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The Seduction of Pride

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August 16, 2020 8:00 am

The Seduction of Pride

Worship & The Word / Pastor Robert Morris

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August 16, 2020 8:00 am

Pastor Robert begins a new series with a message about the biblical story of King Nebuchadnezzar that shows us how the enemy uses pride to attack us.

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Welcome to worship and the word with Pastor Robert today.

Pastor Robert starting a new series called the Kings the battle for messages he brings to life the stories of ancient kings and relates them to the struggles God's people still face. Well, there's so much packed into this great so let's get started you in the series called the keys about there were four keys of Babylon during the exile, the exile is the 70 year time when God took Israel out of the land of Israel and took him captive environment.

Babylon help, please hear me because I really want you to hear my burden is God was disciplining or correcting his children for something, but he was not punishing God does not punish if you have a version that uses the word punish it's incorrect the discipline. So there's a difference. He doesn't punish us, because he already punished her son on the cross proxy but he disciplines the Bible says as a loving father.

Some of us did not have loving discipline growing up so because of that we don't understand what that means. Hopefully you're in a healthy body now. Hopefully if you been attending here you had someone in your life that has lovingly corrected you an area and you walked away feeling adjusted and that you need that adjustment, but you also felt left so that's what got so I want to understand God took Israel out of the land for 70 years and so only real thing he was punishing him know he did it for their good, because they had not let the land rest every seven years, like they were supposed to and for those year mathematicians you've already figured out now how long they went.

He took them out for 70 years they missed 70 sabbaths because every seventh year missiles like lamb grass and they missed 70 every seven years. So 707 is 490 so they did. They went 490 years without letting the land rest. Now just look? If you went if you did something for 490 years.

When you begin to think that you were getting away with it, not with God, and again, not because of him for your good, because scientistic told us if you don't let the land rest, it becomes less and less horrible Israel today could be a barren wilderness. If God had not allow the land to catch up and arrest you soon. Thanks so anytime God is adjusting you he's doing it for your good and for the good of your descendents. That's what you need to know.

But during that time when God is adjusting something your life. Satan is always attacking and one of things that God is doing even when he's correcting you is he still protecting you and providing for you during that time because think about. We have two famous stories in Daniel while they were being corrected by God were God still protected his people very famous. Even people who don't know the church know these two stories Daniel in the lines them and shed rightly shaken by the on the fire and that amazing so the title of today's message is the seduction of product they attack of the enemy the case of Nebuchadnezzar was pride by the way.

Pride is what caused Lucifer to fall. Pride is how Adam and Eve were intact.

Lucifer said if you eat this you will be like God and Lucifer even attacked Jesus with pride of corseted work for Jesus because he said if you are the son of God. He tried to get him to fall to Brett so pride is one of the first attack symptoms against God's people.

So here are three ways that tries pride. Pride tries to seduce Sawyer's number one not giving God the glory you will allow pride of foothold stronghold in your life by not giving God work so Daniel chapter 1 verse one in the third year of the reign of Jehovah configured Judah, Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon came to Jerusalem and besieged watches first careful and the Lord days, Jehovah, Kim T. Judah into is hand, the Lord, J the king of Judah into Nebuchadnezzar sandlot because he was disciplining his children.

He was on let the land rest for the future. Good of his pickup, his people, it was still bright, but the Lord did this but Nebuchadnezzar did not give God glory for see that's product so let me give you another definition of product pride is not giving God glory for everything you have in your everything you have in your hand.put their and when you begin to think that your intellect or your ability or your smartness for your training on your skill on.

Now we do try those things but but listen to the other member you didn't choose your genetics. You didn't choose your quotient of intelligence, you may help improve your intelligence, you may want very hard and study very hard, but you can choose what IQ you started with in the ability to learn is that it is his or her environment. Case in which country you are more choose any of that.

So everything that we have come from God, not recognizing.

