by Ronnie Floyd

The Stand
Ronnie Floyd
Daniel 3:1-30
May 15, 1994

INTRODUCTION: Hurricane Andrew had just ripped the South Florida coast. A TV news camera crew was in a neighborhood where only one house was standing. The man who owned the only house that was still standing was cleaning up his yard.

The reporter asked him, "Sir, why is your house the only one in the neighborhood still standing?" and "How did you manage to escape the severe damage of the hurricane?"

The man told them that he had built the house himself. He said, "I built this house according to Florida code. When the code called for 2 x 6 trusses, I used 2 x 6 trusses. I was told that a house built according to code could withstand a hurricane. I did it and it did. I suppose no one else around here followed the code."

Folks, your lives will be full of moral hurricanes. Moral hurricanes. Cultural hurricanes. Circumstantial hurricanes. Possibly, one day, you may experience a natural hurricane. Do you want to be still standing through the hurricanes of your life? Build your life according to God's code. A biblical code. Do not try to take shortcuts. Read the directions from the Bible. Oh yes, also follow them. If you do, you will be able to stand!

THE BIBLICAL SETTING: Nebuchadnezzar, the king of Babylon, built a 90 foot high and 9 foot wide statue of one of his gods or of himself. I believe it was of himself. He built it on the plain of Dura so that for miles everyone would be able to see it.

This statue was erected of Nebuchadnezzar in order to receive the worship of others. It was made of solid gold and he remembered in his dream that Babylon was the head of the statue and it was gold. Nebuchadnezzar decided that he was going to be the head of the head. Through getting his people to worship this statue he would better control them by demanding their allegiance to him.

Nebuchadnezzar's statue represents the deification of man, or the worship of man. Secular humanism today teaches that man ...

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