Sermon and Bible Study Database
Author: Kent Berghuis
To Be Greatly Used By God Daniel 1 Intro: Flatfish--We often are tempted to conform to our surroundings; but if we want to be greatly used by God, . . . Main idea: We must learn how to stand out from the crowd, especially when facing temptations. How does this look? Daniels shows us an example. I. Remain True in Difficult Circumstances (v. 1-8). A. The Demoralizing Situation (1-2). --Babylon's King Nebuchadnezzar invaded Judah in 605 BC. It appeared that God had forsaken his people, even his temple had been sacked. B. The Re-education Program (3-7). Several factors entered into the program: 1. The students were the best and brightest. 2. They received the king's food--a new, non-kosher diet. 3. The program lasted 3 years time. 4. They received new names to obliterate their old identities. Daniel = God my judge; Bleteshazzar = May Bel protect his life Hananiah = YHWH is gracious; Shadrach = Command of Aku Mishael = Who is like God?; Meshach = Who is like Aku? Azariah = He whom YHWH helps; Abed-Nego = Servant of Nebo II. Have a Purpose in Your Heart (8-14). A. Daniel made a committed decision (8). B. Daniel gained favor with the officials by his gracious spirit (9). C. Daniel enlisted others to stand with him (11). D. Daniel dispelled fear with a wise "step of faith" test (10, 12-14). III. Trust God for the Results (15-21). Some general principles: A. God comes through on behalf of those who trust him (15-16). B. God adds greater responsibility to those who have walked with him already (17-20). C. God lets his message and messenger outlast the time of trial (21).