This is not giving God the glory is or here's how Daniel gets included and shed rightly shaken by the I want to tell you in a moment. Daniel is is is really is his Hebrew night shed, rightly segmented garage of their Chaldean things which Chaldea conquered Babylon, Nebuchadnezzar was a Caliente lobby will realize that Chaldea, by the way, is where God called Abraham out of it, was born Chaldean God told out of there and that's where the Hebrew nation came from so. But here's how these young me in these four young men God uses.

Here's how God began a process of life because Nebuchadnezzar was trying to put pride in their life.

Satan stranded through Nebuchadnezzar that we stop diversity among known Daniel on the cover story in the key instructed Ashkenaz the master of his UNIX to bring some of the children of Israel and some of the keys descendents and some of the nobles young man in whom there was no blemish but good-looking. I probably would've been taken five contact that's not that fun. I don't think you should have left if anything, I thought you she got you were sent W gifted in all wisdom you and I probably wouldn't you possessing knowledge and quick to understand what my resume. I on your knowledge of who had ability to serve the king's palace watch and boom. They might teach the language in the literature of the Chaldeans. The language in the literature. I just want you know that Satan is always trying to teach the next generation a different language in a different literature know you think about it even now he's changed the meanings of words in our language and he's trying to tell the next generation that that's not what our founding fathers meant in our founding fathers did me for us to be a nation that is for the highest freedom of religion, not freedom from religion. So that's exactly what he's trying to see it right there and then if you look at verses six and seven.

You see where they got their names from from among the sons of Judah were Daniel Hannah Anaya Michelle it is Michelle. It is a man's name not Michael but it is Michelle listen since there is one translate Michael a little differently.

Hebrew and Azariah that you're saying I don't know who those are sealed bets that shed rightly sent to the end, the chief of the units gave names.

He gave Daniel the main belt. The shadows are to Hannah Anaya Shadrach to Michelle me shack and to Azariah, Abednego shed rightly segmented offered one young pastor preached on my shack go shack in the bungalow so Nebuchadnezzar then has a dream and he calls the wisemen the end and he says tell me not only the interpretation of during the tell me the dream which shows the pride that he walked in because he did not recognize the supernatural. He thought if you're intelligent, you should be able to do this intelligence had nothing to do it and so they settle what you say is impossible. So he actually sends out an edict which many of you will know for every young and all these wise men to be killed and they go to get Daniel shed rightly shed and Betty go to kill and Daniel said cool hello why we going to kill a settle because none of the wisemen can tell the king is great and Daniel says my God Tim so they bring Daniel in front of the TV. This is Daniel chapter 2 now verse 26 the king answered and said to Daniel, whose name is belt the shadows. Are you able to make known to me the dream which I seen them. It's garbage. Watch this. Are you able to do this. Are you able to do this. Daniel answered in the presence of the king and said the secret which the king is demanded.

The wisemen astrologers, the magicians and the soothsayers They cannot declare to the king, I can't do it, but Sony says there is a God in heaven who reveals secrets cc the balance list of the balance is what he saying is listen know God can do it, but he can use make so not giving God glory. Here's number two seduction fry not rejecting the glory of the not rejecting the board and because try to give you glory now. Yes it's okay to honor someone but there's only one person who gets glory and were done really just a moment where he says I don't sharing of it either. I will share more with anyone and that's what Lucifer tried to do was take board and that's why fell from heaven, so Daniel interprets this dream part of this dream is about goal of a figure of a man and about. It's the kingdom and he talks about future kingdoms and goes all away down the feeder flight right if you remember the bring.

So the yen Dan looked watch what Nebuchadnezzar does, so that I read you well.

