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The Lion King

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March 8, 2020
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Defying a ban on prayer to his God; Daniel’s enemies scheme to have him thrown into the lions’ den. God miraculously spares him; confirming both Daniel’s faith and God’s undeniable power.

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  • Dr. David Jeremiah:Have you ever felt like you
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  • were thrown to the lions
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  • for standing upfor your faith in God?
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  • Seemingly, those who seekto devour and discard you,
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  • to quiet your godly impactand influence on this world
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  • encircle you on every side.
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  • But being throw to the lionsfor what you believe
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  • is not just some metaphorthat encapsulates
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  • an uncompromising approachto today's godless world.
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  • The saying is based on an eventthat happened centuries ago.
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  • Babylon has a new name,Persia, and is under new rule,
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  • the law of the Medesand Persians.
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  • And there is a new rulerin town,
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  • one who was so highly impressed
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  • with an aged Hebrew captive,Daniel,
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  • he selected him
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  • as prime ministerover all the land.
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  • Daniel's loyalty to the kingand his kingdom was undeniable.
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  • But his service to the kingwas not greater
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  • than his service to God.
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  • And when a royal edict went outthat no one should pray
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  • to any god or manexcept the king for 30 days,
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  • what did Daniel do?
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  • He prayed and prayedand prayed again.
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  • By getting on his knees to pray,he took a stand.
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  • No man of Godever looked so tall.
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  • But it wasn'twithout consequences.
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  • Dr. Jeremiah:And when man thinks he
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  • can shut out and shut upthe faithful of God,
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  • let him think again.
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  • Just like you and I when weare thrown to the lions,
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  • God will shut the mouthsof those who seek to devour us.
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  • It is God that can tame
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  • the most hurtful enemyin our lives,
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  • even in our lions' den.
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  • So, who was this man
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  • of persistent prayerand formidable faith,
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  • who, even in the faceof certain death,
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  • placed his lifein the hands of God?
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  • Daniel the lion king,an agent of Babylon.
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  • announcer: We livein uncertain times,
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  • but in this new book,David Jeremiah reminds you
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  • that we can be certainthat, through Jesus,
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  • we have hopefor every circumstance
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  • with his message"The Lion King."
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  • Dr. Jeremiah:As the story begins,
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  • Daniel has been out
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  • of the mainstreamof political power
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  • since Babylon was defeatedby the Medes and the Persians.
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  • Now, after almost two yearshave passed,
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  • at the ripe old age of 83,he is summoned
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  • by Darius,the Medo-Persian king,
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  • and givena very prestigious assignment
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  • in his new administration.
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  • The first thing you learnfrom the sixth chapter of Daniel
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  • and the first three versesis this:
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  • stand-up people get promoted.
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  • Say that with me,"Stand-up people get promoted."
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  • Listen to these wordsfrom Daniel.
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  • "It pleased Dariusto set over the kingdom
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  • one hundred and twenty satraps,
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  • and over these, three governors,of whom Daniel was one,
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  • that the satrapsmight give account to them,
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  • so that the kingwould suffer no loss.
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  • Then this Danieldistinguished himself
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  • because an excellent spiritwas in him,
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  • and the king gave thoughtto setting him
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  • over the whole realm."
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  • Now, back in 538 BC,King Darius is establishing
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  • the second great world empirefollowing Babylon.
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  • But unlike Babylon,which was a monarchy
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  • ruled by Nebuchadnezzar,one man,
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  • King Darius,is setting up an oligarchy,
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  • which is going to be ruledby many.
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  • And he determinesto reorganize the government
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  • and put 120 men in chargeof the conquered provinces
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  • that are a partof his new kingdom.
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  • And apparently,part of their responsibility
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  • was to collect taxesfor the king.
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  • And because there was dishonesty
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  • among theselower level officials,
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  • Darius selected three menas governors,
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  • and the text actually says,
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  • "So the kingwould suffer no loss."
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  • He didn't want to get ripped offby his governors.
