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Standing For Your Testimony - Example of Daniel

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July 24, 2022 9:00 am

Standing For Your Testimony - Example of Daniel

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July 24, 2022 9:00 am

June 20, 2022 – Messages from Interns Cam McFarland and Ty Cockman

            Main Scripture Passage:  Daniel 3:8-11; Daniel 6:3-23

            Topic:  Testimony

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Tonight is a special service. You may not know it, but we're going to have a double preaching contest and I was a contest that we we are going to do a double barrel shotgun tonight, you're gonna have to preachers that are going to preach tonight to you and there are summer interns at been with us this summer. Ty Kochman and Kim McFarland and is a great privilege just to be able to see their growth. Young men spiritually mature, and so it says in Titus, let no man despise thy youth, and these young men have a heart for the Lord and I just encouraged by their walk with the Lord and know where they're at and a week week I want to do like rock paper scissors and arm wrestling match to see who would win to go first but like I'm going first sieges that, first, so that I can McFarland you make your way up here tonight and make him feel welcome. Has he comes a season.

I actually volunteered old me I was going first regardless, if you would send me forward.

I would jump in the Daniel three starting verse eight where he down to verse 11 were for the time, certain child dance came near, and accuse the Jews they spake, and said the king Nebuchadnezzar. Okay live forever. That will king has made a decree that every man that shall hear the sound of the cornet flew her sex, but sultry in the summer and all kinds of music shall fall down and worship the golden image, and so forth, not down worship that he should be cast in the midst burning fiery furnace in order to save her tonight. Thank you for the privilege and the honor of coming towards night and the reason for this this crowd, Lord, I just pray that you hide me behind the cross.

To me the words to speak in your wisdom and your peace. Give your patients what everybody sees this message is a little bit weird part like I'm still standing every to sit down in a nice stairs and out really makes me appreciate what Pastor has to do you know he's used to stand up your little assignment he's got that skinny legs. So yes, like chitosan up on it so wrong in all seriousness, I say thank you to both Braden, Pastor, to the church will and become speak tonight is kind of crazy to think that I used to walk through the corner door sit in the corner walk out the corner door four years ago. It's an item appear speak in front of everybody. So so crazy since I of my message standing for your testimony is something that the Lord later my heart to share with you something jump right into the most common definition of the testimony is a written or spoken statement usually is used in the terms of a court of law on people give their testimony, their eyewitness testimony to a crime or to a specific event just give their account of what they saw went down in Christian terms testimony is the story or the change that has occurred because of Jesus Christ coming in your life which can really be broken down into three different parts or three questions. Those questions are what was life like before you met Christ. How did you come to know Christ and how his life changes you've met Christ as a thing about a Christian testimony is not just the testimony that you tell us the testimony that you live every single day/tonight. What is your testimony doesn't go everybody in here to think about questions like what is your testimony you have the testimony of Jesus Christ.

Life if someone were to ask you what is changing your life.

Since you've met Jesus Christ, what would you say and then not only what would you say but does your life and the way you live everything they reflect that doesn't reflect Jesus Christ in your heart and in your life just might re-examine the testimony of three young men decided to make a stand for God before you know the story is when you live in the background of the context context everything when you read the Bible so Bryn Daniel three tonight. Daniel three is centered around the role of King Nebuchadnezzar.

He was the king of the Babylonian empire from about 605 to about 562 BC, and at the time this was an considered is one of the strongest empires in history of the world.

He was the king of everything he had so much power. So much wealth and he knew it and he use that to build a statue of himself. The Bible says that the statue was 60 cubits high, or about 90 feet and about six cubits, while about 9 feet to the put that into perspective.

90 feet tall is about three telephone poles stacked on top of each other. This was a massive statue made out of gold that reflected himself as a statue of himself. The purpose of this image was for people to worship. It's about down on it in the Bible says, anyone who did not worship this image would be thrown into a fiery furnace and burned alive.

So this is where we pick up a story here in verse 12 of Daniel three. There are certain Jews, whom thou hast sent over the affairs of the province of Babylon set Arachne second bending of these mineral King not regarded the they serve. Not that God's, nor worship the golden image which thou hast set up. Michelle track and Abednego were three cute Hebrew boys is actually names were in Anaya Michio and Azariah, and work these names were changed by King Nebuchadnezzar so they would fit what he wanted on these men were teenagers at the time of this story there, educated, raised up in place of the provinces in the king of Babylon by King Nebuchadnezzar himself. So this Fremont to my first point tonight, which is known by your testimony, Jeremy Scheck and Abednego were known by their testimony.

