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Tuesday, October 23, 2018

Keeping it Real

Notes: Keeping it Real
Pastor Jeff L.
Romans 2
Harvest OC Valor
October 23, 2018

The Heathen, The Hypocrite, The Hebrew

Practicing hypocrisy is wearing a mask.

Be careful not to judge someone because they sin differently then we do.

Romans 2:1 NKJV
[1] Therefore you are inexcusable, O man, whoever you are who judge, for in whatever you judge another you condemn yourself; for you who judge practice the same things.

Romans 2:2 NKJV
[2] But we know that the judgment of God is according to truth against those who practice such things.

Romans 2:3-4 NKJV
[3] And do you think this, O man, you who judge those practicing such things, and doing the same, that you will escape the judgment of God? [4] Or do you despise the riches of His goodness, forbearance, and longsuffering, not knowing that the goodness of God leads you to repentance?

We are not to make judgments for condemnation, we are to make judgments for identification.

Sinning is not necessarily hypocrisy, hypocrisy is pretending to not sin.

Why does our sin look so much uglier on other people?

Religion begun in hypocrisy will most surely end in apostasy.

The best of saints can be tempted to the worst of sins.

Romans 2:9 NKJV
[9] tribulation and anguish, on every soul of man who does evil, of the Jew first and also of the Greek;

Romans 2:12 NKJV
[12] For as many as have sinned without law will also perish without law, and as many as have sinned in the law will be judged by the law

God has given evidence:
1. Creation
Romans 1:20 NKJV
[20] For since the creation of the world His invisible attributes are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even His eternal power and Godhead, so that they are without excuse,

2. Conscience
Romans 2:15 NKJV
[15] who show the work of the law written in their hearts, their conscience also bearing witness, and between themselves their thoughts accusing or else excusing them)

3. Christ
Romans 2:16 NKJV
[16] in the day when God will judge the secrets of men by Jesus Christ, according to my gospel.

The most scathing words Jesus used were towards the religious leaders.

What about us? Where is our heart?

You are a sinner saved by grace.

Sunday, October 14, 2018

: Everybody Needs Jesus!

Notes: Everybody Needs Jesus!
Greg Laurie
Sunday, October 14, 2018
Series: Relentless Grace: Paul's Letter to the Romans
Romans 1
Music: Harvest Worship Band

Are people basically good? 80% of Americans believe we are. Romans clearly shows how we are all sinners.

The early church our prayed and out lived Rome.

Romans 1:16-20 NKJV
[16] For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ, for it is the power of God to salvation for everyone who believes, for the Jew first and also for the Greek. [17] For in it the righteousness of God is revealed from faith to faith; as it is written, "The just shall live by faith." [18] For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who suppress the truth in unrighteousness, [19] because what may be known of God is manifest in them, for God has shown it to them. [20] For since the creation of the world His invisible attributes are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even His eternal power and Godhead, so that they are without excuse,

1. Salvation is not earned, it is given to us as a gift from God.

Romans 1:18 NKJV
[18] For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who suppress the truth in unrighteousness,

Ezekiel 33:11 NKJV
[11] Say to them: 'As I live,' says the Lord GOD, 'I have no pleasure in the death of the wicked, but that the wicked turn from his way and live. Turn, turn from your evil ways! For why should you die, O house of Israel?'

John 3:16 NKJV
[16] For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.

John 3:36 NKJV
[36] He who believes in the Son has everlasting life; and he who does not believe the Son shall not see life, but the wrath of God abides on him."

3. There is no excuse for living in rebellion against the God who loves you.

Romans 1:19 NKJV
[19] because what may be known of God is manifest in them, for God has shown it to them.

God will reveal himself to the true seeker.

Proverbs 8:17 NKJV
[17] I love those who love me, And those who seek me diligently will find me.

4. When you are out of fellowship with God, you have conflicts with others, too.

Romans 1:28 NKJV
[28] And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a debased mind, to do those things which are not fitting;

5. When you reject God, ruin follows

Romans 1:21 NKJV
[21] because, although they knew God, they did not glorify Him as God, nor were thankful, but became futile in their thoughts, and their foolish hearts were darkened.

6. When you reject God, you lose perspective in the way you think and live.

7. God will not force you to believe, but rather, will let you go your own way.

You are not defined by your temptations. 

