HE’LL PROTECT YOU – PASTOR CHRIS OYAKHILOME
…O Nebuchadnezzar, we are not careful to answer thee 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, O king. 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 (Daniel 3:16-18).
As a Christian, never find yourself apologetic, intimidated, or reluctant to express your convictions about Christ and the message of the Gospel. Nothing and no one should prevent or keep you from proclaiming Jesus as Lord. He’s greater than any government, institution or parastatal. He rules and reigns over the universe, everything from galaxies to governments. No name or power is exempt from His rule (Ephesians 1:21).
Therefore, refuse to be intimidated by any legislation that forbids the proclamation or expression of your faith in Christ, and preaching of the Gospel. Take a cue from Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, who were threatened by the government of the day to bow down to the king’s golden image or burn in the fiery furnace. They refused to compromise, choosing rather to die, than to cower.
Read again in our opening scripture their inspiring statement of conviction and absolute commitment to the Lord, in their response to the king’s decree. It infuriated the king, who ordered that they be thrown into the fiery furnace. The fire was so intense that it burnt and killed the men that threw them in. Howbeit, Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego were unscathed. The Lord protected them. When Nebuchadnezzar noticed they were unhurt by the blazing inferno, he repented; read his submission in Daniel 3:28-29.
That’s what happens when you stand your ground in faith, in spite of fierce and daunting opposition. Soon enough, your detractors will be inspired by your faith and convictions, which could lead to their salvation. So, serve God with your life. Your job may be taken away from you for preaching the Gospel, but they can’t take away the joy of the Lord that’s in your spirit. They may liquidate your company, but they can’t liquidate your spirit.
God is able! Trust Him. He delivered Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego from the fiery furnace; He brought Daniel out of the lion’s den; He delivered Mordecai from wicked Haman. He’s the One that stands for you; He’s the One that fights for you. He’s the One that protects you.