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SERMONS FOR THE MONTH OF SEPTEMBER

SEPTEMBER 2016 SERMONS

 

SEPTEMBER 4, 2016

 

BROKEN FOR YOU

 

SCRIPTURE READING: 1 CORINTHIANS 11:23-32

 

SCRIPTURE TEXT: 1 Corinthians 11:24

 

   And when he had given thanks, he brake it, and said, Take, eat: this is my body, which is broken for you: this do in remembrance of me.

 

INTRO: When you come to the Communion Table what do you think of?

 

   Our understanding of the Communion Table is very important; it determines our attitude

 

I. THE INSTRUCTIONS FOR COMMUNION WAS GIVEN TO PAUL BY CHRIST.

 

1 Corinthians 11:23  For I have received of the Lord that which also I delivered unto you, That the Lord Jesus the same night in which he was betrayed took bread:

 

  Paul gives us a warning about our attitude towards taking Communion in an inappropriate way.

 

1 Corinthians 11:27 (BBE) If, then, anyone takes the bread or the cup of the Lord in the wrong spirit, he will be responsible for the body and blood of the Lord.

 

   Different Churches take Communion at different times, using different kinds of elements.

 

   What is our attitude towards God, towards each other?

 

   If we have sin in our hearts, or if we have hatred or malice towards others

 

1 Corinthians 11:31 (TLB) But if you carefully examine yourselves before eating you will not need to be judged and punished.

 

Psalm 139:23-24 Search me, O God, and know my heart: try me, and know my thoughts: And see if there be any wicked way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting.     

 

II. THE BREAD

 

1 Corinthians 11:23b-24 That the Lord Jesus the same night in which he was betrayed took bread: and when he had given thanks, he brake it, and said, Take, eat: this is my body, which is broken for you: this do in remembrance of me.

 

   Jesus did three things and asked for one

 

A.    HE GAVE THANKS

 

NOTE: What was He giving thanks for?

 

Hebrews 12:2 (TLB) Keep your eyes on Jesus, our leader and instructor. He was willing to die a shameful death on the cross because of the joy he knew would be his afterwards; and now he sits in the place of honor by the throne of God.

 

NOTE: He was not thankful for what He was going to suffer, but for what His suffering would produce.

 

·         Satan would be defeated

·         Fallen man would be restored to fellowship with God

 

B.    HE GAVE THE MEANING OF THE BREAD

 

1 Corinthians 11:24 Take, eat: this is my body…

 

·         The bread to me, speaks of His Humanity

 

John 6:51 I am the living bread which came down from heaven: if any man eat of this bread, he shall live forever: and the bread that I will give is my flesh, which I will give for the life of the world.

 

   What was the purpose of Jesus taking on humanity?

 

Hebrews 2:17-18 (TLB) And it was necessary for Jesus to be like us, his brothers, so that he could be our merciful and faithful High Priest before God, a Priest who would be both merciful to us and faithful to God in dealing with the sins of the people. For since he himself has now been through suffering and temptation, he knows what it is like when we suffer and are tempted, and he is wonderfully able to help us.

 

   Too often we take Jesus’ humanity to lightly

 

Hebrews 4:15 For we have not an high priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities; but was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin.

 

C.   HE BROKE THE BREAD

 

1 Corinthians 11: 24 …which is broken for you

 

·         He is broken over the rejection of the very ones He came to save.

 

Matthew 23:37 O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, thou that killest the prophets, and stonest them which are sent unto thee, how often would I have gathered thy children together, even as a hen gathereth her chickens under her wings, and ye would not!

 

·         He is broken by everyone who rejects His mercy

 

Ezekiel 33:11 Say unto them, As I live, saith the Lord GOD, I have no pleasure in the death of the wicked; but that the wicked turn from his way and live: turn ye, turn ye from your evil ways; for why will ye die, O house of Israel?

 

·         His body was broken by the treatment He received

 

Isaiah 53:3-5 He is despised and rejected of men; a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief: and we hid as it were our faces from him; he was despised, and we esteemed him not. Surely he hath borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows: yet we did esteem him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted. But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed.