They were known throughout the entire kingdom for not bowing down to the golden image. They stood and knelt for the cross, they did kneel for an image of a man dressed in my what are you known for.

Are you known for somebody that need Niels at the foot of the cross that falls Niels for the temptations of.

Here's a thing as a Christian. People know if you're being authentic. They know what you kneel for what you stand for and what you don't know, for we don't stand for. As Christians, our sermons have to match our life. We have to practice what we preach right we sit here Sundays and Wednesdays.

We hear these messages but if we just walk out and don't live them were just short tenders and to be honest, attending church does not make you a Christian living as a Christian makes you Christian living out the Bible looking like Jesus Christ. Pastor says a lot and maybe not as much that you stay with you so is as if I was asked thankless people to you in your life if you were Christian but with a set and I something about that question. All of the time. 10 people. I count who are the 10 people my life and I would just sit there and think okay I think I have sent in. That was years ago. Now I think I can maybe maybe get to 100 or something like that.

But really think about that thing about the 10 closest people to you and think with. They know that I'm a Christian. The Bible says in Matthew 716 you shall know them by their fruits. Not only will God know you by your fruits and see you know your heart to the people see your fruits whether you want to or not, people are going to see what you're doing there to see those fruits. So what do those fruits route reveal about your heart, where they reveal by your testimony because that's what they're in a see you as necessary to see see you as you are moving along the story. Verse 13 says, then Nebuchadnezzar in his rage and fury commanded to bring set Arachne second Abednego then they brought these men before the king Nebuchadnezzar spoken set them it is true, shattering the second Abednego do not serve my gods, nor worship the golden image was life set up Nebuchadnezzar was furious.

He knew that these men were not kneeling for his image that will you guys guys are my imager for cross. What is that makes no sense.

And the point of this ties into our lives that applicable applicable part of this is. As Christians, people don't only know what we stand for the note which stand against how often do people of the world ask us what you mean you don't stand for LGT PQ that's huge these days. We asked that all the time. You mean you don't stand for abortion.

You mean you can wait till marriage is that doesn't make sense to them.

And the thing about that is you can expect non-Christians act like Christians. So we have to act that way to show them what Christians really are. That's why our sermons have to match our lives because if not riches hypocrites. How often you hear someone say oh I don't go to church because someone did this in the church with Tom or someone to this is why it's so important to live out our testimonies before men. Here's the thing about having a strong testimony that's founded on the word of God. It's going to face opposition, you're going to face opposition, whether you like it or not.

John 1519 says if you were of the world. The world love his own, but because were not of the world, but have chosen you out of the world.

Therefore, therefore the world hated you. If you like the world a lot different from the world or hate you look at the way our Christian lives are now we don't stand for certain things people don't like that so they don't like us right because were different from them and were supposed to be different were called to be different and that's okay. I heard Pastor say one time. If you're not butting heads with the devil as you walk in the same way that he is is okay but heads with the devil.

Okay it is okay to blackheads with the devil is sitting in the story Daniel 315 says now he be ready that what time you hear the sound of the Coronet flute and harp segments offering dulcimer and all kinds of music you fall down and worship the image which I've made well, but if you were should not you shall be cast the same hour into the midst of the of a burning fiery furnace and who is that goddess of the live you out of my hands really folks in Las Cruces versus says who is that God will deliver you out of my hands. I don't know how often this happens to you abs me a lot people say we mean God is nothing to do with this does not in this is not part of this doesn't matter.

You can't tell me how to live my life what's right what's wrong he can tell me what to do with my life, my body, my choice, but here's the thing about all of that is Genesis 11 says in the beginning God created the heavens and the earth because he created everything God has a say in everything and this was me and my second point tonight. The spirit in your testimony that you have in Daniel 16 directly second, Abednego, answered and said to the king Nebuchadnezzar. We are not careful to answer the in this matter. If you be so our God whom we so we serve is able to deliver us from the burning fiery furnace, and he will deliver us out of the hand. Okay, but is not being known into the okay and that we will not serve thy gods to worship the golden image which set up these men truly believe having faith over fear it in just wearing a T-shirt, it is get tattooed on her body.

