The Power Of A Spiritual Mark (3)
Child of God no one has the right to trouble you as long as you bear the mark of the Lord Jesus. Looking into the story of the three Hebrew boys in Daniel chapter 3, Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego were three friends of Daniel (who is famous for being delivered by God in the lion’s den). Daniel they had been taken away from their homeland in Judah by the Babylonians in about the year 607 B.C. to live as captives of King Nebuchadnezzar and to serve him. And so, as young men, they found themselves totally immersed in a sinful and ungodly environment, and were always under tremendous pressure to conform to its values, practices and relationships. The place where they were taken to was the city of Babylon which had existed for 1,000 years. Nebuchadnezzar had rebuilt the city and made it the greatest city in the world, in his time, famous for its towers and the structure called “The Hanging Gardens of Babylon” — about 35-storey high. But it was also a place of sinful idolatry with no less than eight big temples, each dedicated to a different god — Adad, Belitnina, Ninmah, Ishtar, Marduk,
Gula, Ninurta and Shamash (sun-god). Our situation today, as Christians living in a sinful and ungodly world in which we are always under pressure to conform to its values, practices and relationships as well as being subjected to several satanic attacks. These three Jewish friends had successfully taken a stand with Daniel in the very first chapter of the book, where the issue was whether they should violate God’s Law by eating the king’s food. But in that event, Daniel appeared to have been their leader and they benefited much from his solid convictions and resolute initiative. But now, in chapter three, Daniel was not around to help or influence them. He must have been away in some other place when all the events of this chapter happened. This then would be the real test of their convictions. Would they still take a stand even when Daniel was not with them? There are times when Christians have the courage to do what they should do, only because they are under the strong influence of other spiritually strong Christians, like their pastor or their Bible study leader. But once they are no longer under their influence and have to stand all on their own, they succumb to the pressures around them. This unfortunate thing has happened to many students who went for studies overseas and it is sad to hear that. You cannot always depend on someone else’s spiritual convictions. You must have strong spiritual convictions of your own. These three Hebrew lads knowing fully that they bear the mark of the Almighty and for that reason no one, not even the self acclaimed great King Nebuchadnezzar, could trouble their lives. In Isaiah 43:2, the Bible declares “When thou passest through the waters, I will be with thee; and through the rivers, they shall not overflow thee: when thou walkest through the fire, thou shalt not be burned; neither shall the flame kindle upon thee.” Anyone who bears the mark of Christ is assured of deliverance, safety, peace, you name it. And it doesn’t stop there after you are through with your journey on earth, heaven is certain.
Beloved, do you bear the mark of Christ? Are you certain that when He comes calling you will be found worthy? Or are you enmeshed in the pleasures of this world? The choice is yours to make today.
1. Oh Lord let your light shine in every area of my life in the name of Jesus.
2. Oh Lord anything You need to kill for me to manifest Your glory arise Oh Lord and kill them in the name of Jesus.
3. Unbroken curses and evil covenant by the power in the blood of Jesus break and lose your hold in the name of Jesus.
4. Stubborn personalities with stubborn powers that have vowed to make life difficult for me you shall not succeed, perish by fire.
5. Every veil of darkness covering the eyes of my helpers, catch fire and burn to ashes in the name of Jesus.
6. Oh Lord if I am in a wrong position, by your power Oh Lord reposition me by fire in the name of Jesus.
7. Oh Lord accept me back to Your fold in the name of Jesus.
God Bless You.
Pastor Ferdinand Immanuel
Senior Pastor Power Temple
of God Ministry Int, Mararaba