Vintage message from September 14, 1997.
How can you know that this stuff is true? Well, let me tell you, I know it’s true because I study, I read verses like this in Isaiah, and I see the fulfillment of the prophecy within Daniel, and that tells me that I can trust everything else. This is the foundation that we have to work off of: if God’s Word says it, we can believe it, and we can trust it… This is what the study of God’s Word is all about: is choosing what we’re going to believe, choosing why we’re going to believe it, choosing how we’re going to live our lives… This is what life is all about. This is what the study of God’s Word is to bring us to: a place of having a right heart and a right attitude toward God… Daniel was a man who came to the place of saying, “I will be committed to my God. I don’t care what happens to me. I will be committed to my God.” When was the last time you made that statement?… You know, I think sometimes we think that because we’re committed to the Lord that that means that our lives should somehow become more comfortable; that our lives somehow should become easier. But let me tell you what. History proves to us when you make a commitment to God, your life can become very miserable. Let me lay it out for you honestly, that when you make a commitment to the Lord Jesus, when you ask God the Father to rule over your life, to have control of your life, you are diametrically opposed to everything that you are living for in this world…When we ask Jesus into our life, this world is opposed to us.
Pastor Dave Elkins