How To Avoid Personal Pollution by Nelson Price

Sunday Evening 8/28/94


HOW TO AVOID PERSONAL POLLUTION
DANIEL 1: 1 - 8
(PAGE 1297 COME ALIVE BIBLE)

JESUS CHRIST said, "Come out from among them and be
separated..."
God has always looked for His separated band that He might use
and bless. In the Old Testament is a classic example of some
youth who qualified without qualification.
Nebuchadnezzar, king of Babylon, had conquered Jerusalem and
carried a number of the most choice youth back to Babylon. Note
these characteristics:
AGE: "young" (Vs. 4a)
APPEARANCE: "in whom there was no blemish, but good-looking"
ACUMEN: 1) "gifted in all wisdom"
2) "possessing knowledge"
3) "quick to understand"
AMENITIES: "who had the ability to serve in the king's palace"
Daniel had taken a vow regarding his diet and total abstinence
from drugs. The drug in question was alcohol. The king's
instruction was a command that would have violated Daniel's
convictions.
Here was an appeal to popularity, prestige, prominence, and
power. In this story we can see ---


I.TEMPTATIONS PHILOSOPHICAL PULL
A.Youth. What a fantastic time of life! Ambition is high and
experience is low, BUT often that ambition drives one to
excessive experiences.
This has left many youth as frustrated as a bird looking for a
worm in astroturf.
As mixed up as a termite in a yo-yo.
As anxious as a sheep that is allergic to wool.
So nervous they could thread a sewing machine that is running.
B.Captivity. The greatest slavery the world has ever known is
the slavery of a modern American teenager to th ...


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