Summary: Jesus wants to take us into new and deeper dimensions of our walk with Him There are spiritual levels in the Lord Levels of Faith, Maturity, Obedience, Worship
The Reality of Higher Levels
• Jesus wants to take us into new and deeper dimensions of our walk with Him
• There are spiritual levels in the Lord
• Levels of Faith, Maturity, Obedience, Worship
• Today we are going to look at the results and reality of higher levels
Dan 3:1-7… King Nebuchadnezzar made a gold statue ninety feet tall and nine feet wide and set it up on the plain of Dura in the province of Babylon. 2 Then he sent messages to the princes, prefects, governors, advisers, counselors, judges, magistrates, and all the provincial officials to come to the dedication of the statue he had set up. 3 When all these officials had arrived and were standing before the image King Nebuchadnezzar had set up, 4 a herald shouted out, "People of all races and nations and languages, listen to the king’s command! 5 When you hear the sound of the horn, flute, zither, lyre, harp, pipes, and other instruments, bow to the ground to worship King Nebuchadnezzar’s gold statue. 6 Anyone who refuses to obey will immediately be thrown into a blazing furnace."
7 So at the sound of the musical instruments, all the people, whatever their race or nation or language, bowed to the ground and worshiped the statue that King Nebuchadnezzar had set up. NLT
1. Moving In Higher Levels Will Go against Conventional Wisdom
ILL… of conventional wisdom… “Out of the mouth of babes?”
Patrick, age 10, said, “Never trust a dog to watch your food.”
Michael, 14, said, “When your dad is mad and asks you, "Do I look stupid?" don’t answer him.”
Michael, wise man that he was also said, “Never tell your mom her diet’s not working.”
Randy, 9 years of age said, “Stay away from prunes.” One wonders how he discovered that bit of wisdom.
Kyoyo, age 9, said, “Never hold a dust buster and a cat at the same time.”
Naomi, 15 said, “If you want a kitten, start out by asking for a horse.”
Lauren, age 9 said, “Felt markers are not good to use as lipstick.”
Joel, 10 years old, said, “Don’t pick on your sister when she’s holding a baseball bat.” and
Eileen, age 8 said, “Never try to baptize a cat.”
• Worshipping this idol was the conventional wisdom of the day
• Today there are idols that are worshipped
• The Higher Level is not popular
• The Higher Level does not conforming to man’s ways
Joke… Take the money… An angel appeared at a faculty meeting and told the dean that in return for his unselfish service, he will be rewarded with his choice of wealth, wisdom, or beauty. Without hesitating, the dean selects wisdom. "It is done!" the angel said, and then disappeared into a cloud of smoke.
All of the other members of the faculty stared at the dean with amazement. Finally, one of them whispered, "Now that you have infinite wisdom, Dean, say something." The dean looked them and said, "I should have taken the money."
Dan 3:8-13… But some of the astrologers went to the king and informed on the Jews. 9 They said to King Nebuchadnezzar, "Long live the king! 10 You issued a decree requiring all the people to bow down and worship the gold statue when they hear the sound of the musical instruments. 11 That decree also states that those who refuse to obey must be thrown into a blazing furnace. 12 But there are some Jews--Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego--whom you have put in charge of the province of Babylon. They have defied Your Majesty by refusing to serve your gods or to worship the gold statue you have set up."
13 Then Nebuchadnezzar flew into a rage and ordered Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego to be brought before him. NLT
2. Moving In Higher Levels Will Bring Opposition
• When you stand up & stand out for what is holy - count on opposition
• Holy living brings conviction and people don’t like to be convicted
• Shadrach, Meshach & Abed-nego were marked men
James 1:2-4…Dear brothers and sisters, whenever trouble comes your way, let it be an opportunity for joy. 3 For when your faith is tested, your endurance has a chance to grow. 4 So let it grow, for when your endurance is fully developed, you will be strong in character and ready for anything. NLT
2 Cor 10:3-4… We are human, but we don’t wage war with human plans and methods. 4 We use God’s mighty weapons, not mere worldly weapons, to knock down the Devil’s strongholds. NLT
When they were brought in, Nebuchadnezzar said to them, "Is it true, Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, that you refuse to serve my gods or to worship the gold statue I have set up? I will give you one more chance. If you bow down and worship the statue I have made when you hear the sound of the musical instruments, all will be well. But if you refuse, you will be thrown immediately into the blazing furnace. What god will be able to rescue you from my power then?"