Daniel 3:19 – 20 NIV Then Nebuchadnezzar was furious with Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego, and his attitude toward them changed. He ordered the furnace heated seven times hotter than usual and commanded some of the strongest soldiers in his army to tie up Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego and throw them into the blazing furnace.

When Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego refused to worship the golden image, Nebuchadnezzar was so furious until he used intimidation tactics to get them to reverse their confession and disobey God. Their confession was “if we are thrown into the blazing furnace, the God we serve is able to deliver us from it, and He will deliver us from Your Majesty’s hand.”

Nebuchadnezzar’s intimidation tactics were heating the fire seven times hotter and using the strongest soldiers to bind them up. His goal was to put enough pressure on them based on what they saw so they would reverse their confession and disobey God. They did not cave under the pressure and they experienced a miracle.

Satan is using this same tactic today. He’s attempting to intimidate us based on what we’re experiencing. We may be declaring and believing for a job. Satan will use the news mentioning mass layoffs to intimidate us to believe there are no jobs out there. If the intimidation works, we’ll say what the news says instead of saying what we’re in faith for. If we’re in faith for a spouse, Satan will attempt to intimidate us with conversations of divorce, infidelity, and drama to make us not want to be married.

The ultimate goal of Satan is to get us to stop believing God, reverse our faith-filled confession, and to say a negative confession. Our job is to believe God’s word in spite of what we’re experiencing. Don’t back off your confession or your belief in God’s word. Continue to believe and confess His word until His promise comes to pass.