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  • Tony Evans: TodayI want to look at
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  • "EncounteringGod's Promotion."
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  • A promotion is when you arelifted from one level
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  • to another level.
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  • Many of you know what it isto be promoted in your job
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  • or to be promotedin your experiences.
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  • Or to be promotedfrom the JV to the varsity team,
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  • to go through things thatlift you to a higher level.
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  • In our story todayfrom Daniel chapter 3,
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  • a promotion isgoing to take place.
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  • Meshach, Shadrach, and Abednego,they are going to experience
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  • a promotion, but it willnot come without a trial.
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  • They're going to encounterGod in a bad situation.
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  • Now, some of the things I amgoing to say from this passage
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  • will not feel right and will notbe comfortable but that's okay
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  • because the moreuncomfortable it is,
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  • the better possibilityfor divine encounter.
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  • Let's startwith the backdrop of the story.
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  • Meshach, Shadrach,and Abednego find themselves
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  • working in a secular culture.
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  • They're in Babylon.
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  • Babylon is an evil, pagan,and idolatrous country.
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  • Because of Israel's sin, Godtold Babylon to invade Israel
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  • and they brought out manyof the young people back
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  • into Babylonto live and to work.
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  • Daniel, along withthe three Hebrew boys,
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  • are part of the group that wasbrought from Israel to Babylon
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  • and now they have to livetheir life and do their work
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  • in a non-Christian environment.
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  • Many of you tomorrow will goto work in a pagan environment
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  • where the people you workfor and the people you work
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  • with do not share yourChristian world view.
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  • They do not believewhat you believe,
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  • they do not act like you act,they do not walk like you walk,
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  • they do not talk like you talk,but that's the world you live
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  • in because you haveto provide for yourself,
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  • for your family,and you will find yourself
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  • in an unrighteous environment.
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  • That was the three Hebrew boys.
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  • They found themselves workingfor the federal government
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  • because they were administratorsin the regime of Nebuchadnezzar
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  • who was the governinghead of Babylon so they
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  • were government employeesworking for a pagan government.
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  • They were sentto a Babylonian school,
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  • it says in chapter 1.
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  • It says that theywere indoctrinated
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  • with Babylonian thinking.
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  • It says they were evengiven a Babylonian name
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  • after the nameof a Babylonian god.
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  • So the culture was tryingto de-Israelize them
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  • and pro-Babylonize them,trying to take their mindset
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  • from the rearing of their faithto the raising of the culture.
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  • And so you and I, likethe three Hebrew boys,
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  • are caughtin a cultural tension.
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  • How we were raisedand what we're taught to believe
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  • and where we have to liveand earn our money.
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  • Where we have to liveand function and--
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  • or the people we haveto be around because that's
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  • the nature of the jobin which we're situated.
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  • How do you be Christianwhen the environment
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  • you're in doesn't supportyour Christianity?
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  • So that's the situation,that's the circumstance,
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  • that they find themselves in.
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  • Well, something happens
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  • in the beginningof the chapter: chapter 3.
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  • Nebuchadnezzar,the head of Babylon,
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  • develops a theo-ego.
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  • Theo is God,ego is your mindset.
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  • He developed a God-mentality.
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  • He deified himself.
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  • It goes on to sayin the first nine verses
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  • you'll see seven timesdiscussion about this image
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  • he built to himself.
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  • He builds a statue to honor him,90 feet tall and 9 feet wide.
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  • He not only builds a statue,he comes up with a law.
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  • The law says that everybodyis supposed to bow
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  • to the statue of Nebuchadnezzar.
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  • He calls all of his leaderstogether and he says,
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  • "I want you all to bow."
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  • And then he givesa warning in verse 6:
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  • "Whoever does not fall downand worship shall immediately be
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  • cast into the midstof a furnace of blazing fire."
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  • Okay, watch this.
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  • Now, the issue boilsaround one thing:
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  • who you gonna worship?