The last verse of chapter 2 talks about equipment arbitrary and Nebuchadnezzar put out an edict that all of Babylon to worship the God of the best in the Victory chapter 3 verse one Nebuchadnezzar, the king made an image of gold hike with 60 cubits at 18 inches acute, but let's not debate anything with 60 cubits flex nine think so. It's 9 feet at its base 90 feet tall so many people I've said this was good about the gimmick of Nebuchadnezzar. It would've been a really tall skinny date and but we don't really know what it was but most believe it was made of gold and that ended the dream that he had was had a gold head and said this is you so many people think that if they at the top of this monument was that image of Nebuchadnezzar and Sam saying we don't know for sure but that's what most people think and that's how sad rightly check Abednego comes the end, because Nebuchadnezzar puts out the end, a command for everyone when they played the music to turn and face this image and bow down and worship. Notice again immediately.

He why he wants to draw attention to himself by the way this happens a lot in Scripture. Paul and Barnabas go to this town. There's a crippled man whose been crippled from birth, so it's not like something happened. He was born crippled and he gets healed in Jesus name. They start bowing down to Paul and Barnabas and saying the gods have come down to us ice or giving of Greek names of God's Paul and Barnabas Taylor close and said no were just me don't worship us. They reject the Borg Daniel by the way was made ruler under Nebuchadnezzar overall about when he never took product so he may build his big deal. He says everybody has to bow down Shadrach me shack Abednego don't bow down to get reported, so he gives them a chance. He brings a mini says is it sure you're not on the bow down my said yes and he said I'll give you one more chance to bow down Melissa what he says. Daniel 350 but if you do not worship you, shall be immediately cast into the midst of a burning fiery furnace. Now watch the product and who is the God who will deliver you from my hands. He didn't thank God for not putting his hand and he didn't thank God for the power but got put in the science Daniel 319 then Nebuchadnezzar was full of fury because they said were still not known about and the expression on his face change toward Shadrach me shack, Abednego he spoke and commanded that they keep the furnace seven times more than it was usually heated. I'll explain in a moment how they did that. Daniel three 2122 then these me on that shed rightly shed maybe you were bound in their coats, their trousers, their turbans and their undergarments is important to notice that when you and with the with the flow zone because when I come out there) you smell like smoke and I were cast in the midst of the burning fiery furnace. Therefore, because the keys command was urgent and the furnace exceedingly hot flame of the fire shield those million who took up shed rightly shed many of himself explained about the stock was a round hole in the ground. Most believe they found things like this about 20 feet round and it was about 20 feet deep so that that's where they could cast people people that defied the team. It was like a dictatorship. People defied the king were cast in the starry furnace yeah going out the side of it was a slow but slow ball went to the ground so they were now than they could walk down into it and clean it out if they needed to do things out put stuff in it and this is how they were cast into it, but they were also they walk shed rightly check Abednego walked out of the fire. Now they won't worry about anybody walking out what you were cast in.

You are going to be killed, that's the way they heated a seven times more as they had trees in Babylon at that time that burn hotter than other trees and they say does this so that so that's the way they give us. So they cast CCN and made the fire so hot that the median casting the MPN at the mouth of the entrance were burned and killed immediately. They were they were killed.

So that's what that's why the Bible tells us that art so verse 2418 Nebuchadnezzar was astonished and he rose and hastily spoke this. The reason is because they're still alive and are actually walking around in the fire and save his counselors did we not cast freely on into the midst of our lanterns and looking for will be less than what Nebuchadnezzar says look he answered. I now see for me on links Waukegan missile bar member.

They were bound.

The only thing by the way, think about this when the enemy tries to kill you.

The only thing that gets burned on the door the ropes that were holding you about the closing get burned but the ropes that were holding them burned up but they didn't hurt them at all. I see for hand loose, walking, and that's the fire and they are not heard in the form of the fourth is like the son of God now.

So Jesus is in the fire with you but what gave him go through fire.

Jesus is with you and you not going to work.

Here's what really blew me away savvy and studying this Nebuchadnezzar is not Jewish.

