Harrisonburg First Church of the Nazarene
Old As New: Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego & The Power of God
As we wrap up our "Old As New" series, we'll dig into the story of Shadrach, Meshach, and Adednego and their steadfast faithfulness in the midst of trial. Thanks for joining in!
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  • Church of the Nazarene - Harrisonburg
    1871 Boyers Rd, Harrisonburg, VA 22801, USA
    Sunday 9:00 AM
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This week at HFCN
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Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego – some background:
-King Nebuchadnezzar built a statue of gold that was 96 feet tall and 9 feet wide.
-The story doesn't tell us who the statue represented. Some think it was one of Nebuchadnezzar's gods or maybe it was a statue of him.
-He demanded that all ranking officials pledge their loyalty to him by worshiping the statue, thus boosting his ego.
-Nebuchadnezzar had appointed the three Hebrew men over the administration of the province of Babylon as a favor to Daniel. (see Daniel 2)
-Their promotion irritated certain Chaldeans who began looking for a way to get them in trouble.
-The decree was that anyone who didn't fall down and worship the statue would immediately be thrown into a fiery furnace.
-The Chaldeans were only too happy to point out to Nebuchadnezzar that the three Hebrew men were not bowing down.
Bottom line:

-It’s not if you experience the fire, but when
-It’s not if you face trials, but when
-It’s not if you are faced with a moment of decision, a moment of temptation, but when
-It’s not if you are asked to fall in line with the kingdom of this world, but when
1. The power of God gives you the ability to obey
-We live in a world where there is a pull towards self, towards living for only what’s in front of me, towards claiming to to be in Christ, but not living a transformed life.
-Our obedience starts in the small moments right in front of you.
-If you can’t obey in the moment in front of you, how will you ever be able to stand in the moment of crisis?
2. The power of God gives you courage as you obey
-No one ever said that a life of faith in Christ wouldn’t require courage – in fact, “be strong and courageous” is one of the most frequent exhortations in Scripture.
-For many of us, obedience is limited by opposition.

“I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” John 16:33
“Peter is saying that the fiery furnace does not automatically make us better. We must recognize, depend on, speak with, and believe in God while in the fire. God himself says in Isaiah 43 that he will be with us, walking beside us in the fire. Knowing him personally while in our affliction is the key to becoming stronger rather than weaker in it.”
-Timothy Keller
Other Scriptures for further study/reflection:

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