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September 15, 2019
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Know Thyself: Decisions, Decisions

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  • Ed Young: The church should be
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  • the most creative Institute in the world.
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  • The church is where it happens!
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  • The church is where we find purpose, and meaning, and power!
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  • The church is the living, breathing body of Christ!
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  • Wisdom, though, is seeing life through the perspective of God.
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  • You've never locked eyes with someone
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  • that Jesus did not die for.
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  • Ed Young: Welcome to my home.
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  • This is where I spend a lot of time studying as I prepare for
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  • different messages that you watch each and every week.
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  • Thank you also for allowing me to come into your home,
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  • through the miracle of technology and television.
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  • Sit back and relax and watch this because I truly believe
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  • the next several moments can change the course of your life.
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  • Ed: You're in the throws of making a major decision.
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  • Maybe a vocational decision, a relational decision,
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  • a recreational decision, a marital decision,
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  • a parental decision.
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  • You're in the throws of making a decision.
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  • We're all in the middle, in the midst of making choices,
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  • are we not?
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  • Life is a net effect of choices.
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  • We all make decisions.
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  • How do you go about this process?
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  • Because in life, they seem to just fly at us
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  • at a NASCAR-type pace.
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  • How do we make decisions?
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  • That's a great question.
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  • I've discovered that dynamic decision makers are self-aware.
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  • Those who make dumb decisions are self-unaware.
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  • To know yourself, you have to know the one who knows
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  • you better than anyone, and that's the Lord.
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  • You can't really know yourself outside of him because he's
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  • the one who made you and me.
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  • He's the one who designed you and me.
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  • So in reality, you might think you know yourself, but I would
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  • argue you don't really know yourself until you know the one
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  • who knows you better than you know yourself.
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  • Well, today we're looking at a king, and this king is in
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  • Daniel chapter 6.
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  • Now, Daniel is over in the Old Testament.
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  • Daniel chapter 6, and we're going to look at a king
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  • whose name was Darius.
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  • And also, there's another gentleman in the Bible named
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  • Daniel.
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  • I would say Daniel was one of the most self-aware people we'll
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  • ever come in contact with.
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  • You look at his life, humility.
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  • Look at his life, integrity.
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  • Look at his life, he stood in the midst of a very Pagan
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  • culture.
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  • Daniel was in an area, specifically the city of
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  • Jerusalem.
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  • Jerusalem was overtaken by the Babylonians.
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  • He was deported, he and some friends, all the way back to
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  • Babylon. Now, think about this.
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  • Babylon was a very sensual, wheels off, crazy culture.
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  • There were no believers there, yet Daniel stood for the Lord.
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  • Daniel had generation, after generation, after generation of
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  • integrity.
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  • He--and we know several of his friends, Shadrach, Meshach, and
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  • Abednego.
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  • Those are the guys who went through the fiery furnace.
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  • Daniel was amazing, yet we're gonna find that Darius--and I
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  • don't want the name to confuse you, but just stay with me.
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  • Darius was the alpha male, the man over the Persians.
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  • The Persians took out the Babylonians.
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  • So when Darius showed up, King Darius, he looked around and he
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  • realized what Daniel had done.
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  • He realized that Daniel had spoken to the lives of so many
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  • powerful people, and that's brilliant.
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  • I mean, we gotta give him a round of applause.
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  • Good job Darius.
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  • Darius, you--yeah, that's good.
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  • Darius, you recognized that Daniel was amazing.
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  • And the Bible says in Daniel chapter 6, verse 3, "Daniel so
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  • distinguished himself among the administrators and the satraps
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  • by his exceptional qualities."
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  • Again, this guy had a serious track record of humility, of
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  • integrity, of living the life in the midst of a difficult,
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  • difficult situation.
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  • So, "Daniel so distinguished himself by his exceptional
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  • qualities that the king planned," that's Darius, "to set
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  • him over the whole kingdom."
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  • Now, that's important, because remember, there's a new kingdom
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  • now.
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  • Darius had come in, he'd taken over Babylon, and it was a fresh
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  • start, a new kingdom.
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  • He was wise.
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  • He thought, "Who can I give this to?
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  • I mean, who can run the show?"
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  • There's only one, Daniel.
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  • And here's what's so interesting, Daniel was not a
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  • Persian.
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  • He was a Jew, yet Darius tapped him on the shoulder.
