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Great Walls of Fire (2 of 3)
Series: Live Like A Champion
Pastor Kerry Shook
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• Dan. 3:19, 20 (NIV)
3 Ways We Respond to the Heat
• Flame avoiders
• Flame throwers
• Flame growers
How to Keep Cool While the Heat is On
1. Recognize God's Presence
• Dan. 3:25 (NIV)
Sometimes God takes us around the fire
Sometimes God takes us over the fire
If you will, please take out your outlines from your program and, if you would like, open your bibles to Daniel, Chapter 3. We are in a series that I've designed to help you and I live like the champion God made us to be. One of God's purposes for my life is that I become like Christ. That I grow up to be the champion that He created me to be. One of the tools that God uses to chisel a champion is trouble. Problems. Tough times. Difficulties. God doesn't cause difficulties and problems, but He definitely allows them in our lives. Martin Luther King, Jr. said the ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands in times of challenge. That is so true. We rarely grow when we see the light; we grow when we feel the heat. The question is, how do we keep cool when the heat is on? How do you handle the heat? We are going to look at three young men with strange names today who knew how to handle the heat. I'm going to give you a little background into the passage today. King Nebuchadnezzar had apparently been reading his own press clippings because he decided to build a statute to himself that was 90 feet high. It's just my theory that Nebuchadnezzar was really short and he was trying to compensate. He probably felt like I felt standing next to A.C. Green last week. But, he builds this huge statute to himself and then he says we are going to have a worship service. When you hear the music play I want you to bow down and worship me. If you don't do it I will throw you into a blazing furnace of fire. Nebuchadnezzar was not really into the freedom of religion deal. He didn't know a whole lot about that. Just imagine the scene. The music plays and a sea of thousands of people bow down like a stack of dominoes falling. Everyone bows down except for three guys who stand up and stand out like a sore thumb. Their names were Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego. They are called to go before the king and at first the king tries some positive persuasion. He says, guys maybe you didn't hear me clearly. I didn't say for you to stand up in honor of me. I want you to bow down in honor of me. If you don't bow down I am going to throw you into this fiery furnace over here. The three young men say king, our God is able to save us, but even if He doesn't we would never bow down to you.