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See No One Higher Than God

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No one is higher than GOD!

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See No One Higher Than God

  1. 1. SEE NO ONE HIGHER THAN GOD
  2. 2. <ul><li>What major accomplishment(s) in life have you achieved that you can be truly proud of? </li></ul>
  3. 3. … who by faith conquered kingdoms, performed acts of righteousness, obtained promises, shut the mouth of lions… quenched the power of fire … Hebrews 11:33-34a
  4. 17. <ul><li>THREE BRAVE MEN </li></ul><ul><li>( Daniel 3:1-18 ) </li></ul>
  5. 18. <ul><li>Many years passed. King Nebuchadnezzar soon forgot what he said about Daniel’s God being the only one. </li></ul>
  6. 19. <ul><li>Instead he built a giant statue of gold. He called this his god. </li></ul>
  7. 20. <ul><li>He sent out an order, “ Whenever the royal music is played, everyone must fall to the ground and pray to the statue … </li></ul>
  8. 21. <ul><li>… Anyone who doesn’t, will be thrown into a blazing furnace to die. ” </li></ul>
  9. 22. <ul><li>Before long the king’s men noticed that the three best friends of Daniel were not praying to the golden statue. </li></ul>
  10. 23. <ul><li>If they had, they would have broken God’s law. The law said, “ I am the Lord your God. I will be your only God. Do not make statues and worship them .” </li></ul>
  11. 24. <ul><li>When Nebuchadnezzar heard this, he sent for Daniel’s friends. He called them by their Babylonian names. </li></ul>
  12. 25. <ul><li>“ Shadrach, Meshach and Abed-Nego, is it true you will not worship my statue ?” </li></ul>
  13. 26. <ul><li>The three men stood firm. “ We can never worship your god. Even if we are thrown into the blazing furnace, our God is able to save us from it. ” </li></ul>
  14. 27. <ul><li>THE BLAZING FURNACE </li></ul><ul><li>( Daniel 3:19-30) </li></ul>
  15. 28. <ul><li>Nebuchadnezzar burned with anger. He ordered his soldiers to tie up the three men. “ Take them away! And see that the fire is seven times hotter than usual!” </li></ul>
  16. 29. <ul><li>The soldiers threw Daniel’s friends into the furnace. </li></ul>
  17. 30. <ul><li>When they did, though, it was so very hot, the soldiers were the ones who died! </li></ul>
  18. 31. <ul><li>Then the king saw something which was even more amazing. </li></ul>
  19. 32. <ul><li>The three men were no longer tied up! They could walk between the flames. They did not suffer at all. </li></ul>
  20. 33. <ul><li>But even more astounding, a fourth man was with them. He shone brighter than the fire itself. </li></ul>
  21. 34. <ul><li>Could this have been Jesus Himself, sent by His Father to comfort the three men? </li></ul>
  22. 35. <ul><li>The king ordered the men to come out. When they walked out of the fire, the fourth man had disappeared. Daniel’s friends were safe! </li></ul>
  23. 36. <ul><li>The king shook his head. “ Incredible! Surely your God is the greatest. He protects those who trust Him.” </li></ul>
  24. 37. <ul><li>Was it possible for the proud king to say the following words? </li></ul>
  25. 38. <ul><li>“ Blessed be the God of Shadrach, Meshach and Abed-Nego, who has sent His angel and delivered His servants … </li></ul>
  26. 39. <ul><li>… who put their trust in Him, violating the king’s command, and yielded up their bodies so as not to serve or worship any god except their God … </li></ul>
  27. 40. <ul><li>… Therefore I make a decree that any people, nation or tongue that speaks anything offensive against the God of Shadrach , … </li></ul>
  28. 41. <ul><li>… Meshach and Abed-Nego shall be torn limb from limb and their houses reduced to a rubbish heap , … </li></ul>
  29. 42. <ul><li>… inasmuch as there is no other god who is able to deliver in this way!” </li></ul><ul><li>(Daniel 3:28-29) </li></ul>
  30. 43. <ul><li>Furthermore, Nebuchadnezzar made the three Jews prosperous. </li></ul>
  31. 44. <ul><li>What made the three heroes ready to die that even if the Lord would not deliver them, they would not have served any idol? </li></ul>
  32. 45. <ul><li>Why were they confident to face the fiery rage and the fiery furnace? </li></ul>
  33. 46. <ul><li>The answer is that they saw God higher than anyone or anything. They saw the king as puny before God. </li></ul>
  34. 47. <ul><li>And their lives? Dispensable. Because the honor of God is more important than life. </li></ul>
  35. 48. <ul><li>And perhaps, like all true believers, they believed it is God who rewards and punishes after death. </li></ul>
  36. 49. <ul><li>That is faith! </li></ul>
  37. 50. <ul><li>Attitude of true humility: </li></ul><ul><li>1) Deals with who is the final authority in life </li></ul>
  38. 51. <ul><li>Pride resists the reality of God’s right to unconditionally call the shots in life. </li></ul>
  39. 52. <ul><li>A humble heart is an obedient heart. It recognizes God’s right to rule. </li></ul>
  40. 53. <ul><li>Attitude of true humility: </li></ul><ul><li>2) Is the recognition that I am what I am, not by my own scheming, skill, and intellect, but solely by the goodness and grace of God. </li></ul>
  41. 54. <ul><li>A proud heart wants to make the credit of our achievements. </li></ul>
  42. 55. <ul><li>But God’s Word teaches us that position, wealth, health, goods, and abilities are ultimately gifts from God. </li></ul>
  43. 56. <ul><li>Humility gives credit where credit is due. </li></ul>
  44. 57. <ul><li>How did/would you show others that there is no one higher than God? </li></ul>
  45. 58. <ul><li>Father, there is no one higher than You. Give me boldness to proclaim this even in the face of those who think they are the greatest… </li></ul>

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