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Heavenly Rewards

The decision of Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego to obey God, made the entire citizenry of Babylon to experience His immense power first-hand and I believe a lot of people must have yielded their lives to Him unconditionally that day. And for this reason, there must have been great rejoicing in heaven and the three young men must have been suitably rewarded thereafter (Luke 15:10, Galatians 6:7-8). In the same vein, if you win souls for God, which is always a wise thing to do (Proverbs 11:30), you will be fittingly rewarded in heaven as well in Jesus name. Amen.

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Divine Blessings

The determination of Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego to disobey king Nebuchadnezzar and their willingness to obey God as well as their resultant promotion must have exposed them to breath-taking blessings in Babylon. This confirms as true, Isaiah 1:19 which says: ”If you are willing and obedient, You shall eat the good of the land;”. Friend, if you too are willing and obedient henceforth, you shall eat the good of your land in Jesus name. Amen.

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Divine Promotion

For disobeying king Nebuchadnezzar and obeying God’s law that forbids the worship of other Gods, Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego got summary promotion in the province of Babylon. Please note that their promotion was divinely engineered as confirmed by the Psalmist in Psalm 75:6-7 where he said: ”… promotion cometh neither from the east, nor from the west, nor from the south. 7. But God is the judge: he putteth down one, and setteth up another”. So, if you desire promotion in any area of your life today then, seek God’s opinion about it and obey Him strictly too and you’ll have it in Jesus name. Amen.

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Divine Protection

Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego refused to worship the gold image made by king Nebuchadnezzar. Instead, they obeyed God’s law that forbids worshipping other gods (Exodus 20:4-5). As a result, they were thrown into the burning fiery furnace but four men, the fourth being like the Son of God, all unbound and unscathed, were soon spotted in it. That is, Jesus was on hand to protect them thus verifying what Isaiah 43:2 says viz.: ”…When you walk through the fire, you shall not be burned, Nor shall the flame scorch you”. As you walk through the ‘fires’ of life day by day, choose to obey God and He’ll protect you divinely in Jesus name. Amen.

YOU ARE THE SALT OF THE EARTH

In Matthew 5:13, the bible says: “You are the salt of the earth….’’.

Jesus Christ uttered the statement above, as part of His celebrated Sermon on the Mount.  It essentially served to influence how His disciples perceived and comported themselves!  So, why did He label them the ‘salt of the earth’ you may wish to ask? We shall soon know!  But, for now, let us look at some points surrounding the common salt for guidance.

The common salt is a white crystalline substance, which is also called Sodium Chloride (NaCl).  It gives sea water its characteristic taste, and it is the only mineral that people eat.  It is commonly used to season and preserve foods.  Besides, it is an excellent disinfectant, and in some cold climes, it is used to melt snow on roadways, so as to make them motorable.  No doubt, it is very invaluable to humanity!

The disciples of Jesus Christ, being the shakers and movers of their time, were also very invaluable to humanity!  They preached to people, taught them, fed them, gave them succour, healed them, delivered them from bondage, and led them to Christ.  No wonder Jesus Christ likened them to the ‘Salt of the Earth’.

Apart from the disciples of Jesus Christ, several Christians in times past, also qualified to be called ‘salts of the earth’, because their activities were invaluable to humanity.  Some of them are:

1.  Michael Faraday (1791-1867).  His works on electricity and magnetism revolutionized physics and today, our computers, telephone lines, web sites, etc. depend on them.

2.  Isaac Newton (1642-1727).  He was an English physicist, mathematician, astrologer and theologian. He is considered by many, to be the greatest scientist that ever lived.

3.  Louis Pasteur (1822-1895).  He is remembered for his remarkable breakthroughs in the causes and preventions of diseases. He also created the first vaccine for rabies and anthrax.

4.  William Wilberforce (1759-1833).  His robust activities led to the abolition of slave trade through an act of the British Parliament.

Others in this group include Paul of Tarsus (Author and Apostle), David Livingstone (Missionary), Florence Nightingale (Nurse), Mother Teresa (Missionary/Humanitarian Worker), and Dr Martin Luther King Jnr (Civil Rights Activist).

There are many ‘Salts of the Earth’ in this age and time too, and you can be one of them if you wish (Philippians 4:13).  But first, you have to identify what comes easy to you, and use it to glorify God.  For example, if you are adept at writing, write to enlighten people, and to lead them to Jesus Christ.  And if you are proficient in talking or listening to people, or in healing, organizing, assisting, mentoring, etc. them, then, you are in business!  Just commit whatever you are good at into the hands of Jesus Christ in prayer, and He’ll strengthen and make it profoundly invaluable to humanity.  And you can be pretty sure that He’ll reward you handsomely in return (Matthew 25:31-40).

Most of all, you must accept Jesus Christ into your life as your personal Lord and Saviour.  That is, you must be born again so that you can attain heaven your journey on earth is over.

Jesus is Lord!

(c) Adedayo Stoney Adegbulu, 2011

Proverbs 3:5-6-The Benefits of Trusting God (4)

Divine Strength

God is willing to give people enduring strength if they put their trust in Him at all times. Prophet Isaiah gave credence to this view when he said: ”Trust in the LORD forever, For in YAH, the LORD, is everlasting strength” (Isaiah 26:4). So, if you are desirous of enough strength to triumph on earth, then you need to ask and trust God for it and He’ll give it to you without qualms in Jesus name. Amen.

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Divine Strength

God is willing to give people enduring strength if they put their trust in Him at all times. Prophet Isaiah gave credence to this view when he said: ”Trust in the LORD forever, For in YAH, the LORD, is everlasting strength” (Isaiah 26:4). So, if you are desirous of enough strength to triumph on earth, then you need to ask and trust God for it and He’ll give it to you without qualms in Jesus name. Amen.