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  • It says he built the statueand he says you are
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  • to worship before the statue.
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  • At the heart of the Bible,from Genesis to Revelation,
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  • is this issue of idolatry.
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  • Let me, for those who may notremember the definition
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  • of an idol, an idolis any noun, person,
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  • place, thing, or thought,that becomes your source.
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  • So any person, place, thing,or thought that becomes
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  • your source has nowbecome your god.
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  • Anything that competeswith the God of the Bible
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  • as the thing you ultimatelylook to as your source,
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  • is your god rather--no matterwhether you call it
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  • your god or not.
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  • You and I live in a culturethat not only wants our work,
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  • they want our worship,because they often ask us
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  • to compromise biblical valuesin order to be accepted
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  • or in order to be promoted.
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  • So Shadrach, Meshach,and Abednego found themselves
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  • in a dilemma and theircareer was on the line.
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  • While all of thisis taking place,
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  • racism reared its ugly head.
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  • A racial dilemma takes placebecause verse 8 says:
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  • "For this reason at that timecertain Chaldeans came forth
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  • and brought chargesagainst the Jews."
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  • So, some Babylonians broughtcharges against the Jews.
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  • They didn't like the Jews.
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  • They didn't want the Jewsworking at the company.
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  • And the reason theydidn't like the Jews is,
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  • one, they were Jewishand, two, they brought
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  • their faith to work.
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  • See, they knew theywere followers of God.
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  • So let me ask you a question:if you were accused of being
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  • a Christian on your job,would there be enough evidence
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  • to convict you or would you befound innocent of all charges
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  • 'cause your faith is very vague?
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  • You know it butnobody else does.
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  • They were clearly followersof God and they were Jewish.
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  • They could not condemn thembecause of their work so they
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  • had to condemn thembecause of their faith.
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  • So these three Hebrew boys findthemselves on a horn of dilemma
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  • because now, the Babylonianswho work with them,
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  • their coworkers,come and say and play politics.
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  • You know howpolitics is in the office.
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  • They come and play politics.
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  • They said, "Oh, oh,Nebuchadnezzar,
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  • you've got these Jewishguys here and they won't bow.
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  • Oh, they come to work,they do their job,
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  • but you told 'em to bowto the company,
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  • and they're notbowing to the company.
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  • They're not submittingto the authority
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  • of the company."
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  • So Nebuchadnezzar, when he findsout this minority group
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  • would not bow, he said,"Bring 'em here," in verse 13.
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  • "Bring me Shadrachand Abednego here."
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  • And in verses 14 and 15,he says,
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  • "I'ma give you allanother chance."
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  • And then he asks the question:"If you don't bow,"
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  • verse 15, "If you do notworship, you will immediately
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  • be cast into the midstof a furnace of blazing fire
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  • and what god is therewho can deliver you out
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  • of my hands?"
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  • Now, that's the question.
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  • The question is,"I'm so powerful,
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  • this company is so strong,this government is so much
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  • in control, that if I fire you,you will be fired.
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  • And you don't know anybodywho can overrule my decision
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  • 'cause I'm the man."
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  • Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednegoresponded to the king.
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  • Okay, see, I don't knowif you caught that.
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  • Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednegoresponded to the king.
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  • So they either all talkedat the same time or one talked
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  • for all three, 'cause itsays all three responded.
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  • That's why you need to hook upwith some other Christians
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  • in your companyso that you're not
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  • standing there alone, okay?
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  • So they responded to the king,"Respectfully, we do not need
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  • to give you an answerconcerning this matter."
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  • Tony: "Let us answer you.
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  • If so be, our God whom weserve is able to deliver us."
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  • You are to look at youroccupation as service
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  • to the Lord throughthe vehicle of that company.
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  • It is the Lord Christwhom you serve.
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  • So they say,"We may work for you,
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  • but we serve the Lord.
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  • The God who we serve is able.
