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Topic: Fearful (08/23/07)
TITLE: The Challenge
By Richard Schilke
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Could you willingly enter the lion’s den, knowing that human flesh to a hungry lion tastes like a gourmet meal? How about climbing into an oven so hot that the people stoking the fire fall over dead when adding more wood? What about asking the king to rescind a law created for the purpose of entrapping your people into choosing either idolatry or God, and the payment for breaking the law is your life?
Challenges are meant to test one’s ability to fulfill an obligation. Those that are challenged must fearlessly face the obligation according to the conviction that drives them to complete the mission. Not everyone wants to hear the truth. The Bible says that in the last days, mankind will be ‘lovers of pleasure more than lovers of God; having a form of Godliness but denying the power thereof: from such turn away.’ (II Timothy 3:4-5).
Daniel fearlessly faced hungry lions due to his faith in God’s law telling him to have no other Gods. Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego fearlessly walked through the fiery furnace with the angel of the Lord because they did not bow their knee to a false god. Esther fearlessly faced the wrath of the King of Persia to ask him to change a law that would cause her people to be punished by death for not bowing to worship the king. These are just a few examples of people who fearlessly follow the Word of God, Jesus Christ of Nazareth.
The greatest challenge of all that was fearlessly faced by anyone is that of Jesus Christ bearing the sin of the entire world; past, present and future. For a moment on the cross He was the Law, nailed to the tree. Jesus became sin. God can not look upon sin and we realize this when He said, “My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me?”
Fearlessly, we as Christians must face a lost and dying world, giving our lives as a living sacrifice. Faith without works is dead. Can we be as fearless as those before us have and take up our cross and follow Him?
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