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  • Of these three governors,
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  • Darius was most impressedwith Daniel,
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  • and selected him to function
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  • as the prime ministerover the land.
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  • According to the descriptionin Daniel 6,
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  • Daniel was preferredabove the other governors
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  • because an excellent spiritwas in him.
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  • He was Spirit-filledin the Old Testament.
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  • He had the Spirit of God in him.
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  • this means he hada good attitude,
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  • it means he worked hardto fulfill his responsibilities,
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  • and most of all,in this situation,
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  • he was honest.
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  • And Daniel continuedto honor God with his life.
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  • And now,even at the age of 83,
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  • God is once againhonoring Daniel.
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  • Daniel would becomethe second in command
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  • over allthe Medo-Persian empire,
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  • a fact that didn't go unnoticedby his peers.
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  • Let me stop for just a momentand remind you
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  • that while you may not bepopular where you work
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  • because you'rea stand-up person,
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  • when the people you work withget in trouble,
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  • you're the onesthey're going to come and see.
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  • They're not going to goto the goof-offs
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  • and the partiersand all of that.
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  • They're going to cometo the people
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  • that they will look atand know,
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  • "That personbelieves in something.
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  • That person stands upfor something.
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  • That person's gota moral center."
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  • They're going to come to you.
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  • They may not like you,they may make fun of you,
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  • they may trash you,but when they are in trouble,
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  • when their marriageis upside down,
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  • or they got a sick child,or their mortgage can't be met,
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  • they're going to findthe person they trust,
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  • just like Daniel,
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  • who was promotedto a high place.
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  • Notice the second thingabout stand-up people.
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  • This is a hard one,but it's true, isn't it?
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  • Stand-up people are persecuted.
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  • It says in verses 4 through 9,verse 4 says,
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  • "The governors and the satrapssought to find
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  • some charge against Daniel."
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  • At the core of the hatredof Daniel's colleagues
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  • was the fact that hewas being promoted above them.
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  • Now, think about it,the other were Babylonians,
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  • and this Jew is being promotedahead of them,
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  • they don't like it.
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  • In fact, they hate it,they hate Daniel.
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  • If Darius's appointmentwas carried out,
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  • Daniel would have powerover all the governors
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  • and administratorsin Medo-Persia.
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  • So, they decided they would tryto get him in trouble.
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  • They would try to find himcommitting some trespass
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  • so he could be indicted.
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  • But the Bible says they
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  • couldn't findanything against him.
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  • The more they searchedto try to get him caught
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  • in some illegal thingor some immoral thing,
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  • the more they searched,the angrier they got.
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  • Unable to find any legal wayto stop him,
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  • you never want to underestimatethe enemies of the faith.
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  • They decide to come upwith a made-up story.
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  • And we read about itin verse 7, it says,
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  • "All the governorsof the kingdom,
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  • the administrators, the satraps,the counselors and the advisors,
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  • consulted togetherto establish a royal statute
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  • and make a firm decree,
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  • that whoever petitionsany god or man for thirty days,
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  • except you, O king,
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  • shall be castinto the den of lions."
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  • Daniel's enemies assembled,without him present, obviously,
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  • and they came up with this idea
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  • that if you prayed to any godbut to Darius, who was the king,
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  • for a 30 day period,
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  • you would be put to deathin the lions' den.
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  • There was a lie in the proposal
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  • because not all of the officialshad consulted.
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  • Daniel wasn't involved in it.
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  • So, they go to the king
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  • with this storythat they've made up.
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  • And they present it to him
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  • and urge him to signtheir document.
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  • "Now, O king," verse 8,"establish the decree,
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  • sign the writing,so that it cannot be changed,
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  • according to the lawof the Medes and Persians,
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  • which does not alter."
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  • In effect, the proposal
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  • would make Darius godfor a month.
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  • These leaders didwhat they could
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  • to get the kingto sign the edict,
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  • which, according to law,
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  • could not be revokedonce it was put in place.
