by Donald Cantrell

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Disposing Dignitaries with Daniel (6 of 14)
Series: Daniel
Donald Cantrell
Daniel 4:1-37

I - The Dignitary Testifies (1 - 3)
II - The Dreamer Troubled (4 - 9)
III - The Dream Told (10 - 18)
IV - The Details Translated (19 - 27)
V - The Dreadful Tumble (28 - 33)
VI - The Distinguished Testimony (34 - 37)

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Theme: ''Nebuchadnezzar takes a plummet due to his pride''


This chapter is the swan song for King Nebuchadnezzar and his mighty empire. The king had previously burst onto the biblical scene with fame and fury, then he experiences futility and failure, but God graciously allowed the king to faith and freedom.

In the final chapter of his story, the king is filled with pride but God favors him with a plummet. This deadly poison called pride has been the demise of many might men and nations. Nebuchadnezzar was not immune to its deadly effects. Let us take one last look at this mighty man that had the greatest empire man could built.

Golf immortal Arnold Palmer recalls a lesson about overconfidence:

It was the final hole of the 1961 Masters tournament, and I had a one-stroke lead and had just hit a very satisfying tee shot. I felt I was in pretty good shape. As I approached my ball, I saw an old friend standing at the edge of the gallery. He motioned me over, stuck out his hand and said, Congratulations.'' I took his hand and shook it, but as soon as I did, I knew I had lost my focus. On my next two shots, I hit the ball into a sand trap, and then put it over the edge of the green. I missed a putt and lost the Masters. You don't forget a mistake like that; you just learn from it and become determined that you will never do that again. I haven't in the 30 years since.
Carol Mann, The 19th Hold, Longmeadow

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