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Strength to Stand

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Sermon shared by David Dewitt

April 2004
Summary: We are called to live a life that is filled with Godís strength so we can take our stand in this life.
Denomination: Wesleyan
Audience: Believer adults
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with God or stand for God and trust Him to deliver.

Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego let go of the situation and placed their trust in God. They believed that God would deliver them, either by sparing them from the fire or by taking them on to heaven but they would not bow down to the idol. It was the ultimate win/win situation and they simply could not lose.

Far too often we follow our gut instead of following God but we need to line ourselves up with His will and obey it whatever the cost. There is nothing more tragic than a believer who gives up faith in the eternal for temporary gain. When we refuse to stand for God, we are saying that He is not worthy of our faith. If we are faithful to God and follow Him, we canít lose.

III. Rely on God for Strength
The Sentence is Carried Out (Read verses 19-23)
Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego are sentenced to death and in his rage Nebuchadnezzer has the furnace heated to an extreme blaze. Nebuchadnezzer wanted to destroy these men because of their faith and he wanted to make them an example for their disobedience to his commands. He was out to make them pay for their choice and to accomplish his goal of separating the Israelites from their God.

Our society may try to hurt us for our faith and they may reject us for our beliefs but we are not asked to give up our lives. If it came to that choice could you make it? Just like Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego no matter what happens to you in this world, no matter what other people do to you, nothing will ever be able to separate you from God!

God Relieves the Situation (Read verses 24-27)
Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego are rescued from the furnace because the flames and the fire do not harm them. In fact they donít even smell like smoke.

God brought strength to these three men and He can do the same for you. God is in the business of giving strength to the weak, overcoming the powerful with the powerless and defeating evil by doing good. Godís power has never diminished and His faithfulness changes. God has the ultimate strength training program and it starts with trusting Him.

God gets the Glory (Read Verses 28-30)
Nebuchadnezzer gives God the credit for saving Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego, Not only does he acknowledge Godís power but he makes a powerful decree that no one in all of the Babylonian empire could speak against God.

Nebuchadnezzer stood in awe of Godís power on display and he was fearful of that power. God took this horrid situation gave Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego, the strength to stand and brought glory and honor ro His name.

What has changed about God since that day until today? Nothing!

So, how should we handle the struggles of life?

1. Recognize the need to stand
We need to understand that a hurting world is watching us especially through the tough times in life. It is when life gets rough that we need to stand for Jesus the most. It is in the hard times that our faith reveals itís true worth

If
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