Romans 2:1-4 NKJV
[1] Therefore you are inexcusable, O man, whoever you are who judge, for in whatever you judge another you condemn yourself; for you who judge practice the same things. [2] But we know that the judgment of God is according to truth against those who practice such things. [3] And do you think this, O man, you who judge those practicing such things, and doing the same, that you will escape the judgment of God? [4] Or do you despise the riches of His goodness, forbearance, and longsuffering, not knowing that the goodness of God leads you to repentance?

Everybody needs Jesus!

All of these sins of Romans 1 flow out of unbelief.

The worst sin is unbelief!

Blasphemy is the only unforgivable sin.

Tuesday, October 9, 2018

Sweet and Sour Christians

Notes: Sweet and Sour Christians
Pastor Tim Harding
October 9, 2018
Harvest Valor

We can do things our way or Gods way. 

This scripture has some heavy eternal balances

Romans 1:18-32 NLT
[18] But God shows his anger from heaven against all sinful, wicked people who suppress the truth by their wickedness. [19] They know the truth about God because he has made it obvious to them. [20] For ever since the world was created, people have seen the earth and sky. Through everything God made, they can clearly see his invisible qualities-his eternal power and divine nature. So they have no excuse for not knowing God. [21] Yes, they knew God, but they wouldn't worship him as God or even give him thanks. And they began to think up foolish ideas of what God was like. As a result, their minds became dark and confused. [22] Claiming to be wise, they instead became utter fools. [23] And instead of worshiping the glorious, ever-living God, they worshiped idols made to look like mere people and birds and animals and reptiles. [24] So God abandoned them to do whatever shameful things their hearts desired. As a result, they did vile and degrading things with each other's bodies. [25] They traded the truth about God for a lie. So they worshiped and served the things God created instead of the Creator himself, who is worthy of eternal praise! Amen. [26] That is why God abandoned them to their shameful desires. Even the women turned against the natural way to have sex and instead indulged in sex with each other. [27] And the men, instead of having normal sexual relations with women, burned with lust for each other. Men did shameful things with other men, and as a result of this sin, they suffered within themselves the penalty they deserved. [28] Since they thought it foolish to acknowledge God, he abandoned them to their foolish thinking and let them do things that should never be done. [29] Their lives became full of every kind of wickedness, sin, greed, hate, envy, murder, quarreling, deception, malicious behavior, and gossip. [30] They are backstabbers, haters of God, insolent, proud, and boastful. They invent new ways of sinning, and they disobey their parents. [31] They refuse to understand, break their promises, are heartless, and have no mercy. [32] They know God's justice requires that those who do these things deserve to die, yet they do them anyway. Worse yet, they encourage others to do them, too.

1. Reality Check
Paul is building out the case against us.

There is no excuse!

We need a reminder and remind others.

Psalm 19:1-4 NLT
[1] The heavens proclaim the glory of God. The skies display his craftsmanship. [2] Day after day they continue to speak; night after night they make him known. [3] They speak without a sound or word; their voice is never heard. [4] Yet their message has gone throughout the earth, and their words to all the world. God has made a home in the heavens for the sun.

All creation points to a creator.

2. The Brilliance of Bitter

God’s wrath here is an abandonment.

Separation from God is the worst case scenario. Separation from God is Hell.

When you turn to other things other then God, things will get worse.

3. Sweet Motivation 

Romans 1:32 NLT
[32] They know God's justice requires that those who do these things deserve to die, yet they do them anyway. Worse yet, they encourage others to do them, too.

We should be motivated. 

We all have things we need to work on. But we should all still work to bring people to Christ. 

Let the sweet smell of all the things God has done for us motivate us to be about our Fathers business. Knowing God and making Him known.

Tuesday, October 2, 2018

1. The man 2. The call 3. The message 4. The power 5. The faith

Notes:
Pastor Adam Eaton
Romans 1
October 2, 2018

Romans was written to help its readers have a better understanding of the Gospel.

