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Dare to be a Daniel

Tom Sliwa

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  • December 7, 2019
    9:15 AM
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If you have been you but if you have your Bibles I want you to turn with me to John Chapter 15 and I'm going to pick it up in John Chapter 15 vests 4 and 5 and it says of Jesus speaking abide in me and I knew as the branch cannot bear fruit of itself unless a bides in the vine neither can you unless you abide in me I am the vine you other branches he who abides in me and I and him bears much fruit for without me you can do nothing according to Jesus can what comes 1st the bearing of the abiding in Him notice the sequence in order to bear fruit you must abide in Him. And then you think about the story night Peter and James they walking on the street in Acts chapter 3 and I see this lame man and it says in verse 6 Peter said silver and gold I do not have but what I do have I give you in the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth rise up and walk Peter and James give the man silver and all go not because I didn't have it. But what I could offer the man was Jesus and was that because they had him themselves and this comes back to what was said yesterday in Acts chapter one you know just before Jesus carries he gives the disciples the great commission he says but then just before he departs he gives them some final instructions he says about white before you get a white guard spend some time in prayer spend some time pleading for the Holy Spirit you see the disciples had spent 3 and a half years with Jesus that put it in his ministry and his miracles but they were not yet ready to witness for him until they had 1st spent time in prayer and asking for the Holy Spirit. And again we see Mary and Martha you know Jesus comes to the house and visits them Martha goes into the kitchen she's preparing up a meal for Jesus is she doing something bad not if she's serving him but who does Jesus command marry she's sitting at his feet spending time with him and so the point I want to make is it's important that we connect with Jesus before we go to him I mean in Matthew chapter 7 you know this talks about people at the end of time saying Lord Lord did we not you know did we not gone mission trip still these things we cast out demons heal the sick and what does he say I never knew you wouldn't be disappointing Wouldn't it be sad if. We could be talking about Jesus to our patients giving out signs of the times magazines in our waiting rooms having great controversies yet how sad it would it be if at the end of time we ourselves are not known by Jesus and so the 1st point I want to make is you can't give what you don't have in order to give Jesus you must have him fast. And this leads to my 2nd point you can't win souls with Jesus without 1st knowing Jesus and you won't know Jesus if you don't spend time with him we need to have a diversion a life. Was Jesus a busy person. Yes and yet did he need time to go out into the mountain and pray spend time you know studying scripture Yes and so are we as health professionals busy people very. And how much time to wait to take aside to spend time in Bible study in prayer you know want to spend a bit of time looking at Daniel you know our government and our government officials busy people. Or maybe sometimes they pretend to be but did you spend time in Bible study and prayer was he affective witness in the work place. I like to have a close look at his life how did Daniel's colleagues colleagues describe him in Daniel Chapter 5 King Belshazzar for example says I have heard of you that the Spirit of God is in you and that light and understanding and excellent wisdom are founding Wow Imagine if people colleagues and friends were to say that about us in the new in other places in Daniel other people say that notice that the spirit of the holy God is in him in the fire again it says that the spirit of the holy God is in him he has light wisdom understanding he has the wisdom of the gods these are all descriptions of other people about Daniel was he a faithful effective witness in the work place yes. Imagine if you were to walk into a room and people just knew that the spirit of the holy God was in when there's a problem when there's a medical issue or something that's difficult you're the one that they come to because they know that you have a connection with God there's something special about you you're connected to the ultimate source of wisdom. So how did Daniel attain this success how did he receive this spirit from God and I believe we can find an answer in the new chapter 6 we all know the story of Daniel in the lion's den and I just want to redress 10 says now when Daniel knew that the writing was signed he went home and in his upper room with his windows open toward Jerusalem he knelt down on his knees 3 times that day and prayed and gave thanks before his God as was his custom since early days Daniel was consistent in his diversions they meant so much to him that Daniel would rather die than miss his time with God How much do you know diversions mean to you how important is connecting with God to you would you rather die than miss your devotional time with God That's how much it meant to him or maybe a more realistic example how how do we prioritize this time so much that sometimes you have to give up a little bit of sleet or be late to work or you know I come home early I loved what. I think Dr never said yesterday about. 20 figures out what things to say yes to annoy to something that he takes into consideration is how is it going to affect my time with God. And just a little free tip I want to throw out there that something that I've learned diversions don't start in the morning device and stop the night before because if we have a bad night if we go to bed late for our play doing something it's going to affect how early we can get up in the morning and how much time we can have for God but Daniel was constantly connected and constantly connecting throughout the day with God and I believe there is much we can learn from his example and so on I ask when was the last time you had some quality time with God has life gotten Sorry busy that your relationship with Jesus has suffered. There might be some of us here who have been struggling in this area maybe you're buying into the devil's lies that God is disappointed or angry at you and doesn't love you for not seeking him but my Bible tells me that God is lovingly and patiently when you back to him he's standing at the door waiting he's knocking. God is desperately wanting to use us to reach out to others but he can only use us to the extent that we are surrendered and connected to him. If you want to very sions have been struggling then why not ask God today why not speak to him personally right now and ask him to help you to reconnect with him. I want to close by reading ministry of healing page 512 she says nothing is more needed in our work than the practical results of communion with God we should share by our daily lives that we have peace and rest in our Savior he's peace in the heart will shine forth in the countenance it will give to the voice of persuasive power communion with God will enable the character and the life and then men will take knowledge of us as of this 1st disciples that we have been with Jesus this will impart to the work a power that nothing else can give of this power he must not allow himself to be deprived Daniel was so connected with God that all those around him who knew it they could tell which is a radiate from him he they could tell that he was different and that he had power in his life that they didn't have and I believe that this was a direct result of Daniel abiding in Christ and Christ abiding in Him Daniel was connected with God and you and I can have that same power today and when we are in our practices when we are meeting our patients. You can have that same influence God's wants to use all of us to reach us and so my challenge for you today this morning as the song says dad to be a Daniel even if you have to make that stand knowing Dad to make God's Papis fan and dad to make him. Thank you this media was brought to you by audio a website dedicated to spreading God's word through free sermon audio and much more if you would like to know more about audio verse or if you would like to listen to more servant leader visit w w w audio verse or.

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