 

   For His good works and evil world hates Him.

 

·         He was broken that we might be made whole

 

Micah 7:18-19 Who is a God like unto thee, that pardoneth iniquity, and passeth by the transgression of the remnant of his heritage? he retaineth not his anger for ever, because he delighteth in mercy.  He will turn again, he will have compassion upon us; he will subdue our iniquities; and thou wilt cast all their sins into the depths of the sea.

 

III. HIS REQUEST

 

1 Corinthians 11:24 this do in remembrance of me.

 

NOTE: Every time we partake of Communion we are to remember Him:

 

·         We are to remember Who He is

 

   He is the Son of man and the Son of God

 

Isaiah 9:6 For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.

 

·         What He has done

 

NOTE: Bread is only made available at the cost of the death of wheat.

 

John 12:24 (TLB) and that "I must fall and die like a kernel of wheat that falls into the furrows of the earth. Unless I die I will be alone—a single seed. But my death will produce many new wheat kernels—a plentiful harvest of new lives.

 

·         How we are affected

 

2 Corinthians 5:21 For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him.

 

CONCLUSION: Whenever we come to the Communion Table we must come in reverence and in awe of Whom and what the Communion Table represents.

 

SEPTEMBER 11, 2016

 

“FACING THE FURNACE OF AFFLICTION”

 

SCRIPTURE READING: DANIEL 3:13-23

 

SCRIPTURE TEXT: Isaiah 43:2

 

    When thou passest through the waters, I will be with thee; and through the rivers, they shall not overflow thee: when thou walkest through the fire, thou shalt not be burned; neither shall the flame kindle upon thee.

 

INTRO: The Bible is filled with stories of people facing time of testing and afflictions.

 

   Sometimes it is because of the choses they have made.

 

   Sometimes it is no fault of their own.

 

   Why does a loving God allow His children to suffer testing and afflictions?

 

Isaiah 48:10 (NIV) See, I have refined you, though not as silver; I have tested you in the furnace of affliction.

 

·         Sometimes God sends afflictions as chastisement

 

Proverbs 3:11-12 My son, despise not the chastening of the LORD; neither be weary of his correction: For whom the LORD loveth he correcteth; even as a father the son in whom he delighteth.

 

Revelation 3:19 (GW) I correct and discipline everyone I love. Take this seriously, and change the way you think and act.

 

·         Sometimes God allows afflictions as a way of strengthening us

 

2 Corinthians 4:17 (NRSV) For this slight momentary affliction is preparing us for an eternal weight of glory beyond all measure,

 

James 1:2-4 (TLB) Dear brothers, is your life full of difficulties and temptations? Then be happy, for when the way is rough, your patience has a chance to grow. So let it grow, and don’t try to squirm out of your problems. For when your patience is finally in full bloom, then you will be ready for anything, strong in character, full and complete.

 

·         Sometimes God allows afflictions in our lives that we might be a witness for Him.

 

Job 1:8 (NIV) Then the LORD said to Satan, "Have you considered my servant Job? There is no one on earth like him; he is blameless and upright, a man who fears God and shuns evil."

 

I. CONSIDER THE STORY OF SHADRACH, MESHACH AND ABEDNEGO

 

   A. NEBUCHADNEZZAR’S DREAM Daniel 2:1-13

 

v  Nebuchadnezzar could not remember his dream

v  Challenged his wise men to tell him his dream and what was its interpretation

v  They were unable to do so and all wise men were sentenced to death

 

   B. DANIEL SEEKS THE ANSWER TO NEBUCHADNEZZAR’S DREAM Daniel 2:14-35

                                                                               

v  Daniel was under the same sentence as the other wise men

v  He asked Nebuchadnezzar for time

v  He asked his friends to pray with him

 

Daniel 2:17-18 (GW) Then Daniel went home and told his friends Hananiah, Mishael, and Azariah about this matter. He told them to ask the God of heaven to be merciful and to explain this secret to them so that they would not be destroyed with the rest of the wise advisers in Babylon.