They lived, they said, were not considered God to serve our God, and if you those into a furnace. He can deliver us from that. But even if he doesn't respond I can about your image.

They truly had faith over fear the King James version of the Bible which is sometimes hard to read, understand accident is King James Bible today so I get it I get it, but it tells us over 100 times the fear not, be not afraid if God says something once I'm in the Bible is probably pretty important if he says over 100 times. How important is it right is super important. Here's the thing about having fears of Christian we don't have that spirit.

Second Timothy 17 says for God hath not given us a spirit of fear but of power and of love and a sound mind. But today the truth is we have Christians that fear actually everything, fear not being accepted. Genesis 127 says so God created man in his own image in the image of God created we are created in God's image.

Therefore, we are accepted is himself. He created us in his image fear of our futures. Jeremiah 2911 was my fear versus for I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the Lord, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you an expected end. He has a plan for our future. We can trust him with that fear of persecution. Matthew 510 has a reason. This is can we skip Blessed are they which are persecuted for righteousness sake, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. We are blessed if we are persecuted. I guess that we should look as with the devil, it's okay face of it, opposition is a means of staying on the right side. Fear of death to lost people. Sometimes I don't understand how this is not the scariest thing in the world of your death for Christians were free from that. John 316 for God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten son is whosoever believes in him should not perish but have everlasting life. Probably most famous person Bible right there.

We don't have to fear death weary will. Jesus defeated death on the cross for us so we don't have to fear, know the Bible does say we should fear one thing. Proverbs 910 the fear of the Lord is beginning of wisdom and knowledge of the holy is understanding we should fear God, we should not under any circumstance, fear man, we should fear God so as to examine your life.

What do you fear you fear the Lord you respect him, you honor him you trust seek to glorify him is that's who we should fear, we should not fear man should not feel failure.

We deftly snuff your fear death back to Daniel three verse 19 says there was Nebuchadnezzar full of theory in the form in his this is was changed against directly second. Abednego, therefore, he spake and commanded that they should keep furnace 17 times more than it was, was wont to be seated and commanded the most mighty men that were in his army to find Shah directly.

Second Bendigo and cast them into the burning fiery furnace.

Then these men were bound in their coats, their shows in their hats and their other garments were cast in the midst of the burning fiery furnace.

Therefore, because the king's commandment was urgent in the first six was exceedingly hot. The flames of the fire slew those men that took up directly. Second Bendigo these three men cataracts.

The second Bendigo fell down. Bound in the midst of the burning fiery furnace. Then Nebuchadnezzar the king was astonished and rose up and hasten spake Sunday's counselors did not we cast three men in the midst of fire they answered and said in the king true okay there's only three men he answered and said hello.

I see four men loose, walking the midst of the fire may have no her in the form of the fourth is like a son of God. A lot of people Mrs. in this part of Scripture and I learned this the summer when I was away working on college camp.

There's two sets of men in the story logical missive there's two sets.

One of them shacks at Oregon, Abednego whose names look keep being repeated. The other men were not name but it was a group of men that bound them up, tied them up and threw them in the fire.

According to verse 22. When these men bound them up through them in the fire.

They were burned they were burned up. The reason that they were burned up was because they were of the flesh. They live in the flesh. Their first rough flesh you second reckon Abednego were filled with the spirit, so they were not touched by the flame so as tonight. What group are you in are you still with the flesh are you living for fleshly things.

Are you chasing the world or you fill with fruits of the spirit be filled with the Spirit, are you chasing God when you face the furnace in your daily life.

Your testimony should be refined and that is what this is talking about. That's what the spirit is is like gold.

When we go through the furnace it's can it work in a come out better on the other side. So do you stand for the rest of the world or do you stand out as a Christian is you test me full of flesh. Galatians 519 says now the works of the flesh are manifest, which of these, adultery, fornication, unpleasantness, lasciviousness, idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, variance in relations rest strife cetaceans here sees and beings, murders, drunkenness, violence and such things of that which I tell you before, as I have also told you in time past, that they which do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of heaven. The King James, messing up on that. So I had to listen to it on my lap get those were the rights of a mess them up. Apologize the truth about Christian testimony as it takes a lifetime to build only a few seconds to ruin the opposite of that. Galatians 519 through 21 is Galatians 522 and 23 is your testimony filled with fruits of the spirit is says but the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, long-suffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, temperance, and against such there is no law that is a great verse memorized. That should be something we examine our lives every single day by are we living by the fruits of the spirit because were called to live by recorder live by the second group of words not the first one recession. Reckon Abednego's testimonies were like I said they were like gold. They were refined when they went through the fire is fire will purify metal initial purifier testimony every single day.

