Daniel 4:1-5

Daniel 4:1-5

Daniel 4:5Vintage message from November 9, 1997.

Do you realize you can justify anything you want to do. You can justify anything you want to say; any lifestyle you want to step into. If you try hard enough, you can justify it. And you can ignore God and deny God in the whole thing and justify it… We oftentimes turn and run away from the things that we’re afraid of. We turn back to the flesh. We step back into the flesh because we’re afraid of the adventure that God holds for us going forward. I find myself oftentimes turning back to the flesh because I’m afraid of the change of eternity. That’s too radical! Eternity is too radical…

Do you realize that sin is death? But yet, we put that gun of sin to our head and pull the trigger regularly… But how many of us here are actually willing to walk away from the things of the flesh that God calls sin? And each of us can think…of some things that we struggle with, and it’s not necessarily just the things we do outwardly but the things we do up here…

And understand that how we live our lives, the statements that we make, the times that we cower to sin and give in to sin become a major statement to the people who are watching us… One of the things that I’ve come to realize, actually several years ago, is that it’s not my responsibility to save people. It’s my responsibility to live my life before Christ the way He’s called me to live as a servant, as a submitted person to Him, and as I submit to Him, then He allows people around me to observe that and to watch that and then He begins to speak to their hearts and make changes in them…

I need to be prepared, not to defend myself, but to live my life in a way that when I’m brought before people, He then can speak through me. That’s a great challenge. That’s where each of us need to find ourselves: challenged to be at a place that at any time Jesus can call on us to speak through us… They need an example of a person who will truly trust God and even face eternity and the changes that eternity will bring. Even if we’re afraid now, understand, the Holy Spirit will help us to not be afraid when it comes time.

Pastor Dave Elkins