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작성일 : 16-06-10 10:15
[Youth] Youth Lessons for the Month of June
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Is it more Important to be WANTED or NEEDED?

INTRO AND GETING TO KNOW TEENS


The Invitation: SOMETHING ONLY HE CAN GIVE

MATTHEW 11:28-30

From Who? CHRIST

To Whom? ALL WHO ARE WEARY FROM THE LABOR OF LIFE AND HEAVY LADEN

And what does he give? REST FOR OUR SOULS

CHRIST OUR BURDEN BEARER-

Jesus is the MASTER TEACHER and loved to use everyday life and surroundings to teach HIS TRUTH to convey a SPIRITUAL message and meet a REAL need! Here Christ INVITES us to take HIS YOKE upon us. 

A yoke is: A bar or frame that is attached to the heads or necks of TWO WORK animals such as OXEN so they may pull or plow A HEAVY LOAD! Oxen are yoked TOGETHER in TEAMS and NO DOUBT are STRONG animals! 

PROVERBS 14:4 states that “MUCH INCREASE IS BY THE STRENGTH OF THE OX” 

But here we find that CHRIST INVITES US TO JOIN OURSELVES WITH HIM AS HE SHOULDERS OUR BURDENS!

All people whether we be children, teens, young adults, median adults, or aged will find ourselves weary and hurting from the burdens, pains and pressures of life. 

To truly understand why this is, we must look to His Word for all our ANSWERS:

ROMANS 5:12 and incase we still aren’t convinced…..

ROMANS 3:10

ROMANS 3:23

ISAIAH 64:6

shows us that the ROOT of all our pain and suffering is our SIN

 In 1 PETER 5:7

We find that Christ freely not only offers to BEAR our BURDENS and CARES but INVITES us to CAST how many off our CARES? A few? Several? 

CASTING ALL YOUR CARES ON HIM…..

WHY?

BECAUSE HE CARES FOR YOU!

“INSERT JESUS AND THE LAMB PIC”

Not only has Christ Jesus given the invitation to bear ALL our BURDENS and CARES……..

He has also BORE our SINS!

2 CORINTHIANS 5:21

ISAIAH 53:5-6 INIQUITY- Perverseness, Sin Guilt, Crime

1 JOHN 3:5

1 PETER 2:24

WHY? LOVE

ROMANS 5:8

JOHN 3:16-17


The IN-SIGHT INTO HIS INVITATION: 

LUKE 9:23-24

To FOLLOW CHRIST is a CHOICE

Christ Is SHARING a KEY TRUTH of OBEDIENCE in DENIAL of SELF THAT WE NEED TO UNDERSTAND……..

WE CAN INDEED ALL BE SELFISH PEOPLE BY OUR VERY NATURE BUT ONLY IN CHRIST CAN WE LEARN WHAT IT TRULY MEANS TO BE SELFLESS!!!!!!

ONE MUST UNDERSTAND CHRIST WANTS A COMMITMENT OUT OF LOVE not FORCE……

I as a person want someones LOVE and DEVOTION not because they are FORCED into it but because of GRATITUDE and thankfulness and because they WANT to LOVE me NOT because they are MADE to or HAVE to LOVE me! 

REPENTANCE:

2 CORINTHIANS 7:10

What KIND of SORROW? GODLY

And what will that KIND of SORROW PROUCE? GENUINE

NO other SORROW will do…….

REPENTANCE is to have a CHANGE OF MIND from EVIL to GOOD. A TRUE change of HEART towards GOD……

The SORROW that the WORLD produces is “OH BOY I GOT CAUGHT IN MY SIN AND I HAVE TO PAY THE CONSEQUENCES!”

EX. A man is caught robbing a bank, he is then arrested and after hearing from the Judge he has to go to prison says he is SORRY! But is he SORRY that he ROBBED the BANK? Or is he SORRY he must now go to Prison suffering for his Crime because he GOT CAUGHT???

Do you see the DIFFERENCE? 

GODLY SORROW WEEPS OVER THE SIN THAT BREAKS A HOLY GODS HEART AND WORLDLY SORROW SAYS OH SHUCKS I GOT CAUGHT!!!

God is HOLY!! 1 PETER 1:16

 And by HIS VERY NATURE MUST PUNISH SIN!

What is SIN? 1 JOHN 3:4 Answers this question

TRANSGRESSION of the LAW…….

WHO”S LAW? GODS LAW GALATIANS 6:2

So WHO is OUR SIN AGAINST?

PSALM 51:1-4

King David’s great Psalm of REPENTANCE

OUR SIN IS AGAINST THE LIVING GOD AND IT IS HIM THAT WE HAVE ALL OFFENDED!

We have already established the sure knowledge from Gods Word that we have ALL BROKEN GODS LAWS AND ARE GUILTY BEFORE HIM

 and according to:

GALATIANS 3:24

The Law is our SCHOOLMASTER to SHOW US WE ARE SINFUL and have ALL BROKEN GODS LAW.

The Apostle Paul goes on to say in….

ROMANS 7:7 that he would NOT have known Sin but by the LAW

Now we see OUR NEED, GUILTY and in NEED of FORGIVENESS/SALVATION! 

JOHN 3:3

1 JOHN 1:9

ACTS 4:12  (MUST)

ROMANS 5:9

THESE VERSES SHOW THE NECESSITY OF SALVATION

Lets learn MORE of our CONSEQUENCES and CHRIST THE CURE……… 

ROMANS 6:23

CONSEQUENCE OF DEATH BUT……..

NOTICE the WORD GIFT…..GIFT MEANS NO COST TO US

GOD”S GRACE IS FREELY GIVEN UNCONDITIONALLY OUT OF LOVE!

JOHN 19:30 

JESUS cries out “ IT IS FINISHED”! AND HE GAVE UP THE GHOST MEANING HE WAS IN CONTROL OF HIS DEATH! No one TOOK HIS LIFE, HE FREELY GAVE IT WHEN THE SIN DEBT WAS COMPLETELY PAID FOR!! AND GOD THE FATHERS WRATH AGAINST SIN WAS SATISFIED AS NO OTHER SACRIFICE WOULD DO!…….

John the BAPTIST made this CLAIM about JESUS:

JOHN 1:29

CHRIST THE LAMB OF GOD THAT TAKES AWAY THE SIN OF THE WORLD!

Salvation is a GIFT and EVEN THOUGH CHRIST TOOK OUR PENALTY- (MEANING A PUNISHMENT AS FIXED BY LAW) IT CAN NOT BE YOURS until YOU PERSONALLY RECEIVE IT FOR YOURSELF! 

And this is TRUE of any GIFT any person has ever given to us whether for Christmas or Birthday etc. it makes PERFECT SENSE that until you take it it can not be yours……

SO SALVATION IS PERSONAL, ONE ON ONE BETWEEN CHRIST AND EACH INDIVIDUAL. 

FAITH:

EPHESIANS 2:8-9

HEBREWS 11:6

We are SAVED by GRACE through FAITH, and because our only BOAST can be in the CROSS of CHRIST, NO MAN can EVER be GOOD ENOUGH OR WORK THEIR WAY TO HEAVEN!

NOT of WORKS

2 TIMOTHY 1:9

But by HIS MERCY 1 PETER 1:3

GRACE is God giving us what we DO NOT DESERVE!

MERCY is GOD NOT giving us what we DO DESERVE!


EVERY ONE has FAITH in SOMETHING……..

You ALL OBVIOUSLY had the FAITH/TRUST that these chairs would hold you up when you sat down, but if our FAITH is PLACED in and ON the WRONG THINGS, it is MISPLACED 

So can a person believe in VAIN or have the WRONG kind of FAITH? Lets first look at:

1 CORINTHIANS 15:2 So clearly the Apostle Paul warned the people of Corinth that their BELIEF could be in VAIN…..

WHY?

 Because according to:

2 CORINTHIANS 11:3-4

SADLY Many people are sharing another JESUS CHRIST that DOES NOT LINE UP WITH THE BIBLE GODS WORD and as a RESULT MANY simply DO NOT UNDERSTAND HOW TO TRULY BE SAVED ACCORDING TO THE SIMPLICITY OF THE WORD OF GOD!

So in:

2 CORINTHIANS 13:5 

WE ARE TOLD TO EXAMINE OURSELVES TO SEE IF WE BE IN THE FAITH……..

So HOW do we do this???

BY EXAMINING OUR LIVES as INDIVIDUALS BY THE LIGHT OF THE WORD OF GOD! 

So is the WORD of GOD IMPORTANT?

According to 

JAMES 1:21 IT is BY the WORD of GOD that we are saved!

ROMANS 10:17 FAITH COMES BY HEARING an HEARING by the WORD OF GOD!

JOHN 17:17 WE are SANCTIFIED “MADE HOLY” by HIS TRUTH and HIS TRUTH ALONE HIS WORD 

2 TIMOTHY 2:15

We had BETTER STUDY KNOW and Learn what this BOOK has to say……..

 




The Initiative: OUR CHOICE TO RECEIVE

Everyone of us make CHOICES each day and the CHOICES we make do indeed impact our LIVES and the LIVES of OTHERS all around us!

SO what we CHOOSE to BELIEVE about CHRIST does INDEED MATTER and WILL affect our WHOLE ETERNITY……SO I”D SAY THIS IS QUITE A SERIOUS MATTER!

So WHO do you say that CHRIST is?

In MATTHEW 16:13- 17 Jesus asked this question of HIMSELF

So do you think it matters what you believe about Christ?

FIRST UNDERSTAND:

ALL POWER IN HEAVEN AND EARTH HAS BEEN GIVEN TO CHRIST JESUS. MATTHEW 28:18

PHILIPPIANS 2:6-11

At the NAME of JESUS EVERY not SOME not SEVERAL not HUNDREDS or THOUSANDS but EVERY KNEE WILL BOW and CONFESS that JESUS is LORD “THE BOSS, THE ONE IN CHARGE…….