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  • Here's what I find fascinating, because in the Bible, not only
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  • do we know what to do, and not only does God tell us what to
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  • do, and we see that through different figures, like Daniel.
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  • Okay, Daniel will tell us what to do.
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  • We can emulate him.
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  • The Bible also tells us by looking at figures like Darius
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  • what not to do.
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  • So, you can learn from someone like Darius, who is Phi Beta
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  • Kappa at being dumb, we can learn what not to do.
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  • Conversely, with Daniel, we can learn, someone who is
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  • self-aware, to really do the right stuff.
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  • Darius did something stupid, man.
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  • He went on social media, ancient social media.
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  • He started blabbing and talking about this decision.
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  • "Oh, I'm planning on Daniel taking over the whole deal.
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  • Whoa, I'm planning on this guy running the show.
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  • Man, Daniel is the man.
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  • I'm planning on him doing it."
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  • How many times do we drop the ball?
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  • How many times are we self-unaware when we talk too
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  • much about what we're going to do?
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  • Don't talk to everyone about what you're going to do.
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  • Lean into the Daniels.
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  • Lean into the right people in your lives.
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  • If you talk, though, to anyone and everyone, invariably the
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  • wrong group will come into your life and mess you up, and that
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  • is what happened to Darius.
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  • Darius, I mean, looking at it, it's hilarious.
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  • Darius, you're so dumb.
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  • You've got Daniel right by you.
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  • You've announced to everyone on social media that he's the man.
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  • You've talked too much to the wrong people, and when you talk
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  • too much, the wrong people pick up stuff, and they'll come to
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  • you and mess you up.
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  • Here's something about Christianity you need to
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  • understand.
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  • Christianity is about a remnant.
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  • It's about a small collection of people.
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  • You're never going to please the masses.
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  • In other words, the Bible says from cover to cover, the
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  • majority is wrong.
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  • Let me say that again.
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  • The majority is usually wrong.
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  • Wrong.
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  • There was just a few who lived for God in this Pagan culture.
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  • There's just gonna be a few who live for God in your company, my
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  • friend.
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  • There's just gonna be a few who stand up for Jesus around your
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  • neighborhood.
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  • There's just gonna be a few.
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  • Christianity is about the remnant.
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  • You can trace it from the Old Testament to the New Testament.
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  • So, you're not always gonna be the most popular.
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  • You're not always gonna be the most liked.
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  • You're not always gonna be the one everybody claps for.
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  • And Daniel wasn't, yet because of Daniel's self-awareness,
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  • because of his integrity, he was able to speak into the lives of
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  • kings, of the powerful.
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  • Wow, Daniel, what a guy.
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  • Well, what happened?
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  • Everyone knew that Daniel was gonna be the man.
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  • Everyone saw how blessed he was.
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  • Now, Daniel is old.
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  • I mean, he's like in his late 80s now, maybe early 90s, and
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  • people are like, "Wow, this guy's amazing."
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  • People are like, "Wow, why would they pick a non-Persian?"
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  • You want some racism here?
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  • "Why would they pick a non-Persian to run the show?"
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  • You see, Darius had a board of directors, one being Daniel who
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  • was unbelievable, the other being a bunch of posers, a bunch
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  • of players, a bunch of people who were jolted with jealousy
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  • when they saw Daniel was gonna be the man in charge.
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  • Jealousy, jealousy.
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  • If you trace jealousy back, it starts with pride, and then it
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  • can be said someone who's jealous is self-unaware.
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  • They were jealous, man.
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  • "What's this non-Persian, what's this Jew doing?
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  • What's he doing?
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  • And he's gonna take the reigns of this place?
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  • What's up with that?"
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  • And the group didn't really dig it.
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  • Jealousy is something that everyone deals with.
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  • Those engines of envy began to get going, and when we feel
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  • that, when we see that, we need to take it to God.
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  • "God, hey," and God knows, "I'm feeling jealous."
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  • Well, God will tell us, and he tells us in our Word, "Why don't
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  • you just--why don't you pray for that person?"
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  • Because the Scripture says, "Weep with those who weep and
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  • rejoice with those who rejoice."
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  • Man, that's difficult.
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  • It's a God thing.
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  • At the end of the day, I'm not that person.
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  • At the end of the day, that person is not me.
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  • At the end of the day, the satraps and administrators
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  • weren't Daniel, Daniel was not one of those guys.
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  • Take it to God.
