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Dr. Tony Evans says it's time to make a stand for fate behaving into the values of our culture decided to draw a line in the same. This is the alternative Tony have author, speaker, senior pastor of Oak Cliff Bible Fellowship in Dallas Texas and president of the alternative, God gave us clear boundaries. Life, but people keep moving the lines and smudging the edges today.
Dr. Evans will explore the importance of taking our cues from God and not from culture. Let's join them in the book of Daniel. I have some bad news for you Christians have lost their field in sports team wants to play, preferably on their home field in the region while sports team wants to play on their home field is that's where they going to get maximum support from hometown fans get sheared and encourage the other team will be booted because they have the support of the whole team crown. They know when they play an away game they're going to be playing opposing environment where they're going to be booted rejected and where the other team will have the upper hand because they will have the encouragement of the whole crowd of the whole looking and listening audience behind them so they always seek to win enough games to get home field advantage. That was a time when Christianity in America had home field that in the Judeo-Christian ethic and worldview dominated the environment. Everybody was a Christian, but they respected Christianity. You could pray in school is okay. You could quote Scripture even read Scripture in classrooms in the public school. However, this last generation. We are progressively losing home field advantage. Now Christianity is no longer worldview in the culture. It is made to resist and reject in every direction of our society.
We are now a minority in a predominantly pagan culture in our passage today, God's people had lost home field advantage because of their value and sin against God. God allowed in 605 BC, Nebuchadnezzar to descend upon Jerusalem Randy Sackett and slaughter all gobs of people and then lift people out and bring them to the pagan culture all Babylon Daniel finds himself now with his three friends three Hebrew boys. Nebuchadnezzar knows if you going to get the most out of these boys.
He's got to be realize their men probe Babylon.
He's got all ripped away from them their Christian background and he's got to inculcate with them a second. The Babylonian way of thinking. So to accomplish this, he picks the best of the best.
He says intellectual, good-looking use with no defect. Why because he is interested in generational impact. So you parents need to know that the culture is that your kids generational impact. So he brings these four, among others, to Babylon, and the first thing he does is relocate you see, he knows as long as he leaves them in Israel. They might keep running into the true God.
So we've got to extricate them outside bring them to the secular culture.
He not only relocate them. He re-identifies each of the boys names was the name of God – L EL L is short for Elohim so that every time his friends called his name. He was reminded he belongs to God.
Every time the teacher called them in class. He was reminded he belonging to God. The other boys that were named AH Azariah, at the end of the name AH is short for Yahweh. Another name for God so they all had the EL AH because mom and daddy wanted to make sure no matter where they went. They could not escape God.
That's why you better give your kid a God stamp something on them. So God becomes inescapable even when they relocated to the Babylonian University that is secular, that they may wind up going to Chile. We take them. He re-identifies them, and many does the biggie he re-indoctrinate says he sent them to a Babylonian school for three years to teach them the language and thoughts and meaning of Babylonian life. So for three years. They were secularized in their thinking by education, three. Verse one Nebuchadnezzar made in image verse three. At the end of the image that Nebuchadnezzar the king had set up verse five the golden image that Nebuchadnezzar had set up verse 10 worship the golden image. Verse 12 the golden image which he had set up verse 14 the golden image which he had set up verse 15 fall down and worship the image I have made verse 18 the golden image that you have set up was the word image and boy are we concerned with image today so worship we market start. We will image so bad that will back off of other folks image to give us the image we call reality TV when I look at the folk which will help me if I made me. I took feel good about me call celebrity worship praising those we emulate. Even though the ones we can relate worth the praise shack Shadrach in the big were asked to bow to image how to image verse 15 never ready at any moment when you hear the sound of music you can worship the image. But then he gave me a warning as the balls he's getting. If you do not worship you will immediately be cast into the midst of the furnace of blazing fire, and what God is there who can deliver you out of my hand. Oh no you did in civil wars give you another chance to some give you another chance bow you will get fired and I do mean fire you must bow to the image of this company you must bow not just to the work, but the image to the worldview. You must make this image, your image.