So Gods Word is Serious……

And we Can Believe God ALWAYS MEANS WHAT HE SAYS…..AND SAYS WHAT HE MEANS

JOHN 1:12 

JOHN 14: 6 ONE WAY 

1 TIMOTHY 2:5 ONE MEDIATOR One who MEDIATES between two parties for PEACE

ROMANS 10:9-13



The IN-Dwelling & Outcome: FILLED WITH HIS GLORY TO BRING HIM GLORY

OUR ETERNAL PURPOSE

ROMANS 11:36

EPHESIANS 3:11 

EPHESIAN 3:20-21 His Eternal POWER WORKING IN US!

FOR WHAT PURPOSE?

TO BRING HIM GLORY IN THE CHURCH

1 CORINTHIANS 6:19-20

AS BORN AGAIN BELIEVERS WE ARE INDWELT BY HIM AND ARE EMPOWERED FOR HIS WORK AS HIS SERVANTS

CHRIST as OUR EXAMPLE:

JOHN 13:12-16

The washing of a guest feet in that day was reserved for the LOWEST of SERVANTS! What CHRIST is telling us here is that their should be NOTHING that we are not willing to do for OTHERS that we serve!

GALATIANS 5:13-14

MATTHEW 20:25-28

CHRIST OUR EXAMPLE CAME NOT TO BE SERVED BUT TO SERVE AND GIVE HIS LIFE! A RANSON IS A PRICE PAID FOR REDEEMING CAPTIVES! IF WE ARE IN CHRIST WE ARE FREE FROM THE “SLAVERY” BONDAGE OF SIN! We KNOW this OUR FREEDOM FROM SIN was made POSSIBLE by HIS SHED BLOOD ON THE CROSS…….

1 CORINTHIANS 7:22

EPHESIANS 2:10 MATTHEW 23:11

ROMANS 12:1-2 

ACCORDING TO THESE VERSES OUR SERVICE IS?

REASONABLE

1 JOHN 4:19

WE CAN ONLY LOVE UNCONDITIONALLY “GRACE” FILLED GENUINE LOVE BECAUSE HE FIRST LOVED US!

GRACE MEANS FAVOR UNDESERVED KINDNESS AND IS GIVEN UNCONDITIONAL FROM A GOOD AND HOLY GOD!

WE OFTENTIMES LOVE THOSE AND GIVE THEM SPECIAL TREATMENT WHO WE DEEM AS LOVING US. 

But we are to Love  the LORD with all our HEARTS and OTHERS as OURSELVES LUKE 6:27 and  LUKE 10:27 MARK 12:30-31

NO other COMMANDMENT GREATER than THESE!

1 JOHN 4:7 PROOF OF KNOWING HIM

1 JOHN 4:1 

JOHN 15:12 HIS COMMAND

In doing so we will:

ROMANS 12:10 & 15

IN CLOSING:

LASTLY WE ARE A TEAM!!!!

ECCLESIASTES 4:9 -10 & 12

God will always give HELP to those who will DEPEND on HIM!

OKAY SO NOW THAT YOU’VE HAD A CHANCE TO PONDER MY OPENING QUESTION:

IS IT MORE IMPORTANT TO BE WANTED OR NEEDED?

What are your thoughts?

Now let me ask you another question?

Does the God WHO CREATED EVERYTHING YOU SEE FROM NOTHING NEED US?

COLOSSIANS 1:16

GENESIS 2:1-2

NO He does not NEED us! He WANTS us!

2 PETER 3:9

It is FAR BETTER TO BE WANTED!!!!!!!

NOW THAT YOUNG PEOPLE IS LOVE


캐시 16-07-27 17:04
 
DARE TO BE A DANIEL in the midst of a CROOKED and PERVERSE Generation:
IN A DAY WHERE ALL THAT IS RIGHT AND HOLY IN GODS SIGHT IS CALLED WRONG AND ALL THAT IS SINFUL IN GOD’S EYES IS CALLED RIGHT GOD IS CALLING YOU TO TAKE A STAND FOR HIM IN WHAT IS RIGHT JUST AS DANIEL DID!
NO ONE WOULD ARGUE WE LIVE IN A WORLD OF COMPROMISE EVEN AMONG CHRISTIANS AFTER ALL ITS CONSIDERED BEING TOLERANT AND SHOWING LOVE RIGHT???  WE ALL WANT TO GET ALONG. WHILE ON THE OTHER HAND THOSE WHO BY GODS GRACE HOLD TO THEIR INTEGRITY IN CHRIST ARE VIEWED AS DIFFICULT, AND HARD HEADED TROUBLE MAKERS! THIS IS SURELY HOW THE WORLD THINKS BUT SHOULDN’T CHRISTIANS TRUELY BE DIFFERENT?
Unfortunately way to many believers WORRY about what people will think about them, when truthfully we should really be more INTERESTED in what GOD thinks and want to be pleasing to Him. So instead many compromise their Biblical CONVICTIONS. We may all have been guilty of doing this or even know someone who has done so, but I’d like to encourage you TO TAKE A LESSON FROM THE LIFE OF ONE YOUNG MAN WHO WASN’T AFRAID TO TAKE A STAND BECAUSE HE KNEW THAT GOD WAS WITH HIM!
Lets look at:
ISAIAH 5:20 to see what God says about calling RIGHT WRONG and WRONG RIGHT!
BEAR IN MIND THE WORD WOE MEANS CURSED
ALWAYS REMEMBER THE BIBLE, GODS HOLY WORD IS THE ONLY TRUE SOURCE OF ABSOLUTE TRUTH AND AUTHORITY AND IS WHERE WE GO TO GET HIS FINAL WORD ON THE MATTER!
AND BECAUSE GOD IS IMMUTABLE MEANING HE
 NEVER CHANGES:
MALACHI 3:6
HEBREWS 13:8
HIS WORD IS FINAL AND NOT UP FOR DEBATE!
PSALM 138:2 HE MAGNIFIES HIS WORD ABOVE ALL HIS NAME.
ISAIAH 40:8 HIS WORD STANDS FOREVER
1 PETER 1:24-25 HIS WORD ENDURES FOREVER
PSALM 12:6-7 HIS PURE WORD IS PRESERVED FOREVER

OVERVIEW: Following his first invasion of Judah by attacking to take control of Jerusalem in 605 BC KING NEBUCHADNEZZAR took hostage dozens of quality Jewish young people who were according to Scripture of noble blood to train them in all the ways and customs of the Babylonians to insure the success of his long range plans of WORLD DOMINANCE.
While Daniels EXILE to Babylon lasted the whole of his ministry and regardless of where he was or who he was with Daniel NEVER COMPROMISED HIS BELIEF IN GOD AND knew that GOD WAS WITH HIM and could use him wherever he was to make a difference in the lives of others and BRING GOD GLORY.

THE ORDER AND PURPOSE OF THE KING:
DANIEL 1:3-4
WHEN THE KING ORDERED HIS CHIEF OFFICIAL ASHPHENAZ TO CHOOSE FROM AMONG THE YOUNG ISRAELITE MALES, HE WAS TO LOOK FOR CERTAIN QUALITIES INCLUDING NO BLEMISH, ALL WISDOM, INTELLIGENCE AND DISCERNING KNOWLEDGE, AND IN SCIENCE AND WELL FAVORED FOR THE PURPOSE OF SERVING IN THE KINGS COURT.

THE TEST OF INTEGRITY:
DANIEL 1:5-6
THEY WERE TO EAT THE KINGS RICH FOOD AND DRINK HIS WINE………
Now we might WONDER…..good food and drink…..so who could have a problem with that????
DANIEL! 
AND FOR 3 YEARS AND AFTER THIS TIME OF EDUCATION IN ALL MANNER OF THE BABYLONIAN WAYS STAND BEFORE THIS PAGEN KING IN HIS COURT FOR HIS PERSONAL SERVICE.
IN DANIEL 1:6 WE SEE DANIEL IS JOINED BY HIS 3 FRIENDS:
WHOSE HEBREW NAMES WERE:
HANANIAH MEANING GOD IS GRACIOUS
MISHAEL MEANING WHO IS LIKE GOD?
AZARIAH MEANING GOD IS MY HELP
DANIEL MEANING GOD IS JUDGE
 
In Daniel 1:7 We see the 4 young men immediately have their names changed to Babylonian names that glorify Babylon’s FALSE gods!

DANIEL BECOMES BELTESHAZZAR MEANING
“BEL WILL PROTECT”
HANANIAH BECOMES SHADRACK MEANING
“INSPIRED OF AKU”
MISHAEL BECOMES MESHACH  MEANING
“BELONGING TO AKU”
AZARIAH BECOMES ABED-NEGO MEANING
“SERVANT OF NEGO”

NOW QUITE OBVIOUSLY THE KING WANTED TO RETRAIN  AND CHANGE THESE 4 GOD FEARING YOUNG MEN TO CONFORM TO ALL HIS WAYS BUT THE ONE THING HE COULD NEVER CHANGE IN THESE 4 YOUNG MEN WAS THEIR LOVE AND COMMITMENT TO GOD!
LIFE FOR ALL OF US IS A SERIES OF CHOICES AND MOST OF THE TIME WE DO NOT REALIZE HOW IMPORTANT EVEN SMALL CHOICES CAN BE BUT THE CHOICES WE MADE YRS AGO VERY MUCH AFFECT WHO WE ARE TODAY AND THE CHOICES WE MAKE TODAY MOST CERTAINLY WILL IMPACT OUR LIVES AND THE LIVES OF OTHERS IN THE FUTURE.
SOME OF THE MOST IMPORTANT CHOICES TEENS WILL HAVE TO MAKE ARE:
WHERE WILL I GO TO COLLEGE? WHAT WILL I MAJOR IN?
WHOM SHOULD I MARRY? WHAT CAREER SHOULD I HAVE? WILL I DRINK? TAKE DRUGS? OR WILL I CHOOSE TO REMAIN PURE FOR MARRIAGE?
AND SOONER OR LATER WE ARE FACED WITH THE MOST IMPORTANT CHOOSE EVER…..
WILL I CHOOSE TO RECEIVE AND FOLLOW CHRIST AS LORD AND SAVIOR OF MY LIFE?

