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The Seduction of Pride

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October 13, 2020
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Pastor Robert begins a new series called The Kings of Babylon with a message about the biblical story of King Nebuchadnezzar that shows us how the enemy uses pride to attack us.

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  • PASTOR ROBERT MORRIS:It just blows me away.
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  • We talk about our Godis the God of the second chance.
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  • It's a wonderful saying,but really,
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  • He's the God ofthe second millionth chance.
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  • And He does thatwith all of us
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  • and it's not justHis chosen people.
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  • ♪ ♪
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  • PASTOR ROBERT: We're gonnabegin a series
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  • called, "The Kings of Babylon."
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  • There were four kingsof Babylon during the exile.
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  • The exile is the 70 year timewhen God took Israel
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  • out of the land of Israeland took ‘em captive
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  • into the land of Babylon.
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  • Now, please hear me,because I really want you
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  • to hear what my burden is.
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  • God was discipliningor correcting His children
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  • for something, but He wasnot punishing them.
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  • God does not punish.
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  • If you have a versionthat uses the word punish,
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  • it's incorrect.
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  • He disciplines.And there's a difference.
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  • He doesn't punish us becauseHe already punished His Son
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  • on the cross for our sin.
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  • But He disciplines, the Biblesays, as a loving Father.
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  • Some of us did not haveloving discipline growing up;
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  • so because of that, we don'tunderstand what that means.
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  • Hopefully, you'rein healthy body now.
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  • Hopefully if you've beenattending here
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  • you've had someone in your lifethat has lovingly corrected you
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  • in an area and you walkedaway feeling adjusted
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  • and that you neededthat adjustment
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  • but you also felt loved.So that's what God does.
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  • So I want you to understand,God took Israel
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  • out of the land for 70 years.
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  • And so many people thinkHe was punishing ‘em. No.
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  • He did it for their good,because they had not
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  • let the land restevery seven years
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  • like they were supposed to.
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  • And for those of youwho are mathematicians,
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  • you've already figured outnow how long they went.
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  • He took ‘em outfor 70 years.
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  • They missed 70 Sabbaths,because every seventh year
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  • you're supposed tolet the land rest.
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  • And they missed 70,every seven years.
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  • So 70 times seven is 490.So they did --
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  • They went 490 years withoutletting the land rest.
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  • Now, just a little question.
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  • If you went, if you didsomething for 490 years,
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  • would you begin to think thatyou were getting away with it?
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  • Not with God.
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  • And it's, again,not because of Him;
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  • it's for your good.
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  • Because scientists have told usif you don't let the land rest,
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  • it becomes lessand less fertile.
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  • Israel today could be a barrenwilderness if God
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  • had not allowed the landto catch up and to rest.
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  • You see what I'm saying?
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  • So anytime God is adjusting you,He's doing it for your good.
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  • And for the goodof your descendants.
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  • That's what youneed to know.
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  • But during that time,when God is adjusting something
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  • in your life,Satan is always attacking.
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  • And one of the thingsthat God is doing,
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  • even when He's correcting youis He's still protecting you
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  • and providingfor you during that time,
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  • because think about -
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  • We have two famousstories in Daniel
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  • while they were beingcorrected by God
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  • where God still protectedHis people, very famous.
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  • Even people whodon't go to church
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  • know these two stories:Daniel in the lion's den
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  • and Shadrach, Meshach,and Abednego in the fire.
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  • Isn't that amazing?
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  • So, the title of today's messageis “The Seduction of Pride”.
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  • The attack of the enemythat came through
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  • Nebuchadnezzar was pride.
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  • By the way, pride is whatcaused Lucifer to fall;
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  • pride is how Adamand Eve were attacked.
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  • Lucifer said, “If you eatthis, you'll be like God”.
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  • And Lucifer even attackedJesus with pride.
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  • Of course, it didn't workwith Jesus because he said,
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  • “If You are the Son of God”.
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  • He tried to get Himto fall to pride.
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  • So pride is one of the firstattacks that comes against
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  • God's people.
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  • So here are three ways thattries to seduce us. Alright.
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  • Here's number one...not giving God the glory.
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  • You will allow pride a foothold,
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  • a stronghold in your lifeby not giving God the glory.
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  • So Daniel 1:1, “In thethird year of the reign
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  • of Jehoiakim king of Judah,Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon
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  • came to Jerusalemand besieged it.”
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  • Now, watch this verse carefully.
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  • “And the Lord gave Jehoiakimking of Judah into his hand.”
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  • The Lord gavethe king of Judah
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  • into Nebuchadnezzar's hand. Why?
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  • Because He wasdisciplining His children.
