Welcome to #KingdomManna on #InspireAfricaProject! Anytime mankind is facing famine, economic recession, and satanic onslaught, what God contends with is not how powerful the devil is, but the scarcity of dedicated men and women who are ready to become instruments in His Hands !
There is a scarcity of men and women who are crazy about God in our generation. We have miracle seekers, not God chasers. We have blessing hunters not God lovers. We have anointing oil drinkers not deep worshippers of God. This generation does not know the meaning of staying in the presence of God for hours just to worship and blaster in the language of the Holy Spirit.
This generation does not see prayer as fellowship with God, they see it as an avenue to beg for cars, houses, fruit of the womb, promotion, breakthrough and other toys. That’s why they move from church to church annually in search of toys not God. They are in church, but they are not in touch. They come to church to look for toys not God.
It’s a generation that believes that only the pastor or priest or evangelist are qualified to go for evangelism, theirs is to come to church every Sunday and listen to sweet sermons. It’s a generation that believes in the preaching of their pastors and priests more than the Word of God itself. They quote their pastors and priests not the Bible.
Dedication is to be sold out to God. Dedication is to be dead to God. It is to become a God-addict. Anyone who is crazily dedicated to God behaves like an alcoholic. They behave positively abnormal. They are drunk of God and His Word, not alcohol. They do things that many people cannot dare to do. The number one heart desire of anyone who is dedicated to God is to please Him. They will rather die than to displease God.
Nebuchadnezzar woke up one day and erected a golden image at the plain of Dura, and enacted a decree that everybody must bow to this image or you will be thrown into the burning fiery furnace. Almost everybody bowed including they Jews who knew the God of heaven, but three crazily dedicated men refused to bow to the image. Nebuchadnezzar heard about it and said this to them.
“…Is it true, Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-Nego, that you do not serve my gods or worship the gold image which I have set up? Now if you are ready at the time you hear the sound of the horn, flute, harp, lyre, and psaltery, in symphony with all kinds of music, and you fall down and worship the image which I have made, good! But if you do not worship, you shall be cast immediately into the midst of a burning fiery furnace. And who is the god who will deliver you from my hands?” Daniel 3:14-15.
An average Christians in our generation would have succumbed at this point. They would have said that God understands, bow to the image and ask forgiveness later. Nebuchadnezzar even mocked God. He said, “And who is the god who will deliver you from my hands?” That alone provoked Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-Nego. I believe they whispered this to each other, “This man does not know that we’re already dead in God, and a dead men do not fear death.” They turned to the king and said;
“….O Nebuchadnezzar, we have no need to answer you in this matter. If that is the case, our God whom we serve is able to deliver us from the burning fiery furnace, and He will deliver us from your hand, O king. But if not, let it be known to you, O king, that we do not serve your gods, nor will we worship the gold image which you have set up.” Daniel 3:16-18.
Dedicated people don’t fear death because they are already dead in God. They will rather die standing with God then to disobey Him and live. Ordinary threat of sack at the office is enough for some believers to lie and manipulate figures. Just because a customer said “if you don’t add some amount on the invoice for me I will leave” is enough for some people to lie. It’s difficult to see people who would rather please God than to lie for the sake of making money in our generation.
Actually the three young men were thrown into the burning fiery furnace. So on the interim it seems as if their decision to stand for God did not make sense. I can imaging other Jews who bowed to the image looking at the three men like stupid people. I can imaging them saying, “If Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-Nego had bowed to this image they wouldn’t have died prematurely.” But while they were saying this, the king saw something.
“Then King Nebuchadnezzar was astonished; and he rose in haste and spoke, saying to his counselors, “Did we not cast three men bound into the midst of the fire?” They answered and said to the king, “True, O king.” “Look!” he answered, “I see four men loose, walking in the midst of the fire; and they are not hurt, and the form of the fourth is like the Son of God.” Daniel 3:24-25.
Dedication provokes preservation. You cannot be crazily dedicated to God and be wasted like others. Dedication makes you unkillable and unwastable! Dedication inject supernatural virus of ruggedity into people. Dedication kills fear and inject boldness into people. Dedication will turn you into a principality. Look at what happened next.
“Then Nebuchadnezzar went near the mouth of the burning fiery furnace and spoke, saying, “Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-Nego, servants of the Most High God, come out, and come here.” Then Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-Nego came from the midst of the fire. And the satraps, administrators, governors, and the king’s counselors gathered together, and they saw these men on whose bodies the fire had no power; the hair of their head was not singed nor were their garments affected, and the smell of fire was not on them.
Nebuchadnezzar spoke, saying, “Blessed be the God of Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-Nego, who sent His Angel and delivered His servants who trusted in Him, and they have frustrated the king’s word, and yielded their bodies, that they should not serve nor worship any god except their own God! Therefore I make a decree that any people, nation, or language which speaks anything amiss against the God of Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-Nego shall be cut in pieces, and their houses shall be made an ash heap; because there is no other God who can deliver like this.” Then the king promoted Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-Nego in the province of Babylon.” Daniel 3:26-30.
Dedication does not only preserve, it provokes repentance and massive salvation. Through rugged dedication, these three Kingdom Ambassadors changed the decree of Nebuchadnezzar and brought down the glory of God into the land! Look at how Nebuchadnezzar addressed them. He said “Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-Nego, servants of the Most High God, come out, and come here.”
Dedication makes you a special person. Dedication decorates people and set them apart. The same king who insulted them and their God few minutes ago spoke to them with respect and enacted a decree to kill anyone who insults the God of those rugged men. He insulted them, and God humbled him. It didn’t end there. Look at what happened next; “Then the king promoted Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-Nego in the province of Babylon.” Dedication attracts promotion!
Dear friend, it is time to stop hunting for prayer and prophecy and start hunting for God. It is time to stop hunting for miracles and start hunting for His presence. Nothing gives me joy like worship and tongues. I blaster in tongues all the time. Whenever I go to His presence, am going for fellowship, not for toys. One of the major secrets I learned about God is; when your stand for Him is defined, supernatural intervention is provoked! The ball is in your court. Welcome to the week of divine favour.
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