DANIEL’S STAND FOR GOD IN HIS INTEGRITY:
DANIEL 1:8
DANIEL PURPOSED IN HIS HEART AHEAD OF TIME THAT HE WOULD NOT DEFILE HIMSELF WITH THE KINGS DELICACIES.
NOW DANIEL KNEW HE COULD DISREGARD THE THINGS HE WAS TAUGHT THAT WERE WRONG AND HE KNEW THAT A PAGAN NAME ALONE DID NOT DEFINE WHO HE WAS……BUT!…….
DANIEL KNEW THAT AS A JEW HE MUST DRAW THE LINE WHERE THE SCRIPTURES DO FOR DANIEL KNEW THAT THE KINGS ENTICING MORSELS AND VINTAGE WINES HAD ALL BEEN RITUALLY DEDICATED TO ALL OF BABYLON’S FALSE gods. AND EATING FOODS PREPARED TO THE BABYLONIANS STANDARDS WAS MOST SURELY TO PUT THE YOUNG EXILES IN VIOLATION OF GODS LAWS CONCERNING UNCLEAN FOODS FOR THE JEW, AND TO EAT THIS FOOD WOULD BE SAYING THAT THEY ENDORSED PAGANISM. AND SHARING A MEAL AT THE KINGS TABLE REPRESENTED SHARING THE KINGS VALUES! TO EAT OF THIS KIND OF FOOD WOULD MOST ASSUREDLY BE A MORAL COMPROMISE OF EVERYTHING DANIEL BELIEVED IN AND DANIEL WANTED NO PARTICIPATION IN ANY PAGAN FEAST! THIS WOULD BE A FORM OF IDOLATRY .
EXODUS 20:4-5
DANIEL’S DECISION THOUGH IMMEDIATELY DEALING WITH FOOD AND WINE WAS ULTIMATELY A DECISION ABOUT WHO HE WORSHIPPED!
LEVITICUS 11 “LONG LIST OF CLEAN AND UNCLEAN ANIMALS TO THE JEW”
LEVITICUS 7:23-25
THE KING MAY HAVE CHANGED DANIEL’S CULTURE BUT NOT HIS CHARACTER, THE KING CHANGED HIS NAME BUT NOT HIS NATURE BECAUSE DANIEL WAS A SERVANT OF THE LIVING GOD.
WHAT DANIEL DID WAS A PRETTY BIG DEAL, HE TOOK A CHANCE IN GREATLY ANGERING THE KING IN REFUSING TO EAT HIS FOOD NEVER THE LESS DANIEL STOOD FIRM BECAUSE HE BEFOREHAND PURPOSED IN HIS HEART HE WOULD NOT DEFILE HIMSELF. HIS LIFE COULD HAVE BEEN ON THE LINE BECAUSE OF HIS REBELLION.
THIS COULD HAVE TRULY BLOWN UP IN HIS FACE SO WE MIGHT ASK WHY NOT MAKE EXCUSES?
AFTER ALL HE WAS FAR FROM HOME AND NO ONE BACK IN JERUSALEM WOULD HAVE KNOWN AND AFTER ALL OTHERS WERE EATING THE FOOD WITH OUT COMPLAINT AND HE COULD HAVE EVEN SAID WE ARE ALREADY IN CAPTIVITY AND ANY WAY ITS ONLY FOOD GOD WILL UNDERSTAND, AND AFTER ALL PEOPLE WILL THINK IM A NARROW MINDED LEGALIST! SO THE LIST OF EXCUSES COULD HAVE GONE ON AND ON AND WE CAN ALWAYS FIND AN EXCUSE WHEN WE DO NOT WHAT TO DO WHATS RIGHT BUT WITH DANIEL HOWEVER!……..
He did NOT need an excuse as he had ALREADY purposed in his heart to DO the RIGHT THING. DANIEL 1:8 and his 3 closest friends choose to follow and do the same! YOUNG PEOPLE MAKE NO MISTAKE YOUR CHOOSING TO STAND FOR CHRIST CAN AFFECT YOUR FRIENDS AS WELL CAUSING THEM TO WANT TO STAND FOR HIM!

THE RESULTS OF DANIEL’S INTEGRITY AND UNASHAMED BOLDNESS: GOD ALWAYS HAS THE LAST WORD!!!
DANIEL 1:9
DANIEL 1:17
DANIEL 1:20
DANIEL AND HIS FRIENDS IN THEIR UNCOMPROMISING LIVES AND INTEGRITY BROUGHT GODS FAVOR AND BLESSINGS AND IT WAS GOD THAT LIFTED THESE YOUNG MEN TO THE POSITIONS THAT THEY WERE GIVEN. GOD ALWAYS BLESSES THOSE WHO STAND UP FOR HIM.
PROVING THE TRUTH OF:
PROVERBS 16:7 STAND FIRM IN OBEDIENCE TO GODS WORD AND TRUST HIM BECAUSE HE WILL TAKE CARE OF YOU!

DANIEL’S PROPOSAL:TEN DAY MIRACLE DIET
DANIEL 1:10-13
Daniels proposal was simple…..he requested that he and his 3 friends be served a mixture of vegetables and beans known as “pulse” and drink only water for 10 days. And at the end of that time the guard could make his own comparisons and draw his own conclusions.
Bear in mind Daniel never demanded anything, he simply made a reasonable request and went through the proper chain of command with respect and PERSISTANCE and then left them to evaluate and deal as they saw fit. Daniel could have gone about getting his way deceitfully but choose the route of open boldness. He was respectful but unbending with great courage. Again PROVING HOW GREATLY HE TRUSTED GOD WITH UNWAVERING FAITH.

DANIEL 1:14 THE TEST BEGINS
DANIEL DID WHAT WAS RIGHT AND TRUSTED GOD WITH THE RESULTS NO MATTER WHAT

THE RESULTS:
DANIEL 1:15-16
IN THIS GOD CAUSED DANIEL AND HIS FRIENDS TO LOOK HEALTHIER THAN ALL THE OTHER YOUTHS THEY WERE MOST LIKELY EATING PORK, BEEF AND MANY OTHER RICH DELICACIES! IN FACT THEIR PORTION OF THE KINGS RICH FOOD WAS TAKEN AWAY AND THEY WERE ALLOWED TO CONTINUE EATING THEIR HEALTHIER DIET INDEFINITELY.

DANIEL REWARDED:
DANIEL 1:17-20
THIS CHAPTER ENDS ON A VERY POSITIVE NOTE INDEED! WE DISCOVERED THAT GOD ALWAYS HONORS THOSE THAT HONOR HIM. IN THIS INSTANCE THE REWARD CAME VERY QUICKLY BUT EVEN IF THERE SEEMS TO BE NO CHANGE WHEN YOU PERSONALLY TAKE A STAND AND “DARE TO BE A DANIEL” IN CHRIST YOU WILL BE REWARDED IN HEAVEN.
V. 17 TELLS US THAT THESE 4 YOUNG MEN ROSE HEAD AND SHOULDERS ABOVE ALL THEIR JEWISH CONTEMPORARIES AND FAR ABOVE ALL THE OTHER BABYLONIANS. GOD PUT THEM IN A POSITION TO HAVE A GREAT DEAL OF INFLUENCE ON A VERY PAGAN BABYLON.
THEY IMMEDIATELY ENTERED THE KINGS SERVICE AND
DANIEL 1:21 TELLS US DANIEL REMAINED IN THE COURT OF BABYLON UNTIL THE 1ST YR. CYRUS 539 BC MEANING HE SERVED AS AN ADVISOR TO A WHOLE SERIES OF BABYLONIAN KINGS FOR AT LEAST  60 MORE YEARS.

LESSONS TO LEARN FROM THIS CHAPTER:
1. THE WORLD CONTINUALLY TRIES TO REPROGRAM US INTO A DIFFERENT WAY OF THINKING. THERE IS A BATTLE FOR THE MIND AND IT IS FOUGHT EVERYDAY!  2 CORINTHIANS 4:3-4
2. WE MUST MAKE UP OUR MINDS IN ADVANCE TO TAKE A STAND AND BE LOYAL TO GOD. EPHESIANS 6:13 AND 1 THESSALONIANS 3:8 1 CORINTHIANS 16:13 PHILIPPIANS 4:1
3. WE MUST KNOW OUR LIMITS PER THE WORD AND SHOULD NOT DO WHAT IS WRONG! 2 TIMOTHY 2:15 2 TIMOTHY 3:17 DANIEL KNEW AT A CERTAIN POINT WHAT HE WAS ASKED TO DO DISHONORED GOD AND HE BOLDLY AND RESPECTFULLY TOOK A STAND AGAINST IT! BY STANDING HIS GROUND HE WAS RISKING EVERYTHING OVER AN ISSUE THAT APPARENTLY ONLY HE AND HIS 3 FRIENDS WERE WILLING AND READY TO STAND UPON, AND THEY RECEIVED THE BLESSING FROM GOD! AND EVEN THOUGH THE BABYLONIANS PROBABLY THOUGHT HE WAS JUST PLAIN NUTTY HE WAS NOT WILLING TO DISHONOR AND BE DISLOYAL TO GOD BY EATING AT THE KINGS TABLE.
4. GODLY CONVICTIONS YIELD GOD GIVEN REWARDS:
HERE IS THE FINAL LESSON, ULTIMATELY GOD IS ALWAYS IN CONTROL AND HAS THE FINAL WORD! WHAT STARTED WITH 1 YOUNG MANS COURAGE, ENDING WITH A LIFE TIME OF REWARD! LETS LOOK AT WHAT GOD DID FOR THIS COURAGEOUS TEEN:
1. GOD PROTECTED DANIEL WHEN HE PROPOSED THE TEST.
2. GOD PROSPERED DANIEL DURING THE TEST AND AFTERWARDS.
3. GOD PROMOTED DANIEL IN THE EYES OF THE KING.
1 SAMUEL 2:30 GODS WORD TO THE PRIEST ELI

EVEN THOUGH WHAT HE STOOD UP FOR SEEMED QUITE SMALL TO US HIS ACT OF COURAGE WAS HUGE AND IT CHANGED HIS WHOLE LIFE! SO IN THE END IT WASN’T A SMALL MATTER AT ALL! SO TELL ME TEENS WHAT IS IT THAT CHRIST MAY BE ASKING YOU TO TAKE A STAND ON? IF OUR GOD IS LORD OF ALL HE DESERVES FOR US AS HIS PEOPLE TO STAND IN COURAGE WHEN WE NEED TO, AND AFTER ALL HE WILL BE WITH US!
TEENS TODAY FACE SO MANY PRESSURES TO CONFORM TO THIS WORLD BY COMPROMISING WHAT YOU KNOW TO BE RIGHT. REMEMBER ROMANS 12:1-2
WHEN WE STAY IN THE WORD OF GOD WE CAN MOST SURELY TAKE A STAND FOR WHAT GOD SAYS IS RIGHT! PRESSURES TODAY:
DRUGS, DRINKING, FILTHY LANGUAGE, IMPROPER MOVIES, VIOLENT VIDEO GAMES, FILTHY LITERATURE, INTERNET…….PRESSURE TO CONFORM IS EVERY WHERE, EVEN FOR ADULTS……..

