"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
When you read this inspiring story about Shadrach, Meshach and Adebnego or when you here stories about some of the famous martyrs who bodly died for their faith, have you ever wondered if you have that sort of faith? Have you wondered if you have what it takes to suffer or died for Jesus?
We have been examining that for the last few days, studying what I call "fireproof faith".
Fireproof faith comes out of a relationship with Christ.
Fireproof faith develops righteousness from that relationship.
Fireproof faith determines your reality.
Finally, we will see that fireproof faith is resolved. You don't make faith decisions in the heat of the trial or temptation. You resolve those issues well ahead of time.
The Three Hebrews had decided the moment they heard what the King had planned that they were not going to bow to the King's image. So, when they were confronted by the King in full view of the fiery furnace, they did not waver in their commitment.
Have you resolved that you will not bow to any other gods even if they threaten your life?
Like Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego, here are some modern day martyrs who were resolved in their faith:
Cassie Bernall was a student at Columbine High School in Colorado. Her last word was, "Yes." The question was, "Are you a Christian?" It was asked with Eric Harris and Dylan Kliebold pointing guns at her head. Her answer was met with a bullet through the brain. She had resolved not to deny her Lord.
This lovely young lady is Rachel Scott. She also became a victim of Harris and Kliebold when she refused to renounce her faith, knowing full well that it would cost her life. She was resolved not to bow to her fears and now bows before the Throne in Heaven!
These three young men are (L to R) Ed McAlly, Pete Fleming and Jim Elliot. They were missionaries trying to make contact with a savage tribe in the Amazon jungles. Before they set out to encounter a small band of warriors, they resolved that if they were attacked they would not defend themselves with the firearms they were carrying; They reasoned that if they died they would go to heaven, but the Indians were not prepared to die. So they took spears in the chest rather than cause one soul to go to hell. Each of them were in their early 30's and they each left a young wife and small children.
Fireproof faith resolves that it will stand for truth and righteousness and never deny Christ even if it means dying. These five people did just that!
Are you resolved to live, or if necessary, die for Christ? Do you have fireproof faith?