Take a Stand: There’s More at Play than You’re Seeing

“Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed–nego, answered and said to the king, 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

We’ve all heard the story of Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-nego. How these 3 Hebrew youths stood for God when no one else would and so God stood with them when no one else could. How they were willing to refuse to obey ungodly authorities that commanded them to disobey the will and word of God. How their faith and determination to take God’s side at all cost set the stage for God to prove Himself real to the faithless many through this faithful few and bring revival to an inter nation.

But today I want to zoom in on the mindset that led to all of this. Let’s examine for a moment what these three youths were really facing. Because when dealing with the enemy, what we see on the surface (in the physical) is only a shadow of what is really there in the spiritual.

You see the Chaldean “accusers of these brethren” on the surface were but envious, power hungry, attention seeking men. But in reality what these boys were really dealing with were demons. Paul himself parallels the Chaldeans with demons in Acts chapter 13. Looking beneath the surface is not something that many modern Christians like to do but Paul boldly called out the demonic that was driving the actions of the physical men that were rising up against him and we would be wise to do the same.

Furthermore, these three boys were not dealing merely with a king, a leader, the man Nebuchadnezzar, but with a principality. The Antichrist spirit that ruled the region through Nebuchadnezzar. You see, though wrapped up in a charismatic worship service full of great music with all manner of instruments, Nebuchadnezzar’s decree that all must worship this image or be killed is a clear character of the Antichrist spirit.

“And he had power to give life unto the image of the beast, that the image of the beast should both speak, and cause that as many as would not worship the image of the beast should be killed.” – Revelation 13:15

Yet while all this was going on, the music, the worship, the idolatry all set up by this wicked principality that everyone in the region bowed in agreement too, these three kids chose to refuse. They risked all knowing that God was able to deliver them but even if He didn’t, they would not compromise and be in agreement with this unrighteousness. Knowing that to refuse to stand against sin is to choose to agree with it, and to agree with it is to endorse it and silence convictions against it.

“If the spirit of the ruler (Principality) rise up against thee, leave not thy place (stand your ground); for yielding pacifieth (justifies) great sinners.” – Ecclesiastes 10:4

Now let’s look pass the surface on the three Hebrew boys side of what happened. What exactly were these demonic powers and Principalities fighting so hard to stop them from doing? Praying. There is nothing that the demonic fears more and thus fights more then a praying people. When you read their story one thing stands out, they were committed to prayer and fasting! They would not compromise, they would not justify the lies of the enemy, and they countered them on their knees calling on a greater authority. This is what the enemy feared, why he hated them and attacked them, but it is also why God Himself stepped in and defended them.

So determine today to start looking past the surface of the men and situations that rise up against you and start seeing the reason that the enemy is angry so you will move in wisdom and know how to defeat him. Pray without ceasing. Stand your ground. Stand for righteousness. Stand for holiness. Stand for God, and He will stand with you no matter what you go through. In the end let it be said of me that I would rather stand in the fire with Jesus, then in the palace with the Chaldeans and the self worshiping antichrist spirit king leading them.

“Though he slay me, yet will I trust in him: but I will maintain mine own ways before him. He also shall be my salvation: for an hypocrite shall not come before him.” – Job 13:15-16

Hypocrisy

Day 117

On Day 117 of our 120 Day Upper Room Prayer Campaign we pray against the sin of hypocrisy in the body as we repent of it and see how damaging it really is and how much God disapproves of it.

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Destiny

Day 79

On Day 79 of our 120 Day Upper Room Prayer Campaign we pray for God to reveal His will to us and ask Him to get us positioned to step into it for the glory of His Name!

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All Your Promises are Yes and Amen!

“For all the promises of God in him are yea, and in him Amen, unto the glory of God by us.” – 2 Corinthians‬ ‭1:20‬ ‭

God’s plans and promises are truly His best for you but they come with a condition of faith. When we try to take matters into our own hands and make them happen, the devil throws counterfeits, complications, and compromise in our hands instead. But when we seek, pray, trust, wait, and obey in faith, then He brings His promises about Himself in impossible unexpected and supernatural ways.

“But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.” – Hebrews‬ ‭11:6‬ ‭

He is truly a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him, for they shall find Him, and once they do they must be fully persuaded that what He promises them He will deliver. You don’t have to make it happen, you just have to believe enough to endure.

“But he that shall endure unto the end, the same shall be saved.” – Matthew‬ ‭24:13‬ ‭

Seek ye FIRST the KINGDOM OF GOD and His RIGHTEOUSNESS and THEN all these things shall be added unto you. Fruits before gifts people. If you’re still waiting on a promise of God then stop trying to take the promise by force and start focusing on producing the fruits of the Spirit so that He can trust you with the gift and then I assure you that He will give it.

“But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law.” – Galatians‬ ‭5:22-23‬ ‭

“Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, and have not charity, I am become as sounding brass, or a tinkling cymbal. And though I have the gift of prophecy, and understand all mysteries, and all knowledge; and though I have all faith, so that I could remove mountains, and have not charity, I am nothing. And though I bestow all my goods to feed the poor, and though I give my body to be burned, and have not charity, it profiteth me nothing. Charity suffereth long, and is kind; charity envieth not; charity vaunteth not itself, is not puffed up, Doth not behave itself unseemly, seeketh not her own, is not easily provoked, thinketh no evil; Rejoiceth not in iniquity, but rejoiceth in the truth; Beareth all things, believeth all things, hopeth all things, endureth all things.” – 1 Corinthians‬ ‭13:1-7‬ ‭

Perversion

Day 64

On Day 64 of our 120 Day Upper Room Prayer Campaign we take authority against the powers and Principalities of Perversion and break the agreements and generational curses that give it access to our lives, families, and territories.

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Action

Day 59

On Day 59 of our 120 Day Upper Room Prayer Campaign we pray for a church that acts that we might begin to see the acts of the book of Acts become common place among believers again!

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All In

Day 53

On Day 53 of our 120 Day Upper Room Prayer Campaign we commit to the Lord to be “All In”. A people who will abandon sin and emerge themselves so completely in the presence of Jesus and stay there until they are so saturated with it that they begin to emanate it, becoming carriers of it to the world! Today we ask to be truly baptized in Christ. “Lord we wanna be, All In!”

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Spirit of Elijah

Day 52

On Day 52 of our 120 Day Upper Room Prayer Campaign we examine the character of Elijah, a man of great faith that stood for God while near all others were bowing to sin and compromise, or were hiding for their lives, yet because he so boldly stood for God, God bodily stood for him. So while the world is asking “where is the God of Elijah?”, we dare to ask “where are the Elijahs of God?” as we pray, “God, give us the spirit/character of Elijah!

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Anointing

Day 41

On Day 41 of our 120 Day Upper Room Prayer Campaign we Pray for the life changing, soul saving, miracle working anointing of the living God that breaks the yoke of the enemy off the necks of those who encounter it

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Promise

Day 40

Day 40 of our 120 Day Upper Room Prayer Campaign we recognize that All things truly from God come with a condition of faith so today pray for faith to embrace the wait for the promises that God has given us

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