“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.” Exodus 21:16-18
Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego were not worried about answering King Nebuchadnezzar. They knew if it be God’s Will to deliver them from the fiery furnace, they would be delivered out of King Nebuchadnezzar’s hand. Their treasures were indeed laid up in Heaven (Matthew 6:20).
For the Child of God who is in the Will of God, we need not be careful to answer for anything. No matter the trials and tribulations, our God will deliver us until our work on earth is done and He calls us home. We, as Believers, can hinder this work when we step outside of God’s Will and seek other methods for victory over the world, the flesh and the devil. Be not deceived by religious ceremonies, traditions and distractions aimed to get you out of the perfect Will of God. Such methods will appeal to our intellect and exalt our self righteousness but they have nothing to do with God’s Plan for our victory. Simply stated, God’s Plan for the Believer to have victory in all that they do (mind you , they are IN the Will of God), no matter the trials and tribulations, is FAITH in the atoning work of Jesus Christ which give us dominion over sin (Romans 6:14).
Somebody said, “Well, I don’t have a problem with sin”. I’m here to tell you yes…yes you do; as do I and everyone else this side of Glory. Sin is in this world because of Adam’s original fall. Jesus Christ came to die on Calvary’s Cross to pay the penalty of sin for the sinner and break the power of sin for the Believer. He was Resurrected 3 days later which proves that every sin was paid in full. Knowing Who He is and what He has done for whosoever will believe, there is no doubt as to His Resurrection. Unless our faith is placed solely and exclusively in the atoning work of Jesus Christ for our dominion over sin, the Holy Spirit is not commissioned to isolate our sin nature and it will reign and rule in the heart of a Believer. This IS the deceit of the devil to get us busy doing religious works and direct our faith in our doings for holiness and righteousness, thus getting us out of the perfect Will of God.
“4 Rejoice in the Lord always: and again I say, Rejoice.
5 Let your moderation be known unto all men. The Lord is at hand.
6 Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God.
7 And the peace of God, which passes all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.” Philippians 4:4-7
Seek the perfect Will of God and be careful for nothing! Do not hinder the provision God has set forth for each and every person by chasing religion or religious man…chase the One Who called you out by name, the One in Whom cleansed us because He loves us – Jesus Christ. Be determine to know nothing else among you save Jesus Christ and Him crucified.
-Donna Clark Warren