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Sunday AM Remix – 8.14.11

What a great day at FBC Harvester!!! Pastor Bob was back from vacation and we had several first time guest join us today. Shout out to Malach and his 10+ football buddies who attend the 9:00 service today! Today, as we continued our Heroes series, we took a look at the life of Daniel! From a young age to old age Daniels example is powerful and one to learn from. Here are a todays notes provided by Kyle King, one of our interns.

HEROES
Daniel: When They Call for the Lions
Daniel 6

* There was 15-30 lions in the lion’s den in Daniel’s day.
* Daniel made the decision that he would rather die than deny the Lord–we all have to make this decision
* Genuine followers of Christ will experience pain and persecution for your faith

“Yes, and everyone who wants to live a godly life in Christ Jesus will suffer persecution.” 2 Timothy 3:12 (NLT)

* It is a fact that we will face persecution

“Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness’ sake, For theirs is the kingdom of heaven.” Matthew 5:10 (NKJV)

* Heaven is for those who are persecuted on earth
* The Gospel will cost you something
* If you are not facing persecution than there is something wrong with your walk with Christ
* Everything worth something costs you something
* Is your Christian walk costing you anything right now?

‘Remember the word that I said to you, “A servant is not greater than his master. If they persecuted Me, they will also persecute you …”’ John 15:20a (NKJV)

“It pleased Darius to set over the kingdom one hundred and twenty satraps, to be over the whole kingdom; and over these, three governors, of whom Daniel was one, that the satraps might give account to them, so that the king would suffer no loss. Then this Daniel distinguished himself above the governors and satraps, because an excellent spirit was in him; and the king gave thought to setting him over the whole realm. So the governors and satraps sought to find some charge against Daniel concerning the kingdom; but they could find no charge or fault, because he was faithful; nor was there any error or fault found in him. Then these men said, ‘We shall not find any charge against this Daniel unless we find it against him concerning the law of his God.” So these governors and satraps thronged before the king, and said thus to him: ‘King Darius, live forever! All the governors of the kingdom, the administrators and satraps, the counselors and advisors, have consulted together to establish a royal statute and to make a firm decree, that whoever petitions any god or man for thirty days, except you, O king, shall be cast into the den of lions. Now, O king, establish the decree and sign the writing, so that it cannot be changed, according to the law of the Medes and Persians, which does not alter.” Therefore King Darius signed the written decree. Daniel 6:1-9 (NKJV)

*Satraps = Jealous Joes
*We cannot change our values or beliefs in the face of persecution–we have to stand strong

WHEN THE THREAT OF PERSECUTION COMES YOU SHOULD . . .

1. Keep on BEING what you’ve BEEN.

* Daniel was 90 years old at the time the story in Daniel 6 happened

➢ Daniel had an outstanding ATTITUDE.

* It is easier to be negative than positive–It takes work to be positive
* The more you are in God, the more enthusiastic you will be

“Then this Daniel distinguished himself above the governors and satraps, because an excellent spirit was in him; and the king gave thought to setting him over the whole realm.” Daniel 6:3 (NKJV)

➢ Daniel had unblemished INTEGRITY.

“So the governors and satraps sought to find some charge against Daniel concerning the kingdom; but they could find no charge or fault, because he was faithful; nor was there any error or fault found in him.” Daniel 6:4 (NKJV)

* Daniel was so deep in his relationship with God that his attitude was different than everyone else
* Our private life affects our public life–our private life will always come out

“(God) is a shield to those who walk with integrity.” Proverbs 2:7 (NLT)

* God does not protect us when we are in sin. He will allow the consequences of sin to come and He will be there to help us put the pieces back together. Throughout this whole process, God never stops loving us, He just stops protecting us.

“Now when Daniel knew that the writing was signed, he went home. And in his upper room, with his windows open toward Jerusalem, he knelt down on his knees three times that day, and prayed and gave thanks before his God, as was his custom since early days. Then these men assembled and found Daniel praying and making supplication before his God.”
Daniel 6:10-11 (NKJV)

2. Keep on DOING what you’ve DONE.

“Now when Daniel knew that the writing was signed, he went home. And in his upper room, with his windows open toward Jerusalem, he knelt down on his knees three times that day, and prayed and gave thanks before his God, as was his custom since early days.” Daniel 6:10 (NKJV)

* In the face of persecution we need to keep living like a Christian
* Our Biblical disciplines are not created in crisis, they are exposed
* We face a crisis one of three ways, panic, pity, or prayer
* We need to duplicate Daniel’s prayer life
* We should have the attitude that we cannot wait to get to church
* When we are persecuted, it reveals which team we are on!

** KEYS TO A DYNAMIC PRAYER LIFE:

• Get a SPECIFIC PLACE.

“. . . And in his upper room, with his windows open toward Jerusalem. . .” Daniel 6:10b (NKJV)

“Very early in the morning, while it was still dark, Jesus got up, left the house and went off to a solitary place, where He prayed.” Mark 1:35 (NIV)

• Get in a DEVOTED POSTURE.

* The phrase, “head bowed and eyes closed,” is not found in the Bible

“. . . he knelt down on his knees . . .” Daniel 6:10c (NKJV)

* We need to have a devoted posture when we pray
* Our posture is an indication of where our heart is

• Find a REGULAR ROUTINE. 

“. . . three times that day. . . as was his custom since early days.” Daniel 6:10d, f

* It is better to be in the lion’s den with God than be in the palace alone
* When we fill our lives with anything other than God, we will never be satisfied

“And the king, when he heard these words, was greatly displeased with himself, and set his heart on Daniel to deliver him; and he labored till the going down of the sun to deliver him. Then these men approached the king, and said to the king, ‘Know, O king, that it is the law of the Medes and Persians that no decree or statute which the king establishes may be changed.’ So the king gave the command, and they brought Daniel and cast him into the den of lions. But the king spoke, saying to Daniel, ‘Your God, whom you serve continually, He will deliver you.’ Then a stone was brought and laid on the mouth of the den, and the king sealed it with his own signet ring and with the signets of his lords, that the purpose concerning Daniel might not be changed. Now the king went to his palace and spent the night fasting; and no musicians were brought before him. Also his sleep went from him. Then the king arose very early in the morning and went in haste to the den of lions. And when he came to the den, he cried out with a lamenting voice to Daniel. The king spoke, saying to Daniel, ‘Daniel, servant of the living God, has your God, whom you serve continually, been able to deliver you from the lions?’ Then Daniel said to the king, ‘O king, live forever! My God sent His angel and shut the lions’ mouths, so that they have not hurt me, because I was found innocent before Him; and also, O king, I have done no wrong before you.” Now the king was exceedingly glad for him, and commanded that they should take Daniel up out of the den. So Daniel was taken up out of the den, and no injury whatever was found on him, because he believed in his God.” Daniel 6:14-23 (NKJV)

3. Keep on TRUSTING whom you’ve TRUSTED.

‘I have told you these things, so that in Me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.’ John 16:33 (NIV)

* God over and over again saved and helped Daniel and so when the events in Daniel 6 happen, Daniel is just trusting the God who has always been there for him
* Daniel did not have his eyes on the lions but on the Lord

If you missed this weeks message, I encourage you to get it here.  While you are there, browse around our website … we think you will like it and find it to be a great tool in inviting friends to FBC Harvester.

As always, I hope you make plans to join us at FBC Harvester next weekend! If distance is a problem, you are always welcome to listen to any of the teachings from our worship service from our website. If you have questions, please feel free to contact us here. We would love the privilege of helping where we can and seeing God do amazing things in our lives together.

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