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Mountain Top Life Daily Devotional 25 November 2022 By Dr. D.K Olukoya – Divine Confidence (II)
TOPIC: Divine Confidence (II) (Mountain Of Fire and Miracle Ministries, MFM Devotional 25 November 2022)
BIBLE IN ONE YEAR: Ezekiel 47, Ezekiel 48, 1 Peter 4, Psalm 133:1-3
FIRE SCRIPTURE: Daniel 3 (KJV)
1 Nebuchadnezzar the king made an image of gold, whose height was threescore cubits, and the breadth thereof six cubits: he set it up in the plain of Dura, in the province of Babylon.
2 Then Nebuchadnezzar the king sent to gather together the princes, the governors, and the captains, the judges, the treasurers, the counsellors, the sheriffs, and all the rulers of the provinces, to come to the dedication of the image which Nebuchadnezzar the king had set up.
3 Then the princes, the governors, and captains, the judges, the treasurers, the counsellors, the sheriffs, and all the rulers of the provinces, were gathered together unto the dedication of the image that Nebuchadnezzar the king had set up; and they stood before the image that Nebuchadnezzar had set up.
4 Then an herald cried aloud, To you it is commanded, O people, nations, and languages,
5 That at what time ye hear the sound of the cornet, flute, harp, sackbut, psaltery, dulcimer, and all kinds of musick, ye fall down and worship the golden image that Nebuchadnezzar the king hath set up:
6 And whoso falleth not down and worshippeth shall the same hour be cast into the midst of a burning fiery furnace.
7 Therefore at that time, when all the people heard the sound of the cornet, flute, harp, sackbut, psaltery, and all kinds of musick, all the people, the nations, and the languages, fell down and worshipped the golden image that Nebuchadnezzar the king had set up.
8 Wherefore at that time certain Chaldeans came near, and accused the Jews.
9 They spake and said to the king Nebuchadnezzar, O king, live for ever.
10 Thou, O king, hast made a decree, that every man that shall hear the sound of the cornet, flute, harp, sackbut, psaltery, and dulcimer, and all kinds of musick, shall fall down and worship the golden image:
11 And whoso falleth not down and worshippeth, that he should be cast into the midst of a burning fiery furnace.
12 There are certain Jews whom thou hast set over the affairs of the province of Babylon, Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego; these men, O king, have not regarded thee: they serve not thy gods, nor worship the golden image which thou hast set up.
13 Then Nebuchadnezzar in his rage and fury commanded to bring Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego. Then they brought these men before the king.
14 Nebuchadnezzar spake and said unto them, Is it true, O Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, do not ye serve my gods, nor worship the golden image which I have set up?
15 Now if ye be ready that at what time ye hear the sound of the cornet, flute, harp, sackbut, psaltery, and dulcimer, and all kinds of musick, ye fall down and worship the image which I have made; well: but if ye worship not, ye shall be cast the same hour into the midst of a burning fiery furnace; and who is that God that shall deliver you out of my hands?
16 Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, answered and said to the king, O Nebuchadnezzar, we are not careful to answer thee 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 thine hand, O king.
18 But if not, be it known unto thee, O king, that we will not serve thy gods, nor worship the golden image which thou hast set up.
19 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.
20 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.
21 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.
22 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.
23 And these three men, Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, fell down bound into the midst of the burning fiery furnace.
24 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.
25 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.
26 Then Nebuchadnezzar came near to the mouth of the burning fiery furnace, and spake, and said, Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, ye servants of the most high God, come forth, and come hither. Then Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, came forth of the midst of the fire.
27 And the princes, governors, and captains, and the king’s counsellors, being gathered together, saw these men, upon whose bodies the fire had no power, nor was an hair of their head singed, neither were their coats changed, nor the smell of fire had passed on them.
28 Then Nebuchadnezzar spake, and said, Blessed be the God of Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, who hath sent his angel, and delivered his servants that trusted in him, and have changed the king’s word, and yielded their bodies, that they might not serve nor worship any god, except their own God.
