We’re getting ready this morning to head into our last day. Yesterday, we looked at Daniel 1-3 and studied through the testimony of Shadrach, Meshach, and Abendego. Our speaker, Josh Howard, led us to 3:16-17,
“Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego replied to him, “King Nebuchadnezzar, we do not need to defend ourselves before you in this matter. If we are thrown into the blazing furnace, the God we serve is able to deliver us from it, and he will deliver us from Your Majesty’s hand. But even if he does not, we want you to know, Your Majesty, that we will not serve your gods or worship the image of gold you have set up.”
Then he said this statement, “Did you catch that? Even if. Even if. Even if. Even if God didn’t do what they wanted, they still would not serve other gods. Even if. We live in a world of only if. God, I will worship you only if…
- My parents stay together
- I can still be popular
- I can wear whatever I want
- I like my minister
- I don’t have to sacrifice anything
- No one close to my dies
- My friends still love me
- I don’t have to give up anything
- I can still have the standard of living I want.”
What are some of your “even ifs?” Even if ____________, I will serve my God. Even if ________, I will remain faithful. Josh challenged us with that very thought last night. And as the night closed out, this phrase ran across the screen, “Speak, for Your servant is STANDING.” As we head into today, we are getting ready to study the life of John the Baptist. In Matthew 3:11, John the Baptist says that he is not even worthy to carry the sandals of Christ. If John the Baptist isn’t worthy, what does that make us? Please be in prayer for us today as we close out the day strong. Also, feel free to leave comments and tell us some of your “even ifs,” as well.
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I will worship God even if other parents think I am over the top and way too strict about my morals and beliefs as it relates to training my children.
Love it Mindy!