Summary: I want to talk a few minutes about making decisions that can leave a legacy like many others have before us. Hebrews says that many were recorded just for our examples of how God can bring anyone to His greatness for their life.
“Dare To Be A Daniel”
Daniel 6:3-4 NLT
All through life we hear stories & meet people who have had a life that started or ran into some impossible odds.
If you are like me, I love hearing about those stories where all the odds were against them, but they rose to an amazing victory.
As with Ray Charles or Daniel, each & every one of us has to face some things in our life that will demand us to make some decisions.
I want to talk a few minutes about making decisions that can leave a legacy like many others have before us.
Hebrews says that many were recorded just for our examples of how God can bring anyone to His greatness for their life.
I. You CAN trust God…
The bible tells us that Daniel was a captive in Babylon. (Daniel 1:3) That is probably not what he considered as God’s awesome plan for his life.
Daniel 1:8-9 NLT But Daniel was determined not to defile himself by eating the food and wine given to them by the king. He asked the chief of staff for permission not to eat these unacceptable foods. Now God had given the chief of staff both respect and affection for Daniel.
Daniel had learned in his life that he could trust God.
Every person, before they can even be saved must come to a place they believe they can trust God.
Romans 10:9-10 NLT If you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For it is by believing in your heart that you are made right with God, and it is by confessing with your mouth that you are saved.
You must learn that God wants nothing but good things for your life. But sometimes we have set up some things that HE has to walk us thru which will require TRUST.
The Mountain Climber
-- Author Unknown
They tell the story of a mountain climber who, desperate to conquer the Aconcagua, initiated his climb after years of preparation. But he wanted the glory to himself; therefore, he went up alone. He started climbing and it was becoming later, and later. He did not prepare for camping, but decided to keep on going.
Soon it got dark. Night fell with heaviness at a very high altitude. Visibility was zero. Everything was black. There was no moon, and the stars were covered by clouds.
As he was climbing a ridge at about 100 meters from the top, he slipped and fell. Falling rapidly he could only see blotches of darkness that passed. He felt a terrible sensation of being sucked in by gravity. He kept falling... and in those anguishing moment’s good and bad memories passed through his mind. He thought certainly he would die.
But then he felt a jolt that almost tore him in half. Yes! Like any good mountain climber he had staked himself with a long rope tied to his waist.
In those moments of stillness, suspended in the air he had no other choice but to shout: "HELP ME GOD. HELP ME!"
All of a sudden he heard a deep voice from heaven... "What do you want me to do?"
"SAVE ME." "Do you REALLY think that I can save you?"
"OF COURSE, MY GOD." "Then cut the rope that is holding you up."
There was another moment of silence and stillness. The man just held tighter to the rope.
The rescue team says that the next day they found a frozen mountain climber hanging strongly to a rope...
TWO FEET OFF THE GROUND.
How about you? How trusting are you in that rope? Why don't you let it go? I tell you, God has great and marvelous things planned for you.
CUT THE ROPE AND SIMPLY TRUST IN HIM.
Psalm 84:11-12 NLT For the LORD God is our sun and our shield. He gives us grace and glory.
The LORD will withhold no good thing from those who do what is right.
O LORD of Heaven’s Armies, what joy for those who trust in you.
II. You Can Believe in You Again…
Daniel probably had some days that things did not look so good. All he had for himself was his trust that God would not fail him.
Then in Daniel 2:48; 49 NLT Then the king appointed Daniel to a high position and gave him many valuable gifts. He made Daniel ruler over the whole province of Babylon, as well as chief over all his wise men.
Things began to turn around for Daniel. His confidence rose to a level that he even asked that his friends be promoted as well. At Daniel’s request, the king appointed Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego to be in charge of all the affairs of the province of Babylon, while Daniel remained in the king’s court.