Pressure In The Marketplace by Larry Wynn

(outline) PRESSURE IN THE MARKETPLACE
DANIEL 3: 1-30
JULY 27, 1997 A.M
SERIES: SUCCESS IN THE MARKETPLACE
Larry Wynn

INTRODUCTION

A. ONE CANNOT TALK ABOUT LIFE IN THE
MARKETPLACE WITHOUT TALKING ABOUT
PRESSURE.

B. PRESSURE IS SOMETHING WE ALL MUST
FACE.

1. THERE ARE THE INTERNAL
PRESSURES.

2. THERE ARE EXTERNAL ONES
CAUSED BY THE EXERTION OF A
SECULAR SOCIETY WHOSE VALUES
ARE SO DIFFERENT FROM THOSE OF
A BELIEVER IN CHRIST.

C. THE BIBLE IS FILLED WITH PEOPLE WHO
FACED TREMENDOUS PRESSURE IN THEIR
LIVES.

1. CAN BE THE PRESSURE OF A
JOSEPH TO GIVE IN TO SEXUAL
TEMPTATION.


2. THE PRESSURE OF A JOSHUA AND A
CALEB TO CAVE INTO THE CROWD,
EVEN WHEN THEY KNOW THE
CROWD IS WRONG.

3. THE PRESSURE OF THREE YOUNG
HEBREW MEN NAMED SHADRACH,
MESHAK, AND ABEDNIGO TO
WORSHIP A FALSE AND POWERLESS
gOD.

D. IT DOESN’T TAKE ONE LONG TO LEARN
THE PRESSURES OF YESTERDAY ARE NOT
MUCH DIFFERENT THAN THE ONES WE
FACE TODAY.

E. TODAY, I WANT US TO FOCUS ATTENTION
ON THE THREE YOUNG HEBREW MEN
WHOSE STORY IS TOLD IN DANIEL 3.

F. THERE ARE SEVERAL THINGS WE WILL
LEARN FROM THEIR EXPERIENCE.

1. GOD’S PEOPLE ARE CONSTANTLY
FACED WITH PRESSURE.

2. THE CLOSER YOU LIVE TO GOD THE
GREATER THE HEAT.


ILL. “ANY MAN WHO TAKES JESUS
CHRIST SERIOUSLY BECOMES A
TARGET. MOST CHURCH MEMBERS
ARE NOT GIVING THE DEVIL ENOUGH
TROUBLE TO AROUSE HIS
OPPOSITION.

3. PRESSURE CAN BE INTENSELY
PAINFUL.

4. PRESSURE FORCES US TO DECLARE
THE LEVEL OF OUR COMMITMENT.

5. PRESSURE CAN HAVE POSITIVE
RESULTS.

I. THE PRESSURE TO BOW. (VS. 1-12)

A. ONE MUST CONTEND WITH POWER. VS. 1-
3.

1. THERE IS THE ATTEMPT TO GLORIFY
MAN.

a. NEBUCHADNEZZAR HAD THEM
BUILD AN IMAGE OF HIS FACE
90'X9'. THE WORD IN DANIEL
FOR “IMAGE” IS “ATTITUDE”.


b. THIS IS AN ANCIENT VERSION
OF SECULAR HUMANISM. TO
SAY THAT MAN CAN SOLVE ALL
HIS PROBLEMS. THE IMAGE
HAD THE NU ...


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