Will You Stand?
Watch, Stand Fast in the Faith;
Be Brave, Be Strong
I Corinthians 16:13
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Well, many of us already know the story of the three Hebrew boys that would not fall
down and worship the golden image King Nebuchadnezzar had set up. We know that their allegiance and reverence
was to, and for, the Only True and Living God. We know that they Stood when everyone around them fell down, bowed and
worshipped; and that they knew God was able to deliver them from the hand of the King and his command to have them thrown
into, and burned to death; literally torched, in a fiery furnace that was heated "seven" times more than usual.
Here is an excerpt of their conversation, after the young men refused to fall and worship, as they were brought
before the king:
if you do not worship, you shall be cast immediately into the midst of a burning fiery furnace. And who is the god who
will deliver you from my hands?"
and Abed-Nego answered: "O Nebuchadnezzar, we have no need to answer you in this matter. If this 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."
As the scripture
tells us, not only were they not killed in the fiery furnace, "the hair of their head was not singed nor were their garments
affected, and the smell of fire was not on them." All Glory to God!Because of the trust Shadrach, Meshach and Abed-Nego put in the LORD, the One True God,
whom they served, the Glory of the LORD was made manifest. Following, as a result of the outcome, King Nebuchadnezzar spoke
the God of Shadrach, Meshach and Abed-Nego, who sent His Angel and delivered His servants who trusted in Him, and they have
frustrated the king's word, and yielded their bodies, that they should not serve nor worship any god except their own
is no other God who can deliver like this." Consequently, the king promoted the three young men in the
province of Babylon. Wow, the three young men were promoted and that was NOT their goal. Their goal was to serve
and please God and as a result: they were delivered, God got the Glory, and then... they were promoted!
If we would stand, take a blatant, obvious Stand for righteousness today; even in the things that may seem "trivial"
to us, the Glory of our Father would be revealed, in a HUGE manner in the earth.
When at their crossroad,
Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-Nego took a public stand for God; keeping His commandments (Exodus 20:4), His statutes and
His Way, which is righteousness, even knowing it could be to their own death. Oh yea, to them, it was just that important and it was apparent that they
walked in the fear of the Most High God, having no fear of man. Their love and reverence for God was far greater and
more important than getting caught up in the "order of the day." Great signs and wonders were revealed and even the ungodly had no other choice but to give Our
God, the Only Wise God, the Glory. How Magnificent!
Furthermore, the young men did not seek to cause an uproar by acting out with folly.
No. They did not argue, nor tell the king how terrible he was, though they did not concern themselves with offending
the king and others around them either. They simply, yet boldly, did what was right by obeying God and not worshipping
or bowing to the gold image.
So while the world around us is bowing in everyway possible, falling down and worshipping the things of the "cosmos,"
this world, and unrighteousness is being paraded as if it is right, and has become a way of life for many; will you
forsake the way of the world that is so widespread? Will you stand and declare by your actions that Our God
is The God?
Will you Stand for righteousness' sake?
Will you Stand when confronted with situations
in the workplace?
Will you forsake, falling down to or bowing when faced with issues in the home, at school, at church,
with strangers, your family and friends, and your enemies?
I declare that we have all faced, and will face again, situations that call for us to
Stand; and so much the more as the Day approaches! You must know that you are being tested... right?
So what will you do? Will YOU Stand?
fear of man brings a snare, But whoever trusts in the Lord shall be safe." Proverbs 29:25
the fear of the Lord, there is Strong Confidence, and His children will have a place of refuge; in the fear of the Lord there's
a fountain of life to avoid the snares of death." Proverbs 14:26-27
in the Lord, my dearly beloved." Philippians 4:1b
"Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and
having done all, to stand." Ephesians 6:13