29 Therefore I make a decree, That every people, nation, and language, which speak any thing amiss against the God of Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, shall be cut in pieces, and their houses shall be made a dunghill: because there is no other God that can deliver after this sort.
30 Then the king promoted Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, in the province of Babylon.
MEMORY VERSE: “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 thine hand, O king.” – Daniel 3:17
Let go anxiety, embrace faith and confidence in the outworking of divine plan in your life.
PRAISE AND WORSHIP:
Take praise and worship songs as led by the Holy Spirit
PROPHETIC WORD FOR TODAY:
MAY THE LORD DELIVER YOU FROM INTERNAL CAPTIVITY AND GIVE YOU TOTAL VICTORY, IN THE NAME OF JESUS.
MFM Devotional For Today 2022 MESSAGE:
In continuation of our discourse on divine confidence, let us examine the case of the three Hebrew boys who were originally named, Hananiah, Mishael and Azariah, but renamed Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego according to the Babylonian culture. Thank God these idol glorifying names did not in any way affect their confidence in the Lord God of Israel, whom they believed, even in the face of the fiery furnace of King Nebuchadnezzar. In fact, to be more daring, they cared less, even if God did not deliver them from the fiery furnace, they would rather die than worship the golden image set up by the King. What boldness and uncommon courage! Thank God that they were delivered. Their deliverance did not leave the king the same, he acknowledged and worshipped their God, even promoted them (vs. 28-30).
Have you been confronted with a fiery furnace situation? Can you vouch that if you were to be in the shoes of these Hebrew boys, you wouldn’t deny Jesus? Of course, rather than burn, many fair-weather Christians today would change camp and bow to the golden image. So sad! Many practice lipstick kind of Christianity: they would easily retreat when things are not rosy or going smoothly. Many have forgotten the comforting words of Jesus in John 16:33, In this world ye shall see tribulation, but be of good cheer, for I have overcome the world.” Jesus paid the price for us, while many were yet to know God. It is in these eternal words that we should rest our minds when situations that can tamper with our confidence arise.
Gideon, in Judges 6:12-16, received the divine backing and went to war against the Midianites, and his people were delivered (v.16). Many more instances are present in the Scriptures for us to learn from and maintain our confidence, when we are in right standing with the Lord.
The Bible, from the Old Testament through to the New, gives us many words of assurance if only you can read your Bible, discover these promises and dwell on them: Psalm 46:1 says, “God is our refuge and very present help in trouble….”, Romans 8:31 says, “If God be for us, who can be against us…..”. Isaiah 41:10-11, Psalm 27:1-3, and so on.
But remember to guard your mind against fear, worries doubts and anxieties. They are instant robbers of confidence. When you lose your battle from the mind, there is little or nothing that you can achieve in the physical. Are you ready to excercise your divine confidence in the Lord? Then, do away with fear and all doubts, worries, and anxieties. Rather, embrace faith and put your trust absolutely in the Lord! Stand still and get set to conquer giants, pull down strongholds and surmount all barriers and barricades of the enemy. Receive grace and strength for unmatchable confidence in the Lord! (Isaiah 26:3).
- Robbers of divine confidence, die in my life, in the name of Jesus.
- Divine confidence to refuse to bow, possess me now, in the name of Jesus.
- Lord Jesus, increase my faith.
- I perforate the enemy’s pride and cut his head off with his own sword, in the name of Jesus.
- The fire of the wicked shall not burn me, in the name of Jesus.
- Father, give me the right weapon to subdue my unrepentant enemies and destroy them, in the name of Jesus.
- Divine confidence for uncommon victories, come upon me now by fire, in the name of Jesus.
MOUNTAIN TOP LIFE is a daily devotional by Dr. D.K Olukoya (General Overseer, Mountain of Fire and Miracle Ministries, Worldwide)
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