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  • He was going to let the landrest for the future good
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  • of His people, of His children.
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  • Right?But the Lord did this.
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  • But Nebuchadnezzar did notgive God glory for it.
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  • See, that's pride.
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  • So let me give you anotherdefinition of pride.
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  • Pride is not givingGod glory for everything
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  • you have in your hand.
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  • Everything you havein your hand, God put there.
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  • And when you beginto think that your intellect
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  • or your ability or yoursmartness or your training
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  • or your skill earned it --Now, we do try those things.
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  • But listen.
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  • You've got to remember, youdidn't choose your genetics.
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  • You didn't chooseyour quotient of intelligence.
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  • You may have improvedyour intelligence,
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  • you may have worked very hardand studied very hard,
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  • but you didn't choosewhat I.Q. you started with
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  • and the ability to learn.You didn't choose that.
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  • You didn't chooseyour environment.
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  • You didn't choose in whichcountry you were born.
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  • You didn't chooseany of that.
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  • So everything that wehave comes from God.
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  • Not recognizing this isnot giving God the glory.
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  • Here's how Daniel getsincluded in Shadrach,
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  • Meshach, and Abednego.
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  • And I'm going to tellyou in a moment,
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  • Daniel is his Israeli,is his Hebrew name.
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  • Shadrach, Meshach,and Abednego are actually
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  • their Chaldean names,which Chaldea conquered Babylon.
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  • Nebuchadnezzar wasa Chaldean king,
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  • and a lot of peopledon't realize that.
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  • Chaldea, by the way, is whereGod called Abraham out of.
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  • He was born a Chaldean and Godcalled him out of there.
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  • And that's wherethe Hebrew nation came from.
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  • But here's how these young men,these four young men
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  • that God uses, here's how Godbegan a process of life.
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  • Because Nebuchadnezzarwas trying to put pride
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  • into their life.
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  • Satan was trying to do itthrough Nebuchadnezzar. Okay.
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  • We stopped at verse twoa moment ago in Daniel 1.
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  • Look at verse three.
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  • “Then the kinginstructed Ashpenaz,
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  • the master of his eunuchs,
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  • to bring some ofthe children of Israel
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  • and some ofthe king's descendants
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  • and some of the nobles,young men in whom
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  • there was no blemish,but good-looking...”
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  • I probably would have beentaken if I had been there.
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  • That's not that funny.
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  • I don't think you shouldhave laughed at that.
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  • I thought you should have said,“Oh yeah, sure,
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  • sure, of course”.
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  • “...gifted in all wisdom...”
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  • Yeah, I probablywould have been taken.
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  • “...possessing knowledgeand quick to understand...”
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  • Yeah, that's like my resume.Alright.
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  • And y'all know I'm joking.
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  • “...who had ability to servein the king's palace,
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  • and home they mightteach the language
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  • and the literatureof the Chaldeans.”
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  • The language and the literature.
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  • Now, I just want you to knowthat Satan is always trying
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  • to teach the next generationa different language
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  • and a different literature.
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  • Now, I want youto think about it.
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  • Even now, he's changedthe meanings of words
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  • in our language and he's tryingto tell the next generation
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  • that that's not whatour founding fathers meant.
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  • And our founding fathersdid mean for us
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  • to be a nation that is,has freedom of religion,
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  • not freedom from religion.
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  • So that's exactly whathe's trying to do.
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  • So you can see it rightthere in Nebuchadnezzar.
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  • And then, if you lookat verse six and seven,
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  • you see wherethey got their names.
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  • “From among the sons of Judahwere Daniel, Hananiah,
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  • Mishael...”It is Mishael.
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  • It is a man's name;not Michael,
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  • but it is Mishaelin this instance.
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  • There is onetranslated Michael.
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  • It's a little differentin the Hebrew.
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  • “...and Azariah.”
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  • Now, you're saying,“I don't know
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  • who those are,”so you'll --
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  • That's Shadrach,Meshach, and Abednego.
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  • “To them the chiefof the eunuchs gave names:
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  • he gave Danielthe name Belteshazzar;
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  • to Hananiah, Shadrach;to Mishael, Meshach;
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  • and to Azariah, Abednego.”
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  • Shadrach,Meshach, and Abednego.
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  • I heard one young pastorpreached on My-shach,
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  • Yo-shach, and A-bungalow.
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  • [laughter]
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  • So Nebuchadnezzarthen has a dream
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  • and he calls the wise men inand he says,
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  • “Tell me not only theinterpretation of the dream,
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  • but tell me the dream”,which shows the pride
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  • that he walked in,because he did not recognize
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  • the supernatural.
