Thursday, 28 June 2018

Daily Dose Of Emmet Fox

The Fourth Man

When Nebuchadnezzar sent out his decree that everyone in his kingdom should bow down and worship the golden image which he had erected, there were three men who refused to obey his edict. These were Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-nego. They were officials in the providence of Babylon, and had much to lose by their refusal.

Nebuchadnezzar called them before him, and they bluntly told the king that their God would deliver them form the fiery furnace to which they would be consigned, but that even if God did no deliver them, they would still serve him and Him alone.

Now, so long as you believe in God only and worship Him for His own sake, you can expect to be delivered from the ills and miseries that beset humankind. Of course, every Christian will say, "Naturally, I believe in God only. I do not worship idols or golden images. So this does not affect me." However, if you give power to sin, sickness, or evil of any kind, by believing in it, or if you think an advantage can be gained by distorting the truth, then you have made idols of these things, and in that sense, worship them.

Well, Nebuchadnezzar had the three men thrust into the fiery furnace, and the hat was so intense that it slew the guards that threw them in. And, as he looked, Nebuchadnezzar was astonished to find a fourth man walking in the flames with the other three, and he knew that this one was like unto the Son of god. Then Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-nego walked out of the fiery furnace without blemish or scar.

So it is when we hold steadfastly to God, and give all power to Him. He sends his messenger, the Christ truth, to heal us and deliver us from our furnace of fear and frustration. Then do we know that nothing shall by any means hurt us.

Blessed be God...Who hath sent his angel, and delivered His servants that trusted in Him (Daniel 3:28).

Fox, Emmet (2010-09-07). Stake Your Claim: Exploring the Gold Mine Within (pp. 31-32). Harper Collins, Inc.. Kindle Edition.
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