Standing in your place
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The Resurrection was required for eternal life
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The greatest victory in life is the victory over self
The temptations of Satan to Jesus in the Gospels was to "fall down and worship me." Three men in the Bible were enemies of God who had the number 666. Goliath in 1 Sam. 17:4-7 , was 6 cubits high, had 6 pieces of armor and a spear's head weighing 600 shekels of Iron. Then there was nebuchadnezzar Dan. 3, whose image was 60 cubits high, 6 cubits broad and was worshipped with music played by 6 instruments. Finally, the antichrist whose number is 666, represents Satan incarnate. Goliath as a type of Satan was defeated by David, a type of Christ. Nebuchadnezzer, a type of Satan, the god of this world is resisted by the 3 Hebrews, a type of true Believers aided by Christ, The 4th person in the fire. Of course, you know the antichrist will be defeated by Christ Himself. In Daniel 3, the three Hebrews were not great Saints because they stood. They stood because they were great Saints. You cannot wait until you are in the furnace to decide how you will respond. They knew ahead of time what they would do. They were resolved to stand for God no matter what they faced.
1. First of all they might have said, "We may burn, but we will not bow." (3:12-14) When you fear the consequences of living for God, you will bow before the god of this world. The image represented that which opposed God and they were not about to bow to it.
2. Next, they might have said, "We may burn, but we will not bend." (v15)
Nebuchadnezzar gave them an opportunity to bend. "If ye be ready." They did not have a committee meeting and discuss it. They did not dialogue. They did not weigh out their positions against their decision. They would not bend!
Don't bend on your convictions. Don't bend on your standards. Don't bend on your temptations. Know what you stand for before going to the furnace.
3. Then they might have said, "We may burn, but we will not blush." In verse 16 they said, "we are not careful to answer thee in this matter." They were not ashamed to say "no." If you blush to say "no" when put to the test, you will bow to the god of this world. Are you embarrassed to act like a Christian around lost people? Does it embarrass you to pray in public? Does it embarrass you to carry a Bible in public?
4. Then I can hear them say, "Listen King, We will not bow, bend or blush, and we certainly will not bellyache and blame God." Look at verse 18 and notice, "but if not." They did not say, "Why is God letting this happen to me." They were committed to the end. Notice in v28 what Nebuchadnezzer says. "Blessed be the God of Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, who hath sent His angel, and delivered His servants that trusted in Him, and have changed the King's word, and yielded their bodies, that they might not serve nor worship any god, except their own God."
5. And because they would not bow, bend, blush or bellyache, they had the privilege of being accompanied by the Son of God, in the furnace. (v25) Christian, If you will stand for God, He will stand with you in your furnace!