SO PURPOSE TO DARE TO BE A DANIEL BY:

SAYING NO TO IMPURE RELATIONSHIPS/SAYING YES TO ABSTINENCE BY STAYING PURE FOR MARRIAGE!

SAYING NO TO ALCOHOL/AND YES TO SOBRIETY!

SAYING NO TO DRUGS/AND YES TO CLEAN LIVING!

SAYING NO TO MORAL FILTH/AND YES TO THE WORD OF GOD!

SAYING NO TO GOING ALONG WITH THE CROWD/AND YES TO TAKING A STAND FOR WHAT GOD SAYS IS RIGHT EVEN IF YOU STAND ALONE HE IS WITH YOU!

SAYING NO TO REBELLION/AND YES TO OBEDIENCE!

TO SAY NO TO COWARDICE/AND YES TO BOLD WITNESS FOR CHRIST!

HOW WILL ANY OF US FIND THE COURAGE TO SAY NO WHEN WE NEED TO? PHILIPPINES 4:13 PHILIPPINES 4:19
JUST LIKE DANIEL, YOU TOO WILL FIND YOURSELVES IN A MORAL CRISIS AND YOU WILL KNOW IT WHEN YOU GET THERE, EVEN IF YOU DO NOT SEE IT COMING.
SO MAKE UP YOUR MINDS RIGHT NOW THAT BY GODS GRACE, WHEN THOSE MOMENTS COME YOU WILL NOT GRIEVE THE LORD, STAND AS DANIEL STOOD, AND RECEIVE GOD’S BLESSINGS! :)

*****(SHOW REDWOOD SLIDE AND  HOW THE TREE WAS UNDERMINED FROM THE INSIDE OUT AND FELL) MAKE ANALOGY OF WHAT CAN HAPPEN TO US THE MORE WE COMPROMISE, OUR HEARTS BECOME COMPLACENT****
캐시 16-09-13 14:59
 
Daniel Ch. 2
“The Dream of Nebuchadnezzar”
Introduction-Daniel lived at least 72 years in Babylon. And his life there extended from the first reign of King Nebuchadnezzar thru the reigns of 5 succeeding Kings, past the fall of Babylon into the Persian Empire, and thru the reign of Darius the Mede, and even unto the 3rd yr. of the reign of Cyrus the Persian. Throughout this time Daniel was still in Babylon. Daniel 10:1 In the third year of Cyrus king of Persia a thing was revealed unto Daniel, whose name was called Belteshazzar; and the thing was true, but the time appointed was long: and he understood the thing, and had understanding of the vision.
Daniel 2:1And in the second year of the reign of Nebuchadnezzar Nebuchadnezzar dreamed dreams, wherewith his spirit was troubled, and his sleep brake from him.
Insert Picture Nebuchadnezzar’s Troubling Dream
.Time Frame: SECOND YEAR of Nebuchadnezzar’s reign.
.The King had “dreams”.
.HE WAS TROUBLED and his sleep went from him.
He summoned all his “WISE” men.
-Astrologers
-Magicians
-Sorcerers
-Chaldeans
The second year of his dream was approximately 603 B.C. In Daniel Ch. 2 we will see that the LORD God gave the King a Dream, PROPHETIC in nature describing 4 Great Empires (5Total as the LAST will be REVIVED) from Ancient Babylon to the final empire of the Anti-christ, which will most definitely be destroyed by the Kingdom of Heaven BY CHRIST HIMSELF. The dream given to the King will later be interpreted for him by Daniel as the LORD gave Daniel all skill and WISDOM in VISIONS and DREAMS. Daniel 1:17
As for these four children, God gave them knowledge and skill in all learning and wisdom: and Daniel had understanding in all visions and dreams.
Daniel 2:2-5 Then the king commanded to call the magicians, and the astrologers, and the sorcerers, and the Chaldeans, for to shew the king his dreams. So they came and stood before the king.
3And the king said unto them, I have dreamed a dream, and my spirit was troubled to know the dream.
4Then spake the Chaldeans to the king in Syriack, O king, live for ever: tell thy servants the dream, and we will shew the interpretation.
5The king answered and said to the Chaldeans, The thing is gone from me: if ye will not make known unto me the dream, with the interpretation thereof, ye shall be cut in pieces, and your houses shall be made a dunghill.

(Insert picture of the Kings men trying to interpret dream)
Now the King must have put great FAITH and TRUST in his magicians and astrologers as V. 5 tells us the King COULD NOT even remember his own dream as it had left him! However, because HIS SPIRIT was TROUBLED within himself HE KNEW THAT THE DREAM WAS IMPORTANT! NOTE: Syriak was an ARAMAIC DIALECT.
The King began to tell his magicians, sorcerers and astrologers that they would be given gifts, rewards and HIGH HONOR if they COULD but just reveal NOT only the INTERPRETATION but the DREAM as well! Pretty great stunt if they could do it….!
The men knew that if they could just get the Dream out of the King that they could interpret it. However, the King PERCEIVED that they were stalling for time, and demanded to know his dream as well. The King PERSISTED, if you can tell the Dream, then he would KNOw they knew the interpretation.
THE RESPONSE……Daniel 2:10-11

10The Chaldeans answered before the king, and said, There is not a man upon the earth that can shew the king's matter: thereforethere is no king, lord, nor ruler, that asked such things at any magician, or astrologer, or Chaldean.
11And it is a rare thing that the king requireth, and there is none other that can shew it before the king, except the gods, whose dwelling is not with flesh.
So to them the TASK SEEMED…….(INSERT PICTURES)
IMPOSSIBLE!
Verse 12 of Chapter 2 tells us the King was FURIOUS!
12For this cause the king was angry and very furious, and commanded to destroy all the wise men of Babylon.
So now we have a HUGE problem……Daniel and his friends were in Babylon and considered to be among the Wise men!
Daniel 2:13
13And the decree went forth that the wise men should be slain; and they sought Daniel and his fellows to be slain.

Rest assured Daniel did not take this lightly but with RESPECT went thru the proper chain of Command to the Captain of the guard……Daniel asks this question:
Why is the Decree so HASTY from the King?

Daniel takes initiative….Daniel 2:16-18
Then Daniel went in, and desired of the king that he would give him time, and that he would shew the king the interpretation.
17Then Daniel went to his house, and made the thing known to Hananiah, Mishael, and Azariah, his companions:
18That they would desire mercies of the God of heaven concerning this secret; that Daniel and his fellows should not perish with the rest of the wise men of Babylon.

FAITH IN GOD/POWER IN PRAYER!
(Insert 3 Pictures of Daniel before King, FAITH, then with his 3 friends PRAYING)
.Daniel sought TIME……
.Daniel sought his 3 COMPANIONS…….
Daniel and his friends sought God’s MERCY……
THROUGH FAITH & PRAYER
Young people the LORD God is still seeking people to Stand in FAITH  and PRAYER no matter what we face in LIFE HE ALONE IS OUR HELP in time of TROUBLE!
Psalm 46:1 The Lord is our Refuge and our Strength an ever present help in time of trouble.

Daniel took ACTION……Daniel knew that he had done no wrong in God’s eyes and sought him in Prayer with Faith as he KNEW that the Lord alone was his HELP! Daniel knew that what seemed IMPOSSIBLE for him to accomplish was NOTHING for the LIVING God to REVEAL!
Daniel understood well the TRUTH of:
Psalm 65:2 O thou that hearest prayer, unto thee shall all flesh come.

Daniel 2:19

Then was the secret revealed unto Daniel in a night vision. Then Daniel blessed the God of heaven.
(Insert Picture of Daniel and Dream reveal)

Daniel 2:24-28
Therefore Daniel went in unto Arioch, whom the king had ordained to destroy the wise men of Babylon: he went and said thus unto him; Destroy not the wise men of Babylon: bring me in before the king, and I will shew unto the king the interpretation.
25Then Arioch brought in Daniel before the king in haste, and said thus unto him, I have found a man of the captives of Judah, that will make known unto the king the interpretation.
26The king answered and said to Daniel, whose name was Belteshazzar, Art thou able to make known unto me the dream which I have seen, and the interpretation thereof?
27Daniel answered in the presence of the king, and said, The secret which the king hath demanded cannot the wise men, the astrologers, the magicians, the soothsayers, shew unto the king;
28But there is a God in heaven that revealeth secrets, and maketh known to the king Nebuchadnezzar what shall be in the latter days. Thy dream, and the visions of thy head upon thy bed, are these;

Daniel UNDERSTOOD that God ALONE was the ONLY ONE WORTHY of GLORY, PRAISE, and WORSHIP! Daniel still went thru the proper chain of command respecting authority and made known TO ALL just EXACTLY who it was that could not only REVEAL the dreams meaning but SATISFY the Kings UNWAVERING request to not only interpret the dream but tell the Kinghis dream as  well! Daniel was FAITHFUL to give GOD all the credit!
Daniel 2:29-31
As for thee, O king, thy thoughts came into thy mind upon thy bed, what should come to pass hereafter: and he that revealeth secrets maketh known to thee what shall come to pass.
30But as for me, this secret is not revealed to me for any wisdom that I have more than any living, but for their sakes that shall make known the interpretation to the king, and that thou mightest know the thoughts of thy heart.
31Thou, O king, sawest, and behold a great image. This great image, whose brightness was excellent, stood before thee; and the form thereof was terrible.

