Saturday, April 27, 2013

Not bowing down

As modern society grows and evolves more each day ,so does their false god and idol worship. The false god of self-centered behavior. The false god of self-righteousness. The false god which lies to those who follow it and are bound by it's mesmerizing spell.

In the book of Daniel, it talks about a 90 foot idol that King Nebuchanezzar built so others could worship him. The King put out a decree for all to worship the false idol or else. If the people did not bow when the music played then they would be thrown into a fiery furnace. 

Daniel 3:1-6  King Nebuchadnezzar made a gold statue 90 feet high and 9 feet wide. He set it up in a recessed area in the wall in the province of Babylon.  (2)  King Nebuchadnezzar sent messengers to assemble the satraps, governors, mayors, military advisers, treasurers, judges, officers, and all the other provincial officials to dedicate the statue he had set up.  (3)  Then the satraps, governors, mayors, military advisers, treasurers, judges, officers, and all the other provincial officials assembled to dedicate the statue King Nebuchadnezzar had set up. They stood in front of the statue.  (4)  The herald called out loudly, "People of every province, nation, and language!  (5)  When you hear the sound of rams' horns, flutes, lyres, harps, and three-stringed harps playing at the same time with all other kinds of instruments, bow down and worship the gold statue that King Nebuchadnezzar has set up.  (6)  Whoever doesn't bow down and worship will immediately be thrown into a blazing furnace."

King Nebuchadnezzar represents much of the world's system of today. The world sets up their glorified image and trick many into worshiping it. Many fall for the trap and live their lives according to the false idol and Satan's plan. When evil is pressing righteousness needs to put up the wall of resistance. There were three Hebrew boys who decided to stand up against the world's system and make a difference. All it takes is one person to make a difference and the whole atmosphere can be changed. These young men did not worry about their lives but their priniciples.  We need this passion running through the veins of many believers today. When will the body of Christ make a stand for godly principles instead of allowing the world's system in?

Daniel 3:21-25  Then the three men were thrown into the blazing furnace. They were wearing their clothes, hats, and other clothing.  (22)  The king's order was so urgent and the furnace was so extremely hot that the men who carried Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego were killed by the flames from the fire.  (23)  So these three men-Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego-fell into the blazing furnace. They were still tied up.  (24)  Then Nebuchadnezzar was startled. He sprang to his feet. He asked his advisers, "Didn't we throw three men into the fire?" "That's true, Your Majesty," they answered.  (25)  The king replied, "But look, I see four men. They're untied, walking in the middle of the fire, and unharmed. The fourth one looks like a son of the gods."

I look at my personal life and wonder how much of life is bowing down to enemy's system. I wonder if I am completely and whole heartedly following all what the Lord has placed before me through his word. Am I bowing down or am I making a stand? The Three Hebrew boys had quit and experience. They refused to bow down and made a stand even if it would have cost them their lives.

How not to bow down:

1. Be brave in the midst of pressure from outside sources.
2. Hold true to godly principles no matter what.
3. Not be afraid of the fire but embrace the Fire.
4. Trust whole-heartedly in the Four person who is in the fire with you.  His name is Jesus.

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