DCLM Sincere Milk 12 May 2022 — Stand for Christ
DCLM Sincere Milk 12 May 2022 Devotional by Pastor W. F. Kumuyi — Stand for Christ
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TOPIC: STAND FOR CHRIST
TEXT: DANIEL 3:14-18
14 Nebuchadnezzar spake and said unto them, Is it true, O Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, do not ye serve my gods, nor worship the golden image which I have set up?
15 Now if ye be ready that at what time ye hear the sound of the cornet, flute, harp, sackbut, psaltery, and dulcimer, and all kinds of musick, ye fall down and worship the image which I have made; well: but if ye worship not, ye shall be cast the same hour into the midst of a burning fiery furnace; and who is that God that shall deliver you out of my hands?
16 Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, answered and said to the king, O Nebuchadnezzar, we are not careful to answer thee in this matter.
17 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.
18 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.
Key Verse: “If it be so, our oGod whom we serve is able to deliver us from the burning fiery furnace, and he will deliver us out of thine hand, O king” (Daniel 3:17).
Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego were three friends and part of those taken from their home country into captivity in Babylon. Though they were in a strange land, they did not drop or deny their faith. They continued being children of God because they knew that God is over all. When they were faced with a decision to choose between the God of heaven and the god of Babylon, they chose the God of heaven because they were sure that He is the only true God.
There are children who do not believe God totally. They say only with their mouth that they believe in God, but do not show it. To avoid being called names by other children or laughed at, they hide their identity as friends of Jesus. They do not have the courage to show up and defend their faith.
However, God needs children like the three Hebrew young men who will believe in Him, take their stand in the society and live for Christ everywhere. They are also expected to show Christ to other children through their lives and preaching without being ashamed of Him. Show that you are convinced about the God you believe, and stand out for Jesus. Defend the faith at all times and at all cost.
Prayer: Lord, please give me the boldness and courage to stand for You even when it is dangerous to do so.
Further Reading: Daniel 6:10, 11
1. Admit that you are a sinner. "For all [humans] have sinned, and comes short of the glory of God....[and] the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord" (Romans 3:23)
2. Repent now. "Repent ye therefore, and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out ...[for] if we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness " (Acts 3:19, 1 John 1:9)
3. Believe that God loves you and Jesus died for you. "God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet Sinners, Christ died for us" (Romans 5:8)
4. Invite Jesus into your life through prayer of faith. Jesus says, "Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me" (Revelation 3:20)