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  • The God who we serve,"'cause that's what got 'em
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  • in trouble in the first place:their coworkers knew
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  • that they served the Lordin their job description.
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  • But most Christians,many Christians,
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  • divorce their everyday workfrom their service of God.
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  • And these three boys didn't.
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  • "But because we serve him,the God who we serve
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  • is able to deliver us."
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  • But let's hearthe rest of the story.
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  • "Even if he does not."
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  • Because there are two thingsyou need to know about God:
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  • he's powerful so he's able,but he's sovereign
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  • so he can choose.
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  • God must have the optionin any situation to choose
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  • what the right thing isto do at that moment
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  • and, sometimes, he does not.
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  • And you need a theologythat covers when he doesn't
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  • 'cause if you don't havea theology that covers
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  • when he doesn't, thenyou're gonna be mad at him
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  • when he doesn't'cause somebody told you
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  • from the pulpit he's able.
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  • So you gotta keep both intension and about both you
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  • must say the same thing,because they say:
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  • "Even if he does not,let it be known you okay.
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  • We respect you, we'regonna work for you.
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  • We are not going to serve yourgods or worship the golden image
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  • that you have set up."
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  • 'Cause it says in verse 19:
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  • "Then Nebuchadnezzarwas filled with wrath."
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  • Filled with wrath, "and hisfacial expression was altered."
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  • They're just--he's contorted.
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  • He's--"Who do you thinkyou talking to?
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  • I don't care that you'dsaid it respectfully.
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  • Do you know who I am?"
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  • Guess what he does.
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  • He is so hot, no pun intended.
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  • He is so hot he gave ordersin verse 18 to heat the furnace
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  • seven times more thanit was already heated.
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  • This is like your bosssaying to you,
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  • "Look, if you don't do this,not only will I fire you,
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  • I will see that you neverwork in this kind of business
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  • ever again.
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  • I'm the man and you talkingabout you not gonna bow
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  • 'cause you got some otherspiritual commitment."
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  • So the men who broughtthem to the furnace,
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  • the furnace was sohot it burned them up.
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  • Bible says the men whobrought 'em got burnt up.
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  • That's how hot it was.
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  • They tied 'em up,in verse 23,
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  • and threw 'em into the midstof the furnace, still tied up.
  • 00:15:13.295 --> 00:15:17.499
  • So they tied up their hands,tied up their feet,
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  • and threw 'em in.
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  • God didn't deliveredthem from the furnace.
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  • He let 'em get fired.
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  • But something happens.
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  • Verse 24: "Then Nebuchadnezzarthe king was astounded
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  • and he stood up in haste.
  • 00:15:42.057 --> 00:15:44.159
  • He said to his high officials,'Was it not three men we cast
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  • bound intothe midst of the fire?'"
  • 00:15:49.832 --> 00:15:54.203
  • "C'mon now, helpme with my math.
  • 00:15:54.236 --> 00:15:55.971
  • Wasn't it one, two, three?
  • 00:15:56.005 --> 00:15:57.773
  • Meshach, Shadrach,and Abednego?"
  • 00:15:57.806 --> 00:15:59.375
  • "They replied to the king,'Well, certainly, King,
  • 00:15:59.408 --> 00:16:02.444
  • we put three guys in there.'"
  • 00:16:02.478 --> 00:16:04.913
  • He said, "Well, come here,come here.
  • 00:16:04.947 --> 00:16:06.715
  • Come here.
  • 00:16:06.749 --> 00:16:08.317
  • Look through this glass."
  • 00:16:08.350 --> 00:16:10.386
  • "Look," verse 25, "I seefour men loosed and walking
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  • around in the midst of the firewithout harm and the appearance
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  • of the fourth is likea son of the gods."
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  • You can see that youcould preach right here.
  • 00:16:27.636 --> 00:16:32.307
  • He says, "We putin three, right?"
  • 00:16:32.341 --> 00:16:37.179
  • "Yeah, we put in three."
