The World would love to “water down” your Faith.
We live in a world that that will accept your Beliefs as long as your Beliefs don’t change the way you think, act or live. In other words, our Politically Correct World would prefer that you have a Belief System that you don’t actually believe. God doesn’t want you to have a watered down faith. He wants you to have a World-shaking, soul-saving, life-giving, Dangerous Faith!
For me, this story below is one of the most inspiring stories in the Bible, because it represents real and radical faith. As we will see in this story, nothing communicates the authenticity of our faith like doing the right thing even when the right thing is dangerous!
We pick up the story when three young, God-fearing men have refused to bow before an idol because it would bring dishonor to God. They refuse to dishonor God even when the king threatens them with execution by being burned alive in a furnace. That’s Dangerous Faith! I’ve put the Scriptures below with some additional points in bold to help you apply the powerful truths of this inspiring story to your own life…
“Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego replied to him, “King Nebuchadnezzar, we do not need to defend ourselves before you in this matter. If we are thrown into the blazing furnace, the God we serve is able to deliver us from it, and he will deliver us from Your Majesty’s hand. But even if he does not, we want you to know, Your Majesty, that we will not serve your gods or worship the image of gold you have set up.” Daniel 3:16-18
Our Courage is a result of our Confidence in God.
“Then King Nebuchadnezzar leaped to his feet in amazement and asked his advisers, “Weren’t there three men that we tied up and threw into the fire?” They replied, “Certainly, Your Majesty.” He said, “Look! I see four men walking around in the fire, unbound and unharmed, and the fourth looks like a son of the gods.” Daniel 3:24-25
With God, we will Never walk through fire Alone.
“Then Nebuchadnezzar said, “Praise be to the God of Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego, who has sent his angel and rescued his servants! They trusted in him and defied the king’s command and were willing to give up their lives rather than serve or worship any god except their own God. Therefore I decree that the people of any nation or language who say anything against the God of Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego be cut into pieces and their houses be turned into piles of rubble, for no other god can save in this way.” Then the king promoted Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego in the province of Babylon.” Daniel 3:28-30
God will increase our influence when we live out our Convictions.