Just Announced: Philippians Sermon Series

Summary: The highest reward for man’s toll is not what he gets for it but what he becomes by it.

It is one thing to call yourself something; it is another thing for God to call you something else. One of our elders in the Lord said, “ You may decide to call yourself a pastor or an apostle or an evangelist, but in the book of God which is the only book that matters, He writes that you are messenger” it is not what you call yourself that matters but what God calls you. Daniel 5:1-2

“Belshazzar the king made a great feast to a thousand of his lords, and drank wine before the thousand. [2] Belshazzar, whiles he tasted the wine, commanded to bring the golden and silver vessels which his father Nebuchadnezzar had taken out of the temple, which was in Jerusalem; that the king, and his princes, his wives, and his concubines, might drink therein”.

The party went on for a long time. Then all of a sudden, probably because of the effect of the alcohol, the king ordered his servants to bring the vessels that were taken from the temple in Jerusalem. At that level, he overstepped his bounds, l pray that you will not overstep your bounds, in Jesus name. He went too far. A person can go too far. He can push himself to a level where the Spirit of God no longer strives, a level where God gives up on him. At a time the spirit will be urging you to pray, read the bible watch your temper etc. But a time will come when the spirit would no longer strive with you. Once a person gets to that level, destruction is certain. I pray that will not be your lot in Jesus name.

Daniel 5:3-7

“Then they brought the golden vessels that were taken out of the temple of the house of God which was at Jerusalem; and the king, and his princes, his wives, and his concubines, drank in them. [4] They drank wine, and praised the gods of gold, and of silver, of brass, of iron, of wood, and of stone.

[5] In the same hour came forth fingers of a man’s hand, and wrote over against the candlestick upon the plaster of the wall of the king’s palaceLwhy did the fingers go to the plaster of the wall? Because there was some light there and the writing would be seen clearly. It was like watching a cinema show) and the king saw the part of the hand that wrote. [6] Then the king’s countenance was changed, and his thoughts troubled him, ( He knew that whatever that writing might be, it would not bring a good message)so that the joints of his loins were loosed, and his knees smote one against another. [7] The king cried aloud to bring in the astrologers, the Chaldeans, and the soothsayers. And the king spake, and said to the wise men of Babylon, Whosoever shall read this writing, and shew me the interpretation thereof, shall be clothed with scarlet, and have a chain of gold about his neck, and shall be the third ruler in the kingdom”.

Daniel 5:8-9

“Then came in all the king’s wise men: but they could not read the writing, nor make known to the king the interpretation thereof. [9] Then was king Belshazzar greatly troubled, and his countenance was changed in him, and his lords were astonied”.

They brought Daniel who said in Daniel 5:25-28

“And this is the writing that was written, MENE, MENE, TEKEL, UPHARSIN. [26] This is the interpretation of the thing: Mene; God hath numbered thy kingdom, and finished it. [27] Tekel; Thou art weighed in the balances, and art found wanting. [28] Peres; Thy kingdom is divided, and given to the Medes and Persians”.

At the time Daniel was interpreting the writing, it was too late for the king to change the situation. Those who would destroy his kingdom were already banging at the door, because he had gone down on the scale of the Almighty. He had failed completely on the balance of God.

We are in the habit of making one mistake or the other when we weigh things. But there is one balance in heaven, which is absolutely perfect. It does not make mistakes. A pastor could make a mistake, he may say that you are the best person around and give you a spirutal assignment. But here is a balance in heaven, which never makes mistakes. Other balances can get out of order. Their chains may break or one thing or the other may go wrong,

So that when you measure something and it says it is one kilogram. It may be less a little bit or more. But the balance of God never loses it’s judgement. In God’s balance, one kilogram is one kilogram. No mistakes.

The incident we are discussing happened in the kingdom of Babylon. Babylon was a paradise of architecture. In fact, in all the kingdoms or empires in the world, there was none greater in splendour than Babylon. The most elaborate structures of modern times that we see around are mere shadows of what was found in Babylon. The most sophisticated architectural design of these days would not compare to those in the Babylon before its fell. Millions of men were employed to build the walls around the city, which was 60 miles in circumference and had 25 gates of solid brass on each side of the square city. Some houses in Babylon did not join one another on the ground, but a bridge passed from house to house. It had many other fantastic structures. But as beautiful as it was, when it was weighed on the scale it was found wanting and it fell.

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