Don’t Fall for Fear, Stand in Faith.
By Evangelist: Gregory Vincento Gumbs
Lest Satan should get an advantage of us: for we are not ignorant of his devices.
2 Corinthians 2: 11
Staying in fellowship with God through prayer and studying the word of God keeps us steadfast in tough situations. Intimidation is a tough situation that satan uses to knock us off of the word of God. But as long as we are aware that this is a trick of the devil, you can do what is necessary to maintain your victory every time.
The story of the three Hebrew boys provides a fascinating added example of young men holding to their beliefs and values in the face of pressure. Despite being taking captive to Babylon and forced to serve the King these young men remained faithful to God
16 Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, answered and said to the king, O Nebuchadnezzar, we are not careful to answer thee in this matter.
17 If it be so, our God whom we serve is able to deliver us from the burning fiery furnace, and he will deliver us out of thine hand, O king.
18 But if not, be it known unto thee, O king, that we will not serve thy gods, nor worship the golden image which thou hast set up. (KJV)
These three Hebrew boys faced their greatest test when they were ordered to bow and worship the Kings statue.
The boys recognized that obedience in this case meant more than simply giving honor to the King as their leader. Because it included the requirement of worship it actually involved a choice between ultimate loyalty to God or the King. For them the choice was clear they would serve the King. But they would not worship him.
Their tone was respectful, confident, and uncompromising. Shadrach, Meshach, and Abebnego were three Hebrew boys who served the lord faithfully. Satan used intimidation through their King to get them away from serving God. He tried to scare them into worshipping some other gods. But they would not have it, because they believed in worshipping God the most high, God only.
13 Then Nebuchadnezzar in his rage and fury commanded to bring Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego. Then they brought these men before the king.
14 Nebuchadnezzar spake and said unto them, Is it true, O Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, do not ye serve my gods, nor worship the golden image which I have set up?
15 Now if ye be ready that at what time ye hear the sound of the cornet, flute, harp, sackbut, psaltery, and dulcimer, and all kinds of musick, ye fall down and worship the image which I have made; well: but if ye worship not, ye shall be cast the same hour into the midst of a burning fiery furnace; and who is that God that shall deliver you out of my hands? (KJV)
Jesus said in Matthew the 4 chapter affliction and persecution come for the word sake. Intimidation is a form of persecution .Satan will get your boss on the job to intimidate you by way of threatening your position because of your Christianity.
Physical fear or financial fears are reactions of the flesh. That type of fear affects our flesh because, if we don’t do what the King says, or what the boss says, maybe he’ll have mercy on us, and maybe he won’t.
But never forget what happened to Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego.
They didn’t care what the King threatened; they were not bowing down to his golden image. They had confidence that their God would deliver them.
When we stand up to the devil, you might find yourself in the furnace
But don’t forget, first of all, you won’t be there by yourself.
As long as you are a child of God, Jesus will be in the furnace with you.
He has the power to hold back the fire from touching you.
Refuse to bow to worldly intimidation, and stand in faith on the word of God.
our God whom we serve is able to deliver us from the burning fiery furnace, and he will deliver us. amen
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