Dan 3:16-26 “Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, answered and said to the king, O Nebuchadnezzar, we are not careful to answer thee in this matter. 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. 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. Then was Nebuchadnezzar full of fury, and the form of his visage was changed against Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego: therefore he spake, and commanded that they should heat the furnace one seven times more than it was wont to be heated. And he commanded the most mighty men that were in his army to bind Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, and to cast them into the burning fiery furnace. Then these men were bound in their coats, their hosen, and their hats, and their other garments, and were cast into the midst of the burning fiery furnace. Therefore because the king’s commandment was urgent, and the furnace exceeding hot, the flames of the fire slew those men that took up Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego. And these three men, Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, fell down bound into the midst of the burning fiery furnace. Then Nebuchadnezzar the king was astonished, and rose up in haste, and spake, and said unto his counsellors, Did not we cast three men bound into the midst of the fire? They answered and said unto the king, True, O king. He answered and said, Lo, I see four men loose, walking in the midst of the fire, and they have no hurt; and the form of the fourth is like the Son of God. Then Nebuchadnezzar came near to the mouth of the burning fiery furnace, and spake, and said, Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, ye servants of the most high God, come forth, and come hither. Then Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, came forth of the midst of the fire.”
These Jewish people who were taken into captivity, conquered in battle, were seen as wiser than any of the other wise men in the kingdom of Babylon.
Music talks to you and will move you. Make sure the music you listen to is worth listening to. Music causes you to bow. Make sure the music you listen to is worth bowing to. When the music played, the three Hebrew children refused to bow to another god.
We serve a higher God. Our God is able to deliver and even if He doesn’t, I still will not bow.
Daniel didn’t have to pray three times a day. There was a law that if he prayed to any other god, he’d get thrown into the lion’s den. But, there’s a higher God. He refused to give up his God and God delivered him from the lions. Daniel said, ‘My God is able.’ Daniel was thrown into a den full of lions kept hungry for the express purpose of tearing apart whatever was thrown in.
If you serve God and don’t bow to the things of the world, God will fight the battles for you!
God is able! He can deliver you from whatever your circumstances are. Don’t bow! God will carry you through.
Peter walked on water. He saw the dead raised. He went up to a mountain and saw Jesus as He really is—God. He saw the glory of God. He saw Moses and Elijah. He saw Jesus tell the winds and waves to cease. He had the revelation of Who Jesus Is—‘Thou art the Christ’.
Yet, fear caused Peter to deny Jesus three times. He got convicted when the cock crowed the third time and vowed to never bow again. He preached Acts 2:38. He healed in the Name of Jesus Christ. He was bold. He was beaten, but he still refused to bow. He denied Him once, but never again. He said to the Pharisees, ‘Who should I obey, you, or God?’
You tell Goliath, that uncircumcised Philistine, ‘I’m going to feed your dead body to the birds today. I fight in the Name of the Lord!’
Elijah refused to bow his knee to Baal. King Ahab and Queen Jezebel were evil. Naboth had a vineyard that King Ahab wanted. The man refused to sell because that would dishonor the covenant he had with God.
He had a choice. Bow or not? When you get that kind of courage, opportunities pop up to have victory.
In the category of those who will be thrown into the Lake of Fire, there are murderers, whoremongers, and all kinds of evil. But another group is the Fearful. This is a group who compromise, who bow in order to avoid the punishment from the world.
We will NOT bow! Do not compromise your convictions from the Word of God. He will take care of you.
Pompeii was a city who was destroyed several thousand years ago. When archaeologists excavated, they found people sleeping. This place was probably destroyed within seconds. The ash vaporized the people, but their expressions were caught, forever imbedded onto the rock. The city was wicked and destroyed in seconds. Many were caught with fear on their faces, running. One soldier stood strong, in obedience to his master.
If you can get ahold of that kind of fortitude to your Master, God will take care of you. God is able. God will honor your commitment to Him. He will give you opportunities for victory! Don’t bow!
Excerpted from a sermon preached by Pastor Anthony LoCascio.
For full audios of our sermons, click here.
If you are in the Chicagoland area, come to The Life Church located at 3030 Central Road in Glenview, IL. Services are Sundays at 1pm and Wednesdays at 7pm. We would love to see you there!