431: True Faith Manifests Itself in Obedience and Trust.

431 True Faith in Action

 

 

Daily Spirit & Word, 431: What is TRUE faith?

True Faith is Made Manifest Through Your Actions and Trust in the LORD.

Good morning everyone. What a night of Street Evangelism we had yesterday; so many different conversations with people who don’t yet know the Lord Jesus. Some of them knew about Jesus, but we didn’t meet anyone who’d trusted in Him as Saviour. We met a Philosopher who’d reached the point of total cynicism and was amazed by the lack of cynicism in others. He viewed cynicism as the only credible viewpoint. It was amazing we engaged in gentle banter and debate, but when my friends Dave began to open up God’s Law with the man, it was amazing to watch his mouth stop protesting. We observed the promise of the Lord at work and it was wonderful. Romans 3:19  “Now we know that whatever the law (God’s Commandments) says, it says to those who are under the law (Everyone who’s yet to submit to Christ as Lord), so that every mouth may be silenced and the whole world held accountable to God.” When we share God’s Law, the Conscience reveals the truth, it’s awakened and begins to close the mouth of self-justification, of pride in the face of the LORD. That happened as we spoke with the Philosopher last night. And that was just one of our conversations. My friends, if you want to see that your God is real, alive and powerful, then just go out and share the Gospel with those who don’t yet know Christ as LORD.
In today’s reading in Daniel Chapter 3, we see that a Proud and Powerful King’s boasting, viewing himself as a god, will be moved to rage and anger.
Daniel 3:13-18 13  Furious with rage, Nebuchadnezzar summoned Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego. So these men were brought before the king,
14  and Nebuchadnezzar said to them, “Is it true, Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego, that you do not serve my gods or worship the image of gold I have set up?
15  Now when you hear the sound of the horn, flute, zither, lyre, harp, pipes and all kinds of music, if you are ready to fall down and worship the image I made, very good. But if you do not worship it, you will be thrown immediately into a blazing furnace. Then what god will be able to rescue you from my hand?”
16  Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego replied to the king, “O Nebuchadnezzar, we do not need to defend ourselves before you in this matter.
17  If we are thrown into the blazing furnace, the God we serve is able to save us from it, and he will rescue us from your hand, O king.
18  But even if he does not, we want you to know, O king, that we will not serve your gods or worship the image of gold you have set up.”

Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego, the three young Jewish men could have compromised with King and defended their disobedience to the LORD God’s Commands by arguing, “Everybody else is doing it, so why shouldn’t we?” or “Our Position of Privilege and access to the King demands that we obey his decrees,” That was the same excuse some of the German Guards of the Concentration camps during world war two gave; “We were only doing our duty.” Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego could have argued, “We’ll bow our knees but we won’t bow our hearts.” They might have said, “We can do our people even more good by being respected in the king’s service, than by being ashes in the king’s furnace.” But true faith in the LORD doesn’t look for ways out of trouble; it simply trusts and obeys God and knows that He will do what is best for us no matter what the outcome may be. True Faith rests on obedience to God’s commands and faithful hope in His eternal promises, not on arguments, ways of avoiding responsibility to obey and self-righteous explanations of why we didn’t do it.
The Great King Nebuchadnezzar, who’d conquered nations and built up the Great Empire Babylon, became furious. Why? Well my friends, it was because he couldn’t subdue or conquer the faith of these three young Jewish men whom he held captive for over three years, tried to indoctrinate them and turn them to Babylonian ways of thinking and behaving, but their faith and trust in their own God, the LORD God Almighty, was still well and truly alive and kicking, even in the face of imminent death in a fiery furnace.
The King’s Threat: “Is it true, Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego, that you do not serve my gods or worship the image of gold I have set up? Now when you hear the sound of the horn, flute, zither, lyre, harp, pipes and all kinds of music, if you are ready to fall down and worship the image I made, very good. But if you do not worship it, you will be thrown immediately into a blazing furnace. Then what god will be able to rescue you from my hand?”
The Jewish Men’s response.  Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego replied to the king, “O 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 save us from it, and he will rescue us from your hand, O king. But even if he does not, we want you to know, O king, that we will not serve your gods or worship the image of gold you have set up.”
Did you notice that, “Even if He does not”. They were prepared to serve God no matter what the outcome might be.
Are we ready to serve the Lord Jesus Christ like that? He’s given us so many commands and He said “If you love me, you will obey my commands”… “My commands are not burdensome” “My yoke is easy and my burden is light”…
WOWzer! Let’s determine before we go out today, that we’re going to serve our own KING and live in trust and obedience to His commands and hope in His promises. When we do, we’ll see and know God’s working with us as we obey Him, because ALL His promises are true. The words of His WORD are reliable and trustworthy. He loves everyone who comes into His family and is with you wherever you may end up, even in a fiery furnace.
Don.

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