John 14:29 
29 And now I have told you before it come to pass, that, when it is come to pass, ye might believe.
Revelation 19:10

10 And I fell at his feet to worship him. And he said unto me, See thou do it not: I am thy fellowservant, and of thy brethren that have the testimony of Jesus: worship God: for the testimony of Jesus is the spirit of prophecy.

Here begins but one of the MOST AMAZING PROPHETIC vision descriptions ever given to man! This great Image whose form was terrible represented 4 Different Kingdom Empires that would come into power in which the 4th would in the end times be REVIVED!
Now remember this is the first glimpse we are getting into the Kings Dream as he was UNABLE to remember it.

THE INTERPRETATION BEGINS……
Daniel 2:32

32 This image's head was of fine gold, his breast and his arms of silver, his belly and his thighs of brass,
33 His legs of iron, his feet part of iron and part of clay.

Looking closer we see that each major part of the Images Body was made a different metal.
.HEAD OF GOLD: Daniel 2:36-38 36This is the dream; and we will tell the interpretation thereof before the king.
37Thou, O king, art a king of kings: for the God of heaven hath given thee a kingdom, power, and strength, and glory.
38And wheresoever the children of men dwell, the beasts of the field and the fowls of the heaven hath he given into thine hand, and hath made thee ruler over them all. Thou art this head of gold.
Daniel 2:39
39And after thee shall arise another kingdom inferior to thee, and another third kingdom of brass, which shall bear rule over all the earth.



.LEGS OF IRON: Daniel 2:40
(This 4th Beast from DANIEL 7 would be revealed as a DREADFUL TERRIBLE Beast)
40And the fourth kingdom shall be strong as iron: forasmuch as iron breaketh in pieces and subdueth all things: and as iron that breaketh all these, shall it break in pieces and bruise.
(Insert Picture of the Image Revealing the 4 Empires plus the Revived)
Note that in Daniel 7 the LORD gave Daniel a VISION of THE FOUR BEAST in the 1st year of Belshazzar who was at that time the King of Babylon that PERFECTLY corresponded to, and shed more INSIGHT paralleling the night Vision of Nebuchadnezzar in Daniel 2:
LION……HEAD OF GOLD…….BABYLON
BEAR….BREAST & ARMS OF SILVER….MEDO-PERSIA
LEOPARD…..BELLY & THIGHS OF BRASS…GREECE
DREADFUL TERRIBLE STRONG…LEGS OF IRON, FEET PART IRON & CLAY……ROME
Daniel 7:17
17 These great beasts, which are four, are four kings, which shall arise out of the earth.
NOTE Daniel 7:16 THE LORD MADE DANIEL TO KNOW THE INTERPRETATION OF THE VISION.
(Insert 2 Pictures of Daniel and the 4 BEAST arising from the SEA)
This 4th DREADFUL, TERRIBLE BEAST HAD 10 HORNS (symbolizing POWER) and 10 CROWNS (KINGSHIP)….
Daniel 7:7 It had TEN HORNS……
Revelation 13:1 And UPON HIS HORNS TEN CROWNS……
Revelation 17:12 And the TEN HORNS which thou sawest are TEN KINGS……..
Now REMEMBER according to Daniel 7:7 this 4th BEAST was DREADFUL and TERRIBLE and was EXCEEDINGLY STRONG with GREAT IRON TEETH and was DIVERSE “DISTINCT AND UNLIKE THE OTHERS……
Roughly at the time frame of 90 A.D. IN THE REVELATION THE LORD HIMSELF WOULD ALSO GIVE THE APOSTLE JOHN ON THE ISLE OF PATMOS WHERE HE WAS EXILED FOR THE TESTIMONY OF JESUS, THE SAME VISION FURTHER REVEALING THE TRUTH OF THIS REVIVED FUTURE EMPIRE OF ROME THAT WOULD BRING FOURTH “THE BEAST FROM THE SEA” REVELATION 13:1 IDENTIFIED AS THE ANTI-christ.
NOW LETS GO BACK TO Daniel 2:34
34Thou sawest till that a stone was cut out without hands, which smote the image upon his feet that were of iron and clay, and brake them to pieces.
35Then was the iron, the clay, the brass, the silver, and the gold, broken to pieces together, and became like the chaff of the summer threshingfloors; and the wind carried them away, that no place was found for them: and the stone that smote the image became a great mountain, and filled the whole earth.
Note the word STONE…..Let’s EXAMINE God’s Word to REVEAL to us just WHO this STONE that SMOTE the Image was! Note that it STRUCK the FEET “LAST REVIVED EMPIRE”  BUT IN REALITY broke the ENTIRE IMAGE FROM THE GROUND UP!”
In so doing NO PLACE WAS FOUND FOR THEM ANYMORE AND AS CHAFF WAS CARRIED AWAY WITH THE WIND THIS STONE BECAME A GREAT MOUNTAIN THAT FILLED THE WHOLE EARTH!
Psalm 118:22
22The stone which the builders refused “REJECTED” is become the head stone of the corner.
Matthew 21:44
44And whosoever shall fall on this stone shall be broken: but on whomsoever it shall fall, it will grind him to powder.
Ephesians 2:20
20And are built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ himself being the chief corner stone;
1 Corinthians 10:3-4
(Speaking of the Israelites in the wilderness) And did all eat the same spiritual meat;
4And did all drink the same spiritual drink: for they drank of that spiritual Rock that followed them: and that Rock was Christ.

Daniel 2:44-45
44And in the days of these kings shall the God of heaven set up a kingdom, which shall never be destroyed: and the kingdom shall not be left to other people, but it shall break in pieces and consume all these kingdoms, and it shall stand for ever.
45Forasmuch as thou sawest that the stone was cut out of the mountain without hands, and that it brake in pieces the iron, the brass, the clay, the silver, and the gold; the great God hath made known to the king what shall come to pass hereafter: and the dream is certain, and the interpretation thereof sure.

The OUTCOME….Daniel is once AGAIN BLESSED & REWARDED for his FAITHFULNESS to GOD!
(Insert Picture of King Nebuchadnezzar bowing before Daniel)

Daniel 2:46-49

Then the king Nebuchadnezzar fell upon his face, and worshipped Daniel, and commanded that they should offer an oblation and sweet odours unto him.
47The king answered unto Daniel, and said, Of a truth it is, that your God is a God of gods, and a Lord of kings, and a revealer of secrets, seeing thou couldest reveal this secret.
48Then the king made Daniel a great man, and gave him many great gifts, and made him ruler over the whole province of Babylon, and chief of the governors over all the wise men of Babylon.
49Then Daniel requested of the king, and he set Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, over the affairs of the province of Babylon: but Daniel sat in the gate of the king.

It should be duely NOTICED and NOTED that even though King Nebuchadnezzar was IMPRESSED with Daniel’s God NOTE THE KINGS STATEMENT:
YOUR God is a God of gods……..
Did you catch that this King STILL did not have a REPENTANT HEART to have FAITH IN THE ONE TRUE LORD GOD ALONE!!!
*****AND WOULD LATER BE HUMBLED AND THEN TURN TO THE ONE TRUE GOD!
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“COURAGE WHEN THE HEAT IS TURNED UP”
THE FIERY FURNACE…..
Daniel 3
Introduction:
When we last left our friends Daniel, Hananiah, Mishael and Azariah at the end of Daniel Chapter 2 everything was going along quite well. Daniel and his 3 friends were exalted to positions of great privilege and power in Babylon. Daniel 2:48-49. But unfortunately as is true to EACH ONE OF our every day lives things can have a habit of changing, and so they did. Daniel Chapter 3 opens up with the King of Babylon erecting an Image 90 ft. high and 9 ft. wide. And whats WORSE EVERYONE was expected to bow down and WORSHIP that Image…..The amazing truth of this Chapter is that it has Prophetic significance as it relates to the goings on of the 7 year Tribulation period and will definitely be duly noted later. REMEMBER:
 ECCLESIASTES 3:15

A DEFIANT IMAGE…….
Daniel 3:1-3
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So here we see the King sets up an Image THREESCORE CUBITS HIGH & SIX CUBITS WIDE “A Score being 20” times 3 is 60. So the first question we may ask is:
WHERE DO YOU THINK THE KING GOT THE IDEA TO DO SUCH A THING? NOTE IT WAS MADE ENTIRELY OF GOLD! Most likely durable wood overlaid with sheets of gold While the Bible does not actually state what the “IMAGE” was it is quite unusual to note that it was 10 times higher than it was wide denoting that this Kings desire was that it was QUITE visible to ALL!  NO DOUBT THE IMAGE WOULD HAVE BEEN INSPIRED BY HIS NIGHT VISION, AND ALTHOUGH THE PROPHET DANIEL TOLD HIM  HE WAS THE GOLDEN HEAD ALONE AND THAT HIS KINGDOM WOULD COME TO AN END HE MADE THE WHOLE OF THE IMAGE GOLD!  SO……..WHY DO YOU THINK HE MADE AN IMAGE ENTIRELY OUT OF GOLD? HE WAS FORCEFULLY MAKING THE CLAIM THAT HIS KINGDOM WOULD NEVER BE CONQUERED NOR COME TO AN END!!  SO THE KING GATHERS ALL IN PREPARATION FOR A GRAND DEDICATION….

