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Devotionals: Rhapsody Of Realities Daily Devotional For Today (19/01/2017)

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RHAPSODY OF REALITIES DAILY DEVOTIONAL

THURSDAY, 19TH JANUARY.

THEME: HE’LL PROTECT YOU.

OPENING
SCRIPTURE:…O Nebuchadnezzar, we are not careful to answer thee in
this matter. 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. 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
(Daniel 3:16-18).

As a Christian, never find yourself apologetic,
intimidated, or reluctant to express your convictions about Christ and
the message of the Gospel. Nothing and no one should prevent or keep you
from proclaiming Jesus as Lord. He’s greater than any government,
institution or parastatal. He rules and reigns over the universe,
everything from galaxies to governments. No name or power is exempt from
His rule (Ephesians 1:21).

Therefore, refuse to be intimidated
by any legislation that forbids the proclamation or expression of your
faith in Christ, and preaching of the Gospel. Take a cue from Shadrach,
Meshach, and Abednego, who were threatened by the government of the day
to bow down to the king’s golden image or burn in the fiery furnace.
They refused to compromise, choosing rather to die, than to cower.

Read
again in our opening scripture their inspiring statement of conviction
and absolute commitment to the Lord, in their response to the king’s
decree. It infuriated the king, who ordered that they be thrown into the
fiery furnace. The fire was so intense that it burnt and killed the men
that threw them in. Howbeit, Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego were
unscathed. The Lord protected them. When Nebuchadnezzar noticed they
were unhurt by the blazing inferno, he repented; read his submission in
Daniel 3:28-29.

That’s what happens when you stand your ground in
faith, in spite of fierce and daunting opposition. Soon enough, your
detractors will be inspired by your faith and convictions, which could
lead to their salvation. So, serve God with your life. Your job may be
taken away from you for preaching the Gospel, but they can’t take away
the joy of the Lord that’s in your spirit. They may liquidate your
company, but they can’t liquidate your spirit.

God is able! Trust
Him. He delivered Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego from the fiery
furnace; He brought Daniel out of the lion’s den; He delivered Mordecai
from wicked Haman. He’s the One that stands for you; He’s the One that
fights for you. He’s the One that protects you.

PRAYER
Dear
heavenly Father, I thank you for the comfort of the Scriptures; I’m
strengthened and energized by the Spirit in my inner man such that no
matter the challenges, I triumph gloriously. The Holy Spirit lives in
me, and He’s made me more than a conqueror, in Jesus’ Name. Amen.

FURTHER STUDY:
Daniel 6:27 Romans 8:26-28 Daniel 3:28-29

1 YEAR BIBLE READING PLAN:
Matthew 13:24-43 Genesis 44-45
2 YEAR BIBLE READING PLAN:
Matthew 7:21-29 Genesis 19

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