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The Lion King

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February 9, 2021
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In this message Dr. Jeremiah explains how God’s miraculous act in Daniel’s life served as a witness to a pagan king.

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  • ♪♪♪
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  • Dr. David Jeremiah: Have youever felt like you were thrown
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  • to the lions for standing upfor your faith in God?
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  • Seemingly, those who seek todevour and discard you to quiet
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  • your godly impact and influenceon this world encircle you
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  • on every side.
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  • But being thrown to the lionsfor what you believe is not just
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  • some metaphor that encapsulatesan uncompromising approach to
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  • today's godless world.
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  • The saying is based on an eventthat happened centuries ago.
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  • Babylon has a newname, Persia, and is under new
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  • rule--the law of the Medesand Persians.
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  • And there is a new ruler intown, one who was so highly
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  • impressed with an aged Hebrewcaptive, Daniel, he selected him
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  • as prime minister overall the land.
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  • Dr. Jeremiah: Daniel'sloyalty to the king
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  • and his kingdom was undeniable.
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  • But his service to the king wasnot greater than his service
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  • to God.
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  • And when a royal edict went outthat no one should pray to any
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  • god or man except the king for30 days, what did Daniel do?
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  • He prayed...
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  • and prayed...
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  • and prayed again.
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  • By getting on his knees to pray,he took a stand.
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  • No man of God everlooked so tall.
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  • But it wasn't withoutconsequences.
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  • [crowd yelling]
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  • ♪♪♪
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  • [roars]
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  • ♪♪♪
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  • Dr. Jeremiah: And when manthinks he can shut out
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  • and shut up the faithfulof God, let him think again.
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  • Just like you and I, when we arethrown to the lions, God will
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  • shut the mouths of those whoseek to devour us.
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  • It is God that can tame the mosthurtful enemy in our lives,
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  • even in our lions' den.
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  • ♪♪♪
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  • Dr. Jeremiah: So who wasthis man of persistent prayer
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  • and formidable faith?
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  • Who, even in the face of certaindeath, placed his life in
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  • the hands of God?
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  • Daniel, the lion king,an agent of Babylon.
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  • ♪♪♪
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  • announcer: What does Godexpect from his followers
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  • living in today's culture?
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  • How can we stand up for him?
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  • In Dr. David Jeremiah's book,"Agents of Babylon," you'll find
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  • that the answer can be foundin the life
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  • of one of Scripture's greatestheroes, Daniel.
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  • Why Daniel?
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  • Because the culture of his dayis surprisingly similar
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  • to the culture of today.
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  • And he not only survived,but thrived by standing up
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  • for God in the midst of it.
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  • Discover how you can alsoreflect God grace and love
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  • as you live for Christin today's culture
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  • in "Agents of Babylon,"yours when you give a gift
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  • ♪♪♪
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  • Dr. Jeremiah: As the storybegins, Daniel has been out
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  • of the mainstream of politicalpower since Babylon was
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  • defeated by the Medesand the Persians.
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  • Now, after almost two years havepassed, at the ripe old age of
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  • 83, he is summoned by Darius,the Medo-Persian king, and given
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  • a very prestigious assignmentin his new administration.
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  • The first thing you learn fromDaniel 6 and the first 3 verses
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  • is this: stand-up people versesget promoted.
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  • Listen to these wordsfrom Daniel.
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  • Now, back in 538 B.C.,King Darius is establishing
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  • the second great world empirefollowing Babylon.
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  • But unlike Babylon, which wasa monarchy ruled by
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  • Nebuchadnezzar, one man,King Darius is setting up
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  • an oligarchy, which is gonna beruled by many.
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  • And he determines to reorganizethe government and put 120 men
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  • in charge of the conqueredprovinces that are a part of his
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  • new kingdom.
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  • And apparently, part of theirresponsibility was to collect
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  • taxes for the king.
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  • And because there was dishonestyamong these lower-level
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  • officials, Darius selected threemen as governors.
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  • And the text actually says, "sothe king would suffer no loss."
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  • He didn't want to get ripped offby his governors.
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  • Of these three governors, Dariuswas most impressed with Daniel
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  • and selected him to function asthe prime minister over
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  • the land.
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  • According to the description inDaniel 6, Daniel was preferred
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  • above the other governorsbecause an excellent spirit
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  • was in him.
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  • He was Spirit-filledin the Old Testament.
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  • He had the Spirit of Godin him.
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  • This means he had a goodattitude.
