Daniel 3:30 Before the Promotion

Daniel 3:30 (KJV)
Then the king promoted Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, in the province of Babylon.

There’s no question this promotion was a huge blessing. But we must remember that it didn’t just “drop down out of heaven.” Before they were promoted, 

There was a test from worldliness 
Why the king came up with the idea of the statue, why he used it the way he did, and why there were certain Chaldeans watching to see if the Jews would bow can only be explained by Satan.

There was a test of faith
Imagine how difficult it would have been just to say No to the king. But to know that it could be life-threatening, oh, the test of faith!

There was a sentence of death
God delivered them in a miraculous manner. He can do that. Or He can deliver in a manner not seen as a miracle. Or He may choose not to deliver at all.

Then there was the promotion 
Once you’ve gone through the former you might have reason to expect the latter. 

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Daniel 3:30 Before the Promotion

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Marvin McKenzie was born in the Pacific Northwest and became a Christian at the age of eighteen. He has been in the Baptist ministry for thirty years and has planted and pastored churches in Washington and Oregon. Besides his pastoral ministry, Marvin has been actively involved in training men for the Baptist ministry. He has conducted local church Bible Institutes in those churches he has pastored, from which a number of men have entered the ministry. Marvin also served as: Vice President of the Western States Baptist Bible Fellowship, The Board of Directors of Pacific Coast Baptist Bible College in San Dimas, CA, Dean of men at Pacific Coast Baptist Bible College in San Dimas, Executive Vice President of Pacific Coast Baptist Bible College in San Dimas, CA and Executive Vice President of Heartland Baptist Bible College in Oklahoma City, OK. Marvin is married to Anita. They have two sons, Bohannan and Caleb. Both are Baptist pastors in Washington State. Marvin enjoys camping, fishing and horses.

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