Reading through the main verses (Daniel 3:12-18) we see what is happening; the king has set up a huge statue of himself for all the people to bow down to and Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego refuse to bow.Once some of the king's astrologers found this out they came forth and denounced the Jews, bringing up that some would not bow down.Verse 13 says that the king was furious with rage and summoned the three men to come to him.They came to him and were asked by him if it was really true that they refused to bow down(verse 14). Then he goes on to say that if they still refuse to bow down they "...will be thrown immediately into a blazing furnace." Yikes! What would you say to that ?! Their replay was strong and simple...(verses16-18) "O Nebuchadnezzar, we do not need to defend ourselves before you in this manner. If we are thrown into the blazing furnace, the God we serve is able to save us from it, and if He will rescue us from your hand, O king. (v.18) But even if He does not, we want you to know, O king that we will not serve your gods or worship the image of gold you have set up.
This is the main verse of the sermon. They wholeheartedly refused to worship the idle no matter what. And they were thrown into the furnace for their unbendable faith! They had amazing faith and trust in God. They would not tolerate what others were doing.They refused to be a part of it themselves.Some people may think that if we only follow the crowd on the outside that it really doesn't matter, but what they are overlooking is that they are giving the devil a foothold in much bigger things.What is the motivation behind the action? Which brings us to another key word; compromise.
While we are still sinners of course it does not matter what you have done in the past be cause Jesus excepts us.He knows we are sinners, that is why He had to come and save us! But once we are saved we are to 'sin no more.' Hebrews 10:26 sums it up pretty plainly: "If we deliberately keep on sinning after we have received the knowledge of the truth (Jesus) no sacrifice for sins is left". God wants us to trust in Him. We need to trust in Him more and more to mature in our walk with Him.We need to give up everything to Him. The Word of God or the pressures of this world are how we decide our decisions.We will either end up serving self or God.
Just like nowadays, the king wanted people to worship (tolerate) his pride by having them worship the statue that he set up. And just like these three men who were so faithful to God, we need to not compromise our Godly values by what the world thinks is 'okay'. Or by what others are doing........We need to study His word daily and remember that when we hold on to God He will always deliver us."The name of the Lord is a strong tower, the righteous run to it and they are saved". ( Prov.18:10) "The eyes of the Lord are on the righteous and His ears are attentive to their cry". At the end of chapter 3 in Daniel we see that all three men were saved! Not even the hair was singed! And the king saw that the Lord had saved them(v.28) and commanded that the entire nation worship the only true God! (verses 25-29)
We are called to "be holy as I (the Lord) am holy,and to be set apart from all the nations to be My own. (Lev.20:26) We need to rest assure that when we trust in the Lord that ...."all things work out for those who love Him..."(Rom.8:28)We have no idea what God has planned or how big it will be! And we need to make it a huge goal (this is my favorite verse) "...That whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, and not for man. Colossians 3:23
Rebekah gave me this dress for my birthday and I have been looking forward to wearing it ever since! It is a Target brand knockoff of a 40's house dress! It has those handy little crocheted belt loops on the sides. I had planned to wear one of my brown leather belts with it, but it ended up looking too drab.So this white one was perfect! The buckle is brown! To tie it all together I wore my strand of white pearls.And wore my brown Campbell lace ups to keep up the 40's style going. I really like how it turned out!
Belt:hand-me-down from aunt
Pearls:gift from Grandma
Bobby pins:Also a birthday gift!
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