THE REASON….
“INSERT PICTURE”
PRIDE
SO WHAT DOES GOD THINK OF PRIDE?
PSALM 10:4
PROVERBS 6:16-17
PROVERBS 16:5
PRIDE IS A VERY DANGEROUS THING….DID YOU KNOW THAT GOD RESIST THE PROUD JAMES 4:6?
DID YOU KNOW THAT….
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PRIDE GOES BEFORE THE FALL
PROVERBS 16:18
THE LORD HATES PRIDE AS HE CAN DO NOTHING WITH A SPIRIT THAT SAYS “LOOK AT ME, I KNOW IT ALL, I HAVE IT ALL, I NEED NOTHING”

THE TIMES THEY ARE A CHANGING…..
Daniel 3:4-7
For the Jew exiled in Babylon this was forbidden by the LORD Himself.
And while they had faced INDOCTRINATION of the Babylonian religion they were not faced with persecution for their Religious beliefs as far as Scripture reveals. That HOWEVER, is now about to CHANGE! Here we see that this decree from the King would affect ALL men of every language, ALL PEOPLE NATIONS AND LANGUAGES………At this point everybody will be put on the spot!——Do we OBEY the King or NOT? Do you go with these new Laws of the land??? To be JEWISH and BOW down and WORSHIP an image OTHER THAN GOD would BREAK the FIRST TWO of the 10 COMMANDMENTS!
EXODUS 20:2-5
And if the King meant what he said in VERSE 6 to DISOBEY would SURELY cost one his life!
Christians all over the World have been faced with this dilemma. Truly the laws of the land are indeed coming into CONFLICT with the LAWS of God.
For example: Christians in employment associated with Marriage which is Sacred and a picture of Christ and His Church such as Florist, Pastors, Bakeries people who work in the Legal system….clerks that must sign marriage license have found them selves under ATTACK like never before in the area of same sex marriage “WHICH IS AN ABOMINATION TO THE LORD” HAVE BEEN FINED HEAVILY, PUBLICLY RIDICULED OR HAVE BEEN FIRED OR EVEN SUFFERED THE LOSS OF THEIR BUSINESSES. No DOUBT even STUDENTS will face RIDICULE and PERSECUTION for STANDING UP for what they BELIEVE!
WHEN PERSECUTION COMES WE ARE THEN FACED WITH…….
A CHOICE “INSERT PICTURE”
STAND WITH CHRIST AS HE STANDS WITH YOU!
Even now the government is ATTEMPTING to FORCE Pastors to officiate at same gender weddings.
Coercing Christian colleges to accept homosexual behavior or lose government aide.
The list goes on and on…….
Eventually we will ALL be put on the SPOT for our VALUES and BELIEFS we HOLD DEAR IN CHRIST and we must choose RIGHT NOW if we will ALLOW ourselves to just GO WITH THE FLOW OR STAND FIRM ON CHRIST AND HIS WORD!
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WHEN THE WORLD PUTS YOU ON THE SPOT….
Daniel 3:6-7
You will be shown by the Lord what you are made of…..
TEMPTATION IS EVERYWHERE! AND THE PEOPLE OF DANIEL’S DAY SUCCUMBED TO THE TEMPTATION. ALL BOWED TO THE IMAGE…. HOWEVER WE HAVE GOD’S REVEALED TRUTH IN:
1Corinthians 10:13
2 Peter 2:9
The Lord will provide a way out of ANY temptation however, we HAVE A CHOICE as to what we choose to do OBEY HIS WORD OR YEILD TO THE TEMPTATION! Satan makes no one fall into sin, he is the tempter…..
Matthew 4:3

ENTER THE TATTLETALES…..
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DANIEL 3:8-12

So what do you do? You’ve been led into captivity to a foreign country and suddenly the King whose favorite saying is “I’ll tear you limb from limb and turn your house to rubble!” UNLESS YOU BOW DOWN and WORSHIP this GOLDEN MONSTROSITY. You know that IF you DO you are BREAKING the 1st two COMMANDMENTS (NO OTHER gods before HIM and DO NOT BOW DOWN TO IDOLS) So……
There are definitely times when we as Christians have to disobey the law of the land when it goes against what the King is commanding against God.
ACTS 4:18-20 & ACTS 5:27-29

ONCE AGAIN THE KING IS……
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ENRAGED!
DANIEL 3:13

SECOND CHANCES…….
BOW OR BURN
SO OUR 3 FRIENDS HAVE QUITE A DECISION TO MAKE.
DANIEL 3:14-15
THE KING WITH OUT A HINT OF A SMILE HAS CHALLENGED THEM TO BOW OR BURN! IF YOU DO, ALL WILL BE WELL, AND Who is that GOD THAT shall be able to deliver you out of my hand? THE KING APPARENTLY HAD ALREADY FORGOTTEN ABOUT THE GOD OF DANIEL, HANANIAH, AZARIAH AND MISHAEL FROM DANIEL CH. 2!! HE HAD’NT A CLUE WHO HE WAS DEALING WITH!
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SO NOW FOR HANANIAH AZARIAH AND MISHAEL
THE RUBBER IS HITTING THE ROAD! DECISION TIME!
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TRUE FAITH IN THE FACE OF THE FIRE……
DANIEL 3:16-18

WHAT AMAZING FAITH OUR 3 FRIENDS HAD!!! HAVING COMMITTED THEMSELVES TO THE GOD OF ISRAEL, GOD NOW COMMITS TO THEM HIS GREAT BOLDNESS AND STRENGTH TO NOT ONLY STAND BUT, TO DEFY THE KING!
PROVING…..
PHILIPPIANS 4:19
WHAT AN AMAZING TESTIMONY OF FAITH THESE 3 YOUNG MEN SHOWED IN THE FACE OF ADVERSITY. THESE 3 YOUNG MEN WAVERED NOT IN THERE RESPONSE TO THE KING. THEY SPOKE UP IMMEDIATELY WITH GRACE, YET FIRM RESOLVE AND GREAT FAITH! IT IS DEFINITELY ONE THING TO THINK WE WILL DO THE RIGHT THING IN THE FACE OF SUCH THREAT, BUT QUITE ANOTHER TO ACTUALLY DO IT! NOTE THAT THE YOUNG MEN STATED “OUR GOD IS ABLE TO DELIVER US, BUT IF NOT WE WILL NOT SERVE THY gods or BOW TO THAT STATUE!
COMMITTING OURSELVES TO THE ONLY GOD WHO CAN HELP US MEANS WE MUST RELY ON HIM AND HIS STRENGTH TO GIVE US BOLDNESS TO STAND AGAINST SIN. WE SHOULD NEVER HAVE SUCH PRIDE IN OURSELVES, BUT RELY ON GOD TO GIVE US WHAT WE NEED IN TIMES OF TESTING. WE ALL FAIL, LOOK AT PETER IN:
MATTHEW 26:69
DURING A TIME HE SWORE HE WOULD NEVER DENY THE LORD AT THE VERY MOMENT OF TESTING HE WAS QUICK TO DENY HIM NOT ONLY ONCE BUT 3 TIMES! HOWEVER, HE WEPT BITTERLY “GODLY SORROW YOUNG PEOPLE”
AND THE LORD FORGAVE AND RESTORED HIM…..
THE POINT HERE IS TO LOOK AT THE EXAMPLES OF
HANANIAH MISHAEL AND AZARIAH AND IN HUMILITY ASK  THE LORD TO:
MATTHEW 6:13b
THIS WAS TRULY THE CONFIDENCE THAT OUR 3 AMIGOS DISPLAYED!

SO HOW DO YOU THINK THE KING WOULD RESPOND?
WHATS GOING TO HAPPEN TO THESE 3 YOUNG MEN WHO WERE A MAJOR PAIN IN THE KINGS SIDE WHO WOULD NOT GO ALONG WITH THIS NEW ONE WORLD WORSHIP????

A FURIOUS FUHRER “TYRANT” AND A FIERCE FLAMING FIRE……..
DANIEL 3:19-23
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SO THE KING WAS SO ANGRY THAT HE COMMANDED THAT THE FURNACE BE HEATED 7 TIMES HOTTER WHICH IN THE BIBLE THAT NUMBER MEANS COMPLETE/PERFECT SO IT WAS PERFECTLY HOT! SO WHY WOULD GOD ALLOW THESE 3 FAITHFUL YOUNG MEN TO BE THROWN ALIVE INTO THE FIERY FURNACE? SIMPLE…
HIS WAYS ARE NOT OUR WAYS, AND HIS THOUGHTS ARE HIGHER THAN OURS! THE LORD SEE THE END FROM THE PRESENT AND BEGINNING AND KNOWS WHAT HE WANTS TO ACCOMPLISH THROUGH US IF WE WILL BE YIELDED TO HIM IN OBEDIENCE.
2 SAMUEL 22:31 & ISAIAH 55:8-9

I AM QUITE SURE SOME PRAYER WAS GOING UP FOR THEM AND WHEN WE DO NOT UNDERSTAND WHY THE LORD ALLOWS WHAT HE DOES, WE CAN KNOW BEYOND A SHADOW OF A DOUBT HE WILL ALWAYS WORK FOR HIS GLORY AND OUR GOOD….
GOD’S RESPONSE COULD HAVE SOUNDED SOMETHING LIKE THIS:
“MY CHILD IT IS MY PLAN THAT THEY GO THROUGH THESE FLAMES BECAUSE I HAVE SOMETHING WONDERFUL THAT I DESIRE TO SHOW THEM  AND IT IS ONLY FOUND IN THIS FIERY TRIAL  AND FOR ALL THE OTHERS AROUND WHO HAVE NOT TRUSTED IN ME.”

YOUNG PEOPLE NEVER DOUBT GODS GREAT LOVE FOR YOU OR THE POWER OF YOUR TESTIMONY FOR HIM AS OTHERS WATCH HOW WE WHO CLAIM CHRIST BEHAVE.
UNFORTUNATELY I BELIEVE MUCH OF OUR PRAYER LIVES REVOLVE AROUND US TELLING GOD WHAT HE SHOULD DO FOR US…..BUT GOD DID NOT TAKE THAT FIRE AWAY. HE CERTAINLY COULD HAVE AND CAN FOR US AS WELL BUT IN MY OWN PERSONAL LIFES EXPERIENCE AND COUNTLESS OTHERS MAKE NO MISTAKE HE ALWAYS HAS A GREAT PURPOSE IN LETTING HIS PEOPLE GO THROUGH FIERY TRIALS.

