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When Faith Is in the Fire | Part 2

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October 6, 2021 8:00 am

When Faith Is in the Fire | Part 2

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October 6, 2021 8:00 am

In this message from the Book of Daniel, Adrian Rogers shows us how to stand alone, even when our faith is on fire.

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From the word finding Studios in Memphis Tennessee. Byron Tyler herewith. Want to see you finding today Carrie Waring part two of a message Adrian Rogers started yesterday when faith is in the fire. Our text is Daniel chapter 3 verses one through 30, and I always encourage when I read the story in Daniel three of Shadrach me shack in a Bendigo who refused to bow down to King Nebuchadnezzar's idol. These guys were zealots coming. They did not bow, they did not bend and guess what, they did not bar you know it's impossible to please God without faith in these men had just a steadfast faith will carry you know what times we go through great testings in life and our faith is challenged and even with this example here. Adrian Rogers has his faith has been challenged at times, the fate that can't be tested can be trusted and so God, God will test our faith. And actually when it goes to the fire. It will come out all the stronger. I note in my life. I had a heartbreaking thing was a family problem or a daughter that went through great anguish and problems and I stay in heaven with my prayers and it seemed like nothing was happening yet when I've come out on the other side. I look back I realize that God was there and that he did sustain us and that the fate that we placed in him was not misplaced and but it was a test that really actually has made my fate stronger than ever. Dr. Roger said it's one thing to have faith to escape. It's another thing to have faith to endure.

You'll Byron I rather be in the fire with Jesus Christ than to be outside the fire without it will think about where these three kinds were for God I meet.

At the time there was this emotional enticement the a social obligation to bow down to this idol everybody was doing it right. But they said no we will not bow because were serving the one true God, and I think that's the type of faith we want to have today right, it doesn't matter what society didn't matter what our friends or colleagues are doing it matters. Are we to make a stand for God and are we going to walk by faith and walk in his presence as you carry. We always enjoy hearing from our listeners, unusual response. We recently received most of spare derived orders to personally thank you Cass Rogers for preaching the word of God. God bless you always feel like when we live out our faith. We we feel the presence of the Lord in a muddy way. I think it's the peace that he gives us in the moment that we need is not the peace of the world gives is the peace that he gives. But that is based on our faith carry lower finding is all about helping our listing friends grow in their faith. And this month we have a special offer.

We got a great offer. It's called good morning Lord and you know the most important thing for us to do is get along with God each and every morning. We know that his mercies are new every day, and that this new book complements the quiet time in a fresh and personal way, so take advantage of that and use that in your daily walk yet go to the website and take advantage of that offer will today's message part two when faith is in the fire years Adrian Rogers, first of all, as we learned is that a lot.

I want you to see the very fury that these boys faced. I mean the pressures that were problem I get let me show you that Nebuchadnezzar's picture and the and stands for the antichrist. I want you to see what'll Nebuchadnezzar did so long ago to try to get people to conform look in verse five.

At what time you hear the sound of the cone at the flute the heart the site, but sultry dulcimer and all kinds of music you shall fall down and worship the golden image.

The Babylonian orchestra began to play.

There was incredible music to see what does music do music touches the emotions music and the gift of God, but the devil also knows the power of music and Satan is using music today like never before to enforce his diabolical plans upon the world.

Satan is a pastor, musician.

The Bible even speaks of Satan is having tablets or pipefitting when he speaks just like majestic music by his music can be hideously beautiful or it can have a demonic beat, but it is Satan's tool was never before. Satan wants to capture a generation by music and will deny who will deny that there is emotional enticement. But wait a minute not only emotional enticement. Secondly, there is social in inducement, the Bible mentions in verses two and three that everybody was doing this and in verse four that Harold cried aloud to you.

It is commanded all people, nations and languages.

Every body is going to be doing and if you do not fall in line.