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  • It means he worked hard tofulfill his responsibilities.
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  • And most of all, in thissituation, he was honest.
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  • And Daniel continued to honorGod with his life.
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  • And now, even at the age of 83,God is once again honoring
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  • Daniel.
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  • Daniel would become thesecond-in-command over all the
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  • Medo-Persian empire, a factthat didn't go unnoticed
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  • by his peers.
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  • Let me stop for just a momentand remind you that while you
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  • may not be popular where youwork because you're a stand-up
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  • person, when the people you workwith get in trouble, you're the
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  • ones they're gonna come and see.
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  • They're not gonna go to thegoof-offs and the partiers and
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  • all of that.
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  • They're gonna come to the peoplethat they will look at and know
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  • that person believes insomething.
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  • That person stands upfor something.
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  • That person's got amoral center.
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  • They're gonna come to you.
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  • They may not like you.
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  • They may make fun of you.
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  • They may trash you.
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  • But when they are in trouble,when their marriage is
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  • upside-down, or they got a sickchild, or their mortgage can't
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  • be met, they're gonna find theperson they trust, just like
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  • Daniel, who was promoted toa high place.
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  • Notice the second thing aboutstand-up people.
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  • This is a hard one.
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  • But it's true, isn't it?
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  • Stand-up people are persecuted.
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  • It says in verses 4 through 9--
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  • Verse 4 says:
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  • At the core of thehatred of Daniel's colleagues
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  • was the fact that he was beingpromoted above them.
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  • Now, think about it.
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  • The other were Babylonians, andthis Jew is being promoted ahead
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  • of them; they don't like it.
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  • In fact, they hate it.
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  • They hate Daniel.
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  • If Darius's appointment wascarried out, Daniel would have
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  • power over all the governors andadministrators in Medo-Persia.
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  • So they decided they would tryto get him in trouble.
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  • They would try to find himcommitting some trespass
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  • so he could be indicted.
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  • But the Bible says they couldn'tfind anything against him.
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  • The more they searched to try toget him caught in some illegal
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  • thing or some immoral thing--themore they searched, the angrier
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  • they got.
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  • Unable to find any legal way tostop him--you never want to
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  • underestimate the enemies ofthe faith.
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  • They decide to come up with amade-up story.
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  • And we read about it in verse 7.
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  • It says:
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  • Daniel's enemiesassembled--without him present,
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  • obviously--and they came upwith this idea
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  • that if you prayed to any godbut to Darius,
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  • who was the king,for a 30-day period,
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  • you would be put to deathin the lions' den.
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  • There was a lie in theirproposal, because not all of the
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  • officials had consulted.
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  • Daniel wasn't involved in it.
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  • So they go to the king with thisstory that they've made up.
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  • And they present it to himand urge him to sign their
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  • document.
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  • In effect, the proposal wouldmake Darius God for a month.
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  • These leaders did what theycould to get the king to sign
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  • the edict, which according tolaw, could not be revoked
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  • once it was put in place.
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  • Have you ever heard aboutthe law of Medes and Persians?
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  • That means if you say it, youcan't un-say it.
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  • If you promise it, you can'tun-promise it.
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  • In Medo-Persian empire, if theking wrote an edict, it could
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  • never be changed, because if youchanged it, it would look as if
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  • the king made a mistake.
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  • And the king didn't makeany mistake.
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  • He was infallible according tothe Medo-Persian culture.
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  • So once the king signed anedict, even if he didn't like
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  • what he had signed, he couldn'tundo it.
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  • And along with that, the edicthad to be carried out on the day
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  • that the offense was committed.
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  • Stand-up people are promoted.
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  • And they're persistent.
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  • Number three, notice verses10 and 11 in our text.
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  • "When Daniel knew thatthe writing was signed--"
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  • The writing that if you prayedto any other god but Darius,
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  • you'd be put into thelions' den.
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  • When he heard this, the Biblesays, "He went home.
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  • And in his upper room, with hiswindows open toward Jerusalem,
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  • he knelt down on his knees threetimes that day and prayed and
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  • gave thanks before God."
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  • Now, I've heard some preacherssay when this happened, what
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  • Daniel did was, he said,"I'll show you."
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  • So he went home.
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  • He threw his windows open,half-hung out the window,
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  • shouting his prayer before Godso the whole kingdom could
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  • hear him.
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  • Not.
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  • What he did, the Bible says,was, he went home.
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  • He knelt down on his knees.