ROMANS 8:28-29
1 PETER 1:7-8

THE PURPOSE FOR THE FLAMES……
DANIEL 3:24-25
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WHAT A GLORIOUS RESULT! IN DIRECT FULFILLMENT OF
ISAIAH 43:2
THE FLAMES DID NOT EVEN TOUCH THEM! ONLY THEIR ROPES WERE BURNT OFF LOOSING THEM THAT WERE USED TO BIND OUR 3 FRIENDS!
ACTUALLY THAT IS GOD FOR YOU! HE CAN TAKE A NASTY TRIAL TO FREE US FROM THE THINGS THAT BIND US!  AND DID YOU NOTICE HOW THEY WERE ABLE TO COME THROUGH THIS FIERY TRIAL, QUITE LITERALLY INTACT? BECAUSE ONE LIKE THE SON OF GOD WAS WITH THEM LITERALLY!!!! IT IS CHRIST JESUS WHO WILL BE WITH US TOO AS HIS PEOPLE WHEN WE GO THROUGH TRIALS! TRUTHFULLY WHEN WE KNOW THE TRUTH
JOHN 14:6
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 “JESUS” HE WILL SET US FREE FROM THE FIERY TRIAL THAT WOULD SEEK TO BIND US AND HE DELIVERS US FROM SIN AND HELL!!!!  WHAT A GLORIOUS PICTURE OF DELIVERANCE FOR THOSE OF US WHO CHOOSE CHRIST!
So what was God’s PURPOSE for the FLAMES?
1. It was for Hananiah ,Azariah and Mishael themselves. They experienced the LIVING GOD quite literally in a way they had not before.They were able to see and experience His Protection, and His Peace first hand, along with sweet fellowship! Think about it for me I can HONESTLY say during times of trial I have experienced the Lord in such AMAZING PEACE and FELLOWSHIP and FELT His PRESENSE with me in ways I may not when everything is going STELLAR! How about you, can you also say you have experienced the COMFORT PEACE POWER and SWEETNESS of the Lord during times of great trial????” Talk about Justin’s recent surgery”
2. It was for King Nebuchadnezzar and those looking on. They got to SEE THE MIGHTY POWER OF THE LIVING GOD and that he is THE ONLY TRUE GOD WHO WILL GO THROUGH THE FIERY TRIALS OF LIFE WITH US and that IT IS ONLY HIM THAT CAN DELIVER us!!! So young people never underestimate the desire of the Lord to use you as a WITNESS to OTHERS when you go through TRIALS!

Daniel 3:26
NOTE THE KING CRIED FOR HANANIAH, AZARIAH & MISHAEL TO COME OUT OF THE FIRE and he also called them SERVANTS OF THE MOST HIGH GOD……OFCOURSE THEY COULD HAVE YELLED BACK TO THE KING NA-NA COME IN AND GET US BUT THEY CHOOSE TO BE godly in their behavior harboring no ill-will toward the King.
“FORGIVENESS IS A POWERFUL WEAPON”
Ephesians 4:32

ONE AMAZED KING & 3 THANKFUL BELIEVERS…..
Daniel 3:27-30
PLEASE NOTE THAT THE KING IS STILL CALLING GOD, THE GOD OF SHADRACH, MESHACH & ABED-NEGO
CONFIRMING BEYOND A SHADOW OF A DOUBT THIS MAN HAD STILL NOT YET EMBRACED GOD AS HIS OWN IN FAITH IN HIM ALONE!!!!
HOWEVER, THE KING WAS OBVIOUSLY BLOWN AWAY BY WHAT HE SAW WITH HIS OWN EYES…AND ONE THING WAS FOR SURE THAT THE KING KNEW THAT THEIR GOD WAS UNLIKE ANY OTHER FALSE god OF HIS! AND ONCE AGAIN WE SEE THE LIVING GOD BLESSING OUR 3 FRIENDS FOR THEIR OBEDIENCE TO HIM WITH A JOB PROMOTION…..STRAIGHT FROM THE DEPTHS OF THE FIRE TO A BETTER JOB RULING OVER THE PROVINCE OF BABYLON! DID YOU ALSO CATCH THAT NO ONE WAS EVER ALLOWED TO SPEAK A WORD AGAINST THE GOD OF SHADRACH, MESHACH & ABED-NEGO AND THE PENALTY WOULD BE THAT THEY WOULD BE PUT TO DEATH AND THEIR HOUSES LAID WASTE…….
SO HOW LONG WOULD NEBUCHADNEZZAR BE IMPRESSED WITH THE ONE TRUE GOD?
 READ:
DANIEL 4
TO SEE THAT THE KING ISN’T NEARLY AS IMPRESSED WITH THE ALL-MIGHTY ALL-POWERFUL LIVING GOD AS HE IS WITH HIMSELF!

LETS CHOOSE TO REMEMBER PETERS WORDS AS THE HOLY GHOST SPOKE THROUGH HIM:
1 PETER 1:3-9
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Daniel 6 Courage to STAND and do what is RIGHT in a WORLD gone WRONG:

Brief Overview of Daniel Ch. 4-5

When last we left Nebuchadnezzar the King who blessed the God of Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-nego for His Mighty Power to Deliver in Daniel Chapter 3 we see in Daniel Chapter 4 he once again finds himself with yet another puzzling dream! The King himself recalling the account.
Daniel 4:4-5
So once again the dream not only made him afraid but  troubled him as well so he yet again summons all the wise men of Babylon to come before him to make known to him the interpretation of his dream. The magicians, the astrologers, the Chaldeans and the soothsayers WHO WE KNOW COULD BY NO MEANS MAKE KNOWN THE INTERPRETATION TO HIS ROYAL HIGHNESS, and lastly Daniel whom he called Belteshazzar.
Daniel 4:8-9
NOTE that the King is still referring to the ONE AND ONLY GOD AS but ONE OF MANY gods!
So the King begins to reveal his STARTLING vision while having NO CLUE that JUDGEMENT was about to fall upon him IN A MAJOR way. HIS PRIDEFUL WAYS WERE ABOUT TO CATCH UP WITH HIM!
“INSERT PIC” “Nebuchadnezzar”
Daniel was astonished and troubled by the vision then proceeded to share the Truth of the matter as the Living God revealed.
Daniel 4:24-25
Daniel proceeded to tell the King what would come upon him and urged him to REPENT and give Glory to the God of Heaven.
GREAT PRIDE The Kings RESPONSE
 Daniel 4:30
“We all remember how God feels about PRIDE”
So for 7 yrs. Nebuchadnezzar would be driven mad and be as a beast of the field dwelling with them eating grass as an Ox…..
The Dream fulfilled:
Daniel 4:31-33
So at the end of the days 7 years precisely the Kings understanding returned to him and he Praised and Honored the One True God of Heaven!
Daniel 4:34 & 37
In DANIEL Chapter 5 we see that a new King has entered the picture King Belshazzar and  that he had commanded that all the Holy Temple vessels taken “stolen” some 70 years earlier from God’s Temple in Jerusalem “DANIEL 1:2” were now to be brought, and ordered to be used in the Kings drunken feast. These MOST HOLY Temple treasures of the Lord were now being PROFANED by this new pagan King, and you can bet that the Most Holy God was NOT at ALL pleased with this and brought judgement upon Belshazzar’s Kingdom as he had taken something so sacred and used it in the MOST irreverent way. As the drunken feast continued the Living God himself pronounced judgement on Belshazzar’s Kingdom and once again Daniel was called forth to reveal the meaning of the Handwriting on the wall as NO ONE else could possibly do as it was Daniel the Lord gave all Wisdom and Understanding in revealing dreams and visions.
Daniel 5:13-14
We see here Daniels Wisdom and Understanding and Character had been seen of many.
THE JUDGEMENT PROCLAIMED:
DANIEL 5:26-31
DO YOU REMEMBER THE BREAST AND ARMS OF SILVER SHOWN TO NEBUCHADNEZZAR IN THE NIGHT VISION BY GOD AND REVEALED BY DANIEL IN DANIEL 2:32-33?  MEDO-PERSIA verse 28 “A DIVIDED KINGDOM” given to the Medes and the Persians ……Prophecy FULFILLED

So far we have learned how Daniel and his 3 friends have refused to obey Nebuchadnezzar when it came down to bowing down in idol worship or defiling ones self with the King’s rich foods, even though he demanded their idolatrous worship our 3 young men STOOD FIRM and UNWAVERING in their Faith and refused to bow and Daniel refused to partake of his wine and feast. And as a result these 4 young men were exalted to great positions of Authority under Gods Mighty Blessing for their Obedience to Him.
Daniel as a youth got into the habit of standing up for what is right! He was faithful in little things and would find Gods Truth shown thru his life to be Faithful in Great things.
Luke 16:10
Now Daniel finds himself in an completely different Empire under the Medes and the Persians and still purposes to work hard and remain faithful to God. Daniel could have been despised as a stranger, captive and enemy, but he remained a hard worker doing his job well as Darius the King would soon see. Lets look at God’s Truth in:
Proverbs 16:7
And truly once again, Daniel would again find himself tested as a new Decree would be written condemning any Faithful follower of the God of Israel. And as always we will again SEE that God would PROVIDE a MIRACULOUS DELIVERANCE that would bring God His rightful Glory!
By this time in Daniels life he had been an Extremely important Official in the Palace thru the Reign of various Kings through out the many years he was held captive since the siege of Jerusalem in 605 BC.
Daniel 6:1-3
It didn’t take Darius the Mede long to recognize Daniels ability to lead and made him 1st Chief of 3 Presidents who would govern over the 120 princes placed over every province “a district or division of a Country” officials that were chosen by Darius which should be over the whole of the Kingdom. So in other words DANIEL was Leader over all the Kingdom and was preferred above all the presidents and princes…….as an excellent spirit was found in him. v. 3 DANIEL HAD FAR MORE THAN TALENT we know Daniel had Integrity, Character…Character / Integrity / VIRTUE is Vital as it will enable a person to see what he or she ought to do AND THEN PROPELS THEM TO DO IT…..These Characteristics are far more valuable then talent and TRUE Virtue comes from the Lord!
THE PLOT
Daniel 6:4-5
The partiality of the King towards Daniel made him the object of ENVY of all the other presidents and leaders of the Kingdom. And their great Jealousy led them on a quest to harm Daniel.
Ecclesiastes 4:4
Truthfully the more right we do sadly the more others will envy.
How does God view ENVY…..
Proverbs 14:30
Verse 5 tells us they could find NO FAULT in DANIEL!
He was Faithful to the King and Faithful to his God. So when the others could find NO INTEGRITY flaws in Daniel they sought to exploit his faithfulness to his God as a crime.
May it be said of us too that others could find no Character flaws in us as well.
So when all was said and done these men could only find that he was too DEVOTED to his God, so they attacked his Faith.
So Knowing that Daniel would indeed OBEY his God they would concoct an evil plot to ruin Daniel…..