He's Chaldean. Yet God actually keeps trying to get through the Nebuchadnezzar. These things keep happening because Nebuchadnezzar puts out a decree after this, the God of Shadrach me shack many you're the true is the true God and from now on. Everyone has worship him what he'd already done one about the got a man which was signed on August but he turns away again. You will see it on the next point he turns like you. It just blows we'll play we talk about our God is the God of the second chance. It's a wonderful saying, but really he's the God of the second million chance and he does that with all of us and it's not just his chosen people. There is a fee within 90 Nebuchadnezzar, God protecting his people. Nebuchadnezzar has actually killed some of the exiles and tortured them, and God is still trying to reach you so I'm telling you, no matter what you've done in your past, no matter how bad you, God still loves you and God is still trying to reach you. The third point of production of pride is not speaking humbly, I had to train myself to speak calmly because I spoke frightfully. You can train yourself now Nebuchadnezzar has another agreement Before and the dream is about him in the dream is that he's going actually docile to humble.

So I think he says in 12 months. This is going to happen now watch watch what happens in the way God humbles most of you know is he became lucky while he went crazy and he ate grass like a wild beast for seven years, seven years. That was his discipline or punishment really, because he wasn't a believer. Daniel formers 29 at the end of the 12 months he was walking about the royal palace about Melissa's Nebuchadnezzar the king spoke say is not this great babbling that I have built four Royal dwelling by my mighty power and for the honor of my Majesty notice of the prideful words while the word was steel in the keys mouth of voice fell from heaven saying she Nebuchadnezzar to you, it is spoken, the kingdom has departed from you, and they shall drive you from Leon in your dwelling shall be with the beast of the field they share my q. week grass like oxen 77 years shall pass over you. Until you know that the most high rules in the kingdom of median and he gives it. That's the implement of information even of article. Like most to whomever he chooses. That very hour the word was fulfilled concerning Nebuchadnezzar.

Now why my saying it's so important to speak calmly because of this Scripture Matthew says, for work, whatever is in there for them when the mouth speaks and speaks out of the abundance of the heart, so I saw something this week in this Scripture. I never say I've seen it, but I am saying you know you know that okay the word abundance. In other words, we all say stupid things right.

We all save prideful things I've even been a literal sense literalness with this verse sometimes and God said to correct what Debbie might say something and she say I but I didn't mean that I see you Bible says on the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks will be a pneumatic soap so I must be in your heart begin at your mouth so we all say stupid things well say prideful things. But what we say in an abundance is what is in an abundance in our heart. That's the key. In other words, we all were still were also humans were also make mistakes but if there's an abundance of prideful statements coming out of your mouth and that needs to let you know there's an abundance of pride in your heart and God's going to deal with. He always always always humbles makes all the ones that exalt himself always at Scripture and went and big reason for this is because if you have a problem speaking frightfully, then you know you don't just have a problem speaking that you know you have a problem in your heart you need to allow God to build so here is what I love about the story. Nebuchadnezzar let me show you the end of it.

Verse 34 Daniel formers 34 and at the end of the time seven years I Nebuchadnezzar watch lifted my eyes to heaven, and my understanding returned to me immediately. Soon as he turned to God. As soon as he turns to God.Gilson and I blessed the most high and praised and honored to be improving lives forever. His dominion is an everlasting dominion. His kingdom is from generation to generation.

All the inhabitants of York. Reputed is nothing he does according to his will in the Army of heaven and among the inhabitants of your no one can restrain his hand or saving him what he done. By the way you notice and he got a pretty good revelation At the same time. My reason returned to me and for the glory of my kingdom and what he means by that is the responsibility to God's given me.

I was restored to my kingdom and excellent majesty was added to me. Now I Nebuchadnezzar, praise and extol and honor the King of heaven, all of whose works are truth, and his ways justice and those who walk in pride he is able to put down God restored this prideful man.

No one say something else God restored this prideful and God will restore you prideful people to all you gotta do is turn your eyes to heaven to just turn your eyes to heaven, which is take a moment to think about what Pastor Robert share today and listen to what the Holy Spirit is saying to you if you want to connect with the sword.

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