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Thursday, June 7, 2018
Note: This week we have developed a four part series based upon four characteristics demonstrated by Daniel, Hananiah, Mishael and Azariah. The two previous messages dealt with these characteeristics: "Uncompromising Convictions", and "Unwavering Commitment".
Message summary: There is an ancient and ongoing contest between two opposing worldviews; one that is raging to this day and will do so until the return of the Lord. In fact we expect it will get far more intense as God judges the world and the compromising church. Today let us make a firm resolve that we will not compromise and will remain obedient to God regardless of the consequences with unswerving courage.
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Nebuchadnezzar, we have no need to answer you in this matter. If this
be so, our God whom we serve is able to deliver us from the burning
fiery furnace, and He will deliver us out of your hand" (Daniel 3:16-17).
"O Nebuchadnezzar, we have no need to answer you in this matter." Consider the boldness in saying this to the king. Other versions state, "we do not need to defend ourselves", or "we don’t need to explain these things to you". From a worldly perspective they had every duty to answer him but I believe in this phrase they are expressing confidence that they ultimately answer to a power infinitely higher.
"If this be so, our God whom we serve is able to deliver us from the burning fiery furnace." We know what happened and how it came out, but at this point they didn't! Yet they were confident that God is able to deliver.
"And He will deliver us out of your hand." They knew that whatever happened they would be delivered from the hand of the proud king.
Be encouraged today,
Daily prayer: Father, we anchor our spirit to the words of Scripture, "that all the peoples of the earth may know that the Lord is God; there is no other." Like the followers in Scripture, "We want our hearts therefore to be wholly true to the Lord our God, walking in His statutes and keeping His commandments.” If it requires that we lay down our life for You, may we do so willingly, knowing that full obedience to You on this side brings great reward in the eternal dwelling that follows. In Christ's name we pray. Amen.
Here are several other Bible verses on courage:
Driving out of Intercourse PA last week along Rt. 772 we passed these old cars.
We see a lot of these at greenhouses but we like the cross-shaped pan!
Today's Suggested Music and Supplemental Resources
* Babylon Bee article, "Hero: This Man Was Willing To Go On The Internet And Say That Nazis Are Bad"
"I Am Persuaded" Video Travis Cottrell An outstanding song based on Romans 8:38-39.
"God And God Alone" Video Steve Green
"Broken People Like Me" Video Old Paths Although this song doesn't necessarily go with our message today it has really been ministering to both of us, in part due to Ester's current (and ongoing) health struggles. Today we think of those we work with in our chaplaincy facing brokenness of various types; a friend whose wife had a stroke and is at the edge, a young couple who just lost their infant daughter, another whose mother-in-law has Alzheimer's, a father dealing with the ups and downs of a son fighting addiction. Indeed addictions are one of our most common discussion issues. And so many more.
"Just When You Thought" Video Joseph Habedank Great song!
Update on Ester: Thank you, praying friends, for remembering Ester and her parents in prayer. So many sent notes. Thank you! She went for lab work today and will see her doctor in a couple of weeks. We'll update you accordingly.
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