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  • And some of you right now are dealing with jealousy, and one
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  • of the evil sides of social media is jealousy.
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  • It's envy.
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  • It's a highlight reel of people's lives.
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  • It's totally unrealistic.
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  • And every time we go on social media, I'm here to tell you,
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  • it's about jealousy, envy, and how can I one-up someone by my
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  • physique, by my travel schedule, by the massive crowds I'm
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  • speaking in front of, by money, by this car.
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  • What's driving that?
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  • So much of it, it's people who are self-unaware.
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  • And amazingly, those who are self-unaware don't even know
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  • they're self-unaware, because if they did, they wouldn't be
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  • self-unaware.
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  • And right now, you're thinking about someone else, and it's
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  • you, and it's me.
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  • The group came to Darius, these haters, and they tried to trip
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  • Daniel up by playing up the pride and the ego of Darius.
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  • Ed: February 19th through the 20th, our Creative Church
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  • Conference is happening again.
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  • Have you seen the speaking list?
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  • Louie Giglio: God isn't just interested in getting you to do
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  • something.
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  • He wants you to understand it. He sees you just like you are.
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  • Randy Bezet: Get your eyes off the hazards in your life.
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  • Get your eyes on Jesus.
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  • Ed: The gates of hell will not prevail against the church.
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  • Phil Dooley: There are people out there who are gonna try and
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  • take your hope from you, but you gotta hold onto it.
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  • Ed: It will revolutionize your life.
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  • Make sure that you are here for C3.
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  • Ed: Look at verses 6 and 7.
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  • "So the administrators and the satraps went as a group."
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  • The majority, remember, I'll say it again, is usually wrong.
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  • As a Christian, we're always swimming upstream.
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  • We're going against the current.
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  • And one of the hilarious things we say these days, "Oh, where
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  • there's smoke, there's fire."
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  • Sometimes, but more often than not it's just smoke.
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  • "They went as a group to the king and said, 'O King Darius,
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  • live forever!'" Forever, forever.
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  • Darius is like, "Man, I like this.
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  • These guys are awesome."
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  • "The royal administrators, prefects, satraps, advisers, and
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  • governors have all agreed."
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  • Wow, all agreed? Where's Daniel?
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  • No, that's a lie, exaggeration.
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  • They voted, really?
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  • They voted?
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  • You realize every time God's people in the Bible voted, they
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  • voted outside his will?
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  • Every time, read it, that God's chosen people voted, they voted
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  • outside the will of God.
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  • Again, I'll tell you, the majority is usually, not always,
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  • but usually wrong.
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  • "We've all agreed that the king should issue an edict," read
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  • here, a massive e-mail, Tweet, whatever you wanna say, "and
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  • enforce the decree," again, they never consulted the right
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  • person, "that anyone who prays to any god or man during the
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  • next thirty days, except to you, O King, shall be thrown into the
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  • lions' den."
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  • They played up to his pride.
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  • They said, "Darius, you can write a book, '30 Days of Me.'
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  • Isn't it awesome, Darius?
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  • Because you are awesome.
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  • You are amazing.
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  • You are the man.
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  • You are great." What were they thinking?
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  • They didn't give a flying flip about that.
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  • They wanted to take Daniel out.
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  • They wanted Daniel to be lion bait.
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  • And here's what happens about negative people.
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  • A negative group will take someone and throw that person
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  • under the bus, but what happens eventually is the negative
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  • people get run over by their bus.
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  • That's what they don't understand because they're
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  • self-unaware.
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  • Darius, what are you doing?
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  • Darius, you're gonna agree with this crazy group?
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  • So, you know what Darius does?
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  • He makes an emotional decision.
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  • If you're self-aware, you cannot make emotional decisions.
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  • Emotions are great, but he makes an emotional decision.
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  • "I am the man.
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  • I am great.
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  • Yeah, this sounds great.
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  • Thirty days of me."
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  • And he presses the send button and the mass e-mail is sent.
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  • Well see, they had ancient technology.
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  • Once you pressed the send button, once you say send, you
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  • can't take it back.
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  • You can't delete it.
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  • You can't change it.
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  • It's sent.
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  • It's in writing.
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  • How many times, don't raise your hand, have you pressed the send
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  • button and you've gone, "What have I done?"
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  • How many times have we done that?
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  • Why did I respond to that text in that manner?
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  • Why did I post that?
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  • Why did I say that?
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  • I didn't mean that.
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  • We hide behind the screens these days.