Romans 1:1-17 NLT
[1] This letter is from Paul, a slave of Christ Jesus, chosen by God to be an apostle and sent out to preach his Good News. [2] God promised this Good News long ago through his prophets in the holy Scriptures. [3] The Good News is about his Son. In his earthly life he was born into King David's family line, [4] and he was shown to be the Son of God when he was raised from the dead by the power of the Holy Spirit. He is Jesus Christ our Lord. [5] Through Christ, God has given us the privilege and authority as apostles to tell Gentiles everywhere what God has done for them, so that they will believe and obey him, bringing glory to his name. [6] And you are included among those Gentiles who have been called to belong to Jesus Christ. [7] I am writing to all of you in Rome who are loved by God and are called to be his own holy people. May God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ give you grace and peace. [8] Let me say first that I thank my God through Jesus Christ for all of you, because your faith in him is being talked about all over the world. [9] God knows how often I pray for you. Day and night I bring you and your needs in prayer to God, whom I serve with all my heart by spreading the Good News about his Son. [10] One of the things I always pray for is the opportunity, God willing, to come at last to see you. [11] For I long to visit you so I can bring you some spiritual gift that will help you grow strong in the Lord. [12] When we get together, I want to encourage you in your faith, but I also want to be encouraged by yours. [13] I want you to know, dear brothers and sisters, that I planned many times to visit you, but I was prevented until now. I want to work among you and see spiritual fruit, just as I have seen among other Gentiles. [14] For I have a great sense of obligation to people in both the civilized world and the rest of the world, to the educated and uneducated alike. [15] So I am eager to come to you in Rome, too, to preach the Good News. [16] For I am not ashamed of this Good News about Christ. It is the power of God at work, saving everyone who believes-the Jew first and also the Gentile. [17] This Good News tells us how God makes us right in his sight. This is accomplished from start to finish by faith. As the Scriptures say, "It is through faith that a righteous person has life."

1. The man
2. The call
3. The message
4. The power
5. The faith

1. Paul, was Saul. He used to hunt down Christians. He was converted on the road to Damascus.

2. Called to be an apostle. A slave of Christ.

Sunday, September 2, 2018

Stand with the Bible

Notes: Stand with the Bible
Jeff Lasseigne
Sunday, September 2, 2018
2 Timothy 3
Music: Mack Brock

2 Timothy 3:14-15 NKJV
[14] But you must continue in the things which you have learned and been assured of, knowing from whom you have learned them, [15] and that from childhood you have known the Holy Scriptures, which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus.
2 Timothy 3:16-17 NKJV
[16] All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, [17] that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work.

Knowledge is knowing tomatoes are a fruit, wisdom is not putting them in your fruit salad.

You greatest role in God’s kingdom may not be what you do but who you raise.

Point 1. God’s Word is holy 

How you treat the scriptures is how you treat God!

The Bible doesn’t save us, Jesus does.

2 Timothy 3:16 NKJV
[16] All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness,

Point 2. God’s Word is inspired 

All scripture is God breathed.

When you read the word of God, you are inhaling what God has exhaled.

Every book, verse, word, and promise in the Bible is the breath of God.

If you couldn’t trust all of the Bible the, you couldn’t trust any of the Bible.

How is the Bible proven true:
1. Manuscripts
Over 24,000 manuscripts.

The Dead Sea Scrolls have every book except Esther.

2. Unity
The message is the same over all books and over the 1500 years it was written.

3. Prophecy 
27% of the Bible is prophecy.

Many prophecies have been fulfilled 

4.Archaeology 

No discovery has ever contradicted the Bible.

5.Science

Science is slowly catching up with the truth in the Bible.

Some of the greatest scientists will admit the more they know the more they believe in God.

Point 3. God’s Word is Profitable 

Doctrine: what is right
Reproof: What is not right
Correction: How to get right
Instruction: How to stay right

1. Commit to daily devotions. 
Equivalent to not eating or drinking and complaining you are weak.

2. Make a plan

The best Bi Le reading plan is the one you actually use!

3. Choose a place and time

Be consistent 

4. Don’t just read - study.

Invest in a good study Bible

5. Begin with Prayer

6. Use a helpful translation 

The best translation to use is the one you can understand and get something out of.

7. Eliminate distractions 

Give God your undivided attention.

8. Sign up for Harvest Small Groups.

Sunday, August 26, 2018

Jesus Changes Everything!

