Summary: GOD USES DREAMS FOR HIS GLORY!
THE CHRONICLES OF DANIEL #2: FRUSTRATING DREAMS
SUNDAY PM JULY 25, 2004
INTRODUCTION: “FRUSTRATING DREAMS” – BOURNE IDENTITY, BOURNE SUPREMACY, BUTTERFLY EFFECT – MY OWN – PREACHING FOR A FRIEND’S CHURCH – WHAT ABOUT YOU?
TRANSITION THOUGHT: As the chronicles of Daniel continue, we move into year two of the reign of King Nebuchadnezzer. We also move into the second movement of God in the life of His servant Daniel. God is at work and He calls for His servant to be involved. When conviction comes, the finger of God upon a human heart, God places a servant near by to show the reality of God and the Help that God alone can bring. Our text tells the story of frustrating dreams and the power of God to organize a life and bless all those involved.
THESIS SENTENCE: GOD USES DREAMS FOR HIS GLORY!
I. FRUSTRATING DREAMS CALL FOR UNDERSTANDING VV. 1-13
A. FRUSTRATING DREAMS BRING ANXIETY
B.FRUSTRATING DREAMS CALL FOR INTERPRETATION
C. FRUTRATING DREAMS DEMAND ACTION
ILLUSTRATION: One of the keys understanding our relationship to God is in understanding that God wants us to obey Him not for His sake, but for ours. God loves us so much that He wants us to avoid the pitfalls and disappointments of this life. He knows that when we take on the attitude of Christ, we will be happy and satisfied. Our obedience to Him is to our great benefit in our lives today and forever.
I can remember my dad trying to explain to me that he wanted me to avoid the mistakes that he had made. He wanted me to do things the right way because it would make my life easier and I would be happier. This came from a father who, just like all of us, made his share of mistakes. Our Heavenly Father never made mistakes, but he knows us well. He knows our weaknesses and where we might stumble. He knows what tempts us, and He wants us to avoid that temptation. Our God is a God of Peace, and wants us to enjoy peace, but that peace comes out of obedience to His will.
Contributed by: Mark Christian
II. FRUSTRATING DREAMS CALL FOR EXPLANATION VV. 14-23
A. EXPLANATIONS BEGIN WITH THE RIGHT PEOPLE
B. EXPLANATATIONS INVOLVE FRIENDS
C. EXPLANATIONS INVOLVE GOD/ PLEADING/PRAYER
D. EXPLANATIONS COME FROM GOD/ GOD GIVEN WISDOM
ILLUSTRATION: False Standard of Measurement
A little boy came running to his mother, shouting, “Mother, I am nine feet tall.”
His mother responded, “Don’t talk such nonsense.”
“But,” he said, “I really am nine feet tall. I measured myself.”
“Well, how did you measure yourself?” asked his mother.
“I took off my shoe and measured myself with that. It is the same size as my foot, and I am really nine feet.”
With a smile the mother replied: “Now I understand, but I have to tell you that your measure was not the right one. We do not measure ourselves by the size of our own feet, but we must use a 12-inch ruler.”
Paul reminds us that, “Those who measure themselves by themselves ... are without understanding.” (2 Cor 10:12)
Contributed by: Gene Barron
III. FRUSTRATING DREAMS REVEAL A SERVANT VV. 24-28
A. A SERVANT KNOWS HIS PLACE/ USES THE LINE OF COMMAND