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Thriving In Babylon (1 of 11)
Dr. Larry Osborne
It's no easy thing to live a godly life in the midst of an increasingly godless society. But it can be done. Daniel shows us how. He not only survived, he thrived - and changed an entire empire while he was at it.
Daniel 1:1-21/ Revelation 18:1-24
How Bad Was It?
- Babylon: The personification of evil!
- Nebuchadnezzar: Raided God's temple and put the holy things on display in a demonic temple.
- Culture: Astrology and the occult were the government sponsored religion AND core curriculum in the schools.
- Kidnapped - Castrated and his name changed to honor Satan.
- Forced to study the occult and serve an evil king.
DANIEL'S THREE BIG SECRETS
1. Optimism - He knew that. . .
Daniel 1:2/ Romans 13:1-2/ 1 Peter 4:17/ Romans 8:28, 35-39/ Matthew 16:18
- Even in Babylon, God is in control.
- Sometimes the short-term success of the wicked is God's will.
- Panic and despair are not from God.
2. Humility - He knew that. . .
Daniel 1:8-14/ Daniel 2:26-30/ Daniel 4:19/ Daniel 6:19-22/ 2 Timothy 2:24-26
- Everyone deserves respect - even God's enemies.
3. Wisdom - He knew that. . .
Daniel 1:4-8, 17-20/ Daniel 6:10/ Acts 4:18-20
- There's a big difference between what we don't like
and what God forbids.
TAKING IT HOME
Looking back at this week's teaching and study, what point or verse is most important for you to remember in order for you to continue to "thrive" in the midst of your own Babylon?
Prayer is an important part of the Christian life, which is why we desire for prayer to be a priority in Growth Groups. Good group prayer often takes effort, so here are some guidelines to help make your Growth Group prayer time more effective.
• WE PRAY FOR ONE TOPIC AT A TIME- Anyone in the group is free to introduce a prayer request either before prayer begins or during the prayer time. Once a topic is introduced, the group focuses on that request alone. Once it's covered, the group moves on to the next topic.
• EACH PERSON PRAYS MORE THAN ONCE- Because the group is focu ...
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