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  • Have you ever heard aboutthe law of Medes and Persians?
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  • That means if you say it,you can't unsay it.
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  • If you promise it,you can't un-promise it.
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  • In Medo-Persian empire,if the king wrote an edict,
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  • it could never be changedbecause if you changed it,
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  • it would look as if the kingmade a mistake.
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  • And the king didn't makeany mistake,
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  • he was infallible accordingto the Medo-Persian culture.
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  • So, once the kingsigned an edict,
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  • even if he didn't likewhat he had signed,
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  • he couldn't undo it.
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  • And along with that,the edict had to be carried out
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  • on the day that the offensewas committed.
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  • Stand-up people are promotedand they're persistent,
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  • number three.
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  • Notice verses 10 and 11in our text.
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  • "When Daniel knewthat the writing was signed,"
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  • the writing that if you prayedto any other god but Darius,
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  • you'd be putinto the lions' den,
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  • when he heard this,the Bible says, "he went home.
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  • And in his upper room,
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  • with his windows opentoward Jerusalem,
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  • he knelt down on his kneesthree times that day,
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  • and prayed and gave thanksbefore God."
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  • Now, I've heard some preacherssay when this happened,
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  • what Daniel did was he said,"I'll show you,"
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  • so he went home,he threw his windows open,
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  • half hung out the window,shouting his prayer before God
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  • so the whole kingdomcould hear him.
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  • Not.
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  • What he did, the Bible says,was he went home,
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  • he knelt down on his knees,he did it three times that day,
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  • and prayed and gave thanksbefore his God.
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  • Listen to the last phrase,"As was his custom to do."
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  • When the king said hecouldn't pray to his God,
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  • Daniel said, "I'm sorry," and hewent home and prayed to his God.
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  • Stand-up peopleare often promoted.
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  • They're always persecuted.
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  • And they're usuallyvery persistent in what they do.
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  • I want you to noticethat what Daniel did
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  • when he found outwhat the deal was was this.
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  • He didn't stand down,that would've been cowardice.
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  • He didn't stand aside,that would've been compromise.
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  • He reallydidn't even stand against.
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  • He didn't railagainst the king.
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  • What did he do?He stood up.
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  • He stood up for his courageand his conviction,
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  • and that's what I believeGod is calling us to do.
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  • We can stand upfor what we believe.
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  • We can stand up and be counted.
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  • And if we just dowhat we should do,
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  • we should be standing upall the time, amen?
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  • [audience applauding]
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  • Dr. Jeremiah: We cometo the conclusion of this story
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  • and we learn, number four,
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  • that stand-up peopleare protected.
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  • How many of you knowthat the God you and I serve
  • 00:14:28.851 --> 00:14:30.819
  • has promised to be with us?
  • 00:14:30.853 --> 00:14:32.621
  • He says--listen to this,he says,
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  • "Go into all the worldand preach the gospel.
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  • And lo, I am with youwherever you go."
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  • When we're serving the Lord,when we're in his will,
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  • when we're doingwhat God has called us to do,
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  • God is with usand he takes care of us.
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  • That doesn't mean he won't letany trouble come to us,
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  • but it means he'll always bewith us when it comes.
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  • I have in my Biblea little motto
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  • that I started to followyears ago,
  • 00:14:52.308 --> 00:14:54.877
  • when I got a little bit afraidof flying.
  • 00:14:54.910 --> 00:14:57.813
  • And this is what the motto says,
  • 00:14:57.846 --> 00:14:59.748
  • "God's manin the center of God's will
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  • is immortal until Godis finished with him."
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  • Daniel didn't worry,we shouldn't worry.
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  • If we're doing the will of God,he's going to protect us.
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  • Watch how God took careof this courageous old man.
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  • First of all, he was protectedfrom the law.
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  • Verses 13 through 15in Daniel 6 record
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  • how this was going to workif God didn't get involved.
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  • I mean, this is a pretty serioustime in the kingdom.
