Mountain Top Life Daily Devotional 20 November 2023 By Dr. D.K Olukoya – Bow Or Burn
TOPIC: Bow Or Burn (Mountain Of Fire and Miracle Ministries, MFM Devotional 20 November 2023)
BIBLE IN ONE YEAR: Ezekiel 44, Ezekiel 45, Philippians 3, Philippians 4
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: “Thou shalt not bow down to their gods, nor serve them, nor do after their works: but thou shalt utterly overthrow them, and quite break down their images.” – Exodus 23:24 (KJV)
When sinners entice you, don’t bend and don’t bow!
PRAISE AND WORSHIP:
Take praise and worship songs as led by the Holy Spirit.
PROPHETIC WORD FOR TODAY
RECEIVE THE POWER TO RESIST TEMPTATION AND TO STAND TO THE END, IN THE NAME OF JESUS.
MFM Devotional For Today 2023 MESSAGE:
As believers, a time will come when we will be asked to worship the idols of this world. If we refuse to there will be consequences. This was the experience of Meshach, Shadrach and Abednego, Daniel’s friends, who were managers in Babylon. King Nebuchadnezzar had built an image and had commanded that everyone should bow to the image in worship. There were threat and intimidation: if you don’t bow and worship, you will be cast into the fiery furnace to burn and die. Everyone in the province of Babylon obeyed the royal order except these Hebrew brothers. They knew that Exodus 20 taught that they are not to have any other God before Yahweh, the God of heaven and earth. They declared that they were worshippers of the true God of the universe and no other gods would come between them. They refused to bend or bow. They said that the God they served would deliver them from the fiery furnace and if he chose not to, they would still not bow to the king’s image or worship an idol (Daniel 3:16-18).
Beloved, Meshach, Shadrach and Abednego chose God; they decided to be on the Lord’s side and He delivered them. Are you faced with a dilemma on whether to trust God or go with the devil? Are the laws of your state or the words of man demanding that you deny God? Please don’t. Stay with God and you will not be disappointed. He will save you from those who have ganged up against you and renounce your faith. With great boldness, declare that you will worship God alone and do His will always. He appeared in the fiery furnace and Meshach, Shadrach and Abednego were not burnt. Isaiah 43:2 says, “When you walk through the fire, you will not be burned. Don’t bend and don’t bow when the tempter comes!
God is abundantly able to deliver and to save those who trust in Him. The Bible assures that those who trust in the Lord will not be put to shame. Meshach, Shadrach and Abednego trusted God in the day of trouble and their problem became their promotion. No matter what you are passing though, trust the Lord and it will become a testimony, in Jesus’ name.
- Dear Lord, save my soul from the storms in my life, in the name of Jesus.
- O Lord, any dark area of my life that will keep me a slave to my enemies, deliver me now by Your Spirit, in the name of Jesus.
- Anything I am doing that is bringing glory to You, please increase my grace to remain faithful, in the name of Jesus.
- Anyone conspiring against me to put me in trouble, receive angelic slap now, in the name of Jesus.
- Idol of my father’s house commanding me to bow, die now, in the name of Jesus.
- My enemies shall bow to my God, in the name of Jesus.
- O Lord, use my life to demonstrate and advertise Your power, 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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