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A story was told of how Communists broke into a secret worship place of Christians in the former Soviet Union, the soldiers asked all those who were sure that Jesus was their Lord to step forward. Some people did, others did not but we're quietly telling God that they believed in Him, those who stepped forward were killed.

Daniel 3:1-18

King Nebuchadnezzar made a gold statue ninety feet high and nine feet wide and set it up on the Plain of Dura, in the province of Babylon;
2 then he sent messages to all the princes, governors, captains, judges, treasurers, counselors, sheriffs, and rulers of all the provinces of his empire, to come to the dedication of his statue.
3 When they had all arrived and were standing before the monument,
4 a herald shouted out, "O people of all nations and languages, this is the king's command:
5 "When the band strikes up, you are to fall flat on the ground to worship King Nebuchadnezzar's gold statue;
6 anyone who refuses to obey will immediately be thrown into a flaming furnace."
7 So when the band began to play, everyone--whatever his nation, language, or religion --fell to the ground and worshiped the statue.
8 But some officials went to the king and accused some of the Jews of refusing to worship!
9 "Your Majesty," they said to him,
10 "you made a law that everyone must fall down and worship the gold statue when the band begins to play,
11 and that anyone who refuses will be thrown into a flaming furnace.
12 But there are some Jews out there--Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, whom you have put in charge of Babylonian affairs--who have defied you, refusing to serve your gods or to worship the gold statue you set up."
13 Then Nebuchadnezzar, in a terrible rage, ordered Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego to be brought in before him.
14 "Is it true, O Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego," he demanded, "that you are refusing to serve my gods or to worship the gold statue I set up?
15 I'll give you one more chance. When the music plays, if you fall down and worship the statue, all will be well. But if you refuse, you will be thrown into a flaming furnace within the hour. And what god can deliver you out of my hands then?"
16 Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego replied, "O Nebuchadnezzar, we are not worried about what will happen to us.
17 If we are thrown into the flaming furnace, our God is able to deliver us; and he will deliver us out of your hand, Your Majesty.
18 But if he doesn't, please understand, sir, that even then we will never under any circumstance serve your gods or worship the gold statue you have erected."

The three Hebrews boys could have pretended to be bowing down to the golden image while praying to God but that would have meant lack of determination and faith in God, but they determined in their heart that come what may, they would not now down for any graven image.
We can only see God move and fight on our behalf when we trust Him fully without allowing doubt or fear.

Your determination must be established in Christ and not your ability.

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