If you do not step in time. If you do not do what you're told to do in this day and in this age, you're going to be looked upon as an all and then there is government enforcement. Look, if you will, in verse six and who so far not down and worship the same shall be cast in the midst of a burning fiery furnace. Now the government in that day and the government more and more in our day is trying to squeeze every body into a mold and say that you cannot stand for this thing. You cannot stand for that thing we will arrest you for contempt of court or we will take away your tax exempt status.

We will do this we will do that because you are in the way of the progress of peace and friend Jesus said in the last days this coming a time when those who kill you will think they do God's service and so not only was there this by governmental enforcement is going to be spiritual defilement. You see, the devil was behind all of this look in verse six and so Paul is not down and worship now learn this about the devil learn this about the devil does not want casualties. He wants convert but devil wants to be worship and the antichrist that comes he wants to be worship. Secondly, I want you to see the faith that they follow. I want to see what it was and help these three young men to stand alone because these are the things that you're going to have that I didn't have to have in the hearts and lives of the children begin in verse 13.

If you will.

Back in chapter 3 and verse 13 then Nebuchadnezzar in his rage and fury commanded to bring Shadrach me shack and Abednego then they brought these men before the king and Nebuchadnezzar spake and set them.

Is it true oh, Shadrach me shack and Abednego not you serve my God worship the golden image which I've set up Nike be ready at what time you hear the sound of the cornet flute harp site, but sultry and dulcimer and all kinds of music he fall down and worship the image which I may well but if you worship not you should be cast the same hour into the midst of the burning fiery furnace not notice the spirit of antichrist to notice the the contempt he has forgotten is that God that shall deliver you out of my hands now old folks here where it gets good Shadrach me shack and Abednego answered and said to the king all Nebuchadnezzar.

We are not careful to answer the in this matter what he says were not careful. That is, we don't have to hesitate will have to study about it were not worried about it. We don't have to ponder about were not careful to answer the 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. Okay now notice to us.

Hallelujah. But if not, did no real king that we will not serve my gods know worship the golden image which thou hast set up. Now suppose we're there we we say no boys let's give you some advice.

Hiring your faith is about to be in the fire out fellas. Let me just tell you what to do here is the average, Christian speaking with Bible and do what is a Babylonians go along to get along. I mean after all be a lot better for you to compromise a little bit here and live a longer, so you do some more good than just simply to be stubborn and to stand up and after all Christians are supposed to get along with everybody and everything, including the devil himself. Don't don't stand alone. These men did and how did they do it by the faith that they had not want you to notice the faith they follow down to notice three things about that fate. Number one, it was a settled faith look at you with verse 16 in verse 16. They said there were not careful to answer you okay will have to get in a huddle have to ponder it soon.

I can give us a night to sleep on it. We have a committee meeting what I believe these boys had done. I believe these boys had already been in revival meeting.

I believe they have been a revival meeting before they were carried away captive on the good King Josiah. The revival of the preaching of Jeremiah. They had God's word hidden down in the heart.

They already knew what was right they already knew what was wrong, let me tell you something different to many of you spending too much time trying to make up your mind what you're going to do about this thing this thing and this thing this thing one of the greatest things I've learned in life is one big decision will keep you from a lot of little ones make one big. If you ever you want on after supper one night and you plow the driveway she says will where you will get what you will will.

I don't want that so I don't know what that's used in car all over the neighborhood like this. And you can look folks, if you know you're going to vest in such a place.

When cannot you just turning right. I mean you made one big decision than the rest of his life. When you when you make a certain decision when you say this is right and this is wrong and that when it says what you say I don't have to think about. I don't have to think about their fate was a settled after something else about it was a strong thing in verse 17, they said there were you better believe it man, I'm telling you, you better believe you better believe what he says who is that God that shall deliver the you better believe there is a God who said call upon me in the day of trouble. I deliberately I my dear friend. That's the word of a holy God, he will deliver us, but here's the point I want to learn and this is most important that fate. That was a settled faith will have to worry about have to consult that faith, which was a strong faith in our God is able you listen to me dear friend. It was a stand fast faith. I hear something very interesting in verse 18 he says, but if not, look at it, but if not, the annulment of the oh king. We will not serve thy gods know worship the golden image was set up that God is able to deliver us will have any doubt about that anywhere.