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  • He thought,“If you're intelligent,
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  • you should be able to do this”.
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  • Intelligence hadnothing to do with it.
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  • And so, they said, “Well, whatyou're saying is impossible”.
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  • So he actually sendsout an edict,
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  • which many people don't know,for every young man,
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  • all these wise men,to be killed.
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  • And they go to get Daniel,Shadrach, Meshach,
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  • and Abednego to kill ‘em.
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  • And Daniel said,“Whoa, hold on.
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  • Why are we goingto get killed?”
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  • He said, “Well, becausenone of the wise men
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  • can tell the king his dream”.
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  • And Daniel says,“Well, my God can”.
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  • So they bring Danielin front of the king.
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  • This is Daniel2 now, verse 26.
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  • “The king answeredand said to Daniel,
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  • whose name was Belteshazzar, Areyou able to make known to me
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  • the dream which I have seen,and its interpretation?”
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  • Now, watch this.“Are you able to do this?
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  • Are you able to do this?
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  • “Daniel answered in the presenceof the king and said,
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  • 'The secret whichthe king has demanded,
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  • the wise men, the astrologers,the magicians,
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  • and the soothsayers, they cannotdeclare to the king.'”
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  • They can't do it.
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  • “But,” listen to what he says,
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  • “there is a God in heavenwho reveals secrets...”
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  • You see the balance?Listen.
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  • The balance is --What he's saying is,
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  • “Listen; no, God can do it...but He can use me.”
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  • So not giving God glory.
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  • Here's number two,seduction of pride:
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  • not rejecting the glory of men.
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  • Not rejecting the glory of men,
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  • because men will tryto give you glory.
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  • Now, yes, it's okayto honor someone.
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  • But there's only oneperson who gets glory.
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  • And we're going to read injust a moment where He says,
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  • “I don't share any of it either;
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  • I won't shareglory with anyone”.
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  • And that's what Lucifertried to do was take glory.
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  • And that's whyhe fell from heaven.
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  • So Daniel interpretsthis dream.
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  • Part of this dream is abouta figure of a man and about --
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  • It's the kingdom and he talksabout the future kingdoms
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  • and he goes all the way downto feet of clay. Alright.
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  • If you remember the dream.
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  • So then, Daniel --
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  • Watch what Nebuchadnezzar does.So I read you --
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  • Well, the last verseof chapter two,
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  • it talks about himinterpreting the dream.
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  • And Nebuchadnezzar puts outan edict to all of Babylon
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  • to worship the God of Daniel.
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  • That's the endof chapter two.
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  • Chapter three, verse one,“Nebuchadnezzar the king
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  • made an image of gold,whose height was sixty cubits,”
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  • that's 18 inches a cubit;so that's 90 feet,
  • 00:12:07.452 --> 00:12:11.556
  • “and its width six cubits,”so that's nine feet.
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  • So it's nine feetat its base, 90 feet tall.
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  • So many people have saidif this was an image
  • 00:12:19.330 --> 00:12:23.134
  • of Nebuchadnezzar, it wouldhave been a really tall,
  • 00:12:23.234 --> 00:12:26.004
  • skinny dude.You know?
  • 00:12:26.104 --> 00:12:28.573
  • But we don't reallyknow what it was.
  • 00:12:28.673 --> 00:12:30.241
  • But most believe it was madeof gold and the image,
  • 00:12:30.341 --> 00:12:35.013
  • the dream that he had was,had a gold head.
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  • And he said, “This is you”.
  • 00:12:39.083 --> 00:12:40.985
  • So many people think thatat the top of this monument
  • 00:12:41.085 --> 00:12:44.389
  • was an image of Nebuchadnezzar.
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  • You understandwhat I'm saying?
  • 00:12:47.625 --> 00:12:48.827
  • We don't know for sure, butthat's what most people think.
  • 00:12:48.927 --> 00:12:50.962
  • And that's how Shadrach,Meshach, and Abednego comes in,
  • 00:12:51.062 --> 00:12:54.132
  • because Nebuchadnezzar puts outthen a command for everyone,
  • 00:12:54.232 --> 00:12:58.770
  • when they play the music,to turn and face this image
  • 00:12:58.870 --> 00:13:02.340
  • and bow down and worship.
  • 00:13:02.440 --> 00:13:04.843
  • Notice again, immediately,he wants to draw
  • 00:13:04.943 --> 00:13:07.812
  • attention to himself.
  • 00:13:07.912 --> 00:13:09.147
  • By the way, this happensa lot in scripture.
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  • Paul and Barnabasgo to this town.