This is who you gotta be if you were Kia and if you're not willing to be this what God is there to pray at all that but this the real world. What God and there was going to deliver you out of my okay three Hebrew boys.
I love this answer. Verse 16 says Shadrach me shack in the biblical reply to the king okay offering and talking at the same time as what you need to have some folk in your life will pick a sandwich stay with you. They say all we do not need to give you an answer concerning this matter now commitment just asking the question which God is fire you who don't get you out of this, been charged several memo boys have discussed this. We knew this day was coming when we did about when you visit so we don't we don't need we don't need to go back and think about. We are even prayed about it we already know where we stand. So let me give you.
Respectfully, okay, the answer should be self-interested with God.
God verse 17 whom we serve is able to deliver us from the furnace of blazing and he will deliver us out of your hand. Okay so you asked what God sent you last. God but don't stop there who we are not who we talk about our God who we go to church to worship with God we serve on the table to S but that's no they go on the same but even if he does not because God is also some so even if he does not let it be known to you.
Okay, that we are not going to serve your I know image would not going to serve your God worship the golden image that you have said that you outlined in the same way will work for you, but we won't worship will be applied. But don't ask bow to the I know you want a company man. You can have a company man but I can have the company be my God I'm not for him image now is nothing wrong with looking nice taking care of yourself having people appreciate you respect you. The Bible says give honor to honor is due. Giving is not worship spiritually.
Spoiling you to God, stop plotting, you can only point you to thinking moment they take you from God.
Immediately, it's me.
It's made Jesus.
Jesus gave… But only bend them, then that's where calls come from lesson to see whether they arrange Jesus scope is image doctrines will share what can happen when we put principles over people pleasing when he continues her message just a moment the first. Many of us are concerned about the direction our culture seems to be taking these days and feel helpless to do anything about it but not driven says it's not too late for our country to turn around. He's written a book that explains exactly how Christians can work together to usher in a revival unlike anything we've ever seen. It's called America. Turning a nation to God. Look at how godly principles give us the power to reclaim justice, morality, freedom and strength for our nation and a church for a limited time as our gift when you make a donation in support of this listener supported ministry along with the book will send you Tony's current eight part teaching serious American idols on both CD and instant digital downloads.
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It's a call for unity on me. Learn more Tony Evans.org so this is about the company working what about well Nebuchadnezzar is to take all makes the fire 7×57 times hotter, so we made a file. The king was astounded and he said to high official why not three men cast down in the midst of the fire.
They said to the king okay well walking around in the midst of the file and the appearance of the floor is like a son of the God which I have some time. The free Bible says that they put them in the so let me start my day. When you take a stand for God it all away the you won't get when you take a stand for God, not me will not face suffering persecution and opposition to the stamp.and thrown in the pie, knowing they will be because not let them know that I wanted 3×2 and three see you in the will be with you so they got blown in the five Nebuchadnezzar looked through the window. We count right one to write well number one in the five number three we made it seven well walking around in which I can promise you take your stand for God, you won't get fired. You know how to be idle and you will be challenged.
I am telling you, you won't be there by yourself and John. You Christianity is going to be mean behaving some people struggling with work with with them with please know God didn't show up until the until we won't.
When they drew the line God showed up in the five some about the way knowing God, my God, what to draw. Finally, chapter 6, Six last.
Daniel is about 85-year-old male in the way in verse three begin distinguishing himself among the commissioners and satraps because he possessed an extraordinary spirit and the king planned to appoint over the entire limit is working on secular job is now in a post-Christian culture and he's advancing in the reasonings advancing even always working on secular job is even non-Christians recognize an extraordinary work that had an extraordinary spirit about one will steal from the company he won going abuse coworkers he one goal. He didn't cost like the rest of them cost what it looks like the other folks would live if he won doing this man was extraordinary. This is most of you will going to work tomorrow. You can go to work in a non-Christian environment and you want to be explored. You want to be a regular employee, even if it's a pagan environment in which you live. You should be the best one work, and why the Bible says you go to work for the Lord Christ you should BMX every employee. But like in any job, he had some havens it says that these men said we need to find first ground of accusation against him up on some wrong with him, but the confronted work so they said this Daniel.