No doubt about that, but if not, when I go to serve your gods when I go worship your image know what this is not me.

Does that mean if God is not able, not at all. Does that mean if God does not deliver us know that's not what it means. It means if in this situation we return to bacon when you throw us like chips of wood into a fiery Vesuvius.

We consume. If that's the way it works out fine was still not going worship your God, Nebuchadnezzar, now they will have any doubt as to God's power. That's not the point all day just simply my it may happen that God in his sovereignty may want these boys to die in the flames. You can die in the flames.

Now let me ask a question.

Does your feet have and if not clause in it I got is able to deliver us. We all like that.

We all believe that. But if he does, are you still going to serve. Now folks right now we're getting down to the greater part of the nitty right here. I want you to turn with me to Hebrews just stay there in the third chapter of Daniel and turn with me this time we don't take a moment here with Hebrews. That's back to the back of the Bible in Hebrews chapter 11.

This is very important in standing alone in all of us like the story of these three men in the fiery furnace. Why because they came out how we like it but I want to listen. Verse 32 preachers running out of time here, and sources.

What shall I more say for time would fail me to tell of Gideon and of Barak of Samson Jepson and David and Samuel and the prophets who through faith subdued kingdoms, wrought righteousness, obtained promises, stopped the mouths of lions, quenched the violence of fire escape the edge of the sword, out of weakness were made strong wax value in fight, turned to flight the armies of the aliens. Women received their dead raised to life again on if we do stop there with a boy sign me up, where do I sign. I like that you mean what why I God just is victory after victory. That's the most wonderful thing and we love the stories of Daniel and the lines that all how we love that we love the story of David and Goliath, how we love that we love the story of the three Hebrew children the fiery furnace. How we love that we love the story of our Lord are raising the dead and healing the sick. We love stories we let the story of how Peter came out of prison with all of those doors but friend it doesn't end there. I want you to continue to read now and in verse 35 and other mobile is the and others is going to get you right now, and others were tortured, not accepting deliverance that they might obtain a better resurrection friend of God that give you what you want to give something better new one you listen to me and others had a plot of cruel markings and scourging yeah moreover of bonds and imprisonment.

What you say. Well, they were put in prison, but they got out afterwhile. Oh look at verse 37. They were stone. They were song sung there were attempted were slain with the sword.

They wanted about in sheepskins and goat skins being destitute, afflicted, tormented, of whom the world was not worthy. They wandered in deserts and mountains, and in Dan's and caves of the earth. These all, having obtained a good report through faith is faith. They have been delivered. They got on the report car through faith. And they were not delivered in the way that you and I would call the these three Hebrew boys. They knew I said I God is able these going to deliverance, but he may not keep us out of your fiery furnace, and he may not keep us alive and the friends that's okay were still not going about when I got a bunch my dear friend you listen to me and listen big straight and tall in plain. It is one thing to have faith to escape.

It's another thing to have faith to in new is one thing to be safe can have faith to be healed. It's another thing to be sick and not be healed and still praise God that takes greater fame that takes greater faith. All these by faith receive A+ on their report card. They receive a good report. My dear friend it is one thing to be delivered.

It's another thing to die at all. By faith, and a better man if not clause in your deal with God and your contract with God, our God is able to deliverance and this is not because you can't you read in the New Testament where James was put in prison by Herod and Herod cut off his head and peters put in prison, and God delivers Peter out of prison. Therefore God could deliver James, but he did not deliver James, but he did deliver Peter and why you asking when you get to heaven friend. I just want to God to solve God of the sovereign God, and God knows what is best and God may not always deliver you from your trials and your tribulations your temptations and if he doesn't want you to do just stand just stand by faith. Let me tell you what faith is. Faith is not primarily receiving from God what you want is accepting from God what he did. Did you hear me not primarily receiving from God what you want is accepting from God what he can. These boys had what kind of faith that was a settled faith.

