Resolute (part 3)

DANIEL 6

Resolute: Admirably purposeful, determined, and unwavering.

3 areas we must stand resolute:

  1. STAND RESOLUTE: IN YOUR CHARACTER
    – Character: Who you are when no one is looking.

– Who am I when no one is looking?

* fun fact: Daniel is about 70 years old by Daniel chapter 6

Daniel 6:3 ” Now Daniel so distinguished himself among the administrators and the satraps by his exceptional qualities that the king planned to set him over the whole kingdom.” ⇒ How are you distinguishing yourself in life?

– There are different ways to distinguish yourself to make you stand out.

– If you don’t stand strong in your character of Christ, it will bite you back!

– You won’t be given places of Leadership, Authority, or Responsibility unless you have proven you can be trusted with the SMALL things.

– Small character flaws will sink your ship with God if you don’t handle it NOW!

2. STAND RESOLUTE: IN YOUR RELATIONSHIP PURSUIT

Daniel 6:10 “Now when Daniel learned that the decree had been published, he went home to his upstairs room where the windows opened toward Jerusalem. Three times a day he got down on his knees and prayed, giving thanks to his God, just as he had done before.”

– What is you pursuit posture?

– Excuses we make:

* I don’t have time

* I’m tired

– We can pursue Christ through prayer!

– We will never experience a relationship with God if we don’t pull the kite to catch the wind and roll us along.

– How to pursue God:

* Grab a journal

* Grab a pen and Bible

* Highlight verses ⇒ explain in your own words

* Pray about it

– We must put ourselves in that posture

– H.E.A.R. : Highlight, Explain, Apply, Respond

3. STAND RESOLUTE: IN OPPOSITION

2nd Timothy 3: 12-13 “In fact, everyone who wants to live a godly life in Christ Jesus will be persecuted, while evildoers and impostors will go from bad to worse, deceiving and being deceived.”

– When we face opposition it’s not guaranteed God will shut the lion’s mouth, but we just trust and know God has our backs

Daniel 6:20 ” When he came near the den, he called to Daniel in an anguished voice,” Daniel, servant of the living God, has your God, whom you serve continually, been able to rescue you from the lions?”

Question : Has He saved me?

Answer : YES HE HAS!

HE IS ABLE!!!

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Resolute

I started a 3 week series in Daniel 1 called Resolute, and I wanted to share my notes that I took out of the sermons. So with that being said, here is week 1 of Resolute.

There are consequences when coming to disobey God -> SIN WILL FIND YOU
Daniel and his friends were taken captive in luxury ; that’s how we want to be usually
In verse 5 is says “to be trained..”
– Literally: “to be made strong, great, wealthy, and important”

Daniel and his friend’s Jewish names were changed into false gods names, when held captive in Babylon

Daniel 1:8 ” But Daniel resolved not to defile himself with the royal food and wine, and he asked the chief official for permission not to defile himself this way.” -> but Daniel resolved not to defile himself…

Big Question: Are you resolved to not defile yourself?
-What does this mean?   ->     Resolve in Holiness

Leviticus 9:

Daniel resolved and said that nothing is more important than having intimacy and a relationship with God.

I have to follow these Godly rules vs. nothing can compare having intimacy with God

There can’t be anything more beautiful than God, and  normally we don’t see the beauty of God because we are distracted.

In our eyes it is just simple food, but I’m Daniel’s eyes it is sin

 

Standing resolute in Holiness requires:

  1. unquestionable obedience
  2. A willingness to do without (We are drawn to sin because we are scared of missing out)
  3. Trusting God as Lord regardless of the circumstances

1st Peter 3:15 // “But in your hearts revere Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect”

This is how we should resolve ourselves.