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  • It's so ironic that we have better communication these days
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  • than in the history of any time, any place in the world, yet we
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  • have a hard time sitting down with someone and having a
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  • conversation.
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  • It's amazing.
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  • Why didn't Darius talk to Daniel?
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  • Why aren't you talking to your Daniel?
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  • Why?
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  • It became really difficult because these men played up to
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  • him and they played up to him to such a degree he made a dumb
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  • decisions.
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  • Because as we all know, the best decisions in life aren't always
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  • the easiest.
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  • Isn't that true?
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  • Students, listen to me.
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  • Children, listen to me.
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  • The best decisions in life aren't always the easiest ones.
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  • Because if you please God, it doesn't matter who you
  • 00:18:44.220 --> 00:18:48.190
  • displease, but if you displease God, it doesn't matter
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  • who you please.
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  • And that's Daniel.
  • 00:18:57.260 --> 00:19:00.070
  • Daniel was pleasing an audience of one.
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  • If anybody, Darius, worships any god or anything other than you
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  • during 30 days, lion bait.
  • 00:19:12.030 --> 00:19:17.000
  • They knew what Daniel would do.
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  • Daniel saw the e-mail.
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  • They knew his courage.
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  • They knew his integrity.
  • 00:19:22.110 --> 00:19:25.130
  • "And these men went as a group," the wrong they, "as a group and
  • 00:19:25.140 --> 00:19:31.260
  • found Daniel praying and asking for God's help."
  • 00:19:31.270 --> 00:19:38.110
  • Then in verse 13, "They said to the king, 'Daniel, who is one of
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  • the exiles--'" I mean, how racist is that?
  • 00:19:47.130 --> 00:19:51.180
  • Is that unbelievable?
  • 00:19:51.190 --> 00:19:53.100
  • "Daniel, who's one of the exiles from Judah, pays no attention to
  • 00:19:53.110 --> 00:19:57.120
  • you." That's wrong.
  • 00:19:57.130 --> 00:19:58.220
  • That's not true.
  • 00:19:58.230 --> 00:20:00.140
  • Again, the haters will always lie.
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  • They're always going to exaggerate.
  • 00:20:03.140 --> 00:20:07.140
  • Don't believe the haters.
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  • In fact, I would encourage you not to read too much into social
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  • media.
  • 00:20:15.050 --> 00:20:16.190
  • It can send you on a roller coaster ride up and down, up and
  • 00:20:16.200 --> 00:20:22.190
  • down, about yourself, about others.
  • 00:20:22.200 --> 00:20:26.130
  • And I would say the majority of it isn't real.
  • 00:20:26.140 --> 00:20:31.230
  • It isn't even true.
  • 00:20:31.240 --> 00:20:34.100
  • Yet we think it's real because we say, "Wow, perception is
  • 00:20:34.110 --> 00:20:38.170
  • reality."
  • 00:20:38.180 --> 00:20:39.200
  • And sadly in today's culture, it is, but it's not.
  • 00:20:39.210 --> 00:20:46.040
  • What I'm saying to you, it's not.
  • 00:20:46.050 --> 00:20:47.250
  • It's not.
  • 00:20:47.260 --> 00:20:49.010
  • And Daniel understood reality because he was self-aware.
  • 00:20:49.020 --> 00:20:53.110
  • So, the king sends this.
  • 00:20:53.120 --> 00:20:58.010
  • They're lying to the king.
  • 00:20:58.020 --> 00:21:00.260
  • Now they come to the king and tell him that Daniel is praying
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  • to his God.
  • 00:21:04.220 --> 00:21:05.270
  • So, what does the king do?
  • 00:21:05.280 --> 00:21:09.190
  • He has to lob Daniel into the lions' den.
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  • It killed him.
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  • It tore him up.
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  • No one survived the lions' den.
  • 00:21:21.080 --> 00:21:24.260
  • Are you facing a Darius decision right now?
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  • Are you facing a major decision in your life?
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  • Who are you listening to?
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  • First of all, we have to listen to God.
  • 00:21:38.080 --> 00:21:40.130
  • That's where self-awareness comes in.
  • 00:21:40.140 --> 00:21:43.190
  • And secondly, we have to have the Daniels in our lives.
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  • Daniels are not gonna volunteer.
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  • Daniels are not gonna blow up your phone.
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  • Daniels don't swim in schools, they're singles.
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  • You've gotta find them.
