Summary: Satan can take us out of the church but he can’t take the church out of us. Learn how people in the Bible said no to Satan and to sin. When we say say no to satan and to sin God will bless us beyong measure.

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“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved. He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.” John 3:16-18

TEXT VERSE: Daniel 1:1-9 “In the third year of the reign of Jehoiakim king of Judah came Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon unto Jerusalem, and besieged it. (2) And the Lord gave Jehoiakim king of Judah into his hand, with part of the vessels of the house of God: which he carried into the land of Shinar to the house of his god; and he brought the vessels into the treasure house of his god. (3) And the king spake unto Ashpenaz the master of his eunuchs, that he should bring certain of the children of Israel, and of the king’s seed, and of the princes; (4) Children in whom was no blemish, but well favored, and skillful in wisdom, and cunning in knowledge, and understanding science, and such as had ability in them to stand in the king’s palace, and whom they might teach the learning and the tongue of the Chaldeans. (5) And the king appointed them a daily provision of the king’s meat, and of the wine which he drank: so nourshing them three years, that at the end thereof they might stand before the king. (6) Now among these were the children of Judah, Daniel, Hananiah, Mishael and Azariah. (7) Unto whom the prince of the eunuchs gave names: for he gave unto Daniel the name of Belteshazzar; and to Hananiah, of Shadrach; and to Mishael of Meshach; and to Azariah, of Abednego. (8) But Daniel purposed in his heart that he would not defile himself with the portion of the king’s meat, nor with the wine which he drank: therefore he requested of the prince of the eunuchs that he might not defile himself. (9) Now God had brought Daniel into favor and tender love with the prince of the eunuchs.”

There’s a lot of things that went on in the book of Daniel. I want to remind you once again how these people came and they besieged Jerusalem. They took some of the Christians there captive and they took them back to the king’s house and had them there before the king’s god and gave them the king’s meat and wine. A lot of Christians today are very easily persuaded by other people and sinners. I was thinking of the word values and a lot of Christians don’t hold the values that they used to. Used to when a sinner became a child of God, it meant something to them and everything in their life had a meaning to it. But people don’t value their Christian lives like they used to. If you had a piece of fine gold you’d put it up in a place where nobody else could get it and you’d cherish it and bring it out every once in a while to show it off and we ought to be that way about our Christianity. We ought to want to show it off. We ought to be proud of what God’s done for us. I want you to know that Daniel was this kind of man. He had values. You can read later that they were going to lock up everybody that prayed and called on the God of heaven and the king sent out a decree but when Daniel got word of it, the first thing he did was kneel down on his knees and opened up the windows to his house toward Jerusalem and Daniel began to pray. I’m glad that what the world says, can never change what God says.

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