How to Trust God During Difficult Times by Christina Patterson

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How to Trust God During Difficult Times (Part 6)
Series: Unshaken: Standing Firm When Your Faith Is Tested
Christina Patterson
Daniel 3:18

This leads us to our fourth and final lesson from Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego about how to remain unshaken when life takes an unexpected turn, when the very ground on which you are standing caves and when the struggle is at its realist. 

Lesson 4 is this: we worship God and not the outcome. We have to know He is able but we must also know God is worthy of our undivided worship praise and honor. 

See Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego  show us this lesson because they were willing to worship God even if He did not deliver in the physical. They tell the king they do not need to defend themselves because God is their defender, they tell him that they are not concerned about the ability of their God, He is fully able to deliver and now they let him know in verse 18: 

But even if he does not, we want you to know, Your Majesty, that we will not serve your gods or worship the image of gold you have set up. - Daniel 3:18 NIV 

But even if He does not deliver, they say, if God does not defend us here in the physical, if he does not protect us from the flames, we will still honor Him.

That’s a big pill to swallow for most of us. Because a lot of the prayers we want God to answer are good and noble and right.  We want healing, and increase and favor and prosperity. And we know if God answers our prayers as we want we will gladly be willing to praise and worship and testify. Am I right? But for now, let's cover all our bases. What if God's answer to our prayer is not what we wanted? What if the answer is no when we hoped for a yes? See we don't like to talk about this because we live in this name it and claim it society. We like to think if we desire something hard enough God will come though. That if we pray hard enough and shot loud enough and believe strong enough we can get God to give us what we want. But God does not work like that. God is not a genie that if we do certain things we can manipulate him into doing as we please. His sovereignty and power and ability are not based on doing as we please. He is God alone. Now king Nebuchadnezzar does not believe that the God of Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego will be able to save them from his hands, but as they previously showed us, oh no your majesty our God is able. But even if He does not use His ability let it be known that our God is still worthy. 

How they say such a bold statement? I'll tell you how. Their faith was not conditional. They did not believe in the rescue, they believed in the Rescuer. They did not believe in the miracle they believed in the Miracle Worker. They did not believe in the deliverance they believed in the One that delivers. They were not ...

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