We don't have to worry about Fred. It was a strong faith.

Our God is able and it was a steadfast faith even if he doesn't deliver not going about were not going to buy it when I go to bed. We made our God will deliver us out of your hand Nebuchadnezzar folks only take we just have some sort of little fairytale faith where we think that somehow the last moment, the Lone Ranger is going to come right over the hill and deliver us is not necessarily true, but I want to tell you, my dear friend.

There is a God in heaven is going to take care of you in the fire through the fire are what ever I love Romans eight verse 35 who shall separate us from the love of Christ shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword, as it is written, for my sake were killed all the day long we are accounted as sheep for the slaughter may in all things and all baseline and all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us. Friend, we can win with a field goal in the last two seconds. We are more than conference for him that loved us.

Now, finally, and very quickly and I've spent too much time in the first two points on this one to give you the synopsis of the last poem I've talked to about the fury they face. I talked about the faith they follow. I want to talk to you for just a few moments about the fellowship they found you can go read the story.

When you go home, but what happened there now been thrown into this Firefox.

This furnace is heated seven times hotter than it's ever been heated. Why the amendment through the burn with such burns that they cannot survive their these three boys down there in the fiery furnace. Our young people here sing a little musical cold.

It's cool in the furnace walking around in the furnace afterwhile Nebuchadnezzar decides he'll go down in have a look he'll see how these three are rebellious young man who would not bow and would not budge are doing. When he looks down there is only three men in the fire. I said I see for walking around in the fall is like the sun friend what happened when they got down there. Three things. First of all, the Bible says that the bonds the ropes that were put on them all burned off. There was not even a smell of smoke in the close wish I could say that want to come home from the barbershop. Not even the smell of smoke in the close listen to me. The only thing the fire burned off of with what the world put on you go through the fire guns just cleansing. He knows how to clinch the times you broke the most when your faith and fun I'm gay that's true ballot. There was the cleansing of the St. I'll take something else. There was the companionship of the Savior, Jesus, Jesus will never ever be closer to you and when you take a stand for him and say, dear Jesus, I'm going to please you call Mimecast in the fire Lord I'm hated, castigated, refused, burned, ignored Jesus, I'm going to stand for you to Jesus move and lock arms with you and walk through that fire with you my dear friend if you want Jesus Christ to be read you stop being a cannulated Christian Sunday morning benchwarmer start to stand up for the Lord Jesus Christ will be the companionship of the Savior and last of all, I wish I had time just to speak about an hour and all three of these. They'll be the conviction of sin.

There will be because that God delivered the Babylonians worshiped the fire God. That's what it's all about.

His name was bar with bar would like to. Nebuchadnezzar had to admit no God like Erica you know when this world is going to start having respect for the church of the Lord Jesus Christ, God of the Bible when you and I by the grace of God, standalone you better teach your children friend because the spirit of antichrist is already in the world you will even began to stand against antichrist.

You won't even begin to stand if you don't have Christ in you, are you saying you can't teach your children if you don't know. Are you prepared to teach your children what's right. Father I pray that many today will give the hunch the process will be saying even today will open the hunch and say yes to Christ.

His journey on the what a powerful reminder that is these days grow gloriously dim. We must stand on the principles of God's word for things that are true and righteous, which lasts throughout time and eternity today. If you have questions regarding your faith in Jesus. We loved offering insightful resource on our website. It's the discovery Jesus page to find answers, you may need about your faith is a response section.

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Take courage today know that whatever fire you face, Lord, we hope will join us tomorrow for another message from Adrian right right online word find

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