Be Not Careful to Answer

“Who is that God that shall deliver you out of my hands?” asked King Nebuchadnezzar.

16 Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, answered and said to the king, O Nebuchadnezzar, we are not careful to answer you in this matter.

17 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 your hand, O king.

18 But if not, be it known unto you, O king, that we will not serve your gods, nor worship the golden image which you have set up.” Daniel 3:16-18

Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego were not careful to answer King Nebuchadnezzar.  They knew the God in Whom they believed and were persuaded that He could keep that which they had committed unto them – their lives.

For the which cause I also suffer these things: nevertheless I am not ashamed: for I know whom I have believed, and am persuaded that He is able to keep that which I have committed unto Him against that day.” 2 Timothy 1:12.

These three Hebrew boys knew, in whatsoever state they were, to be content.  They knew both how to be abased and how to abound (Philippians 4:11-12) because they knew the God in Whom they had believed.  

The modern church has been careful to answer. They have served golden images at the altar of Cain.  Superstition, schemes of man, human psychology, 40 days, 12 steps, ceremonies and traditions have been the answer given to gain victory and righteousness in the eyes of God.  The power of God, which IS the Cross of Jesus Christ and Him crucified (1 Cor. 1:18), is not sufficient to deliver the modern Christian out of the hand of King Nebuchadnezzar, they must “do their part” and fight battles the Lord Jesus utterly defeated at Calvary’s Cross.

There is but one battle the Lord has called His Children to fight and that is the good fight of faith (1 Timothy 6:12) – faith in HIM, in Who He is and what He has done on Calvary’s Cross for whosoever will believe.  Sadly, there are many Christians who are praying to a God they do not know.  They pray to the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob but they don’t know the small still voice.  Their flesh responds to the wind, earthquake and fire but God is not in them (1 Kings 19:11-12).  These Christians are being swept to and fro by every wind of doctrine because they are praying to a God they do not know.

There comes a time in every Christian’s walk where they find themselves in the wilderness. When we understand the Lord has delivered us out of Egypt and into the wilderness to commune with Him – to learn His Voice and His ways, we will find the promises of God are yes and amen.  However, as long as we continue looking back into or living in Egypt, we cannot commune with Jesus Christ in the wilderness.  We are praying to Him but we don’t know Him…we don’t know His Voice.  He hasn’t authored our faith according to His Will and His Ways…we have.

Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God.”  Philippians 4:6.

Be careful for nothing Brothers and Sisters.  Remember in Whom you serve.  Be determined not to know any thing among you, save Jesus Christ, and Him crucified (1 Cor. 2:2).

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