  • 00:16:37.212 --> 00:16:39.081
  • "Well, how come--and wetied 'em up, right?"
  • 00:16:39.114 --> 00:16:43.285
  • "Yeah, we tied 'em up.""Okay.
  • 00:16:43.318 --> 00:16:46.355
  • Well, why am I seeing four?
  • 00:16:46.388 --> 00:16:49.892
  • So if we put in three,why four and how are
  • 00:16:49.925 --> 00:16:53.896
  • they walking aroundwhen we tied 'em up?
  • 00:16:53.929 --> 00:16:57.132
  • No, nobody burnt, nobody,"okay, watch this.
  • 00:16:57.166 --> 00:17:01.136
  • Sometimes, when God wantsto give you an encounter
  • 00:17:01.170 --> 00:17:06.642
  • with him, sometimeshe takes you out of it.
  • 00:17:06.675 --> 00:17:10.179
  • Sometimes hedelivers you from it.
  • 00:17:10.212 --> 00:17:12.147
  • Sometimes you don'thave to worry about it,
  • 00:17:12.181 --> 00:17:14.249
  • but sometimes he wantsto take you through it
  • 00:17:14.283 --> 00:17:20.489
  • or join you in it,not deliver you from it.
  • 00:17:20.522 --> 00:17:25.194
  • Sometimes, he wants youto see what it's like
  • 00:17:25.227 --> 00:17:28.130
  • when you are in the fire and notbeing burned by the fire.
  • 00:17:28.163 --> 00:17:33.902
  • You're in the bad situation
  • 00:17:33.936 --> 00:17:36.038
  • at work and he's workingright beside you.
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  • He says, "I see four,and the fourth one I see
  • 00:17:38.373 --> 00:17:42.511
  • looks like somebodystraight from heaven."
  • 00:17:42.544 --> 00:17:46.048
  • Sometimes, heaven wantsto join you in a bad situation
  • 00:17:46.081 --> 00:17:51.320
  • without taking you out of it.
  • 00:17:51.353 --> 00:17:54.456
  • He's just gonna join you in it.
  • 00:17:54.490 --> 00:17:57.092
  • But whether he takes youfrom it or joins you in it,
  • 00:17:57.126 --> 00:18:00.729
  • you have an encounterwith the living God
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  • 'cause you're supposed to beall shook up, all tied up,
  • 00:18:03.031 --> 00:18:07.035
  • all screaming and holleringand worrying and depressed
  • 00:18:07.069 --> 00:18:10.806
  • and here you arewalking around the fire.
  • 00:18:10.839 --> 00:18:13.275
  • Here you arestrutting around the fire.
  • 00:18:13.308 --> 00:18:15.677
  • Here you aremoving around the fire.
  • 00:18:15.711 --> 00:18:18.013
  • They messing with youat work and you still walking.
  • 00:18:18.046 --> 00:18:21.116
  • They criticizing you at workand you still praising.
  • 00:18:21.150 --> 00:18:24.686
  • They making it hard for youand you still getting it on.
  • 00:18:24.720 --> 00:18:27.789
  • Why?
  • 00:18:27.823 --> 00:18:29.124
  • 'Cause you knowyou're not by yourself.
  • 00:18:29.158 --> 00:18:34.463
  • 'Cause sometimes, he wantsyou to see what it's like
  • 00:18:34.496 --> 00:18:38.267
  • when you're inthe fire with the Lord.
  • 00:18:38.300 --> 00:18:47.376
  • "Why?Why, God?
  • 00:18:47.409 --> 00:18:48.877
  • Why you gonna do this?"
  • 00:18:48.911 --> 00:18:50.946
  • "Look, I need to walk with you.
  • 00:18:50.979 --> 00:18:52.314
  • I need to walk with you.Walk with me."
  • 00:18:52.347 --> 00:18:53.882
  • I want you to turn to 1 Peter.
  • 00:18:53.916 --> 00:18:56.485
  • I wanna walk youthrough a series of Scriptures.
