing others to Him, He will promote me and my unwavering faith will bring Him great glory! Hallelujah!

Be blessed & encouraged,

Shannon

PS. Don’t forget that registration for Purely Loved 2019 retreat is open & my new 5 day e-devotional is available, You Might Be Stuck If…5 Reasons You’re Not Moving Forward

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You Might Be Stuck If…

Hi!

I’ve written a new 5 day devotional! I wanted to write something that was simple, to the point. I wanted to write something that would make us sit down and listen to what God has to say about our situation and not our friends, or our own biased thoughts. If you’re stuck and going in circles, perhaps this devotional is for you. Enjoy!

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“A 5 day, in-your-face, intimate devotional that guides you through 5 reasons you’re not moving forward. Each day there’s a break down of the issue, then several scriptures that you go through with Holy Spirit as you allow Him to show you the reasons you’ve hit a brick wall according to the Word and Will of God. No sugar coating, no flowers or rainbows, just straight truth!”

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Be blessed & encouraged,

Shannon

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Walking in Faith: Day 9

Psalm 62:1-2 (AMP)

For God alone my soul waits in silence;
From Him comes my salvation.
He alone is my rock and my salvation,
My defense and my strong tower; I will not be shaken or disheartened.

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I believe the sooner we learn that only God can truly satisfy us, the better off we’ll all be. Everything else is just a bonus, a filler. If all the things we strove for were truly fulfilling, then we’d stop striving. We can have everything going for us and have everything we could ever want and still feel empty. The reason is we spend so much time pursuing things, people, recognition, worldly success and not nearly enough time pursuing God. We even pursue the encounter with Him more than we pursue Him. How often we forget that everything we need is in the presence of the Almighty God! If we pursue Him first, everything else will be added unto us!

Even though I’m married and have kids, there’s still a place in my heart that only God can fill. My husband, a wonderful man of God, yet still human, does and says things that aren’t always pleasant and my children often do things that don’t make me happy. They are human. No human should carry around the weight of having to make another person happy. For God alone, fills me completely. If I can’t feel His presence or hear His voice, I feel lost. I have to have God. Without Him, I’m an absolute mess. He truly is my rock, defense, my strong tower. It’s only by Him that I’m able to stand and not be shaken or disheartened.

Things are moving slower than I’d like right now but I know without a shadow of a doubt that my God is moving and working. I know this because I know Him. I know His character and I know His word, therefore, I continue to stand in faith and I will see the salvation of the Lord! Make sure that you know Him too!

Be blessed & encouraged,

Shannon

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Walking in Faith: Day 8

Because so many of us are in a time of transition, facing so many different things personally, I figured Psalm 91 in it’s entirety is needed instead of one verse. I pray that the words of our Father brings peace and comfort to you today and forever, in Jesus’ name, Amen!

Psalm 91 (AMP)

Security of the One Who Trusts in the Lord.

He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High
Will remain secure and rest in the shadow of the Almighty [whose power no enemy can withstand].

I will say of the Lord, “He is my refuge and my fortress,
My God, in whom I trust [with great confidence, and on whom I rely]!”

For He will save you from the trap of the fowler,
And from the deadly pestilence.
 
He will cover you and completely protect you with His pinions,
And under His wings you will find refuge;
His faithfulness is a shield and a wall.

 
You will not be afraid of the terror of night,
Nor of the arrow that flies by day,
 
Nor of the pestilence that stalks in darkness,
Nor of the destruction (sudden death) that lays waste at noon.
 
A thousand may fall at your side
And ten thousand at your right hand,
But danger will not come near you.
 
You will only [be a spectator as you] look on with your eyes
And witness the [divine] repayment of the wicked [as you watch safely from the shelter of the Most High].
 
Because you have made the Lord, [who is] my refuge,
Even the Most High, your dwelling place,
 
No evil will befall you,
Nor will any plague come near your tent.

 
For He will command His angels in regard to you,
To protect and defend and guard you in all your ways [of obedience and service].
 
They will lift you up in their hands,
So that you do not [even] strike your foot against a stone.
 
You will tread upon the lion and cobra;
The young lion and the serpent you will trample underfoot.

 
“Because he set his love on Me, therefore I will save him;
I will set him [securely] on high, because he knows My name [he confidently trusts and relies on Me, knowing I will never abandon him, no, never].
 
“He will call upon Me, and I will answer him;
I will be with him in trouble;
I will rescue him and honor him.psalm 91
 
“With a long life I will satisfy him
And I will let him see My salvation.”

