September 12, 2019: SOAP #3570:  Daniel 3-4; Psalm 81; Revelation 17 Scripture:  Daniel (NIV) 3:15 Then what god will be able to rescue you from my hand?” 16 Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego replied to the king, “O Nebuchadnezzar, we do not need to defend ourselves before you in this matter.  17 If we are thrown […]

September 12, 2019: SOAP #3570:  Daniel 3-4; Psalm 81; Revelation 17

Scripture:  Daniel (NIV) 3:15 Then what god will be ableto rescue you from my hand?” 16 Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego replied tothe king, “O Nebuchadnezzar, we do not need to defend ourselves before youin this matter.  17 If we are thrown intothe blazing furnace, the God we serve is able to save us from it, and he willrescue us from your hand, O king.
18 But even if he does not, we want you to know, O king, that we will not serveyour gods or worship the image of gold you have set up.”

Observation:   Thethree Hebrew children understood the issue. It was not about worshipping an idol. It was not about their flesh being able to withstand the fire.  It was all about their God! 

–Could their God save them from the fire? To them that was not an issue. Their mind was at peace; there was no doubt; God could save them. 
–Would He save them?  That was not theirissue.  That was God's issue.  That was for God to determine. 
–Was God worthy of their sacrifice?  Intheir minds, clearly, he was! 
–Would they bow to the idol?  That issueof the day.  But that issue had beensettled long ago.  It had been settled inmany little decisions they had previously made.  The big day had arrived, and they were standingon the national stage! 

Application:   GlorifyingGod in my little daily decisions prepares me for glorifying God in the bigdecisions.

Prayer:  Holy Spirit, obedience is not a little/bigoccasion.  I honor my Heavenly Father byobeying in ALL decisions.  Keep me awareof the issues I face every day.   Amen

Pastor Leon
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