  • 00:18:56.518 --> 00:18:59.054
  • I wanna walk youthrough a series.
  • 00:18:59.087 --> 00:19:00.756
  • You need to know theseScriptures in 1 Peter
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  • to show you this is not justNew--Old Testament;
  • 00:19:02.324 --> 00:19:04.426
  • this is New Testament.
  • 00:19:04.459 --> 00:19:05.794
  • He says in 1 Peter a numberof Scriptures that will change
  • 00:19:05.827 --> 00:19:08.497
  • your bad situation at work,change your bad situation
  • 00:19:08.530 --> 00:19:12.534
  • at the company, when youhave this kind of understanding
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  • of a bad sufferingseason in your life.
  • 00:19:15.704 --> 00:19:18.507
  • He says in 1 Peter chapter 2,verse 20, he says:
  • 00:19:18.540 --> 00:19:22.411
  • "For what credit isthere if when you sin
  • 00:19:22.444 --> 00:19:25.214
  • you are harshly treated?
  • 00:19:25.247 --> 00:19:27.749
  • You endure it with patience.
  • 00:19:27.783 --> 00:19:29.685
  • But if when you dowhat is right and suffer,
  • 00:19:29.718 --> 00:19:33.488
  • for if you patiently endurethis finds favor with God."
  • 00:19:33.522 --> 00:19:39.294
  • So if you doing rightand taking your stand,
  • 00:19:39.328 --> 00:19:42.231
  • you're making God happyand you're finding favor
  • 00:19:42.264 --> 00:19:44.933
  • with God even thoughyou're suffering.
  • 00:19:44.967 --> 00:19:47.569
  • Look at chapter 3, verse 14.
  • 00:19:47.603 --> 00:19:50.706
  • He says, "But even if youshould suffer for the sake
  • 00:19:50.739 --> 00:19:54.042
  • of righteousness, you areblessed and do not fear
  • 00:19:54.076 --> 00:19:58.480
  • their intimidation."
  • 00:19:58.513 --> 00:20:00.482
  • I don't care who they are,or what their title is,
  • 00:20:00.515 --> 00:20:02.918
  • don't be scaredof their intimidation,
  • 00:20:02.951 --> 00:20:05.320
  • and do not be troubled just'cause they talk in smack
  • 00:20:05.354 --> 00:20:09.024
  • and talk in noise if you'resuffering from righteousness.
  • 00:20:09.057 --> 00:20:12.894
  • Verse 17: "For it is betterif God should will it so that
  • 00:20:12.928 --> 00:20:17.733
  • you suffer for doingwhat is right,
  • 00:20:17.766 --> 00:20:20.002
  • rather than doingwhat is wrong."
  • 00:20:20.035 --> 00:20:22.738
  • Finally, he saysin chapter 5, verse 10,
  • 00:20:22.771 --> 00:20:25.674
  • "After you havesuffered for a little while,
  • 00:20:25.707 --> 00:20:28.777
  • the God of all grace who calledyou by his eternal glory
  • 00:20:28.810 --> 00:20:33.482
  • in Christ will himselfperfect, confirm,
  • 00:20:33.515 --> 00:20:37.252
  • strengthen, and establish you.
  • 00:20:37.286 --> 00:20:39.221
  • To him be the dominion."
  • 00:20:39.254 --> 00:20:41.590
  • He gonna call the final shot.
  • 00:20:41.623 --> 00:20:43.425
  • He gonna say where thisjob situation works out,
  • 00:20:43.458 --> 00:20:46.561
  • whether thereor somebody else 'cause,
  • 00:20:46.595 --> 00:20:48.764
  • remember, your job,your government,
  • 00:20:48.797 --> 00:20:51.166
  • is only your resource.
  • 00:20:51.199 --> 00:20:53.735
  • It is not your source.
  • 00:20:53.769 --> 00:20:56.104
  • Some of you remembermy story when I was
  • 00:20:56.138 --> 00:20:58.573
  • in seminary workingat Trailways.
