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Standing Strong | Part 4

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February 09, 2020

Standing Strong | Part 4

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Daniel faces three tests in Bablyon, a change of diet, name and language. When it comes to language he fully embraces it, and God blesses and helps him understands all the literature and wisdom of Babylon. Like Daniel we have to be students of the world around us, if we ever hope for the message of Jesus to be heard.

Standing Strong
The book of Daniel is an active encouragement to give your life to Jesus, and to be courageous representing him in your generation. We have a clarion call not to lose our nerve, or let our faith be diluted amidst huge cultural pressures. We want to equip you to go against the flow. Daniel, through active faith, silent and prayerful wisdom, shows us how to stand strong.

To stand strong in the world today means to be on the solid foundation of the name of Jesus. To live for him in a culture, that feels like you are swimming against the tide, you’ll need the right values, the right food, and to know who you are. You’ll need wisdom, to be bold, to maintain integrity and hold to a strong witness. You’ll need Prayer, the Word of God, and the Holy Spirit. Let’s be a Daniel, rise our heads above the parapet and resolve not to get swept away. Part One is Six Messages from Daniel chapter one, all looking at the changing world of Daniel, one that displaced God, built a contrary way of living but demonstrates the kind of person God calls each one of us to be.

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  3. In the third year of the reign of Jehoiakim king

    of Judah, Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon came to Jerusalem and besieged it. And the Lord gave Jehoiakim king of Judah into his hand, with some of the vessels of the house of God. And he brought them to the land of Shinar, to the house of his god, and placed the vessels in the treasury of his god. Then the king commanded Ashpenaz, his chief eunuch, to bring some of the people of Israel, both of the royal family and of the nobility, youths without blemish, of good appearance and skillful in all wisdom, endowed with knowledge, understanding learning, and competent to stand in the king’s palace, and to teach them the literature and language of the Chaldeans. Daniel 1:1–7 (ESV)
  4. The king assigned them a daily portion of the food

    that the king ate, and of the wine that he drank. They were to be educated for three years, and at the end of that time they were to stand before the king. Among these were Daniel, Hananiah, Mishael, and Azariah of the tribe of Judah. And the chief of the eunuchs gave them names: Daniel he called Belteshazzar, Hananiah he called Shadrach, Mishael he called Meshach, and Azariah he called Abednego. Daniel 1:1–7 (ESV)
  5. As for these four youths, God gave them learning and

    skill in all literature and wisdom, and Daniel had understanding in all visions and dreams. Daniel 1:17 (ESV)
  6. And Moses was instructed in all the wisdom of the

    Egyptians, and he was mighty in his words and deeds. Acts 7:22 (ESV)
  7. First our task is to listen to the modern world

    in order to try and understand the real issues. Next our task is to listen to the unchanging historic Christian faith in order to develop an authentic Christian perspective. Finally our task is to build a bridge which spans these two foundations: the modern world and the Christian faith. The task of biblical Christians is to understand the modern world in light of the bible and the bible in light of the modern world. Unless our bridge is securely rooted in both foundations it will be unable to bear the weight demanded of it Matters of life and death. John Wyatt
  8. The Word was first, the Word present to God, God

    present to the Word. The Word was God, in readiness for God from day one. The Word became flesh and blood, and moved into the neighborhood. John 1:1–2 & 14 (MSG)