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COUNTER CULTURE Part 1: DANIEL’S SECRET TO KEEPING YOUR IDENTITY
May 23, 2021

COUNTER CULTURE Part 1: DANIEL’S SECRET TO KEEPING YOUR IDENTITY

May 23, 2021

How can we live strong in our faith in a culture of compromise?

Daniel 1:1

In the third year of the reign of Jehoiakim king of Judah, Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon came to Jerusalem and besieged it. 

Daniel 1:3-4 

Then the king ordered Ashpenaz, chief of his court officials, to bring into the king’s service some of the Israelites from the royal family and the nobility— young men without any physical defect, handsome, showing aptitude for every kind of learning, well informed, quick to understand, and qualified to serve in the king’s palace. He was to teach them the language and literature of the Babylonians. 

Daniel 1:5

The king assigned them a daily amount of food and wine from the king’s table. They were to be trained for three years, and after that they were to enter the king’s service.

Daniel 1:6

Among those who were chosen were some from Judah: Daniel, Hananiah, Mishael and Azariah.

How do we live strong in our faith in a culture of compromise? (timestamp 11:36)

Daniel 1:7 

The chief official gave them new names:

Daniel 1:7

The chief official gave them new names: 

to Daniel, the name Belteshazzar; 

to Hananiah, Shadrach; 

to Mishael, Meshach; 

and to Azariah, Abednego.

  1. DANIEL: God is my Judge….

  2. BELTESHAZZAR: Lady, protect the King

  1. HANANIAH: Yahweh has been gracious…

  2. SHADRACH: I am fearful of god

  1. MISHAEL: Who is what God is?….

  2. MESHACH: I am despised and shameful before god

  1. AZARIAH: Yahweh has helped…

  2. ABEDNEGO: Servant of Nebo (Babylonian god)

Daniel 1:8 

But Daniel RESOLVED not to defile himself…

Daniel 1:12 

“Please test your servants for ten days”

Daniel 1:20 

In every matter of wisdom and understanding about which the king questioned them, he found them ten times better than all the magicians and enchanters in his whole kingdom.

Will I change the world or will the world change me?

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