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January 11, 2022 5:00 am
Pastor author and Bible teacher Alan Wright, whatever you can fill in the blank is a blank, if only I had my then be fulfilled, and I would feel secure in this work.
Whatever you put in there is likely an idol is been set up pastor welcome to another message of good news that will help you see your life in a whole new light adeno Britt excited for you to hear the teaching today. In the series.
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When Daniel chapter 3 at verse wine and I want to give you some excerpts of this if you want to follow along in Daniel chapter 3, starting at verse one king Nebuchadnezzar made an image of gold whose height was 60 cubits, and his breath six cubits is 90 feet high 91 and he set it up in the plaintiff door and the providence of Babylon. Harold proclaimed allowed your commando peoples, nations and languages that when you hear the sound of the hornpipe liar tried to harm bagpipe Americana music you fall down and worship the golden image that King Nebuchadnezzar has set up and whoever does not fall down and worship shall immediately be cast into a burning fiery furnace swelled and they learn verse 12 of these Jewish men that refuse to do so. There certain Jews, whom you have appointed of the affairs of the province of Babylon, Shadrach me shack and Abednego these men noting pay no attention to. They do not serve your gods or worship the golden image that you have set.
So Nebuchadnezzar comes them. Verse 15.
If you are ready when you hear the sound of the hornpipe liar target heart bagpipe never cut music to fall down and worship the image that I've made well and good but if you do not worship you, shall be immediately cast into a burning fiery furnace and it was a God who will deliver you on my hands well is the question of the sore incident, Shadrach me shack and Abednego answered and said to the king.
Oh Nebuchadnezzar, we have no need to answer you in this matter. If this be so our God whom we serve is able to deliver us from the burning fiery furnace, and he will deliver us out of your hand. Okay, but if not made known to you again that we will not serve your gods or worship the golden image that you have set up so verse 19 he ordered the furnace heated seven times more than it was usually heated and in verse 22 because the king's order was so urgent and the furnace overheated the flame of the fire killed those men who took up Shadrach me shack and Abednego backfired on in verse 2014, Nebuchadnezzar was astonished. Rose up in haste, and declared to his counselors did we not cast three men down into the fire and the answer to send the king true king, and he answered and said I see four men unbound walking in the midst of the fire and they are not hurt in the appearance of the fourth is like a son of the God's verse 27 the hair of their heads was not singed their cloaks were not harmed and no smell of fire had come upon them once preached a message on that is called smoking or non-smoking. There was a little boy he was afraid to go to the basement at his house and his mother wanted him to get over it. So she said honey would you go down the basement.
Please get the broom for me and he said mommy I don't like the basement scared. She said no, honey, there's nothing to be scared down. There's just another room in our house and there's nothing down there to hurt you. Please Molly, I don't want to. So she tried a different taxi said honey she said listen. Jesus is everywhere and he is with you and fight Jesus is in the basement. He said Jesus is in the basement. Really, she said yes.
So I walked over to the door the goes down the stairs to the basement, cracked it over to Jesus, you have a number of things to say. Sounds like the right thing to say when you're in a scary time.
How do you really count on that. And in a sense that's what this story is about. But as we'll see, it's a story as much about how idols are born and how they come down and how that relates to our worries and I hope to show you in the in how the removal of our idols is most beautiful way you can become more intensely aware of the presence of God in your own life in order to get all of this I will start with is the birthplace of idolatry. Idols are not just these things we make with our hands, three sailors said weekend off, and they were on leave for and had a couple wild nights, Friday and Saturday night at port and about everything you can imagine. I felt so guilty about all their sin that they will found a little church in the port city and they went to church on Sunday morning and Elva hold minister preached on the 10 Commandments and went right through all the 10 Commandments and after church. The sailors were walking away.
They were quiet for a long while until finally one of them spoke up and said well at least we didn't make any graven images this weekend, but in fact of the matter. Idolatry the second of the 10 Commandments is actually maybe our greatest problem is misunderstood. Everything idolatry only of little statues and things that you make with your hands like an ancient world war in Hinduism or Buddhism today in Ezekiel 14, three Son of Man these men a set of idols in their hearts.
Idolatry is much more about what's going on in your heart than it is just the construct of some piece of pottery, or sculpture and what happened to Nebuchadnezzar was he set up his idol because there was a big idol in his heart to really understand.
And what we've read about today if we had time we read all of chapter 2, but let me tell you the story.