 

v  God revealed the dream to Daniel

v  Daniel thanks God for answering their prayers Daniel 2:19-23

 

   C. DANIEL REVEALS NEBUCHADNEZZAR’S DREAM Daniel 2:24-35

 

v  Daniel gives God the praise Daniel 2:28-30

 

Daniel 2:28a But there is a God in heaven that revealeth secrets, and maketh known to the king Nebuchadnezzar what shall be in the latter days…

 

v  Daniel interprets Nebuchadnezzar’s dream Daniel 2:36-45

 

   D. FACING THE FURNACE OF AFFLICTION Daniel 3:1-30

 

v  Nebuchadnezzar builds the image and demands that the people worship it

Daniel 3:1-12

v  Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego refuse to worship the image

 

Daniel 3:15-23 (GW) When you hear the sound of the rams' horns, flutes, lyres, harps, and three-stringed harps playing at the same time with all other kinds of instruments, will you bow down and worship the gold statue I made? If you don't worship it, you will immediately be thrown into a blazing furnace. What god can save you from my power then?” Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego answered King Nebuchadnezzar, “We don't need to answer your last question. If our God, whom we honor, can save us from a blazing furnace and from your power, he will, Your Majesty. But if he doesn't, you should know, Your Majesty, we'll never honor your gods or worship the gold statue that you set up.”

 

NOTE: The question at the end of verse 15; What god can save you from my power then?”

 

v  Nebuchadnezzar has them thrown into the furnace

 

Daniel 3:19-23 Nebuchadnezzar was so filled with anger toward Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego that his face turned red. He ordered that the furnace should be heated seven times hotter than normal. He told some soldiers from his army to tie up Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego so that they could be thrown into the blazing furnace. Then the three men were thrown into the blazing furnace. They were wearing their clothes, hats, and other clothing. The king's order was so urgent and the furnace was so extremely hot that the men who carried Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego were killed by the flames from the fire. So these three men—Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego—fell into the blazing furnace. They were still tied up.

 

v  God delivered Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego

 

Daniel 3:26 Then Nebuchadnezzar came near to the mouth of the burning fiery furnace, and spake, and said, Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, ye servants of the most high God, come forth, and come hither. Then Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, came forth of the midst of the fire.

 

v  Nebuchadnezzar praised God for delivering Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego from the furnace

 

Daniel 3:28-29 (GW) Nebuchadnezzar said, “Praise the God of Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego. He sent his angel and saved his servants, who trusted him. They disobeyed the king and risked their lives so that they would not have to honor or worship any god except their own God. So I order that people from every province, nation, or language who say anything slanderous about the God of Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego will be torn limb from limb. Their houses will be turned into piles of rubble. No other god can rescue like this.”

 

v  They were rewarded for their faithfulness

 

Daniel 3:30 (GW) Then the king promoted Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego to higher positions in the province of Babylon.

 

CONCLUSION: The question is not if we face afflictions, but when we face afflictions, will we remain faithful and trust God to deliver us or if He doesn’t, do we remain faithful anyway?

 

Daniel 3:16-18 Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, answered and said to the king, O Nebuchadnezzar, we are not careful to answer thee in this matter. If it be so, our God whom we serve is able to deliver us from the burning fiery furnace, and he will deliver us out of thine hand, O king. But if not, be it known unto thee, O king, that we will not serve thy gods, nor worship the golden image which thou hast set up.

 

 

SEPTEMBER 18, 2016

 

TO LOVE OR NOT TO LOVE

 

SCRIPTURE READING: I JOHN 4:7-11

 

SCRIPTURE TEXT: 1 John 4:11

 

   Beloved, if God so loved us, we ought also to love one another.

 

INTRO: Many Christian base their proof of Christianity on what they do or the gifts they have.

 

ILL: Full Gospel Business Men, meeting in Yakima

 

1 Corinthians 13:1-3 (TLB) If I had the gift of being able to speak in other languages without learning them and could speak in every language there is in all of heaven and earth, but didn’t love others, I would only be making noise. If I had the gift of prophecy and knew all about what is going to happen in the future, knew everything about everything, but didn’t love others, what good would it do? Even if I had the gift of faith so that I could speak to a mountain and make it move, I would still be worth nothing at all without love. If I gave everything I have to poor people, and if I were burned alive for preaching the Gospel but didn’t love others, it would be of no value whatever.

