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Sunday, April 29, 2018

Staying Cool When Things Get Hot

Notes: Staying Cool When Things Get Hot
Greg Laurie
End of Days
Sunday, April 29, 2018

Daniel 3:14-18 NLT
[14] Nebuchadnezzar said to them, "Is it true, Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, that you refuse to serve my gods or to worship the gold statue I have set up? [15] I will give you one more chance to bow down and worship the statue I have made when you hear the sound of the musical instruments. But if you refuse, you will be thrown immediately into the blazing furnace. And then what god will be able to rescue you from my power?" [16] Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego replied, "O Nebuchadnezzar, we do not need to defend ourselves before you. [17] If we are thrown into the blazing furnace, the God whom we serve is able to save us. He will rescue us from your power, Your Majesty. [18] But even if he doesn't, we want to make it clear to you, Your Majesty, that we will never serve your gods or worship the gold statue you have set up."

It’s never good to challenge God to a fight. You will always lose.

Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, were kept being told to worship. They would never bow down because you will end up serving what you worship.

Luke 4:8 NLT
[8] Jesus replied, "The Scriptures say, 'You must worship the LORD your God and serve only him.'"

One decision can lead to a lifetime of regret.

A lifetime of service comes from a moment of worship. Be careful what altar you bow down to.

Many will start at the altar of marijuana. It starts small and always get big.

Be strong in the small things now so you have the strength for the big things later.

Better to burn on earth and bow in Heaven than to bow on earth and burn in hell.

Daniel 3:17-25 NLT
[17] If we are thrown into the blazing furnace, the God whom we serve is able to save us. He will rescue us from your power, Your Majesty. [18] But even if he doesn't, we want to make it clear to you, Your Majesty, that we will never serve your gods or worship the gold statue you have set up." [19] Nebuchadnezzar was so furious with Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego that his face became distorted with rage. He commanded that the furnace be heated seven times hotter than usual. [20] Then he ordered some of the strongest men of his army to bind Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego and throw them into the blazing furnace. [21] So they tied them up and threw them into the furnace, fully dressed in their pants, turbans, robes, and other garments. [22] And because the king, in his anger, had demanded such a hot fire in the furnace, the flames killed the soldiers as they threw the three men in. [23] So Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, securely tied, fell into the roaring flames. [24] But suddenly, Nebuchadnezzar jumped up in amazement and exclaimed to his advisers, "Didn't we tie up three men and throw them into the furnace?" "Yes, Your Majesty, we certainly did," they replied. [25] "Look!" Nebuchadnezzar shouted. "I see four men, unbound, walking around in the fire unharmed! And the fourth looks like a god!"

I believe it was Jesus Christ walking in the furnace with them, it was a Christophiny 

Hebrews 13:5 NLT
[5] Don't love money; be satisfied with what you have. For God has said, "I will never fail you. I will never abandon you."

James 1:2-4 NLT
[2] Dear brothers and sisters, when troubles of any kind come your way, consider it an opportunity for great joy. [3] For you know that when your faith is tested, your endurance has a chance to grow. [4] So let it grow, for when your endurance is fully developed, you will be perfect and complete, needing nothing.

Why does God allow trials? God allows trials in our lives so we will grow spiritually. Trials help us grow stronger.

Trials will provide strength that good times can not produce.

James 1:3 NLT
[3] For you know that when your faith is tested, your endurance has a chance to grow.

If you want to grow spiritually then you have to get through trials. If you pray for a blessing sometimes God will give you a trial, which in the future can produce a blessing.

We will all be pressured to bow before some idol in life.

An idol is anything or anyone that takes the place of God in your life.

A statute, a car, a cell phone, a job, lots of things can be an idol.

As you stand up for God, He will stand up for you.

Hell or Heaven is a choice we make in this life. I believe I am going to Heaven one day, are you coming with me?

Do you have that hope?

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

God is Never Late, He Will Vindicate

Notes: God is Never Late, He Will Vindicate
Pastor Jason Powell
Harvest OC

We go through spiritual attacks.
Satan would  have you feel you’re alone.

When God is your defense, you don’t need to be so defensive. God loves and protects His people.

God is never late, He will vindicate.

Esther 7:1-10 NKJV
[1] So the king and Haman went to dine with Queen Esther. [2] And on the second day, at the banquet of wine, the king again said to Esther, "What is your petition, Queen Esther? It shall be granted you. And what is your request, up to half the kingdom? It shall be done!"

[3] Then Queen Esther answered and said, "If I have found favor in your sight, O king, and if it pleases the king, let my life be given me at my petition, and my people at my request. [4] For we have been sold, my people and I, to be destroyed, to be killed, and to be annihilated. Had we been sold as male and female slaves, I would have held my tongue, although the enemy could never compensate for the king's loss."

[5] So King Ahasuerus answered and said to Queen Esther, "Who is he, and where is he, who would dare presume in his heart to do such a thing?"