  • 00:15:24.306 --> 00:15:27.076
  • It's a pretty serious timefor Daniel.
  • 00:15:27.109 --> 00:15:29.111
  • Daniel 6 says, "They answeredand said before the king,"
  • 00:15:29.144 --> 00:15:32.281
  • Daniel's colleagues
  • 00:15:32.314 --> 00:15:34.216
  • who were tryingto get him in trouble,
  • 00:15:34.249 --> 00:15:36.085
  • "'Daniel does not showdue regard for you, king,
  • 00:15:36.118 --> 00:15:38.921
  • or for the decreethat you have signed,
  • 00:15:38.954 --> 00:15:40.589
  • but makes his petitionthree times a day.'
  • 00:15:40.622 --> 00:15:43.192
  • And the king,when he heard these words,
  • 00:15:43.225 --> 00:15:44.827
  • was greatly displeasedwith himself."
  • 00:15:44.860 --> 00:15:47.262
  • Not with Daniel,he was displeased with himself
  • 00:15:47.296 --> 00:15:49.631
  • because he'd gotten himselfin a really tough spot.
  • 00:15:49.665 --> 00:15:52.468
  • He didn't want to hurt Daniel,he promoted Daniel.
  • 00:15:52.501 --> 00:15:55.104
  • Daniel was runninghis whole deal.
  • 00:15:55.137 --> 00:15:57.439
  • But he got underminedby the people who came.
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  • And it says,"After he heard these words,
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  • he set his heart on Danielto deliver him;
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  • and he labored
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  • until the going downof the sun to deliver him.
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  • And these menapproached the king,
  • 00:16:08.584 --> 00:16:10.219
  • and said to the king,'Now know, O king,
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  • that it is the lawof the Medes and Persians
  • 00:16:12.421 --> 00:16:14.056
  • that no decree or statutewhich the king establishes
  • 00:16:14.089 --> 00:16:16.525
  • may be changed.'"
  • 00:16:16.558 --> 00:16:19.094
  • Darius's consciencewas tormenting him.
  • 00:16:19.128 --> 00:16:21.897
  • He knew the dangerhe had put Daniel in
  • 00:16:21.930 --> 00:16:23.699
  • by signing into law
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  • the preposterous30-day prayer ban.
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  • He worked all day tryingto find a loophole in the law.
  • 00:16:27.903 --> 00:16:30.839
  • He knew if he couldn't find one,
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  • he'd have to sentence Danielto death.
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  • Persian law dictated,as I mentioned,
  • 00:16:34.476 --> 00:16:36.845
  • that sentences for crimeswere to be carried out
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  • on the day the crimewas committed.
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  • The lower the sun setin the horizon,
  • 00:16:41.750 --> 00:16:44.386
  • the louder Darius's consciencebecame,
  • 00:16:44.420 --> 00:16:47.122
  • screaming at himto find a solution
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  • that would save the man
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  • who was the most important manin his kingdom.
  • 00:16:51.493 --> 00:16:55.764
  • And then Daniel was protectedfrom the lions.
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  • Verse 16 says,"The king gave the command,
  • 00:16:59.935 --> 00:17:01.837
  • and they brought Daniel
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  • and cast himinto the den of lions.
  • 00:17:03.205 --> 00:17:05.274
  • But the king spoke,saying to Daniel,
  • 00:17:05.307 --> 00:17:06.975
  • 'Your God, whom youserve continually,
  • 00:17:07.009 --> 00:17:08.877
  • he will deliver you.'
  • 00:17:08.911 --> 00:17:10.212
  • And a stone was brought
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  • and laid on the mouthof the den,
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  • and the king sealed itwith his own signet ring
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  • and with the signetsof his lords,
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  • that the purposeconcerning Daniel
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  • might not be changed."
  • 00:17:18.787 --> 00:17:21.957
  • And finally he was protectedby the Lord.
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  • Watch this, verse 19.