What happened is there is this King Nebuchadnezzar who rules over the Empire of Babylon and the Babylonian Empire has overrun the southern kingdom of Judah and sacked Jerusalem and their philosophy. Politically, was it taken deport all those people Babylon with their living as exiles, just as the prophet said. And while there Nebuchadnezzar strategy was to take the best and the brightest of all of these Jewish exiles and use them in his court. And so Daniel had been promoted because you are so gifted and there are others like me shack up Shadrach and Abednego that that were there in exile, but there there there being used in in matters of Royal affairs well. Nebuchadnezzar is arguably the most powerful man in the known world at that time, but is really answer. A troubling dream and nightmare and nightmare was so troubling to him that he called all of his wise men and soothsayers a set of need someone to tell me what this dream mean is of the soothsayers came to him and said answer your Royal highness will be happy to were skilled and dream interpretation. I would be happy to tell you the meaning of dreams or tell us what is your dream and said, no, no, is that I can't trust that you tell me the meaning of the dream unless you can tell me the actual dream is I want you to tell me the dream and its interpretation or else all you got to be killed.
I said okay.
How is residue that is only the gods could have such information is as I prepare to kill all of his wise men and Daniel steps for Daniel and his friends are also will be killed because now there even though Jews are considered to be part of these wise men and the Nebuchadnezzar's court and he says let me have an audience with the King and trusting God is going to show him the dream and its interpretation and a phrase such income to the knees before Nebuchadnezzar and he says I can't. I can't see into these things and I can't interpret them. My God can and he tells them to measure here was your dream you had a dream of a giant statue's head was of gold whose breastplate chest was of silver whose midriff was bronze whose legs were of iron and whose feet were a mixture of iron and clay, and in your dream a rock that was not cut by human hands came and struck those feet of clay and the entire statute toppled and as it did.
It became like chaff in the summer wind and blew away like dust. The course Nebuchadnezzar is as you can imagine trembling in all that this person has seen is doing and Daniel says here's what it means is you and your kingdom are the golden head and God has allowed you to rule in this position, but there will be a lesser kingdom that will come and follow you and will overthrow your kingdom.
And then there be another kingdom lesser than that. That will come and then there be a another kingdom is like iron that is strong, but then there will come a kingdom that's not cut by human hands, and it will be God's kingdom and it will crush all of the others I met rock said that came and struck them grows big like a giant mountain and fills all their such will be. He said the final kingdom talent right will have more teaching moment from today's important series like to be accepted perfectly free to be yourself with no fear of injection don't roll their eyes make fun of you and what he lacks.
No more anxious feeling that you feel like a pressure is always on the railing and ask what you longing for life with no shame in paradise before sinking into the world.
The Bible tells us only one thing this relationship found no shipping ever since the fall of the human heart has been riddled wishing to allow that size can tell you that you can't be truly acceptable seem condescending, so I try to be perfect in order to meet others to decide. Since I'm not a measure at them as well.
Right now the road ahead is pleasing fashion. And there's only one the grace of God in Jesus Christ and his highly acclaimed book for yourself yourself not only exposes the lies of shame.
He leads you into a revolution of God's love that heals your cell discomfort, freedom, joy, and destiny as you shall performance-based rating shame and fear for good life-changing full-length book from Alan Wright for yourself. We are happy to send this to you as I thanks from Alan Knight ministries, seven 877-544-4860 877-544-4861 come to our website past Rowan.like today's teaching now continues once again is also ensuring about it. Of course, is a historian plug and go well. The Babylonian Empire gave in to the Meadow Persian Empire that followed it, and then the Greek empire and then the strong Roman empire, and in that Roman empire of its time stone that was cut not by human hands. The rock upon which all of our faith is built came and Jesus inaugurated his kingdom and it turned all other kingdoms by comparison to dust and has taken over the world and will reign forever will Nebuchadnezzar was at first an absolute all of this and promoted Daniel and Dana said I liked also promote my three friends, Shadrach me shack and Abednego put them over as precincts in the governance and so they did, but not long after that was when Nebuchadnezzar decided to erect this giant 90 foot golden statue and why did he, having started by saying loud Nebuchadnezzar, Santa Daniel, your God must be the true God and worship him and promoting Daniel. Why then does he erect this huge golden statue because he is afraid this is the birthplace of all idols fear thanks the uncertainty because the fact that he believed Daniel made him aware that his Babylonian Empire was gonna come to an end and was almost as if what he did was he said if my empire is symbolized by gold to make this manifestation of my dreams a reality. But I will make it all gold almost as if he could control it by saying is give the Babylonian Empire all the way down to the feet is AR idols are our attempts to deal with our uncertainty or angst about the future are weighty realization of our own mortality. All of this. Tim Keller said power is often born of fear, and in turn gives birth to more fear a lot of people who have ruled throughout history were fearful people once they were in power they became even more fearful 20th century theologian Einhorn Niebuhr said that man is insecurity seeks to overcome his insecurity by what he called a will to power.
