Living Water Daily Devotional 27-12-18
Thursday 27th December 2018
Read: Daniel 3:1-21
MEMORISE: “Now if you are ready at the time you hear the sound of the horn, flute, harp, lyre, and psaltery, in symphony with all kinds of music, and you fall down and worship the image which I have made, good! But if you do not worship, you shall be cast immediately into the midst of a burning fiery furnace. And who is the god who will deliver you from my hands? (Daniel 3:15).
Satan must not be seen as one with any special power. Whatever (life, beauty, glory, etc.), he lays claim to, was given him by God. Although, the whole earth was willed and condemned to him by our unsuspecting patriarch, through the Fall. Even at that, his activities are limited, as he has no power to control the children of God. The devices he uses that seem to be potent in his hands are intimidation and threat! The Bible enlightens us to rebuke him; not to fear him. He has no place in us except we give him the chance.
The 3 exemplary courageous young Hebrew exiles in Babylon remain worthy models for all Christians. The king dictatorially gave instruction to all in the province, irrespective of whether they were indigenes or not. They were all royally required to prostrate before a golden image that Nebuchadnezzar had made (Dan. 3:2). This order was not without a threat: whoever contravened it would be sentenced to the fiery furnace, which had been extraordinarily prepared for deviants!
This threat would have made millions to bow to that man’s handcraft called god! Shadrack, Meshach and Abednego showed class as they refused to bow, in spite of the threat. God is encouraging you today: “Don’t worry about the nagging of the devil; he is best known for roaring like lion (1 Pet. 5:8c), but he is not a lion. Jesus is the Lion of Judah (cf. Gen. 49:9). He will fight for you and you will hold your peace (Exo. 14:14). Only be watchful of Satan’s antics and don’t be frightened, because fear is the weapon the devil employs to take advantage of people. You are an overcomer in Jesus.
- In Jesus’ name, I refuse to be frightened by the threats of the devil.
- Deliver every believer susceptible to the antics and lies of the devil, oh Lord.
- Deliver our leaders (political, spiritual and otherwise) from the web of bowing to the devil in ritualistic lifestyles that make them pay homage to evil and satanic shrines.
EXTRA READING FOR TODAY: Zechariah 9 -13