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  • There's a crippled manwho's been crippled from birth,
  • 00:13:13.852 --> 00:13:17.555
  • so it's not likesomething happened.
  • 00:13:17.655 --> 00:13:18.790
  • He was born crippled.
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  • And he gets healedin Jesus' name.
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  • They start bowing downto Paul and Barnabas saying,
  • 00:13:22.727 --> 00:13:25.663
  • “The gods have come down tous,”
  • 00:13:25.763 --> 00:13:27.866
  • and they start giving ‘emGreek names of gods.
  • 00:13:27.966 --> 00:13:30.702
  • Paul and Barnabas teartheir clothes and said,
  • 00:13:30.802 --> 00:13:33.104
  • “No, we're just men;don't worship us.”
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  • they reject the glory.
  • 00:13:35.340 --> 00:13:36.908
  • Daniel, by the way, was maderuler under Nebuchadnezzar
  • 00:13:37.008 --> 00:13:41.880
  • over all of Babylon,but he never took pride.
  • 00:13:41.980 --> 00:13:45.283
  • So he builds this big deal.
  • 00:13:45.383 --> 00:13:46.918
  • He says everybodyhas to bow down.
  • 00:13:47.018 --> 00:13:48.286
  • Shadrach, Meshach,and Abednego don't bow down.
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  • They get reported.
  • 00:13:51.856 --> 00:13:53.191
  • So he gives ‘em a chance.He brings ‘em in.
  • 00:13:53.291 --> 00:13:55.760
  • He says, “Is it trueyou're not going to bow down?”
  • 00:13:55.860 --> 00:13:58.463
  • And they said, “Yes”.
  • 00:13:58.563 --> 00:13:59.764
  • And he says, “I'll give you onemore chance to bow down”.
  • 00:13:59.864 --> 00:14:02.300
  • Now, listen to whathe says, Daniel 3:15.
  • 00:14:02.400 --> 00:14:04.202
  • “But if you do not worship,you shall be immediately
  • 00:14:04.302 --> 00:14:08.439
  • cast into the midstof a burning fiery furnace.”
  • 00:14:08.539 --> 00:14:11.542
  • Now, watch the pride.
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  • “And who is the god who willdeliver you from my hands?”
  • 00:14:13.478 --> 00:14:19.183
  • He didn't thank Godfor what God put in his hands
  • 00:14:19.284 --> 00:14:22.453
  • and he didn't thank Godfor the power
  • 00:14:22.553 --> 00:14:23.855
  • that God put in his hands.
  • 00:14:23.955 --> 00:14:25.690
  • Daniel 3:19,“Then Nebuchadnezzar
  • 00:14:25.790 --> 00:14:29.227
  • was full of fury,”
  • 00:14:29.327 --> 00:14:30.528
  • because they said,“We're still not going to bow,”
  • 00:14:30.628 --> 00:14:32.363
  • and the expressionon his face changed
  • 00:14:32.463 --> 00:14:34.699
  • toward Shadrach,Meshach, and Abednego.
  • 00:14:34.799 --> 00:14:36.935
  • He spoke and commanded thatthey heat the furnace
  • 00:14:37.035 --> 00:14:39.704
  • seven times morethan it was usually heated.”
  • 00:14:39.804 --> 00:14:44.809
  • I'll explain to youin a moment how they did that.
  • 00:14:44.909 --> 00:14:46.811
  • Daniel 3:21-22,“Then these men,”
  • 00:14:46.911 --> 00:14:49.213
  • that's Shadrach,Meshach, and Abednego,
  • 00:14:49.314 --> 00:14:50.848
  • “were bound in their coats,their trousers, their turbans,
  • 00:14:50.949 --> 00:14:54.552
  • and their other garments...”
  • 00:14:54.652 --> 00:14:56.788
  • It's important to notice theywent in with their clothes on,
  • 00:14:56.888 --> 00:15:00.091
  • ‘cause when they come out,
  • 00:15:00.191 --> 00:15:01.092
  • their clothes don'teven smell like smoke.
  • 00:15:01.192 --> 00:15:03.027
  • “...and they werecast into the midst
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  • of the burning fiery furnace.
  • 00:15:04.562 --> 00:15:06.030
  • Therefore, because the king'scommand was urgent,
  • 00:15:06.130 --> 00:15:08.866
  • and the furnace exceedingly hot,
  • 00:15:08.967 --> 00:15:11.636
  • the flame of the firekilled those men
  • 00:15:11.736 --> 00:15:14.639
  • who took up Shadrach,Meshach, and Abednego.”
  • 00:15:14.739 --> 00:15:16.507
  • So, let me explainto you about this fire.
