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How to Handle Persecution (Part 2)

TEXT: Daniel 3:19-25: “Then was Nebuchadnezzar full of fury, and the form of his visage was changed against Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego: therefore he spake, and commanded that they should heat the furnace one seven times more than it was wont to be heated. And he commanded the most mighty men that were in his army to bind Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, and to cast them into the burning fiery furnace. Then these men were bound in their coats, their hosen, and their hats, and their other garments, and were cast into the midst of the burning fiery furnace. Therefore because the king’s commandment was urgent, and the furnace exceeding hot, the flames of the fire slew those men that took up Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego. And these three men, Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, fell down bound into the midst of the burning fiery furnace. Then Nebuchadnezzar the king was astonished, and rose up in haste, and spake, and said unto his counsellors, Did not we cast three men bound into the midst of the fire? They answered and said unto the king, True, O king. He answered and said, Lo, I see four men loose, walking in the midst of the fire, and they have no hurt; and the form of the fourth is like the Son of God.”

Today, we are continuing our series on how to handle persecution. Our passage for today is a continuation of the familiar story of Daniel’s friends, Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego being thrown into the fiery furnace because they refused to bow down to the statue which Nebuchadnezzar had set up. We are at the point where the three Hebrews told the King that there was no need to give them a second chance to bow down to his statue because they simply were not going to deny their God.

Let’s look at three lessons we can learn from this passage that we can use when we are facing persecution.

I. First of all, notice that Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego did not respond to the king and his soldiers.

II. Second, I want you to notice that God will handle our enemies for us.

III. God will walk with us through our trials and tribulations.