Integrity of Devotion

Pastor Phil Pringle (Senior Pastor and founder of C3 Ministries) has an awesome website – check it out here:

Today he wrote:

Dan 3:17-18  If that is the case, our God whom we serve is able to deliver us from the fiery burning furnace, and He will deliver us from your hand, O king. But if not, let it be known to you, O king, that we do not serve your gods, nor will we worship the gold image which you have set up.” 

When the three Hebrew young men refused to bow down before the false god, the King threatened them with a fiery death in the furnace.  Their answer was that God COULD deliver them, but if He didn’t that’s ok also.  Their integrity of devotion to God did not depend on whether He answered their prayers.  They determined to worship God and no other regardless of whether it brought benefits.  God Himself must mean more to us, than what He can do for us. Fellowship with God is the highest calling, of prayer – ‘that I may know Him.’  Happily, when they were thrown into the furnace, their bonds were loosed and they were not burned, (not even the smell of smoke on them), because Jesus was in the fire with them.  Pure worship ensures Jesus is with us in our worst moments.  Refuse to bow down to any other.  Make Him Lord & He will be Emmanuel – ‘God with us!’ 



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