Be blessed & encouraged,

Shannon

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Walking in Faith: Day 7

Isaiah 41:10 Amplified Bible (AMP)

‘Do not fear [anything], for I am with you;
Do not be afraid, for I am your God.
I will strengthen you, be assured I will help you;
I will certainly take hold of you with My righteous right hand [a hand of justice, of power, of victory, of salvation].’

 

Today has been pretty heavy. I’m feeling the burden of the anniversary of 9/11 and the impending hurricane on the east coast. I’m feeling the fears and hurts. Being a prophet and having the gift of discernment, I feel lots of what’s going on in the atmosphere and it’s compiled with what’s going on in my own life. The hardest thing sometimes is separating other peoples hurts and fears from your own. So I pray for both.

I’m learning so much in this season. I’m learning so much about people and that their actions speak a whole heck of a lot louder than their words. Their facial expressions speak volumes! I’m learning to deal with the discomfort of not being liked by some people but loving them in spite of. I’m learning to accept people as they are and sometimes that can be hard and painful but never the less, my God tells me in today’s verse not to be afraid of this new journey for He is with me. He will give me the strength to move forward in spite of all that I’m learning and discerning. He’s helping me to see people through His eyes and I’m so happy that He is. I refuse to let bitterness take root. I refuse to develop a hard heart because of the things that I can see and feel. Instead, I will pray harder and love with the love of Christ.  I will hold on to His righteous right hand, His hand of justice, power, victory and salvation. I’m so grateful for our Father’s heart to help us to navigate the rough waters.

Whatever you’re going through right now, please remember that you are not alone, God is with you and for you! For those on the east coast, I’m praying for you and for those affected by the tragic events of 9/11 I’m praying for you as well. If there’s anything in particular that I can be in prayer for, please send me a message at savinitforhubby@gmail.com.

Be blessed & encouraged,

Shannon

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Walking in Faith: Day 6

Hi!! I hope everyone had an awesome weekend! I know I did! The purity conference was soooo good! I truly had no reason to be nervous or afraid, God was definitely with me and His hand was all over and in this conference! There were breakthroughs and chains broken and I’m so grateful to have been a part of something so beautiful.

Today’s verse is:

Ecclesiastes 3:1 (AMP) There is a season (a time appointed) for everything and a time for every delight and event or purpose under heaven–ecclesiastes 3.1

With God, timing is everything. We can look back over our lives at the timing of certain blessings and most times we can see why God gave us things/people at the times that He did. There are people who come into our lives at just the right moment but we don’t often see that when we meet them. There are certain events that happen in our lives that were right on time, but we don’t always notice. But God does. He’s the great strategist. Everything He does has a ripple effect. What happens in our lives isn’t just about us. How often do we forget this! There are so many times that I want to just keep my mouth closed and go in to hiding but what God gives me, I must share EVEN THOUGH I DON’T KNOW THE EFFECT IT HAS ON OTHERS! It’s called obeying in faith. God has had me do and say so many things and I hear nothing from anyone, silence. Is it discouraging? Heck yes! But what this has done is make me keep my eyes on God. I have to trust that He has a reason for having me do and say what He tells me to and sometimes it’s just to obey Him. I don’t have to know why, I just do it because of my love and reverence for God. I trust Him.

If things are moving in your life as slowly as a turtle crawling through mud, just trust that God is working, orchestrating and strategizing in the background. I do believe strongly that sometimes these things are truly just a test of the level of faith that we have.  We have to prove our faith! Even when I ask questions, the only response I get from God is, “Do you trust me?” We have to learn to be grateful and trustworthy with the small, with where we are now, before we can take on bigger. For everything, there truly is a season!

Be blessed & encouraged,

Shannon

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Walking in Faith: Day 5

Joshua 1:9 (AMP) “Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous! Do not be terrified or dismayed (intimidated), for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.”

This scripture is so fitting for today! I’ve been so nervous about speaking at the purity conference tonight! I’m much better now, and I’m pumped! Yesterday, Holy Spirit whispered to me, “daughter, don’t compromise.” So, what He’s told me to say, He’s firm about it and I am not to waiver from it. But today, He’s reminding me that He’s with me wherever I go and He’ll be with me tonight. He’ll help me to be strong and courageous and deliver His words to His people. I don’t need to be too nervous or afraid :-). Joshua 1.9 image

So, whatever you have going on this weekend, be strong, be courageous and don’t compromise! Our God is with us wherever we go!!

Be blessed & encouraged,

Shannon

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Walking in Faith: Day 4

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Proverbs 31:25 (AMP) Strength and dignity are her clothing and her position is strong and secure; And she smiles at the future [knowing that she and her family are prepared].