We all face face the furnace in our lives no matter where it is school work wherever we were in those places are testimonies just should rise above the world should stand out.

People should know what we stand for patient know that we are different than the rest of the world. We must paste favorite pieces of Scripture for the end of the sermon on the Mount, Jesus says in Matthew 724 27 therefore whoever sucked so here is the same as mine, and do them. I will like and so a wise man, which built his house upon a rock in the rain is set in the floods came the winds blew.

Be upon the house and it fell not for it was founded upon a rock and everyone here is the same as mine and do with them not, shall be likened to a foolish man, which built his house upon the sand and the rain set in the floods came, and the winds blew and beat upon the house and it fell in great was the fall of people full of the flesh, build their house in San people full of the spirit of their house on the rock.

The Maravich who played 10 years in the NBA from 1970 1980 said this will giving his testimony at the Billy Graham Crusade if you chant this is just a small part of it. If you get a chance. Look it up on YouTube. I've listened to maybe 10 times is one of the greatest testimonies I've ever this is what he says you have made. You may have never heard of me and it makes no difference on this one man on this are saved by the grace of God through faith in Jesus Christ. No way to know that the change came to my life was Jesus Christ it was, not winning. I want all my life. Every trophy everything you can think of but every time I one I wanted something more.

I had to win again. It was a money because money will buy you everything but happiness and pay your fair everywhere but heaven was a material things are given everything you strive for. For Rolls-Royce is BMWs, Mercedes, the forces was a religion because it was the name of religion. The Jesus Christ placed upon that cross and the purest thing about Christianity is that it's your choice.

You can't work, you can earn and I knew that what Pete did for the remote majority of his life was he built sand castles built in the sand on the sand and when the storms of life came they were washed away. This was I think a year before he passed away.

It was at this point that he decide to build built for himself a mansion heaven that will never be washed away.

Continuing the story moving in the final part and really the key part of my message tonight is the power in your testimony.

Then Nebuchadnezzar came near the mouth of the burning fiery furnace is bacon said to Shadrach me shack in Abednego the service of the most high God, come forth and come hither. Then Shadrach me shack inventor Kent came forth into the missile fire and the princes Governors Captains and the Kings counselors being gathered together, so lease men upon whose bodies the fire had no power nor is an error of their head sins. Neither were their coach changed, nor the smell of fire and pass on them, then that Nebuchadnezzar spake, and said, Blessed be the God of Shadrach me shack in Abednego with sent his angel and delivered his servants to trust in him and have changed the king's work and yielded their bodies, they might not serve nor worship any god, except for their own God. Therefore I make a decree that every people, nation, language which speak anything amiss against God, the God of shack me shack in a minute ago shall be cut in pieces and their houses shall be made to a gun show because there is no other God they can deliver after this sort because of the testimony than me shack Shadrach in Abednego were able to have stood for, they were able to bring the king of Nasser made a huge image of himself to fear the Lord, a man that prideful because of their testimony was able to fear the Lord in the end there is such a great power in a testimony and the good thing about that is there such great power in your testimony separately is one for says newcomers forth us and all of our tribulation, that we be able to build comfort that that we may be able to comfort them which are in any trouble, by the comfort wherewith we ourselves are comforted of God. God gives each and every single one of us a testimony for reason this verse in verse shows us what that reason is it's the comfort others and to be able to bring others to a place that they too can fear the Lord.

This is really shown in ministry there is a reason that I work and see ministry in college ministry and for visiting our discourse ministry. There's a reason I work in those fields my testimony. This was a God, give me a bill for that. I've lived that life. I walked out walking. That's why I go back because I don't don't want young people to make things excited there's reason I don't work in recovery ministry or prison ministry or other types ministry is not because I don't believe in the fruit. There is not a cliff because I don't believe that it can work out have that testimony, but I know some people in this room you so just want to ask are you using the tools and the testimony that God gave you to bring others to the Lord is excited how many people in this room have been impacted by the testimony of somebody else with her. The one they share with you or the one that they live by. So hands basically everybody.