 

   Jesus said the proof of our discipleship is our loving one another.

 

John 13:35 By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to another.

 

   Jesus gave to us the example of the love we are to have towards others.

 

Ephesians 5:1-2 (TLB) Follow God’s example in everything you do just as a much loved child imitates his father. Be full of love for others, following the example of Christ who loved you and gave himself to God as a sacrifice to take away your sins. And God was pleased, for Christ’s love for you was like sweet perfume to him.

 

John 13:34 A new commandment I give unto you, That ye love one another; as I have loved you, that ye also love one another.

 

I. THE LOVE GOD HAS FOR US

 

   A. HIS LOVE IS AN ALL-INCLUSIVE

 

John 3:16 For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.

 

Romans 10:12-13 For there is no difference between the Jew and the Greek: for the same Lord over all is rich unto all that call upon him.  For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.

 

2 Peter 3:9 The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.

 

   B. HE LOVED US WHILE WE WERE STILL SINNERS

 

NOTE: God loved us before we were loveable

 

Romans 5:8 But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.

 

Ephesians 2:4-6 But God, who is rich in mercy, for his great love wherewith he loved us, Even when we were dead in sins, hath quickened us together with Christ, (by grace ye are saved;) And hath raised us up together, and made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus:

 

   C. HIS LOVE FREED US FROM SINFUL BONDAGE

 

Deuteronomy 7:8 But because the LORD loved you, and because he would keep the oath which he had sworn unto your fathers, hath the LORD brought you out with a mighty hand, and redeemed you out of the house of bondmen, from the hand of Pharaoh king of Egypt.

 

1 John 4:10-11 (NRSV) In this is love, not that we loved God but that he loved us and sent his Son to be the atoning sacrifice for our sins. Beloved, since God loved us so much, we also ought to love one another.

 

   D. HIS LOVE MADE US ALL CHILDREN OF GOD

 

1 John 3:1 (GW) Consider this: The Father has given us his love. He loves us so much that we are actually called God's dear children. And that's what we are. For this reason the world doesn't recognize us, and it didn't recognize him either.

 

   E. HIS LOVE IS EVERLASTING

 

Jeremiah 31:3 The LORD hath appeared of old unto me, saying, Yea, I have loved thee with an everlasting love: therefore with lovingkindness have I drawn thee.

 

NOTE: Human love is fragile, and we allow many things to hinder our love for others, and even sometimes turn our love into hate.

 

II. AS GOD LOVES US, WE MUST LOVE ONE ANOTHER

 

John 15:12 This is my commandment, That ye love one another, as I have loved you.

 

NOTE: We cannot love as we ought with human love, we need God’s love

 

Ephesians 5:2 (TLB) Be full of love for others, following the example of Christ who loved you and gave himself to God as a sacrifice to take away your sins. And God was pleased, for Christ’s love for you was like sweet perfume to him.

 

Ephesians 3:17 (NLT) Then Christ will make his home in your hearts as you trust in him. Your roots will grow down into God’s love and keep you strong.

 

NOTE: It is our love for each other that holds us together

 

Colossians 3:14 (TLB) Most of all, let love guide your life, for then the whole church will stay together in perfect harmony.

 

   If love will hold us together, what will separate from each other?

 

Romans 8:35 Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword?  

 

   A. GOSSIP WILL DIVIDE AND DESTROY A CHURCH

 

James 3:5-6 (TLB) So also the tongue is a small thing, but what enormous damage it can do. A great forest can be set on fire by one tiny spark. And the tongue is a flame of fire. It is full of wickedness, and poisons every part of the body. And the tongue is set on fire by hell itself and can turn our whole lives into a blazing flame of destruction and disaster.

 

NOTE: God hates all sin, but there are a few sins that are constantly and strongly condemned by Scripture. Judging others—condemning, criticizing, backbiting, gossiping, speaking evil, and talking about others—is one of the sins that Scripture never lets up on.[1]


Thessalonians 3:11 (GW) We hear that some of you are not living disciplined lives. You're not working, so you go around interfering in other people's lives.

