Thriving In Babylon (1 of 11) by Larry Osborne

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Thriving In Babylon (1 of 11)
Series: Fearless
Dr. Larry Osborne
Daniel 1

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'S STORY:
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.

Daniel's Dilemma:

- 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 ...


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