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  • It was a round holein the ground, most believed,
  • 00:15:18.509 --> 00:15:22.580
  • they found things like this,about 20 feet round,
  • 00:15:22.680 --> 00:15:25.616
  • and it was about 20 feet deep,
  • 00:15:25.717 --> 00:15:28.252
  • so that that's wherethey could cast people,
  • 00:15:28.353 --> 00:15:30.221
  • people that defied the king.
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  • It was like a dictatorship.
  • 00:15:31.422 --> 00:15:34.092
  • People who defied the kingwere cast in this fiery furnace.
  • 00:15:34.192 --> 00:15:36.928
  • Yet, going out the sideof it was a slope that sloped
  • 00:15:37.028 --> 00:15:41.332
  • all the way up to the groundso that every now and then
  • 00:15:41.432 --> 00:15:43.701
  • they could walk down into itand clean it out
  • 00:15:43.801 --> 00:15:46.738
  • if they needed to do thingsor put stuff in it.
  • 00:15:46.838 --> 00:15:50.141
  • And this is how theywere cast into it.
  • 00:15:50.241 --> 00:15:53.544
  • But they were also,they walked Shadrach,
  • 00:15:53.644 --> 00:15:56.214
  • Meshach, and Abednego,walked out of the fire.
  • 00:15:56.314 --> 00:15:57.782
  • Now, they weren't worriedabout anybody walking out,
  • 00:15:57.882 --> 00:16:00.318
  • ‘cause once you were cast in,you were going
  • 00:16:00.418 --> 00:16:01.886
  • to be killed, you know.
  • 00:16:01.986 --> 00:16:03.021
  • So they weren'tworried about that.
  • 00:16:03.121 --> 00:16:04.288
  • The way they heated it seventimes more is they had trees
  • 00:16:04.389 --> 00:16:07.658
  • in Babylon at that timethat burned hotter
  • 00:16:07.759 --> 00:16:10.561
  • than other trees,and they saved those for this.
  • 00:16:10.661 --> 00:16:12.597
  • So that's the waythey did this.
  • 00:16:12.697 --> 00:16:14.399
  • So they cast these inand it made the fire so hot
  • 00:16:14.499 --> 00:16:17.802
  • that the men casting themin at the mouth of the entrance
  • 00:16:17.902 --> 00:16:23.441
  • were burnedand killed immediately.
  • 00:16:23.541 --> 00:16:26.077
  • They were killed.
  • 00:16:26.177 --> 00:16:27.278
  • So that's why the Bibletells us that. Alright?
  • 00:16:27.378 --> 00:16:29.580
  • So verse 24, “Then KingNebuchadnezzar was astonished;
  • 00:16:29.680 --> 00:16:34.318
  • and he rose inhaste and spoke...” Listen.
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  • The reason is ‘causethey're still alive
  • 00:16:36.487 --> 00:16:37.622
  • and they're actually walkingaround in the fire.
  • 00:16:37.722 --> 00:16:40.691
  • “...and sayingto his counselors,
  • 00:16:40.792 --> 00:16:41.926
  • 'Did we not cast three meninto the midst of the fire?'
  • 00:16:42.026 --> 00:16:44.796
  • They answered and saidto the king, 'True, O king.'”
  • 00:16:44.896 --> 00:16:46.697
  • Listen to whatNebuchadnezzar says.
  • 00:16:46.798 --> 00:16:48.266
  • “'Look!' He answered,'I now see four men loose,
  • 00:16:48.366 --> 00:16:53.604
  • walking in the midstof the fire...'”
  • 00:16:53.704 --> 00:16:55.006
  • Remember, they were bound.The only thing --
  • 00:16:55.106 --> 00:16:57.508
  • By the way,think about this...
  • 00:16:57.608 --> 00:16:59.710
  • when the enemytries to kill you,
  • 00:16:59.811 --> 00:17:02.313
  • the only thing that getsburned are the ropes
  • 00:17:02.413 --> 00:17:05.983
  • that wereholding you bound.
  • 00:17:06.084 --> 00:17:08.686
  • Their clothesdidn't get burned,
  • 00:17:08.786 --> 00:17:09.821
  • but the ropes that wereholding them burned up.
  • 00:17:09.921 --> 00:17:12.757
  • But it didn'thurt them at all.
  • 00:17:12.857 --> 00:17:14.792
  • “I see four men loose,walking amidst the fire;
  • 00:17:14.892 --> 00:17:19.063
  • and they are not hurt,and the form of the fourth
  • 00:17:19.163 --> 00:17:22.934
  • is like the Son of God.”
  • 00:17:23.034 --> 00:17:24.802
  • Now -- So Jesus is in the firewith you, by the way.