Unless we find it against him with regard to the law of God number we can criticizes work all that that committed Christian, we can find some wrong and we will use his faith against work so they came up with the law that says you can't pray to any other god for 30 days except to the king and the king like that long ago.
So the king signed. So now prayer has been kicked out of the public square. Right to print anybody else but to the king Job camping at school and Cameron can print any other God is now the law of the land firsthand now and then you knew the document was signed. He entered his house now in his chamber. He had windows open toward rules and he continued kneeling on his knees three times a day, praying, and giving thanks before his God, as he had been doing previous you cannot, God, except for the next 30 days. Daniel Google prayer obtain Psalm 5517 which says you pray morning noon and evening. So he had developed a pattern of three-day prayers. The law says you can do this so incensed he went home that I know some of some of us consider the windows were open. Some of us will close window pulldown machine says he got on his knee.
Some of you will need to get on you need to bring stand up for a walk around the brain and nobody will notice your plan, but he got on his knee and he left the window. That's how they knew he was still praying to the left window open. He said he kept the window open toward Jerusalem the holy city of God with the temple was because he knew where his blessings came from. So we kept focusing on focusing on God is that he's in a Catch-22 because the laws of the means and Persians don't change and another dog will be put in the liens they were going to be alive tomorrow if you are a full-time Christian in our part-time sinking funds in you will find some Hades. Some people don't like you. Your extraordinary spirit annual Christianity legibly for God until about the fact that you are a representative of God on the job so they found out he was still praying and told the king he got thrown into the line and see what the next day the king came verse 20 when the economy of the den, Daniel.
He cried out with a trimming voice, the king spoke and said Daniel what started the living God who you can't serve to deliver you from the secular King non-Christian J secular King, but it says that God will use our body in the company. New serve God secret agent Christian spiritual CIA representative what the covert operative. So my question is if you bring a Christian on your job, what would you be found in the sin of all charges.
He said no… So how you can solo so he's not sure yet bright and morning star befriended the talking on this Jesus read your Bible at lunch time talking a Christian stuff, but now that you are in line with the hated's I want to know what God when you're in a bad situation all that stuff.
See you to be a committed Christian, because you have no competition. Everybody agrees with everybody else and pretend everybody in the is not saying the same thing.
But the question is when you go out there with the liens.
When you go out there with behaviors when you go out the people rejected not because you're being bombastic or inappropriate.
You just think that you are a verbal follow-up of Jesus Christ. When you go out no as a Christian document talk about plan, about preaching about with you in the church in and answered and he said to the king my God sent his angel and shut the lion's mouth, and they have not honed me inasmuch as I've been found. Right now yeah hello hello got down there. Then he went and got got Friday because I know I need God more than I need to know God. Job.throw me away. Dr. Tony Evans will come back in just a moment with an important closing remark about today's message but first I want to remind you that is her way of saying thanks for your contribution to help keep Tony's broadcast coming your way on the station will send you all eight messages from his current teaching series American idols as well as is timely and important book America turning a nation to God.
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24 seven. Again, that's online it Tony have a.org or by phone at 1-800-800-3222. Are you a real Christian or just a religious groupie. Next time, Dr. Evans explains how to tell the difference in why that's so important right now though he's back with this closing thought is assistance. We lost but now that we own the pagan territory. You are called to be salt and light you not called to make it call to responsibly, kindly lovingly but clearly represent the Christian faith and then watch God do his thing.
But you won't watch it until he sees you all a lie in the same as a girlfriend telling a boyfriend or boyfriend girlfriend we not crossing that line. That's about it on the job was being enticed to try some drug we not crossing that line is somebody that's been drawn into something ugly… We not crossing the alternative with Dr. Tony is made possible by the generous contributions