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  • He did it three times that dayand prayed and gave thanks
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  • before his God.
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  • Listen to the last phrase.
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  • "As was his custom to do."
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  • When the king said he couldn'tpray to his God, Daniel said,
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  • "I'm sorry."
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  • And he went home and prayedto his God.
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  • When Daniel discoveredthat the law had been signed
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  • by Darius, he did nothingout of the ordinary.
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  • His daily habit for yearshad been to pray to God
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  • towards Jerusalemthree times every day.
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  • And that's exactlywhat he did
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  • the day he learnedof the new law.
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  • Stand-up people are oftenpromoted.
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  • They're always persecuted.
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  • And they're usually verypersistent in what they do.
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  • I want you to notice that whatDaniel did when he found out
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  • what the deal was was this.
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  • He didn't stand down.
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  • That would've been cowardice.
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  • He didn't stand aside.
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  • That would've been compromise.
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  • He really didn't evenstand against.
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  • He didn't rail against the king.
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  • What did he do?
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  • He stood up.
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  • He stood up for his courageand his conviction.
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  • And that's what I believe God iscalling us to do.
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  • We can stand up for whatwe believe.
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  • We can stand up and be counted.
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  • And if we just do what we shoulddo, we should be standing up
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  • all the time.
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  • Amen?
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  • [applause]
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  • Dr. Jeremiah: We cometo the conclusion of this story.
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  • We learn, number four, thatstand-up people are protected.
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  • How many of you know that theGod you and I serve has promised
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  • to be with us?
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  • He says--listen to this--hesays, "Go into all the world and
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  • preach the gospel, and lo, I amwith you wherever you go."
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  • When we're serving the Lord,when we're in His will, when
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  • we're doing what God has calledus to do, God is with us and He
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  • takes care of us.
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  • That doesn't mean He won't letany trouble come to us, but it
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  • means He'll always be with uswhen it comes.
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  • I have in my Bible a littlemotto that I started to follow
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  • years ago when I got a littlebit afraid of flying.
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  • And this is what the motto says.
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  • Daniel didn't worry.
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  • We shouldn't worry.
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  • If we're doing the will of God,he's gonna protect us.
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  • Watch how God took care of thiscourageous old man.
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  • First of all, he was protectedfrom the law.
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  • Daniel 6:13-15 record how thiswas going to work if God didn't
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  • get involved.
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  • I mean, this is a pretty serioustime in the kingdom.
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  • It's a pretty serious timefor Daniel.
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  • Daniel 6 says, "They answeredand said before the king--"
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  • Daniel's colleagues, who weretrying to get him in trouble.
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  • "'Daniel does not show dueregard for you, king, or for the
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  • decree that you have signed, butmakes his petition three times
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  • a day.'
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  • And the king, when he heardthese words, was greatly
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  • displeased with himself."
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  • Not with Daniel, he wasdispleased with himself because
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  • he'd gotten himself in a reallytough spot.
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  • He didn't want to hurt Daniel.
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  • He promoted Daniel.
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  • Daniel was running his wholedeal.
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  • But he got undermined by thepeople who came.
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  • And it says:Darius's conscience was
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  • tormenting him.
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  • He knew the danger he had putDaniel in by signing into law
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  • the preposterous 30-day prayerban.
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  • He worked all day trying to finda loophole in the law.
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  • He knew if he couldn't find one,he'd have to sentence Daniel to
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  • death.
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  • Persian law dictated, as Imentioned, that sentences for
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  • crimes were to be carried out onthe day the crime was committed.
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  • The lower the sun set inhorizon, the louder Darius's
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  • conscience became, screaming athim to find a solution that
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  • would save the man who wasthe most important man
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  • in his kingdom.
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  • And then Daniel was protectedfrom the lions.
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  • Verse 16 says:
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  • And finally, he wasprotected by the Lord.
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  • Watch this, verse 19:
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  • When Darius cast Danielinto the lions' den,
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  • he expressed faiththat Daniel would survive.
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  • Remember, he said:
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  • But his faithwasn't very strong,
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  • as is evidenced by his anxietythrough the whole night
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  • and by the first words out ofhis mouth the next morning.
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  • Not only was the king uncertainof God's will, he wasn't even
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  • sure God could save Daniel.
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  • He was no saint,this king of Persia.
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  • Amen.
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  • The famed London preacherCharles Spurgeon observed that
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  • it was a good thing the lionsdidn't try to eat Daniel.