[6] And Esther said, "The adversary and enemy is this wicked Haman!" So Haman was terrified before the king and queen.

[7] Then the king arose in his wrath from the banquet of wine and went into the palace garden; but Haman stood before Queen Esther, pleading for his life, for he saw that evil was determined against him by the king. [8] When the king returned from the palace garden to the place of the banquet of wine, Haman had fallen across the couch where Esther was. Then the king said, "Will he also assault the queen while I am in the house?"

As the word left the king's mouth, they covered Haman's face. [9] Now Harbonah, one of the eunuchs, said to the king, "Look! The gallows, fifty cubits high, which Haman made for Mordecai, who spoke good on the king's behalf, is standing at the house of Haman."

Then the king said, "Hang him on it!"

[10] So they hanged Haman on the gallows that he had prepared for Mordecai. Then the king's wrath subsided.

What Esther did, is what you should do in your life.

Esther stood for truth.

Silence is agreeing with what is happening around you.

What makes a person like Esther? She stood while others may have shied away.

Cowardice is caring  more about man’s approval than God’s approval.

Knowing a great God inspires great confidence.

One confident voice in truth will inspire others.

Great leaders have great resolve.

World changers are truth tellers.

Many men have a plan, but God has the power!

Proverbs 26:27 NKJV
[27] Whoever digs a pit will fall into it, And he who rolls a stone will have it roll back on him.

God will be standing in the final court we will all enter.

Ephesians 6:12 NKJV
[12] For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places.

Ephesians 2:2 NKJV
[2] in which you once walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit who now works in the sons of disobedience

The enemy is real. Satan is out to wreck your life.

Why does God allow this?
1. To keep us humble
2. To build your faith: “God I trust you”
3. It teaches us compassion

God has our backs... Haman was hung in the end.

When you know God will set it right, you don’t need to lose sleep over it.

God sees your situation and promises to step in.

Satan is on a leash and has a future judgement coming.

God is on the throne!

We are in the protective custody of God.

Sunday, April 15, 2018

Dream On!

Notes: Dream On!
Greg Laurie
End of Days - Book of Daniel
Sunday, April 15, 2018
Daniel 1, Daniel 2
Music: Harvest Worship Band

Peace in the Middle East. Will that ever happen? Yes and no.

The U.S. is in a conflict with Syria now. If Russia is modern day Magog, then we should be paying attention.

Daniel is the Old Testament counterpart to the book of Revelation in the New Testament. 

Daniel teaches us to live a Godly life in an Ungodly place.

Romans 13:12-14 NLT
[12] The night is almost gone; the day of salvation will soon be here. So remove your dark deeds like dirty clothes, and put on the shining armor of right living. [13] Because we belong to the day, we must live decent lives for all to see. Don't participate in the darkness of wild parties and drunkenness, or in sexual promiscuity and immoral living, or in quarreling and jealousy. [14] Instead, clothe yourself with the presence of the Lord Jesus Christ. And don't let yourself think about ways to indulge your evil desires.

Daniel helped us with living with character. 

You are being put to a test all the time. 

1. These men had purpose and conviction

Daniel 1:8 NLT
[8] But Daniel was determined not to defile himself by eating the food and wine given to them by the king. He asked the chief of staff for permission not to eat these unacceptable foods.

2. Little compromises turn into big problems.

4. God will bless you when you make a stand for Him

Proverbs 16:7 NLT
[7] When people's lives please the LORD, even their enemies are at peace with them.

A little with God is better than much without Him.

Compare notes 40 years from now as a child of God with a nonbeliever.

You will be a happier person if you walk with God.

Daniel 1:21 NLT
[21] Daniel remained in the royal service until the first year of the reign of King Cyrus.

His whole life, no one had a negative thing to say about Daniel.

Like Billy Graham he lived 99 years. The evening of your life is determined by the morning of it.

Nebuchadnezzar had a dream of the future. 

Daniel 2:8-11 NLT
[8] The king replied, "I know what you are doing! You're stalling for time because you know I am serious when I say, [9] 'If you don't tell me the dream, you are doomed.' So you have conspired to tell me lies, hoping I will change my mind. But tell me the dream, and then I'll know that you can tell me what it means." [10] The astrologers replied to the king, "No one on earth can tell the king his dream! And no king, however great and powerful, has ever asked such a thing of any magician, enchanter, or astrologer! [11] The king's demand is impossible. No one except the gods can tell you your dream, and they do not live here among people."

Daniel 2:17-19 NLT
[17] Then Daniel went home and told his friends Hananiah, Mishael, and Azariah what had happened. [18] He urged them to ask the God of heaven to show them his mercy by telling them the secret, so they would not be executed along with the other wise men of Babylon. [19] That night the secret was revealed to Daniel in a vision. Then Daniel praised the God of heaven.

What should you do about a hardship... pray!

Lots of prayer, like Esther or Nehemiah.