And in that reverse it and you can affect someone else's life. Are you using your testimony as a tool and as a vessel for God.

Second Timothy 221 says if a man therefore purge himself from these, he shall be a vessel, and so on are sanctified meet for the Masters use prepared unto every good work. Your story of repentance and turning from sin is glorifying to God. Let that story be used as a vessel for God love the way that you live your life be a vessel for God heard someone say from this pulpit is no longer in the searching work is way he said you may be the only Bible to somebody ever reads they may never pick this up, but they may spend a year with you at a job at school or wherever he may be in you might be the only Bible the only Christians they cross paths with. Let them see Christ in you and through you. The second time Mike and I go there but Paul gives his testimony in acts 22. His testimony is in the Bible for reason God wanted their Paul was Saul and he was a Christian killer.

Then he met Jesus and became a Christian lover go half the test, God wants us to learn from his testimony and he wants others to be with learn from our testimony. Don't be afraid to share. Don't be afraid to use it in Ashley. Do not be afraid to live it.

So they come to the end of this of my time every single person in this room has a sphere of influence. Even young people have one of the greatest circles of influence that you will ever have in your life right now in high school, your testimony what people see in you and out of you is one of the greatest gifts and tools that God has a will.

God has a will ever give you your toast testimony impacts her family or friends or coworkers and your fellow Christians let Christ be the center of that testimony.

Let others see Christ if you're here tonight and you feel like I don't know my testimony. I encourage you to take time this week. Sit down and think about everything that God is done in you for you and for you write it down. Take the time to sit down and write it down. You'll be amazed by how much God is not for you on the forget. When I wrote my baptism testimony is like four lines holding his right after I got saving about thousand. This is a fillet of a lot I guess adulterated.

I write my testimony for camp. I worked a couple months ago and is probably about four pages now probably be long drives to remember everything. If you're here tonight and you feel like Christ is not the center of your testimony or that you don't have one. I encourage you, make that assist light make a decision to hand the pen of your life over to Christ through Jesus Christ. He can take in mass inserted into a message you can take a test inserted into a testimony. You have to be willing to give him the pen to do that.

John 1412 says, verily, verily, I sent you, he that believes on me work so I do shall he do also and greater works than these shall he do because I go into my father. There are great things ahead of you, no matter where you're at in life there are greater things ahead of you. That's what the Bible says, but in order to see those have come through the father. Let God show you those greater things.

Once again I know I talk really fast. A little nervous, so just thank you the church you guys for letting me come the night and speak talk tag herein.

Awesome. And that's encouraging to look at the testimony of the shed. Let me check and then go something that is always stood out my life and say where prayer before I get started. Why neither the word of God and about deli father, thank you for this day, I thank you for this opportunity. The Lord was the lady this time. This is got idle take it lightly of this opportunity to present your word and pray that you would just speak through me, Lord, help me to be your vessel or don't let my words come out to help them in all the orders.

I pray that you would help me to just present which you have nothing else I fail to see Christ right so it's pretty simple, planned it this way, but if you're in Daniel three shall flip over to Daniel six. I want to be good.

Looking at some of the examples of Daniel. Another way to put it by the camp said was the testimony of Daniel is another good way of putting the time, say with the story vandalized and I know it's one that many of us have heard real basic. I know a lot of us have heard it.

Sometimes they cannot read the entire chapter go through the entire chapter of Daniel six would be quite a feat.

So what I want to do them to do a summarized version of the story in them will happiness in Scripture as I is different points so I can said the Empire that Nebuchadnezzar had established was the most dominant one of the time right.

His son had just taken over and it was his son, Belshazzar, or our text picks up and Daniel six.

King Darius is just overthrowing the kingdom from them.

It'd take away the Empire of Babylon and establish the Medo Persian Empire that is now the most influential and most dominant empire in the world. Darius was a smart man he knew that with all of these different providences and all these different areas that he was in that you can run it on his own. So the schedule tells us that he appointed 120 princes over the different provinces and appoint three presidents over the princes, the princes to report back to this is where we find Daniel Scripture says that he was the first of the presidents and I preferred above the presidents. Daniel was Darius's right-hand guy uses number one right became even desire to prevail over the entire kingdom. So with this favoritism. Naturally some jealousy and envy came up some jealousy comes with favoritism always right. The other presidents and princes were envious of Daniel.