  • 00:17:24.902 --> 00:17:27.572
  • If you ever go through a fire,Jesus is with you
  • 00:17:27.672 --> 00:17:29.774
  • and you're not goingto get burned.
  • 00:17:29.874 --> 00:17:32.844
  • Here's what reallyblew me away
  • 00:17:32.944 --> 00:17:34.278
  • as I began studying this...
  • 00:17:34.378 --> 00:17:36.247
  • Nebuchadnezzar is not Jewish.
  • 00:17:36.347 --> 00:17:40.251
  • He's Chaldean.
  • 00:17:40.351 --> 00:17:41.986
  • Yet God keeps trying to getthrough to Nebuchadnezzar.
  • 00:17:42.086 --> 00:17:47.391
  • These things keep happeningbecause Nebuchadnezzar
  • 00:17:47.492 --> 00:17:49.727
  • puts out a decree after this.
  • 00:17:49.827 --> 00:17:51.362
  • “The God of Shadrach, Meshach,and Abednego is the true God.
  • 00:17:51.462 --> 00:17:55.766
  • And from now on,everyone has to worship Him”.
  • 00:17:55.867 --> 00:17:57.935
  • Well, he'd already done oneabout the God of Daniel,
  • 00:17:58.035 --> 00:18:00.004
  • which was the same God,obviously. Okay?
  • 00:18:00.104 --> 00:18:02.006
  • But he turns away again,
  • 00:18:02.106 --> 00:18:04.175
  • and you're going to see iton the next point.
  • 00:18:04.275 --> 00:18:05.510
  • He turns away again.It just blows me away.
  • 00:18:05.610 --> 00:18:08.779
  • We talk about our God isthe God of the second chance.
  • 00:18:08.880 --> 00:18:11.616
  • It's a wonderfulsaying, but really,
  • 00:18:11.716 --> 00:18:13.885
  • He's the God ofthe second millionth chance.
  • 00:18:13.985 --> 00:18:17.555
  • And He does that with all of usand it's not just
  • 00:18:17.655 --> 00:18:19.991
  • His chosen people.
  • 00:18:20.091 --> 00:18:21.993
  • Here is a heathennamed Nebuchadnezzar.
  • 00:18:22.093 --> 00:18:24.862
  • God's protecting His people.
  • 00:18:24.962 --> 00:18:26.464
  • Nebuchadnezzar has actuallykilled some of the exiles
  • 00:18:26.564 --> 00:18:30.201
  • and tortured them, and Godis still trying to reach him.
  • 00:18:30.301 --> 00:18:34.405
  • So I'm telling you, no matterwhat you've done in your past,
  • 00:18:34.505 --> 00:18:37.275
  • no matter how bad you've been,God still loves you
  • 00:18:37.375 --> 00:18:40.778
  • and God is stilltrying to reach you.
  • 00:18:40.878 --> 00:18:42.947
  • Here's the third point,a seduction of pride
  • 00:18:43.047 --> 00:18:46.817
  • is not speaking humbly.
  • 00:18:46.918 --> 00:18:54.091
  • I had to train myselfto speak humbly
  • 00:18:54.192 --> 00:18:58.496
  • because I spoke pridefully.You can train yourself.
  • 00:18:58.596 --> 00:19:03.401
  • Now, Nebuchadnezzar hasanother dream in chapter four,
  • 00:19:03.501 --> 00:19:07.738
  • and the dream is about himand the dream is
  • 00:19:07.838 --> 00:19:13.211
  • that he's going to actually,God's going to humble him.
  • 00:19:13.311 --> 00:19:17.114
  • So -- And then, he says,“In twelve months,
  • 00:19:17.215 --> 00:19:19.684
  • this is going to happen”.
  • 00:19:19.784 --> 00:19:21.552
  • Now, watch what happens.
  • 00:19:21.652 --> 00:19:23.621
  • And the way God humbles him,most of you know,
  • 00:19:23.721 --> 00:19:25.523
  • is he became like --He lost --
  • 00:19:25.623 --> 00:19:27.124
  • He went crazyand he ate grass
  • 00:19:27.225 --> 00:19:29.627
  • like a wild beastfor seven years.
  • 00:19:29.727 --> 00:19:32.730
  • Seven years.That was his punishment.
  • 00:19:32.830 --> 00:19:34.932
  • That was his disciplineor punishment really
  • 00:19:35.032 --> 00:19:36.968
  • because he wasn't a believer.
  • 00:19:37.068 --> 00:19:38.903
  • Daniel 4:29, “At the endof the twelve months
  • 00:19:39.003 --> 00:19:42.540
  • he was walking aboutthe royal palace of Babylon.”