 

1 Timothy 5:13 (GW) At the same time, they learn to go around from house to house since they have nothing else to do. Not only this, but they also gossip and get involved in other people's business, saying things they shouldn't say.

 

James 4:11, 12 (NLT) Don’t speak evil against each other, dear brothers and sisters. If you criticize and judge each other, then you are criticizing and judging God’s law. But your job is to obey the law, not to judge whether it applies to you. God alone, who gave the law, is the Judge. He alone has the power to save or to destroy. So what right do you have to judge your neighbor?

 

   B. GOD LISTS GOSSIPERS WITH THIEVES AND MURDERERS

 

1 Peter 4:15 But let none of you suffer as a murderer, or as a thief, or as an evildoer, or as a busybody in other men's matters.

 

CONCLUSION: It is love that will hold our church together and the lack of love that will divide it apart.

 

Colossians 3:14 (NIV) And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity.

 

   If we truly love one another we will demonstrate it by how we treat each one other through:

 

   Mercy, kindness, humility, patience, tolerance, and forgiveness

 

 

SEPTEMBER 25, 2016

 

POSSESSING AN EXCELLENT SPIRIT

 

SCRIPTURE READING: DANIEL 6:16-23

 

SCRIPTURE TEXT: Jude 1:24 

 

   Now unto him that is able to keep you from falling, and to present you faultless before the presence of his glory with exceeding joy,

 

INTRO: How would we react if we were taken from our homes and made a prisoner of war?

 

   Daniel had been held as a prisoner of war for around 69 years.

 

   What made Daniel the person he was?

 

   He had an excellent spirit

 

Daniel 6:3 Then this Daniel was preferred above the presidents and princes, because an excellent spirit was in him; and the king thought to set him over the whole realm.

 

I. DANIEL’S EXCELLENT SPIRIT

 

NOTE: Why did Daniel possess this excellent spirit?

 

   From the first day of captivity, Daniel had purposed in his heart to be faithful to God no matter what.

 

Daniel 1:8 But Daniel purposed in his heart that he would not defile himself with the portion of the king's meat, nor with the wine which he drank: therefore he requested of the prince of the eunuchs that he might not defile himself.

 

NOTE: His excellent spirit caused both a positive and a negative reaction.

 

   How was Daniel’s excellent spirit shown?

 

   Daniel’s excellent spirit was shown in three different ways.

 

1.     HOW CONDUCTED HIMSELF WITH OTHERS

 

   He sought to keep Hananiah, Mishael and Azariah also free from violating God’s Law.

 

Daniel 1:11-13 Then said Daniel to Melzar, whom the prince of the eunuchs had set over Daniel, Hananiah, Mishael, and Azariah,  Prove thy servants, I beseech thee, ten days; and let them give us pulse to eat, and water to drink. Then let our countenances be looked upon before thee, and the countenance of the children that eat of the portion of the king's meat: and as thou seest, deal with thy servants.

 

   He asked them for help in praying for God to reveal to Daniel the kings dream.

 

Daniel 2:17-18 Then Daniel went to his house, and made the thing known to Hananiah, Mishael, and Azariah, his companions: That they would desire mercies of the God of heaven concerning this secret; that Daniel and his fellows should not perish with the rest of the wise men of Babylon.

 

NOTE: How we treat others goes a long way is revealing what kind of spirit we have.

 

Ephesians 4:32 And be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ's sake hath forgiven you.

 

2.     HOW HE CONDUCTED HIMSELF WITH THE KING’S BUSINESS

 

·         The king wanted to promote him above all the others.

 

Daniel 6:3 (KJV) Then this Daniel was preferred above the presidents and princes, because an excellent spirit was in him; and the king thought to set him over the whole realm.

 

·         His co-leaders became jealous

 

Daniel 6:4 (TLB) This made the other presidents and governors very jealous, and they began searching for some fault in the way Daniel was handling his affairs so that they could complain to the king about him. But they couldn’t find anything to criticize! He was faithful and honest and made no mistakes.