Notes: Jesus Changes Everything!
Author: Eric Metaxas
Sunday, August 26, 2018
2 Corinthians 5:17
Music: Harvest Worship Band

Eric wrote a biography about William Wilberforce. 1807 is when Wilberforce helped abolish slavery in the British Empire.

2 Corinthians 5:17 NKJV
[17] Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new.

Jesus is not trying to improve you, He is making you a new creation.

We are what Jesus has here, He gave us the Holy Spirit. If we don’t do what He wants then it doesn’t get done.

In 1759 is when Wilberforce was born. He was born into a effectively very pagan society. They cared very little for the poor.

It is the Christian view that said we should help the poor and that slavery is wrong.

In London back then 25% of all single women were in prostitution. The slave trade was a booming business for their economy. George IV had been known for sleeping with 7000 women. He was going to be king.

Only the poor were really being preached to. The wealthy would look down at those enthusiastic about their faith.

Wilberforce was shipped off to live with his aunt and uncle at the age of 9. His parents did not know they were funding the Methodist movement. When he was 12 his parents brought him back and after four years they got him to not follow his aunt and uncles faith. At the age of 16 he went to Cambridge. At the age of 20 he gets elected to Parliament. His friend William the Younger was elected to Prime Minister at the age of 24.

When Wilberforce took a trip with Isaac Milner he found his faith again. John Newton was visited by Wilberforce, Newton influences Wilberforce to stay in politics to serve with his faith.

Wilberforce took on all kinds of social reform issues. He oversaw a revolution of public reform.

In his lifetime, he led the British Empire to end slavery. 

Jesus changes everything.

Jesus used Wilberforce to change the world. He can can use you to change the world.

Sunday, August 5, 2018

Reignite My Fire

Notes: Reignite My Fire
Pastor Steve Wilburn
Sunday, August 5, 2018
1 Kings 19
Music: Harvest Worship Band

There are many distractions that take our focus off of God. Our main focus should be God.

There is a fire we should desire to burn in us. Something that will motivate our souls.

God doesn’t just want us at church, He wants us.

Can we spend less time on Facebook and more time in God’s book?

1 Peter 2:9 NLT
[9] But you are not like that, for you are a chosen people. You are royal priests, a holy nation, God's very own possession. As a result, you can show others the goodness of God, for he called you out of the darkness into his wonderful light.

The Harvest Crusade is to bring the Gospel of hope to people without hope.

When we are feeling burned out is when God may decide to use us. It is not up to us when the Lord uses us.

We need three things: the blood, the bread and the fire...the blood of Christ, the Word of God, and the power of the Holy Spirit empowering us.

Jeremiah 20:9-13 NLT
[9] But if I say I'll never mention the LORD or speak in his name, his word burns in my heart like a fire. It's like a fire in my bones! I am worn out trying to hold it in! I can't do it! [10] I have heard the many rumors about me. They call me "The Man Who Lives in Terror." They threaten, "If you say anything, we will report it." Even my old friends are watching me, waiting for a fatal slip. "He will trap himself," they say, "and then we will get our revenge on him." [11] But the LORD stands beside me like a great warrior. Before him my persecutors will stumble. They cannot defeat me. They will fail and be thoroughly humiliated. Their dishonor will never be forgotten. [12] O LORD of Heaven's Armies, you test those who are righteous, and you examine the deepest thoughts and secrets. Let me see your vengeance against them, for I have committed my cause to you. [13] Sing to the LORD! Praise the LORD! For though I was poor and needy, he rescued me from my oppressors.

We need holy men and women.

“The Lord was looking for a man weak enough to use, that is when He found me.”

How can God use us like He used Elijah?

In America many have forgotten who God is, that we are here because of God.

Reignite My Fire
1. Elijah’s prayer
1 Kings 19:3-5 NLT
[3] Elijah was afraid and fled for his life. He went to Beersheba, a town in Judah, and he left his servant there. [4] Then he went on alone into the wilderness, traveling all day. He sat down under a solitary broom tree and prayed that he might die. "I have had enough, LORD," he said. "Take my life, for I am no better than my ancestors who have already died." [5] Then he lay down and slept under the broom tree. But as he was sleeping, an angel touched him and told him, "Get up and eat!"

