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No Compromise

Daniel 3:16-30, Psalm 34:1-10, Andrew Love, June 3, 2018


Sermon Notes:

Introduction

  • Re-reading v16-18
  • Recap on chapter last week
    • Nebuchadnezzar as the gold statue
    • Nebuchadnezzar confesses "Truly your God is the God of gods"
    • Nebuchadnezzar negates that by his actions in v16ff
    • Nebuchadnezzar was not converted
      • We must be careful not to rush and say that people are converted
  • Nebuchadnezzar was pushing state sponsored religion
    • To worship his kingdom
    • Think of Trump Tower and the Tower of Babel
    • God has a way of humbling people - He exalts the humble and puts down the proud
    • As Christians our hopes, aims and desires are to be in God alone

Their Defence

  • There was great pressure upon them men
    • There is pressure upon us today
  • They were not going to give in to pressure
    • v16
    • They feared God more than they feared man
    • Do we really fear the living God?
    • 'The righteousness is as bold as a lion'
    • God gave them grace in the time of need
  • They actually believed that God could save them from death - v17
    • Would we believe this?
    • "He is able", "He Will", "if not" - how do we reconcile this?
      • There is an assurance of faith
      • There is no presumption
  • What is faith?
    • "He is able", "He Will", "if not"
    • Example of John & Peter before the Sanhedrin
    • They were men of prayer
    • Example of two Margaret's
    • Would we stand?
  • God was their defence

God's Answer

  • Would God rescue them from death or through death?
    • Our external trials do not always improve
    • The trials of the three men did not improve - infact they worsened
      • Nebuchadnezzar was full of anger
      • The furnace was heated seven times hotter
      • The men who cast the three into the fire die
      • There is a difference between Chapter 2 and 3
  • God is with them through the trial
    • Is 43:2
    • 1 Peter 4:12
      • We must not think that everything will be a bed of roses
    • Matt 24:9
  • Example of persecution of Christians in Pakistan
  • God's answer is that He will be with them
  • A miracle occurs:
    • Whether an angel or the pre-incarnate Son of God
    • Not a hair singed or smell of fire on them
  • God is glorified in delivering His people
    • Ps 34:1-3
      • God can bless you through the trial
    • Ps 34:4-7
      • God can deliver His people
  • God's answer was perfect and brought glory to His name
    • We need to pray for faith and trust in God

The Impact on Nebuchadnezzar

  • He is astounded
    • There has been a tremendous impact in his life
      • He still needs to be humbled
    • Miracles impact believers - examples
    • Miracles still happen today - example
  • He makes another rash decision
    • You must worship God or be cut in pieces
    • We would want not such a law today
    • A relationship with God must come through the heart
  • However, he is saying there is no God like God

Closing Challenges


About Andrew Love: Pastor at Tabor Church


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