Monday 2 December
RCCG Open Heavens Daily Devotional
Memory Verse: But sanctify the Lord
God in your hearts: and be ready
always to give an answer to every
man that asketh you a reason of the
hope that is in you with meekness
and fear: 1 Peter 3:15
Read: Daniel 3:14-30
14 Nebuchadnezzar spake and said
unto them, Is it true, O Shadrach,
Meshach, and Abednego, do not ye
serve my gods, nor worship the
golden image which I have set up?
15 Now if ye be ready that at what
time ye hear the sound of the
cornet, flute, harp, sackbut, psaltery,
and dulcimer, and all kinds of
musick, ye fall down and worship
the image which I have made; well:
but if ye worship not, ye shall be
cast the same hour into the midst of
a burning fiery furnace; and who is
that God that shall deliver you out of
my hands?
16 Shadrach, Meshach, and
Abednego, answered and said to the
king, O Nebuchadnezzar, we are
not careful to answer thee in this
17 If it be so, our God whom we
serve is able to deliver us from the
burning fiery furnace, and he will
deliver us out of thine hand, O king.
18 But if not, be it known unto thee,
O king, that we will not serve thy
gods, nor worship the golden image
which thou hast set up.
19 Then was Nebuchadnezzar full of
fury, and the form of his visage was
changed against Shadrach, Meshach,
and Abednego: therefore he spake,
and commanded that they should
heat the furnace one seven times
more than it was wont to be heated.
20 And he commanded the most
mighty men that were in his army to
bind Shadrach, Meshach, and
Abednego, and to cast them into the
burning fiery furnace.
21 Then these men were bound in
their coats, their hosen, and their
hats, and their other garments, and
were cast into the midst of the
burning fiery furnace.
22 Therefore because the king’s
commandment was urgent, and the
furnace exceeding hot, the flames of
the fire slew those men that took up
Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego.
23 And these three men, Shadrach,
Meshach, and Abednego, fell down
bound into the midst of the burning
fiery furnace.
24 Then Nebuchadnezzar the king
was astonished, and rose up in
haste, and spake, and said unto his
counsellors, Did not we cast three
men bound into the midst of the
fire? They answered and said unto
the king, True, O king.
25 He answered and said, Lo, I see
four men loose, walking in the midst
of the fire, and they have no hurt;
and the form of the fourth is like the
Son of God.
26 Then Nebuchadnezzar came near
to the mouth of the burning fiery
furnace, and spake, and said,
Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego,
ye servants of the most high God,
come forth, and come hither. Then
Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego,
came forth of the midst of the fire.
27 And the princes, governors, and
captains, and the king’s counsellors,
being gathered together, saw these
men, upon whose bodies the fire
had no power, nor was an hair of
their head singed, neither were their
coats changed, nor the smell of fire
had passed on them.
28 Then Nebuchadnezzar spake, and
said, Blessed be the God of Shadrach,
Meshach, and Abednego, who hath
sent his angel, and delivered his
servants that trusted in him, and
have changed the king’s word, and
yielded their bodies, that they might
not serve nor worship any god,
except their own God.
29 Therefore I make a decree, That
every people, nation, and language,
which speak any thing amiss against
the God of Shadrach, Meshach, and
Abednego, shall be cut in pieces, and
their houses shall be made a
dunghill: because there is no other
God that can deliver after this sort.
30 Then the king promoted
Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego,
in the province of Babylon.
A divine midwife must be in control
of his or her choices and ensure that
they are God-centred and not self-
centred. They must be ready to take
decisions even when it hurts them.
They must also be prepared to
respond to Satan’s queries.
“And the king of Egypt called for the
midwives, and said unto them, Why
have ye done this thing, and have
saved the men children alive?”
Exodus 1:18
When the plot to murder the
Hebrew male babies failed, the king
summoned the midwives and issued
them a query. In other words, he
was asking them: ‘Whose side are
you on? Mine or theirs?’ Do you
know that Satan is not bothered
about querying many believers?
Why? It’s because he cannot see any
difference between their past and
present lifestyles. If you still dress
indecently, exaggerate events, think
the same way and go to the same
places you used to go before you
were born-again, there will be
nothing to query about you. The
kingdom of darkness reacts to
change and not stagnancy. If you
have not practiced your Christian
faith to a point where the devil or
his agent will question you that:
‘Who is that your God?’ then you are
not making an impact yet.
The three Hebrew children stood for
their faith in God without being
disrespectful to the king. They
refused to bow to his golden image
because they feared God. This caused
them to be noticed as it appeared
they were on one side, while the
rest of the people were on another.
God is usually interested when He
finds one or more of His children
ready to face Satan’s query or
persecution. Usually, based on His
plan and purpose, He would decide
on what to do in each of such
situations. In the case of the three
Hebrew children, He physically came
down to let the crowd realise that
there is a God in Heaven that is
above man and gods who can do all
things. He manifested Himself to also
show that He can void the worst of
man’s anger, punishment or fury. If
you can stand for Him, He will lift
you up in the midst of opposing
circumstances and at the end He
would have introduced Himself.
Action Point
Thank God for past Holy Ghost
congresses. Pray that this year’s
congress will have something great
for every participant.

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