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  • "The king arosevery early in the morning,
  • 00:17:26.128 --> 00:17:28.030
  • went in hasteto the den of lions.
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  • And when he came to the den,he cried out
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  • with a lamenting voiceto Daniel,
  • 00:17:31.433 --> 00:17:33.469
  • 'Daniel,servant of the living God,
  • 00:17:33.502 --> 00:17:36.138
  • has your God,whom you serve continually,
  • 00:17:36.171 --> 00:17:38.207
  • been able to deliver youfrom the lions?'"
  • 00:17:38.240 --> 00:17:42.277
  • When Darius cast Danielinto the lions' den,
  • 00:17:42.311 --> 00:17:44.746
  • he expressed faiththat Daniel would survive.
  • 00:17:44.780 --> 00:17:46.648
  • Remember he said,"Your God, whom you serve,
  • 00:17:46.682 --> 00:17:49.184
  • will--he will deliver you."
  • 00:17:49.218 --> 00:17:50.619
  • But his faithwasn't very strong,
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  • as is evidenced by his anxietythrough the whole night
  • 00:17:52.788 --> 00:17:55.457
  • and by the first wordsout of his mouth
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  • the next morning,
  • 00:17:56.992 --> 00:17:58.293
  • "Has your God been ableto deliver you?"
  • 00:17:58.327 --> 00:18:01.663
  • Not only was the king uncertainof God's will,
  • 00:18:01.697 --> 00:18:04.299
  • he wasn't even sureGod could save Daniel.
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  • He was no saint,this king of Persia.
  • 00:18:06.835 --> 00:18:11.440
  • "And Daniel said to the king,'O king, live forever!
  • 00:18:11.473 --> 00:18:15.210
  • My God has sent his angeland shut the lions' mouths,
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  • so that they have not hurt me,
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  • because I was found innocentbefore him;
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  • and also, O king, I have doneno wrong before you.'"
  • 00:18:23.318 --> 00:18:28.624
  • Amen.
  • 00:18:28.657 --> 00:18:33.529
  • The famed London preacherCharles Spurgeon observed
  • 00:18:33.562 --> 00:18:36.331
  • that it was a good thing
  • 00:18:36.365 --> 00:18:37.666
  • the lions didn't tryto eat Daniel.
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  • They wouldn't have enjoyed him
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  • since he was half gritand the other half backbone.
  • 00:18:40.836 --> 00:18:47.342
  • The Bible says Godsent his angel
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  • and shut the lions' mouthso that they didn't hurt him
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  • because he was innocent and hedid no wrong before the king.
  • 00:18:52.481 --> 00:18:56.952
  • And the Bible says, "The kingwas exceedingly glad for him,
  • 00:18:56.985 --> 00:18:59.988
  • and commanded that they
  • 00:19:00.022 --> 00:19:01.323
  • should take Daniel upout of the den.
  • 00:19:01.356 --> 00:19:02.991
  • So Daniel was taken upout of the den,
  • 00:19:03.025 --> 00:19:04.993
  • and no injury whateverwas found on him."
  • 00:19:05.027 --> 00:19:07.763
  • And the Bible vividly portrays
  • 00:19:07.796 --> 00:19:09.898
  • the king's delightin Daniel's survival.
  • 00:19:09.932 --> 00:19:12.267
  • He checked him over carefullyto be sure he was unharmed.
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  • Just like Daniel's friends
  • 00:19:14.970 --> 00:19:16.405
  • who escapedthe furnace unscathed,
  • 00:19:16.438 --> 00:19:19.007
  • Daniel came outcompletely uninjured.
  • 00:19:19.041 --> 00:19:21.810
  • When we see how ferociousthe lions were with the people
  • 00:19:21.843 --> 00:19:24.613
  • who were throwninto the den the next day,
  • 00:19:24.646 --> 00:19:26.582
  • it's obvious that Daniel
  • 00:19:26.615 --> 00:19:28.183
  • was able to escapewithout a scratch
  • 00:19:28.217 --> 00:19:30.552
  • because God intervenedin his behalf.
