God's Hand of Blessing Forms Our Identity

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The Way of life is above and we are saved from Hell below. Like Daniel, get exposed to the Bible. Let the Word be your definition for who you are and you can be an awesome person of God. This is a great and eternal identity. (II Chronicles 34:14-15 / Daniel 1:8)
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  archived services at ggwo.org/gml God’s Hand of Blessing Forms Our Identity  by Pastor Thomas SchallerJune 10, 2009Unedited 2 Chron. 34. As we think of young people, we think of God's love forthem. How many times in the Bible young people, in their hearts listenand through life they find in their faith, as they walk by faith, theygrow. In this chapter, there was a young King, Josiah, vs 1. He was 8years old when he began to reign. During his reign, Daniel was born.Daniel was a young person. The study I did was, these young peoplewere gifted and good looking. King Nebachadnezzar wanted 70talented kids between 14 and 17. They were very skillful in languageand good looking. The king didn't want anyone around him that wasn'tgood looking. He wanted the smart kids to teach and train.Before Daniel was taken to captivity to Persia, he was in Israel, maybe7 to 12 years old. In this chapter, this is the context of Daniel's younglife.vs 14 - Hilkiah found the book of the law...He said, I've found the bookof the law in the house of the Lord. Its a marvel, that the Bible couldbe lost, the scrolls, the book of Moses, was ignored in the house of God. It was overlooked.vs 16 - Shaphan carried word to the king...and said...they havegathered together the money into the house of the Lord...Shapan said,Hilkiah the priest gave me a book. When the king heard the words of the law, he tore his clothes...and...go and inquire of the Lord for meand those left in Israel and Judah...Great is the wrath of the Lord bec.our fathers ahve not kept the word of the Lord written in this book.When they found the book, they were convicted. Revival broke out.This was a revival that happened during this kings reign. Daniel was alittle boy.I think of our children being exposed today to something important inteh hearts of people. In the BOC, we see people from all over theworld. We say, we have found the book in Girkistan...in the border of China. We read it. Its very personal. Then, it becomes public. Itremains very personal as you live in a midst of the crowd of the world,we live above it, in a secret place with God speaking to our hearts.  archived services at ggwo.org/gml This happened to Daniel.When Daniel went to Persia, Dan. 1; The way of life is above. Theprivate personal words of God, spoken to our hearts, gives us anidentity. This boy in chap. 1, what could he do in a foreign countrywith a very powerful king, Nebachadnezzar.Chap. 1:8 - Daniel purposed in his heart not to defile himself with theportion of the kings meat. Where did he learn that? In the book. It waslost in the hosue of the Lord.Prin: That's like a church that has a big black Bible on a pedistalcovered in dust. But, we have found the book...and we read it. REvivalcomes from the word. The HS speaks to our hearts. There issomething moving in our hearts in faith. WE have problems, but wehave faith...We are not perfect, but have faith.Daniel (God is my judge), he had a friend, Hananiah, another Hebrew(Yahweh is gracious); Mishael and Azariah (Yahweh is my helper).Daniel - became Belshazzar, a hethan god. To change his identity. Hewas a jew in revival. He was ripped away from mom and dad, as agood looking talented guy, in the midst of revival, and given a heathenname. But, your name is not necessarily your identity...We considerwhat we have here. When we find the Word of God. When we find theBible, it opens up to us. We have a life not from Nebachadnezzar. Youmay call me the keeper of the treasury of Baal, but I know who I am,Daniel would say. God is my judge.Neba called Hananiah, Shadrak, the moon God. Mishael was calledMishak, the goddess of shak...He had a cunning strategy. He tried toget them to forget their godly heritage.We put high regard upon our kids. We teach them the way they shouldgo. The world is eager to slap a label on them...vs 8, Daniel purposed in his heart that he would not defile himself withthe gourmet meals of the king nor the wine he drank...My identity. I read this story the oppos. of Moses. When Moses was inEgypt as a boy, he went right into pharoh's house and learned the wayof the Egyptians. Then, at 40, he said, No! I'm a jew, not an Egyptian.I think of diff. stages in our lives, this happens. This is the work of grace. WE live one way, and then say, I want God.We learned this way, but now we believe another way. WE have  archived services at ggwo.org/gml decided in our heart. Daniel did this as a young man.in vs 17 - these 4 children, God gave them know. and skill...inwisdom...and Daniel und. visions and dreams.vs 19 - the king communed with them. Not one was like Daniel. Youdon't know what God will do, when you honor God. Thank God for ourteachers. In our school and church, we are one. The vision of ourchurch is the same for our school. Our kids are growing up in anatmosphere of wisdom...our kids get education with absolutes as theirfoundation. THey benefit from it...there is an advantage...often itsdetected and seen and recognized. This is the highest form of education, rooted in Spiritual revival.One thing the devil hides, is the book. He doesn't want us to know it.Back in Isreal, as a boy, was he 14? He was taken away. He made thedecision, and God gave him wisdom and und'g more than anyone in allmatters...vs 19,20 - these 4 boys were 10 times better than all the magiciansand astrologers of the king. The world meas's intelligence, but who canmeas. wisdom? Who can meas. what God has given to us? Who canmeas...we put it in its right place.You can't build your life around your kids, education, or self. You mustbuild you life on words from God. How do we know what will happen?That Gods' hand will be on a young person?How about in Matthew...the disciples were hindering the children fromcoming. What were they coming for? They were coming to Jesus.Jesus put them in his lap and blessed them. The blessing of God. Iknow, often in our families, we want our kids to have a rightperspective. Many get an education but their life doesn't go very far.Education can't bring your life to an end, as God's hand does. Weteach young people...that we also say, No! That's what Daniel did.Nope! I can't eat this food. I heard back home, we can't eat this food.I'm not going to do it. Yea...but the king. You could become great. I'mnot here to be great. I'm here to honor God.Don't you see the strategy? If you honor the king, you could be greatin the world...I'm not part of anything that dishonors God and thescripture. I can't manage my life. Who can manage our own footsteps?not to mention the destiny of our kids. Bring then in the way of God.Teach them to say no and yes to God.  archived services at ggwo.org/gml Lets bring a missionary into our house. There is no greater education.Tell us about India...China...tell us about faith, prayer, and the Bible.WE are in a church where we have these amazing stories close to usbec. of people that honor the Word. We come back bringing oursheaves with us.Missions is the best kept secret in the world. You will see the hand of God. Let the little ones come to me. I will instruct them in the waythey should go. That's what we are doing here. That's our mission as achurch. Near by and far away...let us care for them, teach them, whenthey fail, forgive them...Christ will never fail. When we find that love,and they find it,Lastly, Joseph was with his brothers. He wanted to show himself tothem. Jesus showed himself to the jews, or young people. He put allthe Egyptians out.Prin: We must get out all the Egyptians out of the room to see Christ.WE can't live in sin and find JC in reality. You may say prayers, but doyou know him? Joseph then said, I am Joseph. They knew hiim.What happens when a young person finds Him? THey grow and learn.In this book of Daniel, you see him rising to the crisis and steppingback. God was with him.Its a beautiful story tonight. Parents, we are in a battle. Lets see Godwith His word of God revival affect young peope. Generation afterGen...we'll see the goodness of God.Then, we will see young people and say, is your name Daniel orBelshazzar? A rose by any other name is still a rose. I'm Daniel. Callme whatever. I've got something in me. God is with me. When I honorGod, then you will find out God is with me. Amen!
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