Daniel 6:6-9
Insert Pic “DARIUS & DECREE”
v. 7 How convenient that they LEFT DANIEL out of their devious meeting and blatantly LYING they appealed to the Kings pride persuading the King to forbid ANYONE to Pray to any other God or man BUT the King for 30 days and the penalty for breaking the decree, they were to be thrown into the lions den. So King make this Law and MAKE SURE you SIGN it so it CAN NOT be ALTERED! So obviously we see the King loved the idea and signed the DECREE as THE LAW OF THE LAND.
SO WHEN PEOPLE THINK OF YOU, ASK YOURSELF DO THEY THINK OF YOUR FAITH? DO THEY KNOW WHERE YOU STAND?

These men obviously knew Daniels routine of Prayer and TRICKED the King using Daniels devotion to the ONE TRUE GOD…
For the Jew their custom was to Pray with faces turned towards Jerusalem. King Solomon in his prayer at the Temples dedication makes this plea to the Lord:
1 Kings 8:48
Asking God to hear the Prayers of those who were in foreign lands or even in captivity, so for the Jew they were turning their faces toward their OWN land which the Lord Himself gave unto their fore fathers and towards the city which He had CHOSEN and to the house that was dedicated to His Name. And as Daniel was in a foreign land, he himself prayed turning his face toward Jerusalem as was his DAILY CUSTOM. Daniel simply lived his life in Obedience and would not change or yield his CONVICTION. Daniel did what was right before the testing came, so he was able to stand with the Lord when the trial would come.

DANIEL FAITHFULNESS TO PRAY 3 TIMES A DAY:
Daniel 6:10-11
“INSERT PIC DANIEL PRAYING”
No earthly decrees were going to stop Daniel from praying to his God or worshipping Him for that matter. He had learned from an early age that The GOD of Abraham Issac and Jacob , the God of Israel was King of Kings and Lord of Lords. His life remained in God’s hands , and he trusted God with the results.
NOTE v. 10
Daniel went immediately to his house to pray knowing it was NOW ILLEGAL and wasn’t even worried and with window opened wide facing towards Jerusalem and began to pray GIVING THANKS…
1 Thessalonians 5:18
Nothing altered or changed Daniel TRUST in God. He was consistent steady and grounded in God, and it mattered not to him the CONSEQUENCES! Daniel was not ASHAMED of his God and altered NOT in his display of devotion! I would imagine Daniel prayed for the Leaders as well as the King.
DO WE DO THE SAME?
1 TIMOTHY 2:1-4
Even though Daniel was a busy Administrator of a large City , he still found time to pray 3 times a day. Daniel made it his priority to align himself with God throughout the day so that he could be sensitive to God’s leading! No wonder Daniel prospered in what ever he put his hand to. We too should UNDERSTAND the IMPORTANCE of taking time out of our busy schedules…..and btw NONE of us are as busy as Daniel was I’m quite sure, it is about priority, as we will always find time for what we WANT to do. I challenge you to take time daily to read, pray and meditate on Gods Word. Our situations are no more demanding or challenging than Daniels was. Daniel was a Government Official being used of the Lord right where he was, and the Lord desires to do the same of us.
THE PSALMIST KING DAVID DECLARED:
PSALM 55:17
EVENING AND MORNING AND NOON DID HE PRAY
NOTE the last part of V. 10
As he did AFORETIME “His everyday Custom”
And as plotted these envious wicked men do indeed find Daniel praying to his God.

The tattletales and The King’s REGRET:
Daniel 6:12-14
The officials immediately reported to the King that Daniel had disobeyed the decree. The King now realized he had been manipulated by his officials. You see the King had grown very fond of Daniel and RESPECTED him GREATLY. The King had set his heart to do every thing in his power to deliver him but was reminded in…..
Daniel 6:15
He was POWERLESS in this ISSUE
As according to Persian Law the Decree could NOT be changed nor altered finding he could do nothing to help this faithful hard worker he had come to ADMIRE so. The King could only hope that Daniel would not be harmed and that his God would protect him.

The Law UPHELD PUNISHMENT RENDERED and the KINGS ENCOURAGEMENT:
Daniel 6:16
Interesting to note that the King told Daniel his God whom he served continually WOULD DELIVER HIM. ONE MUST WONDER HAD NEWS TRAVELED OF GODS MIGHTY DELIVERANCE OF HANANIAH, AZARIAH AND MISHAEL! So Daniel is thrown into the Lions Den
INSERT PIC “DANIEL IN LIONS DEN”

Daniel 6:17-19
Once Daniel was thrown into the Lions pit he then went back to the Palace, cancelling the normal nights festivities of entertainment and food, even fasting for Daniel and lay SLEEPLESS all night long.
Reminds me of:
Proverbs 16:7
“GOD WILL TAKE CARE OF THOSE WHO PERSECUTE HIS PEOPLE” All he could do was hope Daniel was unharmed and At the first light of dawn with great anticipation the King ran to the den calling out to Daniel….
Daniel 6:20
“Daniel O Daniel is THY God whom thou serve CONTINUALLY, able to DELIVER thee from the lions?”

THE RESPONSE and One overjoyed King:
Daniel 6:21-23
The King was filled with Joy and finding him ALIVE and UNHARMED realized that what Daniel had said indeed was true! He was innocent of doing wrong before the King!
And so the King had Daniel ordered lifted up out of the pit without so much as a SCRATCH!  IT WAS THE GRACE OF GOD THAT PROTECTED DANIEL.

DANIEL’S ACCUSERS IN HUGE TROUBLE!
GOD DELIVERS DANIEL BUT JUDGES HIS ACCUSERS…
In Daniel 6:24 the King brought STIFF JUDGEMENT on these officials and their families……
OUR SINFUL WAYS HAVE FURTHER REACHING CONSEQUENCES THAN WE MAY REALIZE
God rescued Daniel and exposed his accusers and they were punished for their wrong doing.

ALL GLORY TO GOD:
DANIEL 6:25-28
GOD ONCE AGAIN RECEIVES GLORY FROM A PAGAN KING IN A FOREIGN LAND.
The King was so overjoyed by what happened and realized the magnitude of the POWER of Daniels God, that he wrote a Decree to ALL Nations and all people stated they fear and tremble before the Living God of Daniel “WOW THE KING COULD SEE IN DANIELS LIFE THAT GOD WAS ALIVE!”
COULD OTHERS SAY THAT OF US?  just as Nebuchadnezzar did many years before concerning Gods MIGHTY DELIVERANCE OF our 3 young friends.
Young people, GOD WILL get HIS DUE GLORY! He allows many things for things FAR GREATER than we can comprehend! It does not matter the King or President the administrators or administrations GOD WANTS TO USE YOU TO MAKE A HUGE IMPACT ON THIS WORLD!

NOTICE VERSE 28
THE GOD OF HEAVEN PROMOTED PROSPERED AND BLESSED DANIEL UNDER:
NEBUCHADNEZZAR, BELSHAZZAR, DARIUS AND CYRUS

QUESTIONS FOR US TO PONDER:
1. Why do you think it is important to have a consistent time of Bible study in God’s Word and prayer?
2. What have you learned about the GREATNESS and POWER and FAITHFULNESS of GOD through the 1st 6 Chapters of Daniel?
Persecution:
Persecution is being mistreated for what you believe. In the case of the Christian, it is being mistreated for your Faith and Trust in Christ Jesus. Persecution should be no surprise for the Christian as Christ Himself was persecuted.
John 15:20
The LIVING GOD CHRIST JESUS claims He is THE ONLY WAY OF SALVATION, AND AS A RESULT IS A HUGE OFFENSE TO ALL OTHER SYSTEMS OF BELIEF
John 14:6
Christianity is the only Religion that deals with our GREATEST PROBLEM…..OUR SIN NATURE. WE MUST HAVE GRACE AND FORGIVENESS
So this message is OFFENSIVE to all who reject Christ. When we are persecuted for our Faith or for sharing the TRUTH of JESUS and OUR GREAT NEED FOR HIM AND FORGIVENESS we will be persecuted but we are told by CHRIST to REJOICE for GREAT is our REWARD in HEAVEN!
Matthew 5:12

THE DEEPER SPIRITUAL MEANING OF DANIEL 6:
1 TIMOTHY 1:15-16

LIKE, PAUL WE ARE ALL SINNERS, AND HAVE ALL BROKEN GOD’S LAW. And as a result deserve a death sentence. God’s Law CAN NOT be CHANGED. No Matter how hard King Darius fought, HE was POWERLESS to SAVE DANIEL or have the Law REPEALED “To officially make a Law no longer valid”. BUT…..
GOD HOWEVER COULD SAVE DANIEL!
LIKE DANIEL WE HAVE ALL GONE AGAINST A LAW THAT CAN NOT BE CHANGED “GODS LAW”. AND ONLY GOD CAN SAVE US AS WELL, DECLARING US INNOCENT AS WAS DANIEL IN THAT SPECIFIC SITUATION. A PICTURE OF WHAT CHRIST DOES FOR US!
INSTEAD OF CHANGING AN UNCHANGEABLE LAW “HIS LAW’ CHRIST TOOK OUR PUNISHMENT FOR US…AND JUST AS DANIEL WAS SAVED FROM THE LIONS BY THE ANGEL OF THE LORD, WE BY GRACE THROUGH FAITH HAVE BEEN SAVED THROUGH CHRIST PUNISHMENT ON THE CROSS.
AND AS DANIEL REMAINED IN THE LIONS DEN OVERNIGHT, SATISFYING THE LAW OF THE MEDES AND PERSIANS, CHRIST JESUS SATISFIED THE LAW OF GOD BY HIS SHED BLOOD AND SACRIFICE!
 
 

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