He pretends that he is not limited so Nebuchadnezzar built this huge idle made of gold or maybe at least gold plated and it was as if to say, I can make other people bow down and I will prove the dream wrong. That's way idols work idols will reveal your greatest fears again Keller idols give us a sense of being in control. We can locate them by looking at our nightmares. What do we fear the most. What if we lost it would make life not worth living. And so he makes this huge 90 foot statute is idle and attaches all this fanfare to it, but it's like the whole narrative is mocking the idle because just look at this for fun. If you go through the story phrase keeps recurring. And that is that Nebuchadnezzar had set it up.
Look at verse to the dedication of the image that networking Nebuchadnezzar had set up verse three provinces gather for the dedication of the image of King Nebuchadnezzar had set up an estimate for the image that Nebuchadnezzar had set up verse five they all fall down and worship the golden image of King Nebuchadnezzar has set up in verse seven.
All the people nation later filled out worship the old image. The King Nebuchadnezzar had set up verse 12. They do not serve your God to worship the golden image that you have set up even as her said is true, Shadrach me shack, Abednego, could you do not serve my gods, or worse of the golden image that I have set up and they said verse 18 we will not serve your gods worship the golden image that you have set up to set it up. He said he decimated himself and he probably not the proper.this is funny is like saying you yourself is making fun of idols. That's generally the prophetic position of the Scriptures to make fun of idols because they have no breath in them know life is folly of idolatry is interesting. Idols are not really as a lot of people think a replacement to God. But in addition is an interesting story just briefly mention it. That is one of the earliest and most famous eye scenes of idolatry. When Moses had gone up to the mountain to get the 10 Commandments he was gone longer than the people expect and they still get nervous so they made this golden calf.
In Exodus chapter 30 to see the gold from the hand fashioned it with graving tool made a golden calf said these are God's original tomatoes golden Look at what Aaron says it first when Aaron saw this, he built an altar before it we built an altar before the golden calf and Aaron the brother Moses made a proclamation, is that tomorrow shall be a feast to the Lord that would have a big worship Festival to Yahweh.
There also have this altar to the golden calf's are idols. Don't assume replace God with their like things, except in our heart there. In addition to God and they are as if to say, I'm getting sort of nervous and so I need some other things to prompt that made me feel little bit more in charge and whatever you can fill in the blankets. ITS blank, if only had blank then be fulfilled, and I would feel secure in this work. Whatever you put in there is likely an idol that's been set up in the heart and idols are not necessarily these physical surface things, money and prestige all oftentimes or something deeper beneath it. I think one of the idols that has mostly been destroyed in my life and verify for flat codes come by the grace of God but an example of this was in my earlier years.
I had a too much of a need for others approval listen.
Idols are not usually something that comes from a bad thing that uses some custom a good thing right me money is not a bad thing but is a good thing can use it for wonderful things, but it can become an idol.
If you become like an ultimate thing in the favor of people is a good thing we bless our kids every day in the life of their grown wisdom stature and favor with God and with people to enjoy the favor of people, and God opens doors and and and enjoy that kind of friendship that's a wonderful thing but it's quite another to start looking to it and say what I need to have others approval or else are not to be okay and I don't know maybe just came from the brokenness of my childhood and and broken family.
I just had the seeds of wounds and and wrong belief that got planted there about about rejection. Whatever my bit. So I think for a lot of years even into my early adulthood that I had erected like an idol of approval and the problem. Once you do this, is that what we see is the idle itself. You think if only I have everybody's approval then I'll feel secure in life will feel worthwhile and I'll be fulfilled. The problem is, not only does it not solve your worries, but it adds to them what happens is as soon as you make an idol and you put it up on the shelf of your heart is, unless I have this then I can be fulfilled. What happens as soon as somebody doesn't approve of what is does reject you will idol you set up mocks you in return will get you.
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We will send you a special offer. We are happy to send this to you as I thanks from Alan Wright Ministries, seven 877-544-4860 877-544-4861 come to our website pastor.like you were putting the bookmark your another in the fire the series. No worries. So what you parting thought for the person listening right now. But here's the good news or to learn more about this tomorrow, but if an idol that we set up in our lives turns around and shames us as we been described. If the idle that we set up to relieve our worry instead makes us worry. The good news is that if I set it up.
I can take it down and so the idle start acting like it has this huge amount of power over you as I'll be sharing more about what I used to have an idol. I think of others approval well it can get bigger and bigger in your mind and you just find yourself working harder and harder for others approval until the day you going to minute. No I don't have to have that Amaury approved in God and so then you have the full right and authority to take down those idols, smashing and so I think that's really good news Daniel because what it means is, were never helpless when it comes idols in our lives.
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