Live Courageously Daniel 6:1-23 The world isn't always content to leave Christians alone. If they can't persuade us to join them in what they're doing, they will try to keep us from practicing our faith.Why would this matter to the world? Our actions shine the light of Christ and expose their darkness. When Daniel faced a similar experience, he wasn't intimidated Knowing the
consequences of doing so, he continued to worship God and pray.
Corrupt government officials oppose and persecute the prophet Daniel. As a result, he is thrown into the lions' den. Daniel in the Lions' Den, is one of the most well-known stories in all the Bible. Although Daniel was at least 80 years old at the time of this event, he continued to serve faithfully during the reigns of Darius, who ruled over Babylon, and Cyrus, who ruled over the empire .If we truly trust the LORD, He will deliver us through the trials of life. No matter what opposition or persecution we may face, the LORD will give us the strength to overcome—all because we trust Him. The LORD's power will carry us through any and all trials.
It is a blockade, a barricade, an obstruction, an obstacle, a hurdle, a difficulty. This is what the children of Israel faced in Joshua 6.
Heb. 11:30 - By Faith the walls of Jericho fell, after they had been encircled for 7 days.
Historical background and setting.
I. When in Life Things Seem Impossible - (Josh. 6:1-5)
II. When God's Plans are Followed - (Josh. 6:6-21)
III. Because God Loves People & Keeps His Promises - (Josh. 6:22-25)
IV. Barriers are Permanently Removed When We Trust God - (Josh. 6:26)
What walls/barriers are in front of you?
Are things in your life at a standstill?
I. Security of forgiveness for the paralyzed. verses 1-4, Romans 3:24-26, I John 1:8-10, Hebrews 8:10-12.
II. Sight for the blind. verses 4-7, John 8:12, Mark 2:2-5 and Matthew 5:3.
III. Sovereign strength to endure through obstacles. verses 1-2, Mark 2:2-5, Luke 5:17-20, I Corinthians 10:13, Colossians 1:11 and James 1:2-4.
The Psalms are hardly ever characterized merely by abstract doctrinal truth but are most often saturated with human emotion and experience. They often intimately describe the struggle of the Psalmist's soul, baring his heart to God, the reader, and even to himself. As such, Psalms have proven to be a great source of encouragement for God's people. As you read Psalm 42, you will scarcely find a better description of a depressed individual. Psalm 42 describes a soul that is in an unhappy condition – what Martyn Lloyd-Jones refers to as "spiritual depression."
A depressed Christian may seem like a contradiction of terms, as the fruit of the indwelling Holy Spirit is joy, which intuitively ought to overthrow depression. But a spiritually depressed Christian is real. While depression does not disqualify one from being a true Christian, depressed Christians are, however, missing out on a great deal and are very poor examples of the efficacy of the Gospel in the human life. Psalm 42 contains the remedy to begin to combat spiritual depression in verse 5 (repeated in verse 11). It begins by preaching to oneself: what business is it of yours to be downcast? Instead of being depressed, hope in God! Do you not remember who He is, what He has done, and what He promises to do for you? Is He not my Helper and Rock of my salvation? Why so downcast, O my soul, put your hope in God!
Psalm 17 teaches us how to pray during times of difficulty, sorrow, and depression, and it shows us the way out of such things through the gospel of Jesus Christ and the hope of the resurrection in righteousness.
This is a message for those who seem to be left "in the dark" by the Lord, an encouragement to people who are tempted to be cynical and jaded toward the Lord. Hear the prophetic voice pleading with you to trust God even in the dark. None who wait for Him will be put to shame!
The life of Noah is the study of a hero of the faith (Hebrews 11). He was faithful in the face of a seemingly impossible task, that of being a preacher of righteousness to an evil, unrepentant generation, and building a massive ark. How did Noah stay motivated? His motivation was the same motivation that we need today in our Christian walk.
We triple-employ this Psalm for each sufferer: David, Christ, and the Christian.
The suffering king was accused, agonized, and prayed. (v.1-5)
The suffering king spoke curses on God's enemy. (v.6-20)
The suffering king put the whole matter into the hands of God. (v.21-31)
Applying: The relationship of love, anger and the cross
Where was the fulfillment of verse 25 in NT? Mt. 27:39
What does God say to do with anger? Rom. 12:19, Gal. 1:8-9
What caution are we given regarding our own anger? Eph. 4:26
We have been considering the refuge offered to us by God, it is a sure and certain promise, and offer that cannot be outdone… but it is also an offer that is not yet manifest to us. It is an offer of hope. This hope matters and it is important that we understand its nature and purpose so that we might gain the comfort that it promises in all of our difficulties. It is this hope that makes the refuge a sweet haven of rest in times of trial, it is this hope that secures our days when nothing makes sense. When we fly to the refuge of Christ, it is hope that we cling to, and hope that sustains us through all our days.