In this position to the king's own response to the intifada guesstimates cursor tells us they went through all of the different areas that he was responsible for. They went through all of his work. All of his life, went through how we recall like our home rap sheet. I will be what he's responsible for when they went through it all. They found out that there's nothing the holy instant right. Daniel was a clean man in everything was cleaned up his life. He wasn't being unfaithful to his pain. He was an honest, integral man, but the only thing that they had against the only thing that they can point out against annual was he was faithful to God else's is that all they had against him that he was loyal to his got so Dale's testimony right was that he worship God and that he did so consistently. His testimony was the only thing that they hold against him as God. So the presidents and present and make a plan ideal.

What if one of the present King Darius with a new decree right. What if we say what if what if we make a decree where no one can ask anything of any God or any man 30 days except you right. If a dual castle in the den of lions they had.

They knew there that Daniel was consistent in his prayer life meant he was unable to go 30 days of talking was God right looking variously heard this didn't think it through and goes know that sounds good. I like you would only ask of me and no one else uses bridal visibly signed into law without thinking. The thing of it. When Daniel heard this new law. He did what he always did when she was home and pray three times a day with his consistency showed princes and presidents were waiting outside his home and heard him pray because they knew where he would be at that time of day. With that they ran back taking various thinking Darius in various new law goes okay with right Daniel Kingery's estimate was upset with himself while I signed into law that I know we can fit my right hand man, but I signed along. I can't change it.

So he commanded the day will be thrown into the lion's den. Dana spent a full night and lives in. We walked down the morning right God preserved and through because of his faith in God and his pickup. This is a tryst with having thousands of years ago, many preachers and teachers of look at it from all sides and angles.

Some people like to look at the princes and presidents and what they had against Daniel. Some people like to look at the den of lions in the challenge of that when you look tonight at the example of Daniel set overlooking Daniel's testimony like can said and pull some truths out of it. Daniel's example of boldness and resolve is one I've always try to mimic in my own life right the first example that were to look at tonight's Daniel's character saw Marie Daniel six versus three and five said then this Daniel was referred above the presidents of princes is an excellent spirit was in him and the king flocked to set him over the whole realm. Then the presidents and princes sought to find occasion against Daniel concerning the kingdom they could find none occasion or fall as much as he was faithful. Neither was there any airflow found in him then said, these men, we shall find we shall not find any occasion against Daniel except we find against them concerning the law is God reversing Bible says about Daniel in chapter 6. In our text right is commending Daniel's character. The Bible goes as far as to say that there was an excellent spirit, and Daniel there can be no follow him concerning the concerning the kingdom. There is no flawless work.

He was inconsistent in his work.

He was dedicated and there is no function at all. There's no follow him, keeping the laws of the kingdom and when you have a speeding ticket on his record is clean. You obey the law. He did what he was told. So then you live the life of resolving conviction you from a very young age. By faith, can we speak about shuttering Sacramento everything About about one so as Daniel and Fernando slid back over to Daniel one don't mind Marie Daniels 18 yard flip if you don't want to have the screen for you and this is the Daniel purposed in his heart that he would not defile himself with the portion of the Kings meet nor the wine which he drank. Therefore the request of the principal units. He might not file himself rightly read this the first time, like flashing and eat meat and drink one right with the king if his occasion. Those of us in the country right is the most powerful in the world.

So of course you can have the best food right and without thinking that through you like Disney's stubborn, but a lot a lot of scholars have looked into this and try to determine why some people believe that it was food and wine had been sacrificed to idols and that Daniel didn't want to condone that sinful action by eating the food.

Another idea or thought process of why he didn't need it, is that it might've been deemed unclean by the Lord in the law that he given the Jews.

Either way, Daniel knew that he couldn't eat this standard right standing with the Lord. So Daniel took a stand. Daniel was a man of God stood for his convictions from a very young age the time as a teenager he had his convictions and he stood in caring last thought they stood and what he believed in his character also reflected integrity and honesty. Verse four tells us of the presence of princes can find no-fault and all that he was faithful. This Daniel was the right-hand man of the king. Chaya Wright is a top of the three presidents of reports became number three, number two, thinking how often and only limited America look at history as fast. How often are highest in government clean how often are they not corrupt right as pretty easy right is the history almost any big government is corrupt. Sorry this is how it is. But the people that he worked with could find no fault in right had nothing against the nothing they could hold against him, how often does that happen. It doesn't.

