Daniel 11:23-35

Daniel 11:23-35

Daniel 11:33Vintage message from March 22, 1998.

“Those who are wise will instruct many.” The only wise are those who walk in the power and the knowledge of Jesus Christ, who live in a loving covenant with God…

Why on earth would God allow for those who are in a covenant with Him, those who are in love relationship with Him, to fall by the sword or to be burned or captured or plundered? Why would God do that? Have you ever found yourself asking these questions? Why does God allow His church to suffer? Why does God allow those who love Him to suffer? To be taken advantage of? …Well, see, the biggest part of the problem is we see things from the perspective of our own little lives. The significance of what I have to do tomorrow, what I’m going to do tomorrow, where I’m going to go tomorrow, how I’m going to live tomorrow. It’s all me, all from my own little world…

God has loved every vile and hateful and hurtful person that has ever lived on the face of the earth. God has loved them. And God has desired to have a relationship with them. And you know what? From time to time, God has even won some of those types of men over. Throughout history, men who have despised God, who have gone out of their way to hurt God, have come to know His love and His forgiveness because God has allowed some of those who love Him to suffer under their hands. God will accomplish His work on this world. And you know what? God is not afraid to inconvenience me… Believers in God throughout history have laid their lives on the line…to show…how much He loves them… It’s worth it to give up everything to make sure that that one person knows God loves you. And those of us who are wise, know that, and we can only be wise when we have the power of the Holy Spirit living in us…

All you have to know is God loves you. Jesus died for you. His Holy Spirit will indwell you and help you through. And when God puts a wicked and evil government over us, it’s for a purpose and we can submit to the will of God and honor those men that He’s put over us. Not rail against them, not condemn them to hell, because none of that is our responsibility. Our responsibility is simply and only live to prove the love of Jesus Christ; to never forsake the holy covenant. Understand that there is an appointed end. God is in control. God knows. God will finish it. He will finish it. He will finish me as well. My life is under His control as well. And the outcome of my life is determined by how I live for Him today.

Pastor Dave Elkins