  • 00:20:58.607 --> 00:21:00.842
  • I was loadingand unloading buses.
  • 00:21:00.876 --> 00:21:03.578
  • They came to mebecause they had a scam.
  • 00:21:03.612 --> 00:21:05.781
  • The scam was when peoplewent out for lunch,
  • 00:21:05.814 --> 00:21:08.950
  • then somebody else wouldpunch 'em in after an hour,
  • 00:21:08.984 --> 00:21:12.521
  • even though they may stay outthree or four hours
  • 00:21:12.554 --> 00:21:14.890
  • and hadn't been punched in.
  • 00:21:14.923 --> 00:21:16.892
  • And so you rotatedand somebody did that for you,
  • 00:21:16.925 --> 00:21:19.428
  • you did thatfor somebody else.
  • 00:21:19.461 --> 00:21:21.229
  • They came and said to me,"Well, here's the deal.
  • 00:21:21.263 --> 00:21:23.899
  • This is how you do it.
  • 00:21:23.932 --> 00:21:25.233
  • This is your day to punchsomebody else in after an hour,
  • 00:21:25.267 --> 00:21:28.236
  • even though they'll begone three hours,
  • 00:21:28.270 --> 00:21:29.971
  • and then somebodywill do that for you."
  • 00:21:30.005 --> 00:21:32.207
  • In other words,rob the company of time
  • 00:21:32.240 --> 00:21:34.242
  • and moneyand what's going on.
  • 00:21:34.276 --> 00:21:35.911
  • So I told 'em, I said,"I can't do that because,
  • 00:21:35.944 --> 00:21:38.246
  • as a Christian, that's stealing
  • 00:21:38.280 --> 00:21:40.982
  • and that's notsomething I can do."
  • 00:21:41.016 --> 00:21:43.151
  • And they said, "Oh, no,you don't understand.
  • 00:21:43.185 --> 00:21:45.120
  • Everybody does it.
  • 00:21:45.153 --> 00:21:46.855
  • It's the way we roll up in here.
  • 00:21:46.888 --> 00:21:48.824
  • So you gotta expect--youcan't be an exception.
  • 00:21:48.857 --> 00:21:51.760
  • Everybody does it.
  • 00:21:51.793 --> 00:21:53.462
  • Let's get over this Christianstuff and this is how we do it
  • 00:21:53.495 --> 00:21:57.165
  • in the company."
  • 00:21:57.199 --> 00:21:58.834
  • I said, "I'm so sorry.
  • 00:21:58.867 --> 00:22:00.302
  • Respectfully, you know,I can't do that."
  • 00:22:00.335 --> 00:22:02.604
  • Well, they said, "Well,since you can't do that,
  • 00:22:02.637 --> 00:22:05.040
  • you're gonna be unloading a lotof these buses by yourself."
  • 00:22:05.073 --> 00:22:08.477
  • When the buses came in I wind uphaving to unload a lot of 'em
  • 00:22:08.510 --> 00:22:11.880
  • by myself 'cause they wouldn'thelp me because I didn't conform
  • 00:22:11.913 --> 00:22:15.851
  • to what they were asking meto do that was clearly
  • 00:22:15.884 --> 00:22:18.120
  • unbiblical with the company.
  • 00:22:18.153 --> 00:22:20.288
  • This went on for weeksand weeks and weeks.
  • 00:22:20.322 --> 00:22:22.157
  • I'm discouraged, I'm depressed,and I had that same attitude
  • 00:22:22.190 --> 00:22:25.227
  • that we all have sometime:
  • 00:22:25.260 --> 00:22:26.895
  • "God, why are youletting this happen
  • 00:22:26.928 --> 00:22:28.563
  • to me when I'm trying to be--
  • 00:22:28.597 --> 00:22:29.965
  • I'm trying to be fair to you?"
  • 00:22:29.998 --> 00:22:31.800
  • A number of months later,I got a call.