  • 00:19:30.586 --> 00:19:34.122
  • My friends, have you ever hadGod intervene in your behalf?
  • 00:19:34.156 --> 00:19:38.894
  • Here's my experience.
  • 00:19:38.927 --> 00:19:41.797
  • God usually intervenesin our behalf
  • 00:19:41.830 --> 00:19:44.700
  • when, with all of our hearts,we're standing up
  • 00:19:44.733 --> 00:19:47.135
  • for what we knowto be right and true.
  • 00:19:47.169 --> 00:19:49.171
  • We can almost expect Godto do that
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  • when we stand for him.
  • 00:19:52.074 --> 00:19:53.742
  • And that's why weshould never be afraid
  • 00:19:53.775 --> 00:19:56.278
  • to stand for God.
  • 00:19:56.311 --> 00:19:57.946
  • I know that sometime this week,
  • 00:19:57.980 --> 00:19:59.915
  • having heard this message,something's gonna happen.
  • 00:19:59.948 --> 00:20:03.218
  • You're going to be in a placewhere you're going to have to do
  • 00:20:03.252 --> 00:20:04.987
  • the right thingor the wrong thing,
  • 00:20:05.020 --> 00:20:06.321
  • and the right thingis gonna be hard.
  • 00:20:06.355 --> 00:20:08.657
  • Just remember Daniel.
  • 00:20:08.690 --> 00:20:10.993
  • He stood up when everythingwas against him.
  • 00:20:11.026 --> 00:20:13.328
  • And in the midstof his standing up,
  • 00:20:13.362 --> 00:20:14.863
  • not only did he feelthe blessing of God on his life,
  • 00:20:14.896 --> 00:20:17.432
  • but Almighty God intervenedin his behalf and helped him
  • 00:20:17.466 --> 00:20:21.203
  • come through itwith his hands up high.
  • 00:20:21.236 --> 00:20:24.773
  • The last phrase of verse 23gives us the underlying reason
  • 00:20:24.806 --> 00:20:28.644
  • for God's interventionin Daniel's life.
  • 00:20:28.677 --> 00:20:31.146
  • Says in verse 23,
  • 00:20:31.179 --> 00:20:32.681
  • "Because he believedin his God."
  • 00:20:32.714 --> 00:20:37.319
  • Daniel believed in his God.
  • 00:20:37.352 --> 00:20:38.854
  • Let me ask you this,do we believe in our God?
  • 00:20:38.887 --> 00:20:41.523
  • Do we believethat God can help us?
  • 00:20:41.556 --> 00:20:48.630
  • The Bible says in verses 24and following that,
  • 00:20:48.664 --> 00:20:51.166
  • "The king gave the command,and they brought
  • 00:20:51.199 --> 00:20:53.101
  • those menwho had accused Daniel,
  • 00:20:53.135 --> 00:20:54.870
  • and they cast theminto the den of lions,
  • 00:20:54.903 --> 00:20:57.272
  • them, their children,and their wives;
  • 00:20:57.306 --> 00:20:59.908
  • and the lions overpowered them,broke all their bones in pieces
  • 00:20:59.941 --> 00:21:03.879
  • before they ever cameto the bottom of the den."
  • 00:21:03.912 --> 00:21:08.250
  • I guess you could say youdon't want to mess with God.
  • 00:21:08.283 --> 00:21:13.555
  • So, if you look backover this story,
  • 00:21:13.588 --> 00:21:16.191
  • you see the picture of a man
  • 00:21:16.224 --> 00:21:18.760
  • who walked into a cultureof Babylon,
  • 00:21:18.794 --> 00:21:21.730
  • probably far more difficultculture than we will ever know.
  • 00:21:21.763 --> 00:21:26.134
  • And he lived in that culturefrom the time he was 14
  • 00:21:26.168 --> 00:21:29.671
  • until he died in his mid-90s.