  • 00:19:42.640 --> 00:19:45.076
  • This is Nebuchadnezzar.
  • 00:19:45.176 --> 00:19:47.011
  • “The king spoke, saying,Is not this great Babylon,
  • 00:19:47.111 --> 00:19:51.949
  • that I have built for a royaldwelling by my mighty power
  • 00:19:52.049 --> 00:19:59.957
  • and for the honorof my majesty?”
  • 00:20:00.057 --> 00:20:04.629
  • Notice the prideful words.
  • 00:20:04.729 --> 00:20:06.831
  • “While the wordwas still in the king's mouth,
  • 00:20:06.931 --> 00:20:11.235
  • a voice fell from heaven,saying, King Nebuchadnezzar,
  • 00:20:11.335 --> 00:20:14.305
  • to you it is spoken, the kingdomhas departed from you!
  • 00:20:14.405 --> 00:20:18.743
  • And they shalldrive you from men,
  • 00:20:18.843 --> 00:20:21.479
  • and your dwelling shall bewith the beasts of the field.
  • 00:20:21.579 --> 00:20:23.914
  • They shall make you eatgrass like oxen; seven times,”
  • 00:20:24.015 --> 00:20:27.685
  • seven years, “shall passover you, until you know
  • 00:20:27.785 --> 00:20:31.389
  • that the Most High rulesin the kingdom of men,
  • 00:20:31.489 --> 00:20:34.859
  • and He gives it,”that's the implication
  • 00:20:34.959 --> 00:20:38.596
  • of He because we're alreadygoing back to the Most High,
  • 00:20:38.696 --> 00:20:40.765
  • “to whomever He chooses.
  • 00:20:40.865 --> 00:20:43.334
  • That very hour,the word was fulfilled
  • 00:20:43.434 --> 00:20:46.804
  • concerning Nebuchadnezzar.”
  • 00:20:46.904 --> 00:20:49.040
  • Now, why am I saying it'sso important to speak humbly?
  • 00:20:49.140 --> 00:20:54.812
  • Because of this scripture.
  • 00:20:54.912 --> 00:20:57.114
  • Matthew says, “Forwhatever is in there...
  • 00:20:57.214 --> 00:21:00.851
  • When the mouth speaks,
  • 00:21:00.951 --> 00:21:01.919
  • it speaks out ofthe abundance of the heart”.
  • 00:21:02.019 --> 00:21:04.822
  • So I saw something this week inthis scripture I'd never seen.
  • 00:21:04.922 --> 00:21:09.026
  • I'd seen it,but I hadn't seen it.
  • 00:21:09.126 --> 00:21:12.463
  • You know that?Okay.
  • 00:21:12.563 --> 00:21:13.831
  • The word abundance.
  • 00:21:13.931 --> 00:21:16.967
  • In other words, we all saystupid things. Right?
  • 00:21:17.068 --> 00:21:19.637
  • We all say prideful things.
  • 00:21:19.737 --> 00:21:21.872
  • I've even been a literalistwith is verse sometimes
  • 00:21:21.972 --> 00:21:25.242
  • and God's hadto correct me. Alright.
  • 00:21:25.343 --> 00:21:26.510
  • Like Debbie might saysomething and she'd say,
  • 00:21:26.610 --> 00:21:29.080
  • “But I didn't mean that”.
  • 00:21:29.180 --> 00:21:30.414
  • I'd say, “Yeah,but the Bible says,
  • 00:21:30.514 --> 00:21:31.682
  • Out of the abundance ofthe heart the mouth speaks”.
  • 00:21:31.782 --> 00:21:34.085
  • And I'd be mad at her.
  • 00:21:34.185 --> 00:21:35.453
  • “So it must be in your heartif it came out your mouth.”
  • 00:21:35.553 --> 00:21:37.722
  • You know? ‘Kay.
  • 00:21:37.822 --> 00:21:39.790
  • So we all say stupid things.
  • 00:21:39.890 --> 00:21:41.592
  • We all say prideful things.
  • 00:21:41.692 --> 00:21:43.894
  • But what we sayin an abundance
  • 00:21:43.994 --> 00:21:46.931
  • is what is inan abundance in our heart.
  • 00:21:47.031 --> 00:21:49.667
  • That's the key.
  • 00:21:49.767 --> 00:21:51.001
  • In other words, we all,we're all still humans.
  • 00:21:51.102 --> 00:21:53.137
  • We all still make mistakes.