 

NOTE: What kind of life do we project outside the church?

 

ILL: The preacher and ten cents.

 

3.     HOW HE CONDUCTED HIS RELATIONSHIP WITH GOD

 

Daniel 6:5 (KJV) Then said these men, We shall not find any occasion against this Daniel, except we find it against him concerning the law of his God.

 

II. DANIEL IN THE LION’S DEN

 

1.     THE JEALOUS LEADERS SOUGHT TO GET RID OF DANIEL

 

Daniel 6:6-7 Then these presidents and princes assembled together to the king, and said thus unto him, King Darius, live forever. All the presidents of the kingdom, the governors, and the princes, the counsellors, and the captains, have consulted together to establish a royal statute, and to make a firm decree, that whosoever shall ask a petition of any God or man for thirty days, save of thee, O king, he shall be cast into the den of lions.

 

2.     DANIEL WAS AWARE OF THEIR PLOT

 

Daniel 6:10 (KJV) Now when Daniel knew that the writing was signed, he went into his house; and his windows being open in his chamber toward Jerusalem, he kneeled upon his knees three times a day, and prayed, and gave thanks before his God, as he did aforetime.

 

NOTE: He did not do it in a spirit of defiance or showoff; he did it because that’s what he always did.

 

3.     THE KING WAS SORRY HE AGREED TO THE LAW

 

Daniel 6:14 Then the king, when he heard these words, was sore displeased with himself, and set his heart on Daniel to deliver him: and he laboured till the going down of the sun to deliver him.

 

4.     DANIEL WAS CASTED INTO THE LION’S DEN

 

Daniel 6:16-17 Then the king commanded, and they brought Daniel, and cast him into the den of lions. Now the king spake and said unto Daniel, Thy God whom thou servest continually, he will deliver thee. And a stone was brought, and laid upon the mouth of the den; and the king sealed it with his own signet, and with the signet of his lords; that the purpose might not be changed concerning Daniel.

 

·         King Darius had faith in Daniel’s God

·         The lion’s den was blocked and sealed, why?

·         The king fasted all night long.

 

5.     DANIEL WAS RESCUED FROM THE LION’S DEN

 

Daniel 6:18-23 (GW) Then the king went to his palace and spent the night without food or company. He couldn't get to sleep. At dawn, as soon as it was light, the king got up and quickly went to the lions' den. As he came near the den where Daniel was, the king called to Daniel with anguish in his voice, “Daniel, servant of the living God! Was God, whom you always worship, able to save you from the lions?” Daniel said to the king, “Your Majesty, may you live forever! My God sent his angel and shut the lions' mouths so that they couldn't hurt me. He did this because he considered me innocent. Your Majesty, I haven't committed any crime.” The king was overjoyed and had Daniel taken out of the den. When Daniel was taken out of the den, people saw that he was completely unharmed because he trusted his God.

 

6.     DANIEL’S ENEMIES WERE CAST INTO THE LION’S DEN

 

Daniel 6:24 And the king commanded, and they brought those men which had accused Daniel, and they cast them into the den of lions, them, their children, and their wives; and the lions had the mastery of them, and brake all their bones in pieces or ever they came at the bottom of the den.

 

7.     KING

 

Daniel 6:25-28 Then king Darius wrote unto all people, nations, and languages, that dwell in all the earth; Peace be multiplied unto you. I make a decree, That in every dominion of my kingdom men tremble and fear before the God of Daniel: for he is the living God, and stedfast forever, and his kingdom that which shall not be destroyed, and his dominion shall be even unto the end. He delivereth and rescueth, and he worketh signs and wonders in heaven and in earth, who hath delivered Daniel from the power of the lions. So this Daniel prospered in the reign of Darius, and in the reign of Cyrus the Persian.

 

CONCLUSION: We also need to have an excellent spirit in every aspect of our lives.

 

   What kind of reputation do we have outside the church?

 

   Let us seek to possess an excellent spirit so that we can bring praise and honor to God.

 


[1] Preacher's Outline and Sermon Bible - Commentary - The Preacher's Outline & Sermon Bible – Hebrew, James.

 

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