Courage Under Fire (And In the Fire) – Part 4

COURAGE UNDER FIRE (AND IN THE FIRE!)
                    (Daniel 3) (Part 4)
  I.  A SPIRITUAL REASON FOR CIVIL DISOBEDIENCE
II.  A PERSONAL RESPONSE OF COMPLETE DEPENDENCE
      *Psalm 119:46 “I will speak of thy testimonies also before kings
and will not be ashamed.”
      *Charles Spurgeon:  “He who dares to face his Maker will not
tremble before the sons of men.”
      A.  Complete dependence affirms God’s saving power!
          1.  Our faith in God grows through our taking in Truth!
          2.  Our faith in God grows through our taking of tests!
      B.  Complete dependence accepts God’s sovereign purpose!
      *Ray Pritchard:  “They knew God could save them but they knew He
might have higher purposes in mind that would require
      their death.  Therefore, they didn’t try to back God in a corner
by demanding that the Almighty work a miracle on their
      behalf.  They accepted God’s will in advance without knowing how
things work would out.”