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  • They wouldn't have enjoyed himsince he was half-grit and
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  • the other half, backbone.
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  • The Bible says God sent hisangel and shut the lions' mouth
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  • so that they didn't hurt him,because he was innocent, and he
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  • did no wrong before the king.
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  • And the Bible says:
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  • And the Bible vividly portrays
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  • the king's delightin Daniel's survival.
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  • He checked him over carefully tobe sure he was unharmed,
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  • just like Daniel's friends whoescaped the furnace unscathed.
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  • Daniel came out completelyuninjured.
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  • When we see how ferocious thelions were with the people who
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  • were thrown into the den thenext day, it's obvious that
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  • Daniel was able to escapewithout a scratch because God
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  • intervened in his behalf.
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  • My friends, have you ever hadGod intervene in your behalf?
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  • Here's my experience.
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  • God usually intervenes in ourbehalf when, with all of our
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  • hearts, we're standing up forwhat we know to be right
  • 00:19:27.782 --> 00:19:30.618
  • and true.
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  • We can almost expect God to dothat when we stand for Him.
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  • And that's why we should neverbe afraid to stand for God.
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  • I know that sometime this week,having heard this message,
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  • something's gonna happen.
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  • You're gonna be in a place whereyou're gonna have to do the
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  • right thing or the wrong thing.
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  • And the right thingis gonna be hard.
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  • Just remember Daniel.
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  • He stood up when everythingwas against him.
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  • And in the midst of his standingup, not only did he feel the
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  • blessing of God on his life, butalmighty God intervened in his
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  • behalf and helped him comethrough it with his hands
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  • up high.
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  • The last phrase of verse 23gives us the underlying reason
  • 00:20:07.088 --> 00:20:10.825
  • for God's interventionin Daniel's life.
  • 00:20:10.825 --> 00:20:13.160
  • Says in verse 23:
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  • Daniel believed in his God.
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  • Let me ask you this: do webelieve in our God?
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  • Do we believe that Godcan help us?
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  • The Bible says in verses 24and following that:
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  • "The king gave the command,and they brought those men
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  • who had accused Daniel,and they cast them
  • 00:20:35.883 --> 00:20:38.286
  • into the den of lions--
  • 00:20:38.286 --> 00:20:39.754
  • them, their children,and their wives; and the lions
  • 00:20:39.754 --> 00:20:42.723
  • overpowered them,broke all their bones in pieces
  • 00:20:42.723 --> 00:20:45.726
  • before they ever cameto the bottom of the den."
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  • I guess you could sayyou don't wanna mess with God.
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  • So if you look back over thestory, you see the picture of
  • 00:20:55.603 --> 00:20:59.540
  • a man who walked into a cultureof Babylon, probably far more
  • 00:20:59.540 --> 00:21:05.012
  • difficult culture than we willever know.
  • 00:21:05.012 --> 00:21:08.482
  • And he lived in that culturefrom the time he was 14 until he
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  • died in his mid-90s.
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  • Interestingly enough, God nevertook him out of Babylon.
  • 00:21:14.455 --> 00:21:19.860
  • I hear people say all the time,"Well, I just wish I could get
  • 00:21:19.860 --> 00:21:22.129
  • away from--" and they talk abouttheir problem.
  • 00:21:22.129 --> 00:21:24.765
  • How many of you know thatsometimes God doesn't want to
  • 00:21:24.765 --> 00:21:26.867
  • take us away from our problems,he wants to show us His strength
  • 00:21:26.867 --> 00:21:30.938
  • in the midst of our problems?
  • 00:21:30.938 --> 00:21:32.506
  • He wants us to be stand-uppeople who stand up in the
  • 00:21:32.506 --> 00:21:35.343
  • secularism of our day so that wecan be a testimony to the world
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  • around us.
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  • Only one truth saves.
  • 00:21:41.682 --> 00:21:44.785
  • Only one gospel bringseternal life.
  • 00:21:44.785 --> 00:21:48.089
  • There is only one escapefrom hell.
  • 00:21:48.089 --> 00:21:50.591
  • We need to go to men and womenand children with the precious
  • 00:21:50.591 --> 00:21:53.494
  • gospel of Jesus Christ anddeclare His love for them.
  • 00:21:53.494 --> 00:21:56.797
  • The same gospel that worked inyour grandparents' generation,
  • 00:21:56.797 --> 00:22:00.201
  • that worked in your parents'generation is the gospel that
  • 00:22:00.201 --> 00:22:03.204
  • is working today.
