October 25, 2020 PM
Dr. Michael Catt
#1992 (#5 in series)
RELENTLESS: Heaven Rules
Throughout history, God steps into this world in dramatic ways to remind us that He rules. He did so in the flood, the confusion of tongues at the Tower of Babel, the destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah, and Israel’s Exodus from Egypt. Ultimately, He revealed Himself in His Son who was crucified and rose from the grave. The curse of humanity is pride. It is the attitude that keeps us from surrender and salvation. God hates pride. In Daniel Chapter 4, God strips away all the king’s pride.
Daniel 4 is a strategic chapter if we believe that God has put us here to impact our culture, share the gospel, and invite people to new life in Christ.
I. THE DECLARATION (4:1-3, 34-37)
• God’s kingdom is __.
• God’s kingdom is not limited __.
• He reigns from __.
• He is __ in his ways with man - and his purposes.
• His __ is consistent.
• His __ are consistent.
“God did something with this proclamation that the emperor could not have imagined. He picked it up and incorporated it into His own deathless Word, which can never pass away.” – John Phillips
II. THE DECLARATION OF GOD’S GREATNESS (4:4-33)
“Men want to come to Christ for the relief He offers, but decide not to on account of the fact that they cannot have the benefits without having the responsibilities.” – C. S. Lewis
“We talk of wild animals, but man is the only wild animal. It is man that has broken out. . . . Man is wild because he alone, on this speck of rock called earth, stands up to God, shakes his fists, and says, ‘I do what I want to do because I want to do it. And God had better leave me alone.’” – G. K. Chesterton
III. THE DECLARATION OF GOD’S GRACE
What can restore a person’s life?
• The __ of God
• The acknowledgment that __
• The __ of self
“Today the vast stress is laid on the thought that God is personal, but this truth is so stated as to leave the impression that God is a person of the same sort as we are – weak, inadequate, ineffective, a little pathetic. But this is not the God of the Bible! Our personal life is a finite thing: it is limited in every direction, in space, in time, in knowledge, in power. But God is not so limited. He is the eternal, infinite, and almighty. He has us in His hands, but we never have Him in ours. Like us, He is personal, but unlike us, He is great. In all its constant stress on the reality of God’s personal concern for Him people, and on the gentleness, tenderness, sympathy, patience, and yearning compassion that He shows towards them, the Bible never lets us lose sight of His majesty, and His unlimited dominion over all His creatures.” – J. I. Packer, Knowing God