“PLEASE MIND THE GAP” This is a warning for the gap between the train and the platform. Sometimes there seems to be a gap between us and God and we don’t know what to do -the plans we have fall apart, people disappoint us or something interrupts our lives. We call out to God and pray continuously but seem to get no response. Daniel was living in that gap during a time that his brother and sisters were facing opposition. He mourned and fasted for 21 days but it seemed as if nothing was getting through to God. In Daniel 10, we learn how Daniel persists in tough circumstances because of God and how he can heed the warning and avoid the “gap”.
How do we stand strong in the face of discouragement and against our enemies? When Daniel heard the news that anyone who worshiped any god or man aside from King Darius would be thrown into the lions’ den, he went to pray (and even prayed in a bold manner!). Daniel did not suddenly pray because he feared what would happen; he prayed as he did before -with HUMILITY, CONSISTENCY and DEPENDENCY. God does not promise to deliver us from the ‘lion’s den’ in our lives but promises us that HE is in control of the outcome. Through this familiar story of Daniel, we learn that Daniel was not saved because of his own works, but rather by the sovereignty of God and a faith that starts with prayer.
Nebuchadnezzar had a dream that made him very afraid. It was only Daniel who could not only interpret the dream, but also be completely honest about it and not hold back when telling Nebuchadnezzar what he must do to prevent terrible things from happening to him and his kingdom. Nonetheless, Nebuchadnezzar continued to persist in his rebellion but Daniel chose to stand up for him even when he was lost. How will we stand up for those who are lost and how can we bring them to come to know God like Daniel did for Nebuchadnezzar?
English Sermon (07/26) – Stand Firm (Daniel 3:1-18)
A TESTED FAITH IS A TRUSTED FAITH. Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego were ordered to be cast into the fiery furnace for refusing to worship the gods of the Chaldeans and bowing down to the golden image. They firmly believed that God would deliver them out of the hand of Nebachadnezzer and if not they still would not bend their knees to worship false idols. It is not just about what we say or do on the outside – true faith starts from the inside.
English Sermon (07/19) – Stand Out (Daniel 1:1-21)
STANDING OUT for God isn’t always beautiful. It is hard and unnatural and much easier to blend in with the rest of society. Daniel and his friends made the choice to stand out for God. It wasn’t easy, but God was enough for them – more than the fine things this world could offer. What resolutions will you make to commit to God today? How will YOU stand out?