Manage episode 338021027 series 2804136
Jesus said: "I've told you all this so that trusting me,
you will be unshakable and assured, deeply at
peace. In this…world you will continue to experience
difficulties. But take heart! I've conquered the
world" (n 16:33 MSG). Life keeps handing us
problems that test our faith. How do you know how
much weight a bridge can handle? By testing it.
Daniel's success made him a target. Knowing he
prayed regularly, his enemies persuaded King
Darius that all prayers should be made to him as the
king. Yet Daniel kept praying each day-in front of
an open window, no less. When the king heard
about it, he threw Daniel into a lions' den. But God
turned the tables. Next morning Daniel came out,
his enemies went in, and the king announced,
"Daniel's God……is the living God" (Da 6:26 MSG),
Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego refused to
worship the king's idols. Even when they were
warned to bow or burn, they said, "God..is able to
deliver us...But if not…we will not serve thy gods"
Da 3:17-18). And because they walked by faith,
God delivered and promoted them. Facing Goliath,
David refused to wear the king's armor. He said, "I
cannot go with these; for I have not proved them"
(1Sa 17:39). So what did he go with? "The name of
the Lord" (1Sa 17:45), and the rest is history. Now,
chances are you will never find ourself in lions'
den, a fiery furnace, or facing a giant, although
some days it will feel like it. But when you're under
attack, (1) pray and claim God's power, (2) walk by
faith, and (3) go "in the name of the Lord."