  • 00:21:29.705 --> 00:21:32.240
  • Interestingly enough, Godnever took him out of Babylon.
  • 00:21:32.274 --> 00:21:37.779
  • I hear people say all the time,
  • 00:21:37.813 --> 00:21:39.114
  • "Well, I just wish Icould get away from,"
  • 00:21:39.147 --> 00:21:40.916
  • and they talk abouttheir problem.
  • 00:21:40.949 --> 00:21:42.651
  • How many of you knowthat sometimes,
  • 00:21:42.684 --> 00:21:43.985
  • God doesn't want to take usaway from our problems,
  • 00:21:44.019 --> 00:21:46.755
  • he wants to show us his strengthin the midst of our problems?
  • 00:21:46.788 --> 00:21:50.359
  • He wants us to bestand-up people,
  • 00:21:50.392 --> 00:21:52.227
  • who stand up in the secularismof our day so that we can be
  • 00:21:52.260 --> 00:21:55.530
  • a testimony to the worldaround us.
  • 00:21:55.564 --> 00:22:00.102
  • Only one truth saves.
  • 00:22:00.135 --> 00:22:02.938
  • Only one gospelbrings eternal life.
  • 00:22:02.971 --> 00:22:05.874
  • There is only one escapefrom hell.
  • 00:22:05.907 --> 00:22:08.310
  • We need to go to menand women and children
  • 00:22:08.343 --> 00:22:10.679
  • with the precious gospelof Jesus Christ
  • 00:22:10.712 --> 00:22:12.881
  • and declare his love for them.
  • 00:22:12.914 --> 00:22:14.616
  • The same gospel that worked
  • 00:22:14.649 --> 00:22:16.118
  • in your grandparents'generation,
  • 00:22:16.151 --> 00:22:18.120
  • that workedin your parents' generation
  • 00:22:18.153 --> 00:22:19.888
  • is the gospelthat is working today.
  • 00:22:19.921 --> 00:22:22.257
  • It is the powerof God unto salvation.
  • 00:22:22.290 --> 00:22:27.429
  • It is relevant forever,it still changes lives,
  • 00:22:27.462 --> 00:22:32.200
  • and that's a messageevery one of us need to share.
  • 00:22:32.234 --> 00:22:36.772
  • Don't let the gospel be changed.
  • 00:22:36.805 --> 00:22:39.508
  • Don't let the gospel be renderedineffective
  • 00:22:39.541 --> 00:22:42.511
  • by taking away the messageof the exclusivity of Christ.
  • 00:22:42.544 --> 00:22:47.082
  • C.S. Lewis once said,
  • 00:22:47.115 --> 00:22:48.850
  • "Every saved personthis side of heaven
  • 00:22:48.884 --> 00:22:52.621
  • owes the gospel
  • 00:22:52.654 --> 00:22:53.955
  • to every unsaved personthis side of hell."
  • 00:22:53.989 --> 00:22:57.092
  • There isn't any wayfor people to get to heaven
  • 00:22:57.125 --> 00:22:59.127
  • except through Jesus Christ.
  • 00:22:59.161 --> 00:23:00.595
  • You say, "Dr. Jeremiah,are you sure about that?"
  • 00:23:00.629 --> 00:23:02.898
  • Absolutely certain.
  • 00:23:02.931 --> 00:23:04.332
  • Jesus Christ said it this way,
  • 00:23:04.366 --> 00:23:06.201
  • "I am the way,the truth, and the life.
  • 00:23:06.234 --> 00:23:09.771
  • No man comes to the Fatherexcept through me."
  • 00:23:09.805 --> 00:23:13.675
  • He didn't give us any options.
  • 00:23:13.708 --> 00:23:15.377
  • He didn't say,"I am one of the ways."
  • 00:23:15.410 --> 00:23:17.579
  • That's the messagewe're hearing today,
  • 00:23:17.612 --> 00:23:19.147
  • there are many ways to God.
  • 00:23:19.181 --> 00:23:20.482
  • No, there are notmany ways to God.