  • 00:22:31.833 --> 00:22:34.569
  • The call in was to cometo the owner's office
  • 00:22:34.603 --> 00:22:38.573
  • or the manager's officefor Trailways.
  • 00:22:38.607 --> 00:22:40.909
  • I went in the manager's office.
  • 00:22:40.942 --> 00:22:42.911
  • He said to me, "We'vebeen having a night supervisor
  • 00:22:42.944 --> 00:22:45.781
  • come around at nightto see what was going on
  • 00:22:45.814 --> 00:22:48.750
  • with the night shift.
  • 00:22:48.784 --> 00:22:50.118
  • We are very aware of this schemethat they're doing of punching
  • 00:22:50.152 --> 00:22:54.389
  • people in when theyreally haven't come back.
  • 00:22:54.423 --> 00:22:57.125
  • We're also aware that youwere not a participant.
  • 00:22:57.159 --> 00:23:00.328
  • So what we would liketo do is make you manager
  • 00:23:00.362 --> 00:23:02.597
  • of the whole shift."
  • 00:23:02.631 --> 00:23:04.633
  • Now, I didn't knowsomebody was watching.
  • 00:23:04.666 --> 00:23:07.636
  • I didn't know there wasa fourth person in the fire.
  • 00:23:07.669 --> 00:23:10.839
  • I didn't know that somethingelse was going on.
  • 00:23:10.872 --> 00:23:13.675
  • But you have to understand thatwhen God decides to promote you,
  • 00:23:13.708 --> 00:23:18.713
  • it doesn't matterwhat men say to you.
  • 00:23:18.747 --> 00:23:21.917
  • So it's time for usto take a stand.
  • 00:23:21.950 --> 00:23:24.319
  • A man was on a island one dayand he got shipwrecked on this
  • 00:23:24.352 --> 00:23:27.989
  • island and nobody was there.
  • 00:23:28.023 --> 00:23:30.225
  • He was out there byhimself and he wondered,
  • 00:23:30.258 --> 00:23:32.394
  • well, how was he gonnasurvive on this island.
  • 00:23:32.427 --> 00:23:34.196
  • He put some sticks togetherto make a little hut to keep him
  • 00:23:34.229 --> 00:23:37.265
  • away from the inclementweather and he got in that hut
  • 00:23:37.299 --> 00:23:40.535
  • but through a series of events,the hut caught on fire.
  • 00:23:40.569 --> 00:23:44.005
  • So the hut is on fire,he's on this isolated island.
  • 00:23:44.039 --> 00:23:46.942
  • A few days later, a boat comesto deliver him from the island.
  • 00:23:46.975 --> 00:23:51.813
  • He said, "Well, how did youknow I was on the island?"
  • 00:23:51.847 --> 00:23:54.583
  • "Oh," they said, "it was simple.
  • 00:23:54.616 --> 00:23:56.351
  • We saw the smoke signalsyou were sending up
  • 00:23:56.384 --> 00:23:58.420
  • to let us know you were here."
  • 00:23:58.453 --> 00:24:00.522
  • Sometimes, God lets you catchfire but it's really a smoke
  • 00:24:00.555 --> 00:24:04.526
  • signal saying, "God, God, here'swhere I am and even though
  • 00:24:04.559 --> 00:24:09.264
  • I'm in a fire, I know youknow where I'm located."
  • 00:24:09.297 --> 00:24:13.068
  • So I want you to go backto work tomorrow
  • 00:24:13.101 --> 00:24:15.403
  • and serve the Lord Christ.
  • 00:24:15.437 --> 00:24:17.105
  • I want you to go back to worktomorrow and be a Christian
  • 00:24:17.138 --> 00:24:19.741
  • on your job.
