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Standing Strong | Part 6

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February 23, 2020

Standing Strong | Part 6

Bridges & Brick Walls
When connected to a heavenly supply, faith, not fear, is the driving force, empowering our words to be expressed with respect and reason. It is only then that bridges, not brick walls, are created.

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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February 23, 2020
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  4. BRIDGES & BRICK WALLS

  5. But Daniel resolved not to defile himself with the royal

    food and wine, and he asked the chief official for permission not to defile himself this way. Now God had caused the official to show favour and compassion to Daniel, but the official told Daniel, “I am afraid of my lord the king, who has assigned your food and drink. Why should he see you looking worse than the other young men your age? The king would then have my head because of you.” Daniel then said to the guard whom the chief official had appointed over Daniel, Hananiah, Mishael and Azariah, Daniel 1:8–11 (NIV)
  6. “Please test your servants for ten days: Give us nothing

    but vegetables to eat and water to drink. Then compare our appearance with that of the young men who eat the royal food, and treat your servants in accordance with what you see.” So he agreed to this and tested them for ten days. At the end of the ten days they looked healthier and better nourished than any of the young men who ate the royal food. So the guard took away their choice food and the wine they were to drink and gave them vegetables instead. To these four young men God gave knowledge and understanding of all kinds of literature and learning. And Daniel could understand visions and dreams of all kinds. Daniel 1:12–17 (NIV)
  7. “I am afraid of my lord the king, who has

    assigned your food and drink.” Daniel 1:10 (NIV) Now God had caused the official to show favour and compassion to Daniel Daniel 1:9 (NIV) God gave knowledge and understanding Daniel 1:17 (NIV)
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  9. This is what the Lord says: “Cursed is the one

    who trusts in man, who draws strength from mere flesh and whose heart turns away from the Lord. That person will be like a bush in the wastelands; they will not see prosperity when it comes. They will dwell in the parched places of the desert, in a salt land where no one lives. Jeremiah 17:5–6 (NIV)
  10. But blessed is the one who trusts in the Lord,

    whose confidence is in him. They will be like a tree planted by the water that sends out its roots by the stream. It does not fear when heat comes; its leaves are always green. It has no worries in a year of drought and never fails to bear fruit.” Jeremiah 17:7–8 (NIV)
  11. REASON & RESPECT

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  16. ‘…and he reasoned in the synagogue every Sabbath’ Acts 18:4

    (NIV) reasoned = ‘dialegomai’
  17. ‘Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who

    asks you to give a reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect.’ 1 Peter 3:15 (NIV)
  18. BRIDGES & BRICK WALLS