  • 00:21:53.237 --> 00:21:54.905
  • But if there's an abundanceof prideful statements
  • 00:21:55.005 --> 00:21:57.775
  • coming out of your mouth,then that needs to let you know
  • 00:21:57.875 --> 00:22:01.078
  • there's an abundanceof pride in your heart
  • 00:22:01.178 --> 00:22:03.447
  • and God's goingto deal with it.
  • 00:22:03.547 --> 00:22:05.282
  • He always, always,always humbles the exalt,
  • 00:22:05.383 --> 00:22:11.622
  • the ones that exalt themselves.
  • 00:22:11.722 --> 00:22:13.557
  • Always.That's scripture.
  • 00:22:13.657 --> 00:22:15.326
  • And the reasonI'm telling you this
  • 00:22:15.426 --> 00:22:17.762
  • is because if you havea problem speaking pridefully,
  • 00:22:17.862 --> 00:22:20.731
  • then you know you don't justhave a problem speaking it,
  • 00:22:20.831 --> 00:22:22.833
  • you know you havea problem in your heart
  • 00:22:22.933 --> 00:22:24.835
  • and you need to allow Godto deal with it.
  • 00:22:24.935 --> 00:22:27.438
  • So here is whatI love about this story.
  • 00:22:27.538 --> 00:22:30.474
  • Nebuchadnezzar, let meshow you the end of it,
  • 00:22:30.574 --> 00:22:33.244
  • verse 34, Daniel 4:34,“And at the end of the time,”
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  • seven years,“I, Nebuchadnezzar,”
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  • watch, “liftedmy eyes to heaven,
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  • and my understandingreturned to me immediately...”
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  • Soon as he turns to God,as soon as he turns to God,
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  • God heals him.
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  • “...and I blessed the Most Highand praised and honored Him
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  • who lives forever.
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  • For His dominion isan everlasting dominion,
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  • and His kingdom is fromgeneration to generation.
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  • All the inhabitantsof the earth
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  • are reputed as nothing;
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  • He does according to His willin the army of heaven
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  • and among the inhabitantsof the earth.
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  • No one can restrainHis hand or say to Him,
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  • 'What have you done?'”
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  • By the way, you notice that hegot a pretty good revelation
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  • that God's God.
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  • “At the same time,my reason returned to me,
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  • and for the gloryof my kingdom...”
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  • And what he meansby that is the responsibility
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  • that God's given me,“I was restored to my kingdom
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  • and excellent majestywas added to me.
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  • Now I, Nebuchadnezzar,praise and extol
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  • and honor the kingdom of heaven,all of whose works are truth,
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  • and His ways justice.
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  • And those who walk in prideHe is able to put down.”
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  • God restored this prideful man.
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  • Now, I want to tellyou something else.
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  • God restored thisprideful man.
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  • And God will restore youprideful people, too.
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  • All you've got to dois turn your eyes to heaven.
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  • That's it.
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  • Just turn youreyes to heaven.
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  • PASTOR ROBERT: Don't forgetthat the original sin
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  • of Satan is pride.
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  • Pride is alwaystrying to seduce us,
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  • but the fact thatyou watch this message
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  • means that you are nota prideful person.
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  • You might battle it sometimes,but you're not prideful.
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  • But God's doing somethingin your heart right now,
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  • and I'd like for youjust to humble your heart
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  • before God right now,just like Nebuchadnezzar did
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  • and say, “God, I wantto always give You the glory.
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  • I want to speak humbly.
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  • I want to walk with Youand I want to talk
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  • with You every day.”
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  • Just take a moment,give God glory right now,
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  • and let God continue to workthat humility in your heart
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  • because that humilityis what attracts others to us,
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  • and that attracts themto Jesus Christ.
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  • Hey, I love you so much.
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  • I hope you'll be watching againbecause I'm going to continue
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  • this series next time.
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  • - Announcer: We're so gladthat you joined us
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  • for today's program,we hope that you've enjoyed
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  • this message fromPastor's Robert's series,
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  • "The Kings of Babylon."
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  • In this series,he brings to life
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  • the storiesof four ancient kings,
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  • and relates themto the struggles
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  • God's peoplestill face today,
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  • and more importantly,His redemptive plan
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  • that awaits us all.
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  • please call usor visit us online today
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  • is doing in your lifeas a result of applying
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  • these truths from His Word.
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  • ANNOUNCER: Living your best lifeisn't about having a dream home,
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  • wonderful kids,or the ideal job.
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  • It's about changesin your family, health,
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  • and relationships.
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  • When God changes your heart,you'll discover
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  • that there is so muchmore to life.
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  • With humor, passion,and clarity,
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  • Pastor Robert presents,
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  • "The Secretsof Living Your Best Life."
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