Elijah was just a man, He was tired and broken. We have all felt that way before.

2. God’s Response
1 Kings 19:6-13 NLT
[6] He looked around and there beside his head was some bread baked on hot stones and a jar of water! So he ate and drank and lay down again. [7] Then the angel of the LORD came again and touched him and said, "Get up and eat some more, or the journey ahead will be too much for you." [8] So he got up and ate and drank, and the food gave him enough strength to travel forty days and forty nights to Mount Sinai, the mountain of God. [9] There he came to a cave, where he spent the night. But the LORD said to him, "What are you doing here, Elijah?" [10] Elijah replied, "I have zealously served the LORD God Almighty. But the people of Israel have broken their covenant with you, torn down your altars, and killed every one of your prophets. I am the only one left, and now they are trying to kill me, too." [11] "Go out and stand before me on the mountain," the LORD told him. And as Elijah stood there, the LORD passed by, and a mighty windstorm hit the mountain. It was such a terrible blast that the rocks were torn loose, but the LORD was not in the wind. After the wind there was an earthquake, but the LORD was not in the earthquake. [12] And after the earthquake there was a fire, but the LORD was not in the fire. And after the fire there was the sound of a gentle whisper. [13] When Elijah heard it, he wrapped his face in his cloak and went out and stood at the entrance of the cave. And a voice said, "What are you doing here, Elijah?"

The question was simple: “What are you doing here, Elijah?”

Can we ask ourselves the same question?

Think about all of those that are lost. Whether you are rich or poor, we all have the same void inside of us.

How can the lost hear if we don’t tell them!

Romans 10:14 NLT
[14] But how can they call on him to save them unless they believe in him? And how can they believe in him if they have never heard about him? And how can they hear about him unless someone tells them?

1 Kings 19:18 NLT
[18] Yet I will preserve 7,000 others in Israel who have never bowed down to Baal or kissed him!"

Where were they? Is that the same question that can be asked of Christians in America?

Who would you resemble, Elijah or the 7,000 that said nothing?

3. Our Calling
1 Kings 19:15-16 NLT
[15] Then the LORD told him, "Go back the same way you came, and travel to the wilderness of Damascus. When you arrive there, anoint Hazael to be king of Aram. [16] Then anoint Jehu grandson of Nimshi to be king of Israel, and anoint Elisha son of Shaphat from the town of Abel-meholah to replace you as my prophet.

God didn’t say anything to Elijahs questions, He told Elijah to get back to work.

We are to speak as dying men to dying to people.

1 Corinthians 3:16 NLT
[16] Don't you realize that all of you together are the temple of God and that the Spirit of God lives in you?

Have you locked up God inside of you or have you set Him free?

Thursday, July 19, 2018

How to Overcome Lust and Protect Your Mind

Notes: How to Overcome Lust and Protect Your Mind
Greg Laurie
Thursday, July 19, 2018
Series: Salt and Light
Matthew 5
Music: Harvest Worship Band

https://www.harvest.org/watch-and-listen/webcast/watch/how-to-overcome-lust-and-protect-your-mind

We are all tempted.

Sin doesn’t always show itself as sin. It shows itself as an opportunity.

The devil will make a sin look as the best experience you will ever have.

The devil tries to tempt us, it is not a sin to be tempted.

If your under spiritual attack, that could indicate that you are on the right track. Where there is no desire, there is no temptation.

We play a role in temptation.

James 1:14-15 NLT
[14] Temptation comes from our own desires, which entice us and drag us away. [15] These desires give birth to sinful actions. And when sin is allowed to grow, it gives birth to death.

5 Steps of Temptation:

We are all tempted.

1. The temptation itself

1 Corinthians 10:13 NLT
[13] The temptations in your life are no different from what others experience. And God is faithful. He will not allow the temptation to be more than you can stand. When you are tempted, he will show you a way out so that you can endure.

It’s not the bait that constitutes temptation, it’s the bite.

2. You are under it’s desire and enjoying the experience.


3. You are almost hooked.

4. You are in sin.

Sin can be fun, other times there isn’t.

5. Then the ramifications come.

You are separating yourself from God.

You have to restore yourself with God.

1 John 1:9 NLT
[9] But if we confess our sins to him, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all wickedness.

