Exercising Your Faith In Challenging Situations For Victory
Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-Nego answered and said to the king, “O Nebuchadnezzar, we have no need to answer you in this matter. If that is the case, our God whom we serve is able to deliver us from the burning fiery furnace, and He will deliver us from your hand, O king. But if not, let it be known to you, O king, that we do not serve your gods, nor will we worship the gold image which you have set up.”- Daniel 3: 16-18
Having right standing with God in the midst of ungodly and unreasonable people always attracts hatred and persecution from unreasonable and wicked men.
Nebuchadnezzar set up an idol and commanded everyone to bow down, but the three Hebrew men, Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego refused to compromise. They refused to bow down to the image of the king. And, even though, the king gave them another chance to change their mind they did not. These three Hebrew men displayed a rare show of commitment unto the God of Israel, even unto the point of death.
This is what the Lord expects from every believer to be committed unto him, not because of the benefits we will get, but because of our love for Him. We must be resolute to be committed to the God who can neither fail nor lie (Numbers 23-19). As believers, there are times we will face daunting challenges in the course of our journey in life. All we need to do in such situations is to put our faith to work, knowing fully well that, there is no trial or temptation that is not common to man but with the temptation, there is always a way to escape. For whatsoever is born of God overcomes the world; the victory that overcomes the world (challenging situations) is our faith. Exercising your faith in times of trials and challenges ensures your victory as a believer as depicted in the commitment and courage of the three Hebrews; Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego.
Prayer: I decree and declare by faith that in the battles of life, no weapon, be it emotional, physical or spiritual formed against me shall prosper. When I go through fire (challenges) I shall not be burnt; neither shall the flames kindle upon me in Jesus name.
Further Reading: 2 Thessalonians 3:2; 1 Corinthians 15:58
One-year Bible Reading Plan: Judges 9:22-10:18; Luke 24:13-53; Psalm 100:1-5; Proverbs 14:11-12