“Respecting How People Grow” God Offers Help to Grow, Not Obstacles to Growth
“From Victim to Victor,” Transformational Lessons in Daniel – Pt. 6 …Therefore, O king, be pleased to accept my advice…
Doug Holmes, Christian Life Church, February 19, 2012 Matthew 12:18-21 – “I will put my Spirit on him… A bruised reed he will
not break, and a smoldering wick he will not snuff out, till he leads justice
to victory. In his name the nations will put their hope.”
Daniel 1:19-20 – The king talked with them, and he found none equal to
Daniel… In every matter of wisdom and understanding about which the king Matthew 23:1-4 – Then Jesus said…, “The teachers of the law and the
questioned them, he found them ten times better than all the magicians and Pharisees… tie up heavy loads and put them on men's shoulders, but they
enchanters in his whole kingdom. themselves are not willing to lift a finger to move them.”
Daniel 2:46-47 – Then King Nebuchadnezzar fell prostrate before Daniel Mark 2:27 – “The Sabbath was made for man, not man for the
and paid him honor and ordered that an offering and incense be presented to Sabbath.”
him. The king said to Daniel, “Surely your God is the God of gods and the We Can Mirror this God-Like Strategy
Lord of kings…”
Hebrews 12:12-13 – Therefore strengthen the hands which hang down,
Daniel 3:28-29 – Then Nebuchadnezzar said, “Praise be to the God of and the feeble knees, and make straight paths for your feet, so that what is
Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego… Therefore I decree that the people of any lame may not be dislocated, but rather be healed.
nation or language who say anything against the God of Shadrach, Meshach
2 Corinthians 3:6 – He has made us competent as ministers of a new
and Abednego be cut into pieces and their houses be turned into piles of
covenant – not of the letter but of the Spirit; for the letter kills, but the
rubble, for no other god can save in this way.”
Spirit gives life.
From Daniel 4:1-35 – King Nebuchadnezzar, To the peoples… who live in
all the world: …It is my pleasure to tell you about the miraculous signs and Some Practical Suggestions –
wonders that the Most High God has performed for me… His kingdom is an o “My ___ Believes in ___!” ? Love, Smile, Pray & Serve
eternal kingdom; his dominion endures from generation to generation. o Avoid “Us vs. Them” & “In or Out” Evaluative Statements
…I had a dream that made me afraid…
o Avoid Language that Labels Others’ Growth
…Then Daniel… answered, “…O king, be pleased to accept my advice:
Renounce your sins by doing what is right, and your wickedness by being o Become a Positive Force for Spiritual Growth
kind to the oppressed…” Become a Positive Model of Spiritual Growth –
…At the end of that time, I, Nebuchadnezzar, raised my eyes toward
heaven, and my sanity was restored. Then I praised the Most High; I honored o Is “Spiritual Fruit” Increasing in My Life?
and glorified him who lives forever. Galatians 5:22-23 – The fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace,
His dominion is an eternal dominion; his kingdom endures from patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-
generation to generation. All the peoples of the earth are regarded as nothing. control.
He does as he pleases with the powers of heaven and the peoples of the Matthew 7:16 – By their fruit you will recognize them.
earth. No one can hold back his hand or say to him: “What have you done?” o Would the People Near Me Say that I’m More Loving?
Spiritual Life & Growth Is a Mysterious Process o Would They Say that I Help More than “Preach”?
Acts 10:1-5 – …there was a man named Cornelius, a centurion… o Would They Say that I’m Working to Build Bridges?
devout and God-fearing; he gave generously to those in need and prayed
o Would They Say that I Bring Real Solutions vs. “Beliefs”?
to God regularly. One day… an angel of God… came to him and said…,
“Your prayers and gifts to the poor have come up as a memorial offering o Would They Value My Contribution without Agreeing?
before God. Now send men to Joppa to bring back a man named Simon o Would They Say that I’m Trustworthy?
who is called Peter.” o Would They Say that I Handle Money with Integrity?
Matthew 2:1-2 – After Jesus was born in Bethlehem… Magi from the o Would They Say that I Take Criticism Well?
east came to Jerusalem and asked, “Where is the one who has been born
king of the Jews? We saw his star in the east and have come to worship o Would They Commend My “Work Ethic?”
him.” o Do I Evaluate Myself as Ruthlessly as I Do Others?
Acts 16:14-15 – One of those listening was a woman named Lydia, a o Does My Life Point Others to God or “Ideology?”
dealer in purple cloth from the city of Thyatira, who was a worshiper of
God. The Lord opened her heart to respond to Paul’s message… she and
the members of her household were baptized… Next Week; February 26 @ CLC, Doug Holmes (Daniel, part 7):
Genesis 14:18-20 – Then Melchizedek king of Salem brought out bread “How to Walk in God’s Favor”
and wine. He was priest of God Most High, and he blessed Abram… Then
Abram gave him a tenth of everything.