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Summary: As we place our total trust in God’s ability to save us we will continually find that God is faithful!

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God is Faithful!

Daniel Speaks to Us Today series

By Greg Johnson

October 18, 2006

http://www.LovingGodFellowship.org

Daniel Chapter 3

Daniel chapters one and two focus on Daniel; chapter three focuses totally on his three friends, Sadrach, Meshack and Abednego. These three find their self in a very difficult situation as they live counter to culture. As they place total trust in God’s ability to save them, God proved Himself faithful.

The book of Daniel speaks to us today. As we place our total trust in God’s ability to save us we will continually find that God is faithful!

God’s Word says (Daniel 3:1-12 NIV) "King Nebuchadnezzar made an image of gold, ninety feet high and nine feet wide, and set it up on the plain of Dura in the province of Babylon. {2} He then summoned the satraps, prefects, governors, advisers, treasurers, judges, magistrates and all the other provincial officials to come to the dedication of the image he had set up. {3} So the satraps, prefects, governors, advisers, treasurers, judges, magistrates and all the other provincial officials assembled for the dedication of the image that King Nebuchadnezzar had set up, and they stood before it. {4} Then the herald loudly proclaimed, "This is what you are commanded to do, O peoples, nations and men of every language: {5} As soon as you hear the sound of the horn, flute, zither, lyre, harp, pipes and all kinds of music, you must fall down and worship the image of gold that King Nebuchadnezzar has set up. {6} Whoever does not fall down and worship will immediately be thrown into a blazing furnace." {7} Therefore, as soon as they heard the sound of the horn, flute, zither, lyre, harp and all kinds of music, all the peoples, nations and men of every language fell down and worshiped the image of gold that King Nebuchadnezzar had set up. {8} At this time some astrologers came forward and denounced the Jews. {9} They said to King Nebuchadnezzar, "O king, live forever! {10} You have issued a decree, O king, that everyone who hears the sound of the horn, flute, zither, lyre, harp, pipes and all kinds of music must fall down and worship the image of gold, {11} and that whoever does not fall down and worship will be thrown into a blazing furnace. {12} But there are some Jews whom you have set over the affairs of the province of Babylon--Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego--who pay no attention to you, O king. They neither serve your gods nor worship the image of gold you have set up.""

NOT EVERYONE WILL BE HAPPY WITH YOUR COMMITMENT TO GOD.

As Shadrach, Meshack and Abednego lived in the world, but separated from the world for God’s use, there were those that were not happy with them. As the Holy Spirit separates you from the world, there will be those that will grow unhappy with you. Please know that it is not you that they are coming against. It’s the God that you serve. As you realize this, it will enable you to respond in a manner that is pleasing to God.

Notice how these three responded. (Daniel 3:13-16 NIV) "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, pipes 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?" {16} Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego replied to the king, "O Nebuchadnezzar, we do not need to defend ourselves before you in this matter."


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