Today, this scripture is a word of prophecy to me. The winds of craziness were strong against me this morning! All sorts of stuff before I’d had one sip of coffee! I didn’t feel particularly strong but the word of God says that whether I feel it or not, I am clothed in strength. If strength & dignity (a composed or serious manner or style; the state or quality of being worthy of honor or respect; a sense of pride in oneself; self-respect) are my clothing, then my position (a particular way in which someone or something is placed or arranged), will not waver or change! No matter how strong the winds are, my position is strong and secure! Knowing this does make me smile at the future, at the rest of this day to come. According to God’s word, not only am I prepared for this journey of obedience but so is my family! Now that’s a word! 

Be blessed & encouraged, 

Shannon

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Walking in Faith: Day 3

Romans 8:18 Amplified Bible (AMP)

18 For I consider [from the standpoint of faith] that the sufferings of the present life are not worthy to be compared with the glory that is about to be revealed to us and in us!

Hi Everyone! Welcome to Day 3 of Walking in Faith! I hope you all are being encouraged! This is truly helping me to stay encouraged through the process of planning retreat 2019. The enemy has launched an attack on my thoughts but he won’t win! Please, could you all keep me, my volunteers, attendees, everything in your prayers? Thank you! As I was saying, the verse for today is truly helping to calm my nerves about an event I have coming up this weekend as well. I’m co-facilitating the opening session of a purity conference given by the singles ministry, FFF-Faith, Fellowship & Fun. There will be my friend, a single woman, my brother, a single man, and me a married woman, speaking about purity and celibacy from those different points of view. I’m still not fully sure what I’ll be saying just yet, but I have a general idea. I like to flow this way because if I over prepare I get nervous and I want to leave as much room for Holy Spirit as possible.

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Back to the scripture. In this scripture, the apostle Paul is encouraging and reminding  us of something. He’s saying that, from the standpoint of FAITH (which we are walking in), the things that we are going through, pressing through, or being dragged through, at this moment, this season in life, is nothing compared to what’s about to happen! Now, normally when I read this scripture, I immediately think of the future, like far off future or when Christ returns. But this time, I’m compelled to think of the near future, like this Friday LOL! Even though I’m nervous about this event and don’t know what to expect, according to this scripture, these little butterflies are not worthy to even be compared to the glory that is about to be revealed to not only me but those in attendance but also in me! I’m like, wow, this is an opportunity for God to show up and show out and little ol’ Shannon gets to be a part of it! How awesome is that! I even think about the Purely Loved Retreat that’s coming up in March 2019. Retreats 2017 and 2018 were nothing short of amazing! Why oh why would God not show up for 2019? The same goes for you! Think of the times that God has shown up and shown out for you! He will definitely do it again! Soon, not far from now, even now He’s working behind the scenes in your situation. He’s busily going about orchestrating each and every step as you keep walking out of obedience and in faith. Each stone will be revealed on the path each time you lift your foot in obedience to Him. Keep stepping and trusting! (prophetic word there for someone!)

These present struggles, warfare, minor setbacks, course changes, are not worthy to even be compared with the glory that is about to be revealed to us and in us because of our obedience! Come on y’all that’s something to rejoice and get excited about!!! Hallelujah! I don’t know about you, but because of this, I’ll continue to go forth in obedience even when I’m shaking in my boots or sneakers. Definitely not wearing heels LOL! Keep pressing my friends, the glory is worth it!

Be blessed & encouraged,

Shannon

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Walking in Faith: Day 2

Psalm 37:5 HCSB Commit your way to the Lord; trust in Him and He will act,

Psalm 37:5 NKJV Commit your way to the Lord, Trust also in Him, And He shall bring it to pass. 

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I really needed this reminder today. Any fellow control freaks out there? When I read this scripture this morning, the word commit jumped out at me so I looked it up in the dictionary. Definition number 5; to entrust, especially for safekeeping; to commend, waved to me and definition number 10; to send into battle; grabbed my attention! I also looked at commit in Strong’s Concordance and Hebrew for commit is ‘roll’ {away}.  We need to give everything over to God and trust Him with it all for safekeeping. So, today, I commit, roll away to God, every assignment, my family, every project to Him!

Today, it is my prayer that we all are able to release whatever it is God has called us to; blog, writing a book, starting a business, new job/career, that we trust God with it for safekeeping, that we rest and allow Him to go before us to battle for this new journey. I pray that we trust Him with all the details of bringing these things to pass. We’ve done our part, so now Father, help us to mind our business and stay out of Yours as we do what we can’t do on our own! You Lord are the great Organizer and Multi-tasker! You can bring things to pass in ways we never could imagine! Oh that we would just trust that you are acting on behalf of our faith in You this day. Give us peace, restore joy and help us to rest in knowing that You are in control! In Jesus’ name, Amen!

Be blessed & encouraged,

Shannon