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The Courage to Persevere like Daniel (2 of 7)
INTRO: The biggest challenge for most people is not the knowledge of right and wrong but the courage to do what is right! It is not easy doing what is right, especially when other people pressure us to do what is wrong - but the sweet reward of doing what is right can have powerful effects in our own life and in the lives of others.
ILLUS: PETER CARTWRIGHT WAS A 19TH CENTURY CIRCUIT RIDING METHODIST PREACHER, HE WAS KNOWN AS A MAN WHO NEVER COMPROMISED WITH WHAT WAS RIGHT. ONE SUNDAY MORNING WHEN HE WAS TO PREACH HE WAS TOLD THAT PRESIDENT ANDREW JACKSON WAS IN THE CONGREGATION, SO HE WAS WARNED NOT TO SAY ANYTHING OUT OF LINE. WHEN CARTWRIGHT STOOD TO PREACH HE SAID, "I UNDERSTAND THAT ANDREW JACKSON IS HERE. I HAVE BEEN REQUESTED TO BE GUARDED IN MY REMARKS. ANDREW JACKSON WILL GO TO HELL IF HE DOESN'T REPENT!" THE CONGREGATION WAS SHOCKED AND WONDERED HOW THE PRESIDENT WOULD RESPOND. AFTER THE SERVICE PRESIDENT JACKSON SHOOK HANDS WITH PETER CARTWRIGHT AND SAID, "SIR, IF I HAD A REGIMENT OF MEN LIKE YOU I COULD WHIP THE WORLD." PETER CARTWRIGHT HAD THE COURAGE TO DO WHAT WAS RIGHT! - SOURCE UNKNOWN
The old virtue of perseverance to do what is right is a needed quality in the Christian life today, there is much pressure to give in to the world's standards to do what is wrong, we need the courage to persevere in doing what is right.
PROP. SENT: The Bible teaches us to persevere in doing right no matter the pressures that come against us! The rewards for those who do are many, God's name is honored and many times we are also!
I. PRIVATE AND PUBLIC REVELATIONS 6:1-10
A. Character 6:1-5, 10
1. A new king had arisen on the throne, Darius the Mede; this was now the 3rd king Daniel had served under.
2. Daniel was quite old at this point, perhaps as old as 80 or even 90 something!
a. He had served the first king around the age of 15 or so.
b. As an ol ...
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