Text: Daniel 3:13-26
Aim: To teach us that God can always save his children out of all problems and promote them.

Shedrach, Meshach, and Abednego are three Hebrews living in Babylon. They are among the captives living in a foreign land together with their friend called Daniel.
They so much believed on their God that even as foreigners/ captives they refused to worship another God. Yet as foreigners, they are occupying vital positions in the province of Babylon. The King (Nebuchardnezzer) found them outstanding (ten times better than their mates) (Dan. 1: 20). Therefore, he was left with no option than to promote them. Note that the benefits they are enjoying at the palace did not compel them to deny their God and their people. Rather, they chose to loose all their entitlements and benefits than to serve a foreign god or (golden image). They sacrificed their lives because of God not minding whether He will deliver them or not. At last, He appeared to them and made them fourth person in the burning fiery furnace. He delivered and promoted them in the Province of Babylon and made the Pagan king to change his decree. (Dan. 3:28-30)

1.       Can God disappoint those that worship him faithfully? Answer with illustrations and experiences. Use yourself as an example. Testimonies are permitted.
2.       Is God the God of Indigenes or the God of non-indigenes? Answer: He is God of both and blesses those that can serve him faithfully even as foreigners/ captives. For example, Shed; Mesh; and Abed; were promoted in the province of Babylon because, they are faithful Christians and God’s loyal stewards.
3.       What does it mean to serve God faithfully and to be God’s loyal steward?
4a.     Can one goes to church, pray, and still go back to his house or village to worship idols? Answer: Yes. But the person who gave this answer must explain it with what we are seeing around us. e. g . Itu-utara, Ore, e.t.c.
b.       Can God really bless and promote them?
Read proverbs. 10: 22.

Conclusion: Do not lift your horns against heaven; do not speak with outstretched neck. No one from the East or the West or from the desert can exalt a man. But it is God who judges: He brings one down, He exalts another. (Psalm 75: 5-7)
Food for thought: Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you. (1 Pet. 5: 7)
Memory Verse:    God is our refuge and strength, an ever- present help in trouble (Psalm 46: 1).      
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