Always Be Ready, Part 1of2, Evans Olang

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Daniel 3:17&18, “If that 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”.

There is an ongoing war between Relative and Absolute statements. We get caught up in the middle many times. Let’s tackle a few questions.

First question, “What do you believe?” This question is broad until you add more words to it to identify what the question is specifically targeting. Can we say that facts can negate beliefs? of course we can. If I was to say that trucks don’t kill, I would have to be 100% sure as a fact, that would be considered an absolute statement, in this case this statement is not true. We all know that trucks can kill so my belief that it cannot will not affect or change facts.

Daniel, Shadrach, Meshach and Abed-Nego were in a place where they had to choose between two kingdoms. They were to serve and obey one of the kingdoms. In the earlier chapters we are told of these four young men brought to the land of Babylon to serve. They knew their God all this time but coming to this land, they were faced by new challenges, they had to rely on God to bring them through and He did. We can tell that these men had a God whom they believed in, the God of truth. Job tells us that He knows his Redeemer lives (Job 19:25), Paul says in 2Timothy 1:12, “…I know whom I have believed.” All these men believed because they knew who their God was (is).

If you know what you believe, you should be able to answer this question, “Why do you believe what you believe? Some people, have no idea why they believe what they believe. I would say that one of the reasons is because it’s easy to create what you want to believe in and stick with it without proper reason. A Christian should know why he believes partially because the bible says in 1Peter 3:15, “But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts: and be ready always to give an answer to every man that asketh you a reason of the hope that is in you…” I need to know why I believe when asked and have an answer. Why did these men believe in God? We can tell that through the miracles God had done in their lives. God had seen them through all their life and being in that nation, they knew that they had been sent there by God to serve. As the bible says, “Their footsteps were ordered by God“. These were men who did not just hear about it, they experienced it causing them to move from the realm of belief to the realm of experience, Psalm 34:8, “O taste and see that the Lord is good…

Another vital question, “Where do you get your back up from?” Anyone who is going to defend what they believe should have at least some backup. Talk to many people and discover they believe in some things they can’t back up, they don’t have a source of authority to fall back on. If I am going to believe in the word of God to which I am, I will always have His word as my backup. 2Timothy 3:16&17, “All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profited for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: That the man may be perfect, thoroughly furnished unto all good works”. We Christians ought to defend what we believe through the Holy Scriptures for it ties to who we believe in. The scripture is God Himself revealed through the word, John 1:1, “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God and the Word was God”. So it’s no longer what I have created to believe in but what I have tested and tasted to believe in the word. The word may reveal things I don’t like about myself but I know that it’s the truth for I have tested it. I believe in the law of gravity for I have tested it, there are things I haven’t tested but because I have seen it work in someone’s life, that is evidence; proof.

Last but not least, “Would you be willing to die for what you believe?” This is tough but true. Jesus died for what He believed and in that He would redeem mankind. Back in 99 at Columbine high school, a girl died because of her faith. With a gun pointed at her, she was asked if she believed in God, and her answer was YES, that cost her life. Shadrach, Meshach and Abed-Nego, were men ready to die for the sake of truth. THEY WERE MEN STANDING FOR SOMETHING SO AS NOT TO FALL FOR ANYTHING. They had counted the cost, why? because they believed, they knew why, they had back up, proof, and were willing to die for it. They knew that this was the truth and no one could take away from them. They understood that “to be absent in the body is to be present with the Lord.” They were very aware of their outcome unless the Lord miraculously delivered them. They were determined for God to receive glory whether in His deliverance or in their death. Therefore when they were faced by a situation that required them to go against what they believed, they said Daniel 3:17&18, “If that 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”. This is a very bold statement, “we know our God will but if not, we will not” Be ready always, Blessings Evans

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