  • 00:24:19.774 --> 00:24:21.209
  • Serving with excellence,serving the Lord,
  • 00:24:21.243 --> 00:24:23.945
  • but knowing the Lordknows where you're sitting,
  • 00:24:23.979 --> 00:24:26.414
  • he knows how longhe wants you there,
  • 00:24:26.448 --> 00:24:28.750
  • he knows when it's time to move,and he knows the bills
  • 00:24:28.783 --> 00:24:31.186
  • that you have to pay.
  • 00:24:31.219 --> 00:24:32.921
  • And says he is your sourceand everything else
  • 00:24:32.954 --> 00:24:35.390
  • is your resource.
  • 00:24:35.423 --> 00:24:36.925
  • You can lift yourhead up high and,
  • 00:24:36.958 --> 00:24:38.460
  • even if the rest of the folkdon't like you on the job,
  • 00:24:38.493 --> 00:24:42.497
  • you just find you a Meshach,a Shadrach, and an Abednego,
  • 00:24:42.531 --> 00:24:46.535
  • and you take your standfor God because God
  • 00:24:46.568 --> 00:24:49.871
  • ultimately owns the company.
  • 00:24:49.905 --> 00:24:52.674
  • Let's give him some praisein the midst of your problem.
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  • ♪♪♪
  • 00:24:56.645 --> 00:25:06.087
  • Tony: It's often been saidwe live in a dog eat dog world.
  • 00:25:06.121 --> 00:25:08.557
  • You know, you have to climbover somebody else to get
  • 00:25:08.590 --> 00:25:11.860
  • to the top or to get to the nextlevel that you think you ought
  • 00:25:11.893 --> 00:25:16.264
  • to be in, in your careeror in your resources
  • 00:25:16.298 --> 00:25:19.701
  • or in your significanceor in your importance.
  • 00:25:19.734 --> 00:25:23.471
  • But ultimate promotioncomes from God.
  • 00:25:23.505 --> 00:25:27.842
  • Like the Scripture says,
  • 00:25:27.876 --> 00:25:29.678
  • "Promotion comesfrom the North,"
  • 00:25:29.711 --> 00:25:31.146
  • that is from heaven'sinvolvement in history.
  • 00:25:31.179 --> 00:25:33.582
  • The best way to getto the next level and to get
  • 00:25:33.615 --> 00:25:37.385
  • there the right way is to haveGod involved in your promotion,
  • 00:25:37.419 --> 00:25:42.724
  • to have God involved in takingyou from where you are
  • 00:25:42.757 --> 00:25:46.428
  • to the next stageof where you ought to be,
  • 00:25:46.461 --> 00:25:49.431
  • and guess what?
  • 00:25:49.464 --> 00:25:50.899
  • God's promotion usuallycomes in the midst
  • 00:25:50.932 --> 00:25:53.301
  • of or coming out of a test.
  • 00:25:53.335 --> 00:25:56.538
  • Tests are designedto take us to the next level,
  • 00:25:56.571 --> 00:26:00.508
  • just like in school,you took a test,
  • 00:26:00.542 --> 00:26:02.711
  • mid-term, final, in order to bepromoted to the next grade.
  • 00:26:02.744 --> 00:26:06.715
  • So the next timeyou're being tested,
  • 00:26:06.748 --> 00:26:09.484
  • your faith is being challenged,and you decide to stick with God
  • 00:26:09.517 --> 00:26:14.255
  • and do it his way, keep youreyes open for the promotion.
  • 00:26:14.289 --> 00:26:17.993
  • Man may give you a pink slipbut God knows how to change
  • 00:26:18.026 --> 00:26:22.430
  • the color and give you somethingthat you'll look back on
  • 00:26:22.464 --> 00:26:27.168
  • and say, "Thank you, God,for the trial because,
  • 00:26:27.202 --> 00:26:29.971
  • through it, you've takenme to a level
  • 00:26:30.005 --> 00:26:32.374
  • I could have never gottento on my own."
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  • ♪♪♪
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  • ♪♪♪
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  • ♪♪♪
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  • ♪♪♪
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  • ♪♪♪
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