By: Tim Sader
Whoever does not fall down and worship will immediately be thrown into a blazing furnace.
We must be shrewd in doing what is right so sin has no chance to grow inside of us. Sin grows in three ways we looked into last week. Jesus tells parables about seeds growing and weeds also. When seed falls among thorns (sins) they choke the seed and grow instead. When the righteous were asleep an enemy sowed weeds in with the good crops. Both will grow up side by side and when the harvest of souls comes the Lord will separate the two. Evil desire gives birth to sin and when it’s fully grown it leads to death. Most obviously sin grows when we continue to repeat the same sin. Another way is through our influence when others see or hear about our sins they may learn to do that sin to. One of Cain’s direct descendants confessed to getting mad and killing someone. He learned this from his forefather because he realizes the punishment that he shared with him too. The final way we observed that sin grows is by leading us into other sins with greater consequences. King David found this when he looked on Bathsheba with lust. He then commits adultery and she gets pregnant. David being King had the power so he deceived her husband and seen to him being killed in battle so she could be his wife. A little lust grew into adultery and murder. We need to know how sin grows so it will not grow in us. We must never bow to sin or what is wicked to worship it as a god in our lives. What we bow in submission to is what becomes master over us.
King Nebuchabnezzar built a golden statue in his image and decreed everyone in Babylon bow down to it when music played. Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego were devoted Jews who followed God and would not bow before anything except God. They knew the punishment for not obeying the king but he was not God so fiery furnace or not they would never bow and worship him. These three Hebrew guys made no excuse to the king because they knew God would save them. They said even if we are not saved from the fire let it be known that we will never bow to the statue or serve other gods (Daniel 3:16-18). These boys were thrown into the fire but not burned by it. When the king looked into the furnace there was a fourth man in the fire sent to protect them from the flames. Finally the king called them out of the fire and praised their God for delivering them from the flames (Daniel 3:28). When the devil tempted Jesus in the wilderness he offered to give Him the kingdoms of the world if He’d bow down and worship him (Matthew 4:8-9). We cannot serve two masters; we cannot worship what is evil and then turn around and bow down to the Lord. To bow to something we don’t have to physically bow down to it. We bow to evil when we continue in our sins, ignore God, put other things before Him or turn our backs on Him. Let us take a few moments to think of what we are bowing to and if it’s not God lets change it so we only bow to Him. God has reserved seven thousand who never bowed to Baal (Mathew 11:4). Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego stood when everyone else bowed to worship the King. Will we stand or will we bow to the things of this world like many have done already. Our knee should only bow to God if not now someday with the rest of the world when they bow to Him (Romans 14:11). Never bow to what is not God!
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No one lights a lamp and hides it in a clay jar or puts it under a bed. Instead, they put it on a stand, so that those who come in can see the light. Luke 8:16