Monday, July 11, 2011
No Matter What, No Matter Who!
You, O king, have made a decree that everyone who hears the sound of the horn flute,e harp, lyre, and psaltery, in symphony with all kinds of music, shall fall down and worship the gold image and whoever does not fall down and worship the gold image, and whoever does not fall down and worship shall be cast into the midst of a burning fiery furnace.
Daniel 3: 13
Then Nebuchadnezzar, in rage and fury, gave the command to bring shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-Nego. So they brought these men before the king. Nebuchadnezzar spoke saying to them is it true shadrach, meshach and abed-nego that you do not server my gods or worship the god image which I have set up?
Daniel 3: 16 Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-Nego answered and said to the king, O Nebuchadnezzar, we have no need to answer you in this matter. IF that is the case our God whom we serve is able to deliver us from the burning fiery furnace, and he will deliver us from your hand, Oking. But if not, let it be known to you, O king, that we do not serve your gods nor will we worship the gold image which you have set up.
I wanted to break down those particular scriptures because they show how situations start where you are going to have to make a decision. These men were faced with a difficult decision. While it was easy they were faithful to God, They were serving God and everything was going well. Then these men were faced with a dilemma. The king that they were working for and that the king had set them over the affairs of the providence had built this huge image made of gold and all the finer things. Not only did he build this image, he wanted everyone to bow down and worship this image as a god. This image meant so much to him that whoever did not worship it was to be cast into a burning fiery furnace.
I know we have all been there and if not yet you will. But your Christan walk was going great no major issues, serving God was easy and then boom! Something came up that may cause for panic or a moment to say what am I going to do?
These men once confronted and it was made known that they were not going to worship that image of gold. they stuck to their guns. They knew the consequences no matter what no matter who they knew that if they loved God and were men of God they could not worship this image of gold. We have to do this in our lives. As women of faith we are faced with all sorts of situations that cause for a decision to be made and if we are going to do the right thing. As a Christan woman you are not married yet but are dating and your body wants that sexual contact but you know what the bible says about Fornication. what will you do? Maybe you are married and you and your husband have been having a lot of difficulty for years and it seems that things are not going to get better because he is an unbeliever, you would rather divorce because it has been going on for so many years and he is still not serving the Lord and you rather not deal with it anymore. What would you do? Maybe for the unmarried christian woman he says to you he is thinking about breaking up because of the no sex until marriage policy is not working. maybe for that married christian woman he continues to make your life harder and harder by his unbelief, decisions about giving, going to church events, and trusting God, are just not on the same page and he does not want to do those things and do want to force the kids to either.
What decision will you make? Just like the fiery furnace the decision you know is right, and is right because of your relationship with God may lead to breakup or a little more trials and tribulations. Will you make that right decision anyway?
Those three men did. They knew the consequences of choosing God but they did not care because they loved God more than themselves. Those men told the king that we are not going to consult you in this matter, we are not going to bow down and worship anything that is not like God and do whatever you need to do. This is the same approach that we need to take on our everyday situations. They knew and said that God was going to save them.
No matter who and no matter what we must always stay faithful and true to God. So many times we let the things of the world stop us from doing what God tells us to do. We want what is in the world so much that we are sometimes willing to give us God for it. Maybe it is a Job, Children, spouse, finances or whatever it may be, we cannot allow those things to take dominance in our lives. No matter what happens we must always to what is right. These Men did and when they were thrown in the furnace God delivered them from it without any burns. You can win the battles! God can bring you out unharmed but you must trust in him. The same way they were ultimately over comers and were successful, you have to do so in the same way. Here is how
Stay focused on God before a situation even arises.
But his delight is in the law of the LORD, and on his law he meditates day and night. Psalm 1:2 NIV
Do not let this Book of the Law depart from your mouth; meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do everything written in it. Then you will be prosperous and successful. Joshua 1:8 NIV
Do not be afraid to do what is right, God has your back.
Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up. Galatians 6:9 NIV
All Scripture is inspired by God and is useful to teach us what is true and to make us realize what is wrong in our lives. It corrects us when we are wrong and teaches us to do what is right. 2 Timothy 3:16 NLT
Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable--if anything is excellent or praiseworthy--think about such things. Philippians 4:8
I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will counsel you and watch over you. Psalm 32:8
Knowing who God is and what he can do for you can help you stand up against people and test in your life. God wants all of us to do well in this life and does not want us to be overcome by sin. We do not have to go along with this just because it seems that all will be lost if we do not. It is more important to not loose God than stuff or relationships that are not any good for us in the first place.
I hope that you are blessed by this teaching.