  • 00:23:20.515 --> 00:23:22.717
  • There's one way,and he is that way.
  • 00:23:22.751 --> 00:23:26.188
  • We need to beunashamedly declaring that.
  • 00:23:26.221 --> 00:23:28.723
  • Pastors, if you're here tonight
  • 00:23:28.757 --> 00:23:30.392
  • and you've been waveringon that message,
  • 00:23:30.425 --> 00:23:32.327
  • I urge you to go home,get on your knees,
  • 00:23:32.360 --> 00:23:34.496
  • and ask God to give youthe strength
  • 00:23:34.529 --> 00:23:36.264
  • to stand up for the gospel.
  • 00:23:36.298 --> 00:23:37.866
  • [audience applauding]
  • 00:23:37.899 --> 00:23:44.272
  • Dr. Jeremiah:And friend, I told you
  • 00:23:44.306 --> 00:23:45.874
  • that the most important thingyou can stand up for
  • 00:23:45.907 --> 00:23:47.976
  • in your own lifeis your own eternal destiny.
  • 00:23:48.009 --> 00:23:51.046
  • One of these days,
  • 00:23:51.079 --> 00:23:52.380
  • the Lord Jesus Christis going to come back.
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  • I believe it could be very soon.
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  • One of the reasons I've writtenall these books on the future
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  • is to help peopleget ready for his return.
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  • And I want to tell youthat if you don't know Jesus,
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  • you will not go to heaven.
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  • If you don't know Jesus Christwhen he comes back,
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  • you will be left behind.
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  • And so, I want to ask youtonight to do this.
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  • Ask yourself in your heart,
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  • "Have I ever personally acceptedJesus Christ as my Savior?
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  • Has there ever beena time in my life
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  • when I asked him to bethe Savior of my life?"
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  • Not be the Savior of the world,not join the church.
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  • He is alive, he is waiting,
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  • he is opening his armsto receive you,
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  • and he will receive youif you will just trust him.
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  • male announcer: Dr. Jeremiahwill return in a moment
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  • to close today's programright after this.
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  • announcer: Thank youfor watching today.
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  • and help you find certaintyin these uncertain times
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  • with a copy of his new book,
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  • Dr. Jeremiah's comprehensiveand motivational study
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  • about the prophet Daniel,and how he stayed faithful
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  • even in the turbulent worldin which he lived,
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  • announcer: And now,
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  • with one last wordfor today's program,
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  • here is Dr. Jeremiah.
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  • Dr. Jeremiah: Thank youfor joining me today
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  • on "Turning Point."
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  • The more we study God's Word,
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  • the more we understandthat our loving God desires
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  • to have a personal relationshipwith each one of us.
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  • If you would like to beginthat relationship with him,
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  • the first step is to repentof your sin
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  • and to ask Jesus Christto become your Lord and Savior.
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  • Once you makethat decision to accept
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  • God's free gift of salvation,your journey with God
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  • as a new creation in Christwill begin.
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  • I'd like to send youtwo free resources
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  • that can help youon your journey to Christ.
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  • A booklet called"Your Greatest Turning Point,"
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  • announcer: In additionto these free study resources,
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  • nothing is as profoundas the Word of God.
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  • And now, Dr. Jeremiahhas a Bible
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  • There are numerous versionsof The Jeremiah Study Bible,
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  • announcer: Next timeon "Turning Point."
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  • Dr. Jeremiah: If you'rewith God, you're
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  • on the winning side;if you're with Jesus,
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  • you're going to triumphone day in victory.
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  • And you're going to havea lot of triumphs
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  • before that day.
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  • But those triumphsare only sweeter
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  • when you realize
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  • they're a pictureof the ultimate triumph,
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  • when the King of kingsand the Lord of lords
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  • reigns over this earth,and evil is forever destroyed.
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  • announcer: Join us next timefor Dr. Jeremiah's message,
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  • "The Madman,"here on "Turning Point."
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