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Slavery

We don't use this term too often now unless we are talking about a time in history but can it apply to you today? Peter indicated that "a man is a slave to whatever has mastered him." (2 Peter 2:19)
Peter is not specific about this person, who he is, what status he has, where he lives, what he does for a living but he is absolute about the fact that you can become mastered. This word, "slave," identifies bondage, being totally under the hand and power of another. It is a term not of hope but of lack of personal freedom and control over your body and decision making.
And, to what is this person in slavery? The answer is, "to whatever has mastered him." It is not limited to one of the seven deadly sins of Proverbs 6:16-19 (pride, lying, murder, scheming, the rush to do evil, be a false witness, or a dissension maker) or the one of the Ten Commandments of Exodus 20:1-17 (idolatry, cursing, dishonoring of parents, murder, adultery, theft, false testimony…

Heaven Rules

There are times God has to speak to us in the language we best understand. Somewhat like a mother or father who spoke to us in that way they knew would get our attention.
Nebuchadnezzar had ruled Babylon for many years and Daniel was serving as his interpreter. Neb, as his friends called him, was a proud ruler saying as he gazed out from the roof of his royal palace, "Is not this the great Babylon I have built as the royal residence, by my mighty power and for the glory of my majesty?" (Daniel 4:30)
At that moment, although Daniel had warned him of it, Neb was turned into an insane person who ate grass like a cow. His body hair grew long, he wandered out in the rain, and his nails grew as long as the claws of a bird. He stayed this way for seven years and then his mind was returned to him.
Daniel's statement to the King was that "your kingdom will be restored to you when you acknowledge that Heaven rules." (Daniel 4:26) Neb said after his time had ended, "…

Ultimate Trust

If your life was on the line and you knew that to cling to your faith would possibly mean your death, what would you do?
Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego had such an experience. Their understanding of God was just the stories their families had told them and the few remnants of the Old Testament books that they had in their synagogues but their faith was deep.
King Nebuchadnezzar promised that any leader in his kingdom that did not bow down to the golden idol of him which had been set up would be thrown in the furnace. Knowing this and the fact that they were being watched, the three men did not bow at the appointed time.
As a result, they were thrown into the blazing furnace, heated to seven times hotter than normal, and were protected there from any harm by "his angel." They emerged and King Nebuchadnezzar's statement about their ultimate trust in God is telling, "They trusted in him and defied the king's command and were willing to give up their lives rather t…