June 2, 2013

“LIVING YOUR LIFE ON PURPOSE”

Passage: DANIEL 1:1-18

Bible Text: DANIEL 1:1-18 | Memory Verses: 2 TIMOTHY 3:1-5
3 You should know this, Timothy, that in the last days there will be very difficult times. 2 For people will love only themselves and their money. They will be boastful and proud, scoffing at God, disobedient to their parents, and ungrateful. They will consider nothing sacred. 3 They will be unloving and unforgiving; they will slander others and have no self-control. They will be cruel and hate what is good. 4 They will betray their friends, be reckless, be puffed up with pride, and love pleasure rather than God. 5 They will act religious, but they will reject the power that could make them godly. Stay away from people like that!
The Message of the Text:
I. SOMETIMES YOU CAN’T BE LIKE EVERYONE ELSE(v. 8)

1) Daniel and his friends could have easily chosen to take the path of least resistance and ate the kings food. “I am here in a foreign country…and that pork chop looks mighty good…”(Ever wonder about the rest of the Hebrew captives? What did they eat?)

2) Everybody is doing it is not an excuse that God wants to hear! 3) How many Christians are giving into the pleasures and ideas of this world?  Friendship with the world is enmity with God! Heb. 11:24-26)

 

II. SOMETIMES YOU HAVE TO MAKE A STAND (v. 8)

1)      The decision to refuse the kings food was not easy for these young men – after all they were in no position to bargain or resist. (Read vv. 9-13)

2)       We falsely assume that in order for us to “get ahead in this world,” or to “be accepted,” we have to compromise our principles and values.

3)       How many Christians are too concerned about what someone might say or do to them to stand-up for what’s right? Peter and John refused to stop preaching Jesus — Acts 4:18-20)

III. SOMETIMES YOU HAVE TO LET GO AND TRUST GOD (v. 12-13)

1)      These men didn’t just do this and then hope that they were going to be lucky enough to get away with it, they were trusting in God for the outcome. (Whether or not it proved to be good or bad, they still purposed not to give in!)Illus. Dan 3:16-18

2)       God is not going to leave the one who stands-up for Him out there dangling!

3)       How many Christians have enough faith to take a stand for Godly principles even though the outcome may not be favorable

 
Other Verses to consider: 
1 John 5:19

19 We know that we are children of God, and that the whole world is under the control of the evil one.

Matthew 24:12

12 Because of the increase of wickedness, the love of most will grow cold,

John 15:19

19 If you belonged to the world, it would love you as its own. As it is, you do not belong to the world, but I have chosen you out of the world. That is why the world hates you.

John 17:14

14 I have given them your word and the world has hated them, for they are not of the world any more than I am of the world.

Philippians 2:14-16

14 Do everything without grumbling or arguing, 15 so that you may become blameless and pure, “children of God without fault in a warped and crooked generation.” Then you will shine among them like stars in the sky 16 as you hold firmly to the word of life. And then I will be able to boast on the day of Christ that I did not run or labor in vain.

James 1:27

27 Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world.

Romans 12:1-2

1 Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God—this is your true and proper worship. 2 Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.

Matthew 5:13-14

13 “You are the salt of the earth. But if the salt loses its saltiness, how can it be made salty again? It is no longer good for anything, except to be thrown out and trampled underfoot. 14 “You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden.

1 Peter 2:21-23

21 To this you were called, because Christ suffered for you, leaving you an example, that you should follow in his steps. 22 “He committed no sin, and no deceit was found in his mouth.”23 When they hurled their insults at him, he did not retaliate; when he suffered, he made no threats. Instead, he entrusted himself to him who judges justly.

 

 

 

 

Memory Verses: 2 TIMOTHY 3:1-5

3 You should know this, Timothy, that in the last days there will be very difficult times. 2 For people will love only themselves and their money. They will be boastful and proud, scoffing at God, disobedient to their parents, and ungrateful. They will consider nothing sacred. 3 They will be unloving and unforgiving; they will slander others and have no self-control. They will be cruel and hate what is good. 4 They will betray their friends, be reckless, be puffed up with pride, and love pleasure rather than God. 5 They will act religious, but they will reject the power that could make them godly. Stay away from people like that!

The Message of the Text:

I. SOMETIMES YOU CAN’T BE LIKE EVERYONE ELSE(v. 8)

1) Daniel and his friends could have easily chosen to take the path of least resistance and ate the kings food. “I am here in a foreign country…and that pork chop looks mighty good…”(Ever wonder about the rest of the Hebrew captives? What did they eat?)

2) Everybody is doing it is not an excuse that God wants to hear! 3) How many Christians are giving into the pleasures and ideas of this world?  Friendship with the world is enmity with God! Heb. 11:24-26)

 

II. SOMETIMES YOU HAVE TO MAKE A STAND (v. 8)

1)      The decision to refuse the kings food was not easy for these young men – after all they were in no position to bargain or resist. (Read vv. 9-13)

2)       We falsely assume that in order for us to “get ahead in this world,” or to “be accepted,” we have to compromise our principles and values.

3)       How many Christians are too concerned about what someone might say or do to them to stand-up for what’s right? Peter and John refused to stop preaching Jesus -- Acts 4:18-20)

III. SOMETIMES YOU HAVE TO LET GO AND TRUST GOD (v. 12-13)

1)      These men didn’t just do this and then hope that they were going to be lucky enough to get away with it, they were trusting in God for the outcome. (Whether or not it proved to be good or bad, they still purposed not to give in!)Illus. Dan 3:16-18

2)       God is not going to leave the one who stands-up for Him out there dangling!

3)       How many Christians have enough faith to take a stand for Godly principles even though the outcome may not be favorable

 

Other Verses to consider: 

1 John 5:19

19 We know that we are children of God, and that the whole world is under the control of the evil one.

Matthew 24:12

12 Because of the increase of wickedness, the love of most will grow cold,

John 15:19

19 If you belonged to the world, it would love you as its own. As it is, you do not belong to the world, but I have chosen you out of the world. That is why the world hates you.

John 17:14

14 I have given them your word and the world has hated them, for they are not of the world any more than I am of the world.

Philippians 2:14-16

14 Do everything without grumbling or arguing, 15 so that you may become blameless and pure, “children of God without fault in a warped and crooked generation.” Then you will shine among them like stars in the sky 16 as you hold firmly to the word of life. And then I will be able to boast on the day of Christ that I did not run or labor in vain.

James 1:27

27 Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world.

Romans 12:1-2

1 Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God—this is your true and proper worship. 2 Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.

Matthew 5:13-14

13 “You are the salt of the earth. But if the salt loses its saltiness, how can it be made salty again? It is no longer good for anything, except to be thrown out and trampled underfoot. 14 “You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden.

1 Peter 2:21-23

21 To this you were called, because Christ suffered for you, leaving you an example, that you should follow in his steps. 22 “He committed no sin, and no deceit was found in his mouth.”23 When they hurled their insults at him, he did not retaliate; when he suffered, he made no threats. Instead, he entrusted himself to him who judges justly.