The believer has a better handle on what is going on in the world toady than many experts, because we know what the Bible says.

Daniel 2:27-30 NLT
[27] Daniel replied, "There are no wise men, enchanters, magicians, or fortune-tellers who can reveal the king's secret. [28] But there is a God in heaven who reveals secrets, and he has shown King Nebuchadnezzar what will happen in the future. Now I will tell you your dream and the visions you saw as you lay on your bed. [29] "While Your Majesty was sleeping, you dreamed about coming events. He who reveals secrets has shown you what is going to happen. [30] And it is not because I am wiser than anyone else that I know the secret of your dream, but because God wants you to understand what was in your heart.

Joseph from Genesis was an example available to Daniel.

The word of God will help us know the will of God.  Build your foundation on God’s word.

1. It had a head of Goal.

That is Nebuchadnezzar’s kingdom.

His dream starts with Babylon and ends with the antichrist.

Daniel 2:44 NLT
[44] "During the reigns of those kings, the God of heaven will set up a kingdom that will never be destroyed or conquered. It will crush all these kingdoms into nothingness, and it will stand forever.

1. We win in the end.

Romans 11:15 NLT
[15] For since their rejection meant that God offered salvation to the rest of the world, their acceptance will be even more wonderful. It will be life for those who were dead!

2. When crisis hits we need to pray.

3. We need to hold our course to the very end.

Pastor Chuck said we should “hold the course.”

4. We should be people of character and purpose.

Daniel 1:8 NLT
[8] But Daniel was determined not to defile himself by eating the food and wine given to them by the king. He asked the chief of staff for permission not to eat these unacceptable foods.

Dare to be a Daniel.

My purpose is to know God and follow God and making Him know.

Do you know God?

Tuesday, April 3, 2018

Pride the Dangerous Sin

Notes: Pride the Dangerous Sin
Esther 6
Pastor John Collins
Harvest OC

Lives can be radically changed by Christ. People find Christ in so many amazing ways.

This chapter God gets the attention of the king when he can’t sleep. 

Mordecai’s good deeds were told to the king that night.

Mordecai and Esther put their future in God’s hands. Xerxes and Haman try to control their own destiny.

Esther 6:1-5 NLT
[1] That night the king had trouble sleeping, so he ordered an attendant to bring the book of the history of his reign so it could be read to him. [2] In those records he discovered an account of how Mordecai had exposed the plot of Bigthana and Teresh, two of the eunuchs who guarded the door to the king's private quarters. They had plotted to assassinate King Xerxes.

[3] "What reward or recognition did we ever give Mordecai for this?" the king asked. 

His attendants replied, "Nothing has been done for him." 

[4] "Who is that in the outer court?" the king inquired. As it happened, Haman had just arrived in the outer court of the palace to ask the king to impale Mordecai on the pole he had prepared. 

[5] So the attendants replied to the king, "Haman is out in the court."
"Bring him in," the king ordered.

God sometimes will use time to work in our lives. Timing can be everything.

God always shows up just at the right time.

All of God’s delays are His maturing.

God uses the intentions of men in His own plans.

Esther 6:6-9 NLT
[6] So Haman came in, and the king said, "What should I do to honor a man who truly pleases me?" 

Haman thought to himself, "Whom would the king wish to honor more than me?" [7] So he replied, "If the king wishes to honor someone, [8] he should bring out one of the king's own royal robes, as well as a horse that the king himself has ridden-one with a royal emblem on its head. [9] Let the robes and the horse be handed over to one of the king's most noble officials. And let him see that the man whom the king wishes to honor is dressed in the king's robes and led through the city square on the king's horse. Have the official shout as they go, 'This is what the king does for someone he wishes to honor!'"

Proverbs 16:18 NLT
[18] Pride goes before destruction, and haughtiness before a fall.

Haman’s fall is gong to be fast and hard.

Pride is a dangerous sin. The best way to avoid it is to recognize it.

Esther 6:10-14 NLT
[10] "Excellent!" the king said to Haman. "Quick! Take the robes and my horse, and do just as you have said for Mordecai the Jew, who sits at the gate of the palace. Leave out nothing you have suggested!" 

[11] So Haman took the robes and put them on Mordecai, placed him on the king's own horse, and led him through the city square, shouting, "This is what the king does for someone he wishes to honor!" [12] Afterward Mordecai returned to the palace gate, but Haman hurried home dejected and completely humiliated. 

[13] When Haman told his wife, Zeresh, and all his friends what had happened, his wise advisers and his wife said, "Since Mordecai-this man who has humiliated you-is of Jewish birth, you will never succeed in your plans against him. It will be fatal to continue opposing him." 

[14] While they were still talking, the king's eunuchs arrived and quickly took Haman to the banquet Esther had prepared.

Give a prideful man enough rope and he will hang himself with it.

Haman was building his own gallows.

God was protecting His own people.

If God is for us, who can be against us.


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