2 Corinthians 11:3 NLT
[3] But I fear that somehow your pure and undivided devotion to Christ will be corrupted, just as Eve was deceived by the cunning ways of the serpent.

2 Corinthians 10:4 NLT
[4] We use God's mighty weapons, not worldly weapons, to knock down the strongholds of human reasoning and to destroy false arguments.

What did Jesus say:
Matthew 5:27-28 NLT
[27] "You have heard the commandment that says, 'You must not commit adultery.' [28] But I say, anyone who even looks at a woman with lust has already committed adultery with her in his heart.

You have to keep your guard up at all times.

David experienced this with Bathsheba. David just kept doing more bad things. It all started with a thought.

Your sin will find you out. It all starts in your mind.

Take practical steps. If you are watching a movie and something comes on that you shouldn’t be watching, then turn it off or walk out of the room.

This includes conversations with the opposite sex, or even texting.

T.H.I.N.K. before you speak: Is it true, helpful, inspiring, necessary, kind


Matthew 5:29 NLT
[29] So if your eye-even your good eye-causes you to lust, gouge it out and throw it away. It is better for you to lose one part of your body than for your whole body to be thrown into hell.

Jesus is not speaking literally. Even if you gauged out your right eye, you could still sin with your left eye.

He is saying, anything that morally or spiritually traps us or causes us to sin or stay in sin, it should be eliminated quickly and totally.

Do whatever it takes to eliminate the temptation and sin from your life.

The best defense we have is the word of God.

Psalm 119:11-12 NLT
[11] I have hidden your word in my heart, that I might not sin against you. [12] I praise you, O LORD; teach me your decrees.

Psalm 119:111-112 NLT
[111] Your laws are my treasure; they are my heart's delight. [112] I am determined to keep your decrees to the very end.

Memorize verses.

1 Corinthians 10:13 NLT
[13] The temptations in your life are no different from what others experience. And God is faithful. He will not allow the temptation to be more than you can stand. When you are tempted, he will show you a way out so that you can endure.

Whenever you are tempted, there is always a way out.

“The expulsive power of a new affection.”

The new affection is Jesus Christ.

Sunday, July 8, 2018

God, the Future and You!

Notes: God, the Future and You!
Greg Laurie
Series: End of Days
Sunday, July 8, 2018
Daniel 7, 2018

https://www.harvest.org/watch-and-listen/webcast/watch/god-the-future-and-you

We all forget things.

God never forgets anything.

We live in the moment. God lives in all times at all times.

Daniel 7 takes us back to King Belshazzar. We are in the prophetic section of the book of Daniel now.

The book of Daniel parallels the book of Revelation. If you want to understand these books, read them together.

We need to understand these books in this world today.

Revelation 1:3 NLT
[3] God blesses the one who reads the words of this prophecy to the church, and he blesses all who listen to its message and obey what it says, for the time is near.

What is true of revelation is true of studying Bible prophecy is general.

1. It helps you to remember God is in control of all events in the world today.

2. It gives you a heavenly perspective.

Daniel saw the future. Daniel saw the Lord. Daniel saw himself.

1st. He saw the future.

Daniel 7:1-4 NLT
[1] Earlier, during the first year of King Belshazzar's reign in Babylon, Daniel had a dream and saw visions as he lay in his bed. He wrote down the dream, and this is what he saw. [2] In my vision that night, I, Daniel, saw a great storm churning the surface of a great sea, with strong winds blowing from every direction. [3] Then four huge beasts came up out of the water, each different from the others. [4] The first beast was like a lion with eagles' wings. As I watched, its wings were pulled off, and it was left standing with its two hind feet on the ground, like a human being. And it was given a human mind.

The sea is symbolically describing humanity. The animals represent nations.

We may see powerful nations with great armies,  God may just see us as wild animals attacking one another.

1. The winged lion or head of gold: represents Babylon. 

636 to 539 b.c. Is when Babylon ruled the world.

2. The Bear is the Medes and Persians. They defeated Babylon.

Daniel 7:5 NLT
[5] Then I saw a second beast, and it looked like a bear. It was rearing up on one side, and it had three ribs in its mouth between its teeth. And I heard a voice saying to it, "Get up! Devour the flesh of many people!"