Daniel made all the laws of the land until they contradicted what God told him to do. He refused to do anything. It was against God's law. So Dale's character was something he was known for maiden name from us for himself because of his character of because of his testimony because Dale had resolving conviction. He built himself a testimony. Our testimony is what people know to be true about us whether Daniel's peers know to be true about him of something new to be true by him.

It was testimony speak louder than his words goes before him what the Daniel's peers know about him was looking verse five here nets of these men. We shall not find any occasion against this Daniel except we find against them concerning the law of his God. Verse five tells us that the people that Daniel works with knew that the only thing holding us and was his loyalty to God.

Daniel's coworkers knew her he would be three times a day and UAB three times a day and we know this is verse 11 says they assembled and found him praying, verse lettuces. These men assembled and found Daniel praying and making selfish supplication for his God.

They knew where he would be. They knew he would be because he always did it. He was consistent in his faith in his stood true.

Everyone knew that about Daniel's they knew where to look all the time. I don't believe the day was boastful. In this way at all. Right anytime you look at Daniel. The Scripture I never ever wrong. I never found one summer.

Daniel is up in your face. Have a God he doesn't throw this picture anybody actually in verse eight of chapter 1. He said that he requested to the princes right present units asked impliedly. Daniel is a well mannered and polite man. Here is a Daniel was going to do what was right and I are people watcher not he only cared As I care about people. He does get my emails if I'm really God I don't care about anybody else. God is all that matters. So this notice Glendale's testimony that fold under pressure. Daniel six and verse 10 is is knowing Daniel knew that the writing was signed.

Daniel new assigned write this visit, he went into his house's windows being open in his chambers to poor Jerusalem, Disney's three times a day and pray and give thanks before his God, as he did aforetime just like before, right disguises crazy crazy thing about it is a thing he always did what they say is with a lion's den in front of new policies. Daniel knew that the writing of his unit with modulus with a direct lines than in front of them, which is one of those terrible recent punishments of that time right Daniel, did you close Windows is Windows open in the county last night Windows open like you did before. Lastly, do was driving on the Lakers.O'Kelly bus is because I got the new left is Windows open, knowing that you think are why would Daniel change the way you worship and praise the Lord just because law change God's law change is always think he's not afraid he still had to be consistent is that's what he did. The Bible says a daily even knew the lowest place but his relationship with God. God was more important to him that his own life as if there is a logic advisor relationship with God. Daniel would go 30 days without talking to God and his peers knew it right your peers know that you won't miss. We, the church. They know that you won't miss with the church until inconveniences you right they know what you do they know where you're at right so what are they know about you, testimony goes further than he realizes us is being at the Lord's house while your priorities present when this is on the backseat. Your coworkers know that you'll be in church this weekend and they have to wonder if the church right they know how to cease your classmates know that you're to be in church begin because most important, they know that you will be in charge until bosses and those around and they also offer monthly practice. Let's be honest guys go 30 day period without prayer with a death sentence on the line but you miss church is not listed on the bench that sat guys self. As always, bugged me a little bit and just hurt my heart if Dale can go 30 days. How can we go all season without going to church your peers know what your priorities by your testimony, not what you say what they see is what they know to be true's actions speak louder than words. Daniel was the only one to sit up and refused to eat the kings meat and drink of the kings one out of all the children taking captive to Babylon. Only one stood up from the Lord will see that shattering the second video set up. Also as a Daniel said upset I'm not doing it right. But if you think you'll get judged if you don't take part in whatever one else is doing, but you won't even answer is present. Out of all the children think that the Babylon only once of the Lord, but you're afraid you might get judged if you don't take part in what everyone else is doing standup is unfolding under pressure right will even understand what true pressure is in us.

We kind of mean we don't even understand pressure in America. Stop being a coward to send a forgot if you think you have here pressured the cost drink or any other sin you don't really understand what daily went through the second Daniel 110 locally.

I know flip back and forth slowly guys so sorry Daniel 110 says in the presence of the unit set on the Daniel. I fear my lord the king appointed your meeting your drink, and why. For why should he see your faces worse than the liking of the children which are of your sort then shall he make me endanger my head of the king right.

He literally asked him want to risk their own life because you're endangering my head to the king.

