This Sunday, March 26th, 2017, Pastor Cody White unpacked an amazing message to continue our series Over the Top Faith here at The Bridge Church in Denton, Texas.
Over the Top Faith:
“Then the high officials and the satraps sought to find a ground for complaint against Daniel with regard to the kingdom, but they could find no ground for complaint or any fault, because he was faithful, and no error or fault was found in him. Then these men said, “We shall not find any ground for complaint against this Daniel unless we find it in connection with the law of his God. Then these high officials and satraps came by agreement[a] to the king and said to him, “O King Darius, live forever! All the high officials of the kingdom, the prefects and the satraps, the counselors and the governors are agreed that the king should establish an ordinance and enforce an injunction, that whoever makes petition to any god or man for thirty days, except to you, O king, shall be cast into the den of lions. Now, O king, establish the injunction and sign the document, so that it cannot be changed, according to the law of the Medes and the Persians, which cannot be revoked.” Therefore King Darius signed the document and injunction. When Daniel knew that the document had been signed, he went to his house where he had windows in his upper chamber open toward Jerusalem. He got down on his knees three times a day and prayed and gave thanks before his God, as he had done previously. Then these men came by agreement and found Daniel making petition and plea before his God. Then they came near and said before the king, concerning the injunction, “O king! Did you not sign an injunction, that anyone who makes petition to any god or man within thirty days except to you, O king, shall be cast into the den of lions?” The king answered and said, “The thing stands fast, according to the law of the Medes and Persians, which cannot be revoked.” (Daniel 6:4-12, ESV)
You may wonder sometimes, “Why is it so hard to tell people about Jesus?”
As a Christian, no matter what you do in life, you should always do it with a spirit of excellence. You have to learn to share your faith with others.
Not only was Daniel aware of the law that was made about praising another God, he immediately went to his room, opened the window, and began to pray to the one true God. God has called us to keep the window open. Don’t let culture tame you and keep you from doing what God has called you to do.
You may be struggling with boldness, but what you need to know is that by reading and speaking out God’s word, you are given boldness in Him. We can be bold because we have Christ in us.
“When they were released, they went to their friends and reported what the chief priests and the elders had said to them. And when they heard it, they lifted their voices together to God and said, “Sovereign Lord, who made the heaven and the earth and the sea and everything in them, who through the mouth of our father David, your servant, said by the Holy Spirit,
“‘Why did the Gentiles rage,
and the peoples plot in vain?
The kings of the earth set themselves,
and the rulers were gathered together,
against the Lord and against his Anointed’
for truly in this city there were gathered together against your holy servant Jesus, whom you anointed, both Herod and Pontius Pilate, along with the Gentiles and the peoples of Israel, to do whatever your hand and your plan had predestined to take place. And now, Lord, look upon their threats and grant to your servants to continue to speak your word with all boldness, while you stretch out your hand to heal, and signs and wonders are performed through the name of your holy servant Jesus.” And when they had prayed, the place in which they were gathered together was shaken, and they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and continued to speak the word of God with boldness.” (Acts 4:23-31)
Your friends matter, and your solution to receiving boldness is to simply pray for boldness. Ask your friends to pray for you. When you continue to speak out the Word of God, you will receive that boldness to share the gospel with everyone.
We are called as christians to love God and love people. Step out and choose to be bold in your faith.
Watch the full message here:
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