Summary: This sermon reminds Christians that we are to be set-apart and that God travels this journey with us.
“Daring To Be Different”
THE BOOK OF DANIEL
Who: The name Daniel means, “God is my judge.”
Where: He was carried off to Babylon by Nebuchadnezzar.
When: Nebuchadnezzar was the King of Babylon 605 – 562 B.C.
Why: The King respected Daniel and the others, Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego, but gave very little thought to their God.
What: But by the power of God through the four men, God showed the King who was the King of Kings and Lord of Lords by taking away his kingdom and power for seven years.
2. Present yourself to God. Romans 12:12
“He will deliver us from your hand O King” Daniel 3:17b. In order to be delivered, God has to prepare you for the stand. Psalms 37:23-24 tells us: “The steps of a good man are ordered by the Lord. and He delights in his ways. Though he fall, he shall not be utterly cast down, for the Lord upholds him with his hand.” Knowing this would or should cause us to be different. And if we just rest here for a few minutes, we’ll talk about being different amongst our brothers and sisters or the church with all the changes going on in the world or for that matter in the church. The writer in the book of Jude verse 4 tells us: “For certain men have crept in unnoticed, who long ago were marked out for this condemnation, ungodly men who turned the grace of our God into lewdness and deny the only Lord God and our Lord Jesus Christ. So we can see that some folk need to be different. We see in Romans 12:1-2 the writer tells us: “I beseech you therefore brethren by the mercies of God that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your reasonable service. And do not be conformed to this world, but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.” This brings us to Daniel; Beltshazzar, Hananiah; Shadrach, Mishael; Meshach and Azariah; Abednego. They were brought in and being put under a human scope, God stepped right in and started working. Chapter 1 verse 8 “But Daniel purposed in his heart that he would not defile himself, also his three companions. Nebuchadnezzer wanted to teach them wisdom, but Daniel asked that they be tested for ten days with nothing but vegetables and water “being different.” Now to fast forward, the King was pleased and accepted, but God graciously gifted his servants with knowledge and skill in all literature and wisdom and to Daniel was granted understanding in all visions and dreams.
Chapter 2 – The king had a dream and wanted to know what it meant without telling anyone the dream, the dream was troubling his sleep. The king faxed, paged, emailed, called and even overnighted all of his magicians, enchanters, sorcerers and astrologers, none could tell the king his dream and it’s meaning. Upset, the king made a decree to just kill them. Daniel (being different) called his prayer partners and together they called God and God answered. Let’s talk about the others. Oh by the way, Daniel did reveal the meaning of the king’s dream and the king was able to rest. He even promoted the brothers once again (daring to be different), God showed up and showed out.
Chapter 3:16-18 in the first part of this letter we spoke of being different. Now we will talk of the daring. Daniel is not present here but you can best believe that he didn’t bow down. What about you? When your friends aren’t present, will you be swayed by these idols? Remember the past 2 chapters that Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego were brought in from their comfortable home minding their own business all the way from Pleasant Grove to Washington D.C, to the king’s home and the king tried to change them, but God made the king promote them as different men over the affairs of the province of Babylon. The king thought, hey if I can get this like that, then I’m going to make them all bow down to my image and me. [These 3 vs’s speak to us today saying and telling us that there is only (1) King that we will or are to bow down to]. Philippians 2:10-11 “That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in Heaven and on earth and under all the earth that every tongue will confess that Jesus Christ is Lord.” To the glory of God the Father.