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Summary: God wants to show His power but His greatest obstacle to doing so is man’s pride

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Text: Daniel chapter 4

Title: God’s power verses Man’s Pride

Introduction

Daniel chapter 4 begins with great news for every believer.

“To the peoples, nations and men of every language, who live in all the world: May you prosper greatly! It is my pleasure to tell you about the miraculous signs and wonders that the Most High God has performed for me. How great are his signs, how mighty his wonders! His kingdom is an eternal kingdom; his dominion endures from generation to generation.” (V1-3)

The great news

1.God desires to bless his people

“To the peoples, nations and men of every language, who live in all the world: May you prosper greatly!

“For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” (Jeremiah 29:11)

2.God desires to perform miraculous signs and wonders among his people.

“It is my pleasure to tell you about the miraculous signs and wonders that the Most

High God has performed for me.”

3. God desires to minister his power to all generations

“His dominion endures from generation to generation.”

That’s the great news!

Here is the bad news!

There is a huge obstacle that we all need to overcome in order for us to receive the blessings that God desires for all of us.

That huge obstacle…is Man’s Pride.

1.What is pride?

2.Why is it the #1 obstacle to receiving God’s blessings?

3.How do we overcome it?

What is pride?

To find the answer lets look at Daniel 4:4 and Daniel 4:29-30

(V4) I, Nebuchadnezzar, was at home in my palace, contented and prosperous.”

(V29-30) Twelve months later, as the king was walking on the roof of the royal palace of Babylon, he said, “Is not this the great Babylon I have built as the royal residence, by my mighty power and for the glory of my majesty.”

A.Pride is the worship of self

For we see…

1.Pride’s favorite words are the words “I” and “My”.

2.Pride never speaks of others. Pride never mentions God

3.Pride finds it contentment only in being better than others

Pride is the worship of self

Why man’s pride is the #1 obstacle to receiving God’s blessings (V5-8)

Daniel 4: 5-8

King Nebuchadnezzar said…

“I had a dream that made me afraid. As I was lying in my bed, the images and visions that passed through my mind terrified me. So I commanded that all the wise men of Babylon be brought before me to interpret the dream for me. …I told them the dream, but they could not interpret it for me.

What was it that made the king so afraid?

What was it that terrified the mind of the king?

He asked all the wise men of Babylon but they didn’t know the answer!

•We don’t know what made the king so afraid

•We don’t know what made the king so terrified

“Finally, Daniel came into my presence and I told him the dream.”

Do you know what it was that terrified the king?

God showed him through Daniel the awfulness of Man’s pride!

The Bible has a lot to say about the awfulness of Man’s pride.

Proverbs 8:13 “I hate pride”

Proverbs 11:2 “When pride comes, then comes disgrace.”

Proverbs 13:10 “Pride only breeds quarrels.”


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