Daniel asked the dude a week I not eat of this light is not right with the Lord right he has to do to risk his own life so that he can be in my sales board as peer pressure asked somebody taking you to risk your life. So I don't have to send no right assuming this is something we see here in America but Daniel said he would rather eat the vegetables and honor God than the sum of the best food in the country. I think he was gross is a kings food best in the country.

Dale set up even when it made him and the outcast's testimony pave the way for Hannah and I Michelle has run right Chatterley second vendor. Let's look at verses 11 through 14 of Daniel one again. This is then Daniel said on some levels are in the present units headset over Daniel heaven I Michelle and Azariah prove my servants on the cc 10 days and let them give us close to eat and water to drink, then let our confidences be looked upon before the accomplices of thy children of the children that either the portion of the kings meat and is now see us deal with thy servants, so he sent it to them in this matter improvement in days because Daniel stood up shattering the second Bendigo gain from him standing up, helped others because they were under the law of God to because they reduce was to but because he stood up he helped Vanessa that might not happen all the time but happens here he stood up and helped others when testimony goes further than our words do severe Daniel be the one that stands up and viewing the says sin is wrong be the one that honors God no matter what else everyone else is doing. Even when the God preserves through the lives right. Daniel was the one was preserved because he stood up for God. My final point umbilicus tonight is Daniel's faith, which we see in Daniel 623 this is, then, was the king exceeding glad, or am commanded that they should take Dale up out of the den.

The Daniel was taken up out of the den and all manner of her was found upon him because he believed in his God, and the king commanded, and they brought those men which had accursed Daniel, and they cast them into the den of the lies them and their children and their wives and the Lions had the mastery of them and break all the bones in pieces where ever they came out of on the death right so why was Daniel on her after spending a night in will start reliance. Why was he able to make it through the night. The Bible tells us this is an inversely three says because he believed in his God, right no manners of her was found upon him because he believed in his God. The Bible tells us that because he believes his through he fully believe that God would preserve him because he was innocent before God and the king like we see in verse 22 it says God has sent his angel has shut the lion's mouth that they have not hurt me for as much as before him on my God, for God IN innocence he was knotting me and before the also have I done no hurt right. He knew he was innocent before God, and he knew that he had hurt him anyway.

Daniel was right with the Lord did with you supposed to do. He fully believe the God of preserve. The world has no hope when there are lines that have no hope. We have hope through our Savior, right we have hope you are God will preserve us good alignment if we believe in him right believe that he will get us through something I struggle with personally, I see got. I see it my way. I know how I can make this work. A lot of times gases. Not all should do my way right. Something I struggle with myself as having faith that God has it and knows how to do it better than I do it, fix or write when my paraphrasing is fixed the problem but is not always awareness was doing on the list was the fix is sometimes also some whale Lord with Lord fix it. So what you need to believe in God for what do you need to give the Lord try to fight the lines off right.

It wasn't in there like fighting. Why is finally getting back no, but he believed the Lord were such an alliance Lord gave him a guardian angel right we can't fix our problems are leaking believe God will do his will in us. So what are you holding back from the Lord. Maybe my God is working on your heart. Maybes convicting use of sin that you have your life you have a godly testimony right. I wasn't always the best that I'll be honest sometimes to high school. I would always doing the same but I never stood up for what was right. I just went with the flow touched my hand several right you have a godly testimony of this guys uncle full right. He's got what God has. He's gonna stand up for what God has consistent with the things of God as what got Daniel like this with the people Dale seems consistent. You consistently reading your Bible, you consistently pray for you consistently in the house of the Lord that were commanded to be his if not, you're gonna go with the world which washed but your solid and consistent with a Lord that's when you stand. Whatever the case is God Artie showed you in your heart right guys or to convict you disease faithful and just to do so. So if the Lords work on you tonight.

Be faithful him responding and stand and Balfour word prayer will wrap up the seating service, Lord, thank you for this opportunity to open your word. I know I am not worthy of this opportunity, but through you incapable.

God, I pray that you would call up some Daniels Lord Tollefson Shadrach me shack in Bendigo's must be more like you dating more maker testimony strong in helping mean more community. Almost always one year will of our own Yana Manning's name eviscerating you that you will get us through manual leaving you the thing on his name were not in right standing is unfriending me right thing, something is going. Name name is Melvin

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