Tony Evans’ Powerful Sermon on Surviving in a Declining Culture.

This article was written from a YouTube video sent to me today by Greg, a Saturday outreach worker for the gospel. The link to the video is below but I thought I’d include some of my own notes as it was very inspiring.

In the Holy Scriptures (see the Book of Daniel), Daniel drew a mental line in the sand when in the pagan, Babylonian culture, essentially saying: don’t mess with my faith because it’s not for sale.

Interestingly, God did not intervene until Daniel made a decision to honor Him (see verse 9 of Daniel 1). We often want things the other way around, for God to act and then we will decide. Everyone wants favor but few will step out in faith before God acts. If He doesn’t see a line, He doesn’t know if He can trust you with favor.

Daniel said he would appreciate it if the Babylonians did not ask him to give up his faith. He wasn’t being mean about it, just respectful and honest. He would not compromise his commitment to the Lord to not eat unclean meat offered to idols (as per God’s commandments in Deuteronomy and Leviticus).

Once Daniel stepped out in faith, God made him have an idea about how to test things (eating the King’s meat or not) with the prince of the eunuchs. God decides who gets promoted and how, even in a secular, godless culture.

Draw a line in the sand and God will help you to win.

Daniel made a decision based on scripture because he was tethered to the truth. God didn’t keep Daniel’s three friends from the fire, He joined them in the fire.

Daniel left his windows open when praying so he wasn’t afraid of being observed doing the forbidden (praying). He was not going to be a secret agent Christian! Nor was he going to be an apologetic Christian.

It should be clear that you represent Jesus Christ in the marketplace. And I’m not talking about going to church or believing in God but about a public commitment to Jesus Christ.

There is no favor if you do not draw a line in the sand.

Finally, Greg gave a scriptural warning from Jeremiah 23, which ties in with the spiritual adultery that was running rampant in Babylon when Daniel and his three friends were captured:

32 Behold, I am against them that prophesy false dreams, saith the Lord, and do tell them, and cause my people to err by their lies, and by their lightness; yet I sent them not, nor commanded them: therefore they shall not profit this people at all, saith the Lord.

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