Daniel 7:11-28

Daniel 7:11-28

Daniel 7:14Vintage message from January 18, 1998.
(There is some interference during the first minute of the message.)

I don’t care where you’ve been in life, and I don’t care what you’ve done in life. I don’t care how bad you are. God can take control of your life. God can forgive whatever it is that you’ve done in your life, and God can make something good come from your life…

One of the problems that I see within the church today is saints do not have patient endurance [Revelation 13:10]. We think that God should hand everything to us on a silver platter. We think that because we know the Lord everything should go easy. Everything should be good. Everything should be paid for. We should have no struggles. We should have no hard times… You have to know, and you have to be prepared for the fact, that we as believers will see hard times. We will see persecution. We will see times of distress in our life. Just because we know Jesus does not mean that everything will go our way. But let me tell you: everything will go God’s way… No matter what is going on in our life, God is in control. God is still in authority. God has not lost control… We may have to, for a time, endure and be patient through the turmoil that will come to this world. But understand that God’s plan is laid out and, from heaven’s perspective…nations will rise, but God will take over. Bottom line: God will take over. God will have control. We get so caught up in the day to day grind; the day to day suffering; the day to day hardship. We sometimes forget that God is still in control. Yes, He allows us to be a little bit uncomfortable…

Do you know why the church is persecuted? Do you know why the saints are rejected? Why we can not be part of these kingdoms? Why, ultimately, we have to wait for the kingdom of God? Because we can not, in all good conscience, live by the philosophies that some of these nations bring to us. As hard as it is to understand, and as hard as it is for some people to comprehend and to receive, God does not want us believing every philosophy that’s out there. He doesn’t want us merging with every philosophy out there. He doesn’t want us walking hand in hand with the world… He doesn’t want to be part of all of the things going on in the world around us. He wants us to be separate. He wants us to be different. He wants us to be like Him…

I, too, have sinned, but I still don’t say that it’s right! Just because I did it, I don’t say that it’s right. It is sin against God, and I had to come to grips with that. The world has to come to grips with Who is God and what is His standard. We do not have to come to grips with the world and accept who they are and what they’re doing. I don’t know what you guys are into today. I don’t know what your lifestyles are. And you know what? It wouldn’t shock me or surprise me to hear any number of things that you could come up with and tell me today, and I would love you no matter what you told me, but you’ll still hear from my lips, if it’s sin, it is sin. Deal with it… I can not justify the lifestyle that I live if it’s sin. I can not say that it’s good [just] because I want to live it. And that’s a problem with the church today. Too many people want to live the lifestyles that are against God and then want the church to accept it because they don’t want to change it. They go and twist their pastor’s arms and they go to church boards and they get in big fights and they cause a big stink and there’s this big separation in the church because someone wants their sin to be accepted. I’ll accept you no matter what, okay? But understand, I’m going to still tell you you’re a sinner if you’re a sinner.

Pastor Dave Elkins