They were like ferocious bears.

3. The leopard with four wings would be the Greeks. They defeated the Medes and Persians.

Daniel 7:6 NLT
[6] Then the third of these strange beasts appeared, and it looked like a leopard. It had four bird's wings on its back, and it had four heads. Great authority was given to this beast.

4. The powerful beast is the mighty power of Rome. They defeated Greece.

Daniel 7:7 NLT
[7] Then in my vision that night, I saw a fourth beast-terrifying, dreadful, and very strong. It devoured and crushed its victims with huge iron teeth and trampled their remains beneath its feet. It was different from any of the other beasts, and it had ten horns.

No one ever over through Rome.

5. The final beast has 10 horns.

Daniel 7:8 NLT
[8] As I was looking at the horns, suddenly another small horn appeared among them. Three of the first horns were torn out by the roots to make room for it. This little horn had eyes like human eyes and a mouth that was boasting arrogantly.

2nd. Daniel saw God.

Daniel 7:9-10 NLT
[9] I watched as thrones were put in place and the Ancient One sat down to judge. His clothing was as white as snow, his hair like purest wool. He sat on a fiery throne with wheels of blazing fire, [10] and a river of fire was pouring out, flowing from his presence. Millions of angels ministered to him; many millions stood to attend him. Then the court began its session, and the books were opened.

Ancient of Days is a name for God to describe His eternal nature.

Church will seem to miss the message from God. In the past they didn’t effectively describe God’s love, now many seem to only speak of God’s love.

We should be living a lifestyle of worship.

Romans 12:1-2 NLT
[1] And so, dear brothers and sisters, I plead with you to give your bodies to God because of all he has done for you. Let them be a living and holy sacrifice-the kind he will find acceptable. This is truly the way to worship him. [2] Don't copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know God's will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect.

Giving your life and body to God is a spiritual type of worship.

Worship is not letting culture influence you, it is you influencing culture.

Worship is not being conformed but to be transformed.

Learning the Word of God is worship.

Amos 5:23-24 NLT
[23] Away with your noisy hymns of praise! I will not listen to the music of your harps. [24] Instead, I want to see a mighty flood of justice, an endless river of righteous living.

We serve a holy God.

Jesus appears in the Old Testament 

Daniel 7:13-14 NLT
[13] As my vision continued that night, I saw someone like a son of man coming with the clouds of heaven. He approached the Ancient One and was led into his presence. [14] He was given authority, honor, and sovereignty over all the nations of the world, so that people of every race and nation and language would obey him. His rule is eternal-it will never end. His kingdom will never be destroyed.

Jesus referred to Himself as the Son of Man on several occasions.

3rd. Daniel saw himself.

Daniel 7:15-18 NLT
[15] I, Daniel, was troubled by all I had seen, and my visions terrified me. [16] So I approached one of those standing beside the throne and asked him what it all meant. He explained it to me like this: [17] "These four huge beasts represent four kingdoms that will arise from the earth. [18] But in the end, the holy people of the Most High will be given the kingdom, and they will rule forever and ever."

God will preserve and save His people. 

We win in the end!

1. God keeps records in His book of every faithful deed done by His people.

Malachi 3:16 NLT
[16] Then those who feared the LORD spoke with each other, and the LORD listened to what they said. In his presence, a scroll of remembrance was written to record the names of those who feared him and always thought about the honor of his name.

We will be rewarded for every act of service, too!

Galatians 6:9-10 NLT
[9] So let's not get tired of doing what is good. At just the right time we will reap a harvest of blessing if we don't give up. [10] Therefore, whenever we have the opportunity, we should do good to everyone-especially to those in the family of faith.

2. God has a book that records your sorrows.

Psalm 56:8 NLT
[8] You keep track of all my sorrows. You have collected all my tears in your bottle. You have recorded each one in your book.

Sometimes people don’t want to acknowledge your pain. The Lord sees is all and one day He will restore all you have lost.

3. The most important of all these books is the Book of Life.

Once your name is written there, it will always stay.

Revelation 3:5 NLT
[5] All who are victorious will be clothed in white. I will never erase their names from the Book of Life, but I will announce before my Father and his angels that they are mine.

Is your name written in the Book of Life?

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