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Courage Under Fire

Rev. Todd D. Cullen 
October 15, 2017

Daniel 3

Courage Under Fire
Our faith is fully forged and effective when we courageously stand for God regardless of the outcome.

The king commanded Daniel’s friends to bow to an idol he created for his pleasure. (Daniel 3:6, 11 & 15)

The king wanted Daniel’s friends to bow to his idol because he wanted their attention. (Daniel 3:12)

For the king, it wasn’t really about the idol...it was about him.

Lions want us to bow to get our attention so they can take our hearts.

We bow to idols when something or someone gets more of us than God does.

Bowing to idols?
Where is my mind’s attention?
Where is my heart’s affection?
Where is my life’s action?

Daniel’s friends wouldn’t compromise even if God didn’t come through. (Daniel 3:16-18)

Bow or Stand
When we bow, we make ourselves small.
When we stand, we make ourselves count.

The men refused to compromise, and the king's heart was changed. (Daniel 3:26-30)

Although at first it may be controversial, our uncompromising attitudes and actions can lead even the most stubborn influencers to a heart change.

Courage Under Fire
Our faith is fully forged and effective when we courageously stand for God regardless of the outcome.

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