Faith, Conflict and Conviction

Thursday Sept. 21, 2017

Dan.
3: 13 Furious with rage, Nebuchadnezzar summoned Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego. So these men were brought before the king, 14 and Nebuchadnezzar said to them, “Is it true, Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego, that you do not serve my gods or worship the image of gold I have set up? 15 Now when you hear the sound of the horn, flute, zither, lyre, harp, pipe and all kinds of music, if you are ready to fall down and worship the image I made, very good. But if you do not worship it, you will be thrown immediately into a blazing furnace. Then what god will be able to rescue you from my hand?”

 

 
 

- There will be times when our commitment to the Lord will bring us into conflict with others.

 

- Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego were in the good books as long as they appeared to be going along with the status quo, but as soon as their faith in God prevented them from doing what everyone else was doing they were immediately brought in and interrogated.

 

- As Christians we too can remain somewhat inconspicuous to the watching world as long as what we believe and how we behave as a result of our belief does not go against what everyone else is doing. Disagree with the popular view, speak against something that is believed to be acceptable, choose not to participate in something that is condemned as sin but that is being celebrated by the community around you and you might find yourself labelled as a hate monger, and judged and condemned even by those who you thought were your friends.

 

- Sometimes this type of thing happens even within the confines of the church community; mess with the status quo, attempt to move people toward a deeper relationship with the Lord, change a few things here and there and suddenly there is an uprising! There is the next thing to a civil war that begins to happen within the church! People begin meeting, conspiring, gossiping, spreading rumor and hate, and you wonder what in the world is happening? I’ll tell you what is happening, we are not alone in this world and the same type of spiritual influences that were in play in Daniel’s day are still active today. We do not wrestle against flesh and blood.

 

- We need to have the same approach to such spiritual warfare as Daniel, Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego; we need to first and foremost be people of prayer, Daniel 2:17-19 and then we must also be convinced that the Lord our God will see us through such times of satanic attack, Dan. 3:17. When Neb asked the men, “Then what god will be able to rescue you from my hand?” they knew exactly what God because they knew the Lord and they were convinced that God would see them through this no matter how it turned out!

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