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  • Daniels are in the house of God serving.
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  • Daniels have integrity.
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  • Daniels have humility.
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  • Daniels speak the truth in love.
  • 00:22:10.120 --> 00:22:13.140
  • So, they lobbed Daniel into the lions' den.
  • 00:22:13.150 --> 00:22:20.030
  • And the king, normally he had entertainment at night.
  • 00:22:20.040 --> 00:22:23.000
  • The bible says in verse 18, "Then the king returned to his
  • 00:22:23.010 --> 00:22:29.020
  • palace and spent the night without eating and without any
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  • entertainment being brought to him."
  • 00:22:31.290 --> 00:22:34.160
  • Even though he took Ambien, "He could not sleep."
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  • And notice, skip up to verse 16.
  • 00:22:42.150 --> 00:22:46.160
  • If you have your Bibles, you can look up, or you can read it on
  • 00:22:46.170 --> 00:22:49.010
  • View-a-Verse.
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  • The king said to Daniel, right before he lobbed him into the
  • 00:22:50.250 --> 00:22:53.170
  • lions' den, I love this, "May your God whom you serve
  • 00:22:53.180 --> 00:22:58.070
  • continually rescue you."
  • 00:22:58.080 --> 00:23:03.130
  • The king woke up, ran down early in the morning.
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  • Who was taking a nap with the lions?
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  • Daniel.
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  • Petting the lions.
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  • Scratching their bellies.
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  • Had nicknames for them.
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  • The Bible says, "The Messenger shut their mouths."
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  • Some theologians think this was a preincarnate vision of Jesus.
  • 00:23:30.110 --> 00:23:33.160
  • Remember, Old Testament.
  • 00:23:35.240 --> 00:23:37.240
  • So, Daniel emerges and guess who becomes lion bait?
  • 00:23:39.230 --> 00:23:44.230
  • Take a wild guess, a stab at who becomes lion bait.
  • 00:23:47.010 --> 00:23:53.090
  • Yeah, yeah, you got it.
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  • You got it.
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  • Dear Heavenly Father, as our heads are bowed and eyes are
  • 00:23:59.140 --> 00:24:01.210
  • closed, we thank you for this decision.
  • 00:24:01.220 --> 00:24:06.020
  • We can learn so much from Darius about what not to
  • 00:24:06.030 --> 00:24:10.090
  • do, a little bit about what to do.
  • 00:24:10.100 --> 00:24:14.020
  • We can learn a lot from Daniel about what to do, maybe in our
  • 00:24:14.030 --> 00:24:19.090
  • vocation, maybe in a marriage, maybe in a family situation,
  • 00:24:19.100 --> 00:24:23.090
  • maybe in a church situation.
  • 00:24:23.100 --> 00:24:26.210
  • And right now, I know the Holy Spirit of God is applying these
  • 00:24:26.220 --> 00:24:29.110
  • principles and precepts to your life and to mine.
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  • We are a part of the minority.
  • 00:24:34.280 --> 00:24:38.130
  • We are the remnant.
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  • Look at what God has done, is doing, and will do through the
  • 00:24:40.260 --> 00:24:46.030
  • remnant, through the remnant in your neighborhood, through the
  • 00:24:46.040 --> 00:24:49.290
  • remnant at school, through the remnant at your work.
  • 00:24:50.000 --> 00:24:56.240
  • Lord, I never thought a remnant, 27 years ago, would be able
  • 00:24:56.250 --> 00:25:02.260
  • to be a part of a ride like Fellowship.
  • 00:25:02.270 --> 00:25:08.050
  • Maybe you're here today and you've never given your life
  • 00:25:08.060 --> 00:25:10.060
  • to Christ.
  • 00:25:10.070 --> 00:25:11.110
  • You've never, ever said, "Jesus, take control of my life."
  • 00:25:11.120 --> 00:25:14.000
  • Today, you can make that decision, how?
  • 00:25:14.010 --> 00:25:16.060
  • By simply saying this. Just say, "God."
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  • Just say this after me, "God, I admit to you the obvious, that
  • 00:25:18.170 --> 00:25:21.060
  • I'm a sinner, that I've messed up.
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  • I've fumbled the ball.
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  • I admit that you and turn from that, and I turn to you, Jesus.
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  • I believe, Jesus, you died on the cross for my sins.
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  • And right now, I ask you, Jesus, to come into my life to power
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  • wash my soul."
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