  • 00:22:03.204 --> 00:22:04.538
  • It is the power of God untosalvation.
  • 00:22:04.538 --> 00:22:09.377
  • It is relevant forever.
  • 00:22:09.377 --> 00:22:12.213
  • It still changes lives.
  • 00:22:12.213 --> 00:22:14.315
  • And that's a message every oneof us need to share.
  • 00:22:14.315 --> 00:22:17.985
  • Don't let the gospel be changed.
  • 00:22:17.985 --> 00:22:21.522
  • Don't let the gospel be renderedineffective by taking away
  • 00:22:21.522 --> 00:22:25.826
  • the message of the exclusivityof Christ.
  • 00:22:25.826 --> 00:22:29.196
  • C.S. Lewis once said, "Everysaved person this side of heaven
  • 00:22:29.196 --> 00:22:34.769
  • owes the gospel to every unsavedperson this side of hell."
  • 00:22:34.769 --> 00:22:39.273
  • There isn't any way for peopleto get to heaven except through
  • 00:22:39.273 --> 00:22:41.876
  • Jesus Christ.
  • 00:22:41.876 --> 00:22:42.910
  • You say, "Dr. Jeremiah, are yousure about that?"
  • 00:22:42.910 --> 00:22:45.246
  • Absolutely certain.
  • 00:22:45.246 --> 00:22:46.580
  • Jesus Christ said it this way:
  • 00:22:46.580 --> 00:22:52.319
  • He didn't give us any options.
  • 00:22:55.990 --> 00:22:57.558
  • He didn't say, "I am oneof the ways."
  • 00:22:57.558 --> 00:22:59.760
  • That's the message we're hearingtoday, there are many
  • 00:22:59.760 --> 00:23:01.896
  • ways to God.
  • 00:23:01.896 --> 00:23:02.730
  • No, there are not manyways to God.
  • 00:23:02.730 --> 00:23:04.965
  • There's one way.
  • 00:23:04.965 --> 00:23:06.267
  • And He is that way.
  • 00:23:06.267 --> 00:23:07.935
  • We need to be unashamedlydeclaring that.
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  • Pastors, if you're here tonight,and you've been wavering on that
  • 00:23:10.971 --> 00:23:13.974
  • message, I urge you to go home,get on your knees, and ask God
  • 00:23:13.974 --> 00:23:17.378
  • to give you the strength tostand up for the gospel.
  • 00:23:17.378 --> 00:23:22.249
  • And, friend, I told you thatthe most important thing you can
  • 00:23:26.420 --> 00:23:29.523
  • stand up for in your own life isyour own eternal destiny.
  • 00:23:29.523 --> 00:23:33.527
  • One of these days, the LordJesus Christ is going to
  • 00:23:33.527 --> 00:23:35.830
  • come back.
  • 00:23:35.830 --> 00:23:36.697
  • I believe it could be very soon.
  • 00:23:36.697 --> 00:23:38.432
  • One of the reasons I've writtenall these books on the future is
  • 00:23:38.432 --> 00:23:41.869
  • to help people get readyfor His return.
  • 00:23:41.869 --> 00:23:44.905
  • And I want to tell you that ifyou don't know Jesus, you will
  • 00:23:44.905 --> 00:23:48.008
  • not go to heaven.
  • 00:23:48.008 --> 00:23:49.477
  • If you don't know Jesus Christwhen He comes back, you will be
  • 00:23:49.477 --> 00:23:51.879
  • left behind.
  • 00:23:51.879 --> 00:23:53.280
  • And so I want to ask you tonightto do this.
  • 00:23:53.280 --> 00:23:56.383
  • Ask yourself in your heart,"Have I ever personally accepted
  • 00:23:56.383 --> 00:24:00.554
  • Jesus Christ as my savior?
  • 00:24:00.554 --> 00:24:01.889
  • Has there ever been a time in mylife when I ask him to be
  • 00:24:01.889 --> 00:24:06.026
  • the savior of my life?"
  • 00:24:06.026 --> 00:24:07.361
  • Not be the savior of the world,not join the church.
  • 00:24:07.361 --> 00:24:10.998
  • He is alive.
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  • He is waiting.
  • 00:24:12.266 --> 00:24:13.968
  • He is opening his arms toreceive you.
  • 00:24:13.968 --> 00:24:17.438
  • And He will receive you if youwill just trust Him.
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