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Before Kings: Selected to serve (Daniel ch. 1)

2 Corinthians 2:15 (NLT) Our lives are a Christ-like fragrance rising up to God.

Selected to serve

Daniel 1:1-7 (NIV) 1 In the third year of the reign of Jehoiakim king of Judah, Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon came to Jerusalem and besieged it. 2 And the Lord delivered Jehoiakim king of Judah into his hand, along with some of the articles from the temple of God. These he carried off to the temple of his god in Babylonia and put in the treasure house of his god. 3 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—4 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. 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. 6 Among those who were chosen were some from Judah: Daniel, Hananiah, Mishael and Azariah. 7 The chief official gave them new names: to Daniel, the name Belteshazzar; to Hananiah, Shadrach; to Mishael, Meshach; and to Azariah, Abednego.
Daniel and his friends.

  • They were labeled, but they never lost their true identity.

They were selected to serve

Matthew 5:13–16 (NLT) 13 “You are the salt of the earth. But what good is salt if it has lost its flavor? Can you make it salty again? It will be thrown out and trampled underfoot as worthless. 14 “You are the light of the world—like a city on a hilltop that cannot be hidden. 15 No one lights a lamp and then puts it under a basket. Instead, a lamp is placed on a stand, where it gives light to everyone in the house. 16 In the same way, let your good deeds shine out for all to see, so that everyone will praise your heavenly Father.

Babylon represents our darkened world and its system. 
We can influence its kings and not be influenced by its systems.

1. Stand out. Don’t blend in
Daniel 1:8 (NIV) Daniel resolved not to defile himself with the royal food and wine.

Proverbs 22:29 -23:1-3 (NIV) 22:29 Do you see someone skilled in their work? They will serve before kings; they will not serve before officials of low rank. When you sit to dine with a ruler, note well what is before you, 2 and put a knife to your throat if you are given to gluttony. 3 Do not crave his delicacies, for that food is deceptive.

2. Stay Educated
Pay attention to language.
Pay attention to ideaologies. 

2 Corinthians 10:3–5 (NLT) 3 We are human, but we don’t wage war as humans do. 4 We use God’s mighty weapons, not worldly weapons, to knock down the strongholds of human reasoning and to destroy false arguments. 5 We destroy every proud obstacle that keeps people from knowing God. We capture their rebellious thoughts and teach them to obey Christ.

3. Watch your posture
If knowledge looks like arrogance, consider it foolishness.
If our purpose is serving, our posture is humility.

Daniel 1:8-9 (NIV) ….and he asked the chief official for permission not to defile himself this way. 9 Now God had caused the official to show favor and compassion to Daniel….

Honor with humility & grace.

Daniel 1:14 (NIV) So he agreed to this and tested them for ten days. 15 At the end of the ten days they looked healthier and better nourished than any of the young men who ate the royal food.

Before Kings: Significance(Esther)

2 Corinthians 2:15 (NLT) Our lives are a Christ-like fragrance rising up to God.

1. Honor preparation  
Esther 2:12 (NIV) 12 Before a young woman’s turn came to go in to King Xerxes, she had to complete twelve months of beauty treatments prescribed for the women, six months with oil of myrrh and six with perfumes and cosmetics.

Honoring preparation is honoring opportunity.

Esther 2:15 (NIV) Esther won the favor of everyone who saw her.

Kingdom economics: Faithful over littler=Ruler over much.

Esther 2:17 (NIV) Now the king was attracted to Esther more than to any of the other women, and she won his favor and approval more than any of the other virgins. So he set a royal crown on her head and made her queen instead of Vashti.

Esther 3:8–9 (NIV) 8 Then Haman said to King Xerxes, “There is a certain people dispersed among the peoples in all the provinces of your kingdom who keep themselves separate. Their customs are different from those of all other people, and they do not obey the king’s laws; it is not in the king’s best interest to tolerate them. 9 If it pleases the king, let a decree be issued to destroy them …” 

2. Honor Heritage & Values

In the book of Esther, 
God is not mentioned by name but represented by values.

He is present in his people!
2 Corinthians 5:20 (NLT) We are Christ’s ambassadors; God is making his appeal through us.
Ephesians 5:15–17 (NLT) 15 So be careful how you live. Don’t live like fools, but like those who are wise. 16 Make the most of every opportunity in these evil days. (NKJV- redeeming the time, because the days are evil.)17 Don’t act thoughtlessly, but understand what the Lord wants you to do.

3. Honor Advice
Alignment influences assignment. 
Proverbs 12:15 (NIV) The way of fools seems right to them, but the wise listen to advice.

Esther 4:14–16 (NIV) 14 For if you remain silent at this time, relief and deliverance for the Jews will arise from another place, but you and your father’s family will perish. And who knows but that you have come to your royal position for such a time as this?” 15 Then Esther sent this reply to Mordecai: 16 “Go, gather together all the Jews who are in Susa, and fast for me. Do not eat or drink for three days, night or day. I and my attendants will fast as you do. When this is done, I will go to the king, even though it is against the law. And if I perish, I perish.”

4. Honor significance
  • Honor- Treat it as weighty. 
Your significance is found in your segment of God's timeline.
  • “Doing what is right is risky.” 

Luke 22:42 (NIV) “Father, if you are willing, take this cup from me; yet not my will, but yours be done.” 

Before Kings: Favor's Fragrance(Joseph)

2 Corinthians 2:14–16 (NLT) 
14 But thank God! He has made us his captives and continues to lead us along in Christ's triumphal procession. Now he uses us to spread the knowledge of Christ everywhere, like a sweet perfume. 15 Our lives are a Christ-like fragrance rising up to God. But this fragrance is perceived differently by those who are being saved and by those who are perishing. 16 To those who are perishing, we are a dreadful smell of death and doom. But to those who are being saved, we are a life-giving perfume.

We carry the fragrance of another.

 Infusing the atmosphere
1 Corinthians 11:1 (NLT) You should imitate me, just as I imitate Christ. 
Culture is obsessed with artificial influence.
"Just because you are impressive doesn't mean you have influence."

When we speak of leadership, we are speaking of influence. 
The currency of leadership is respect and relationship.

Joesph  -Genesis 37-50 
  • It's one thing to have God's favor; it's another to walk in it. 

Favor's Fragrance.
Joseph is favored by his father.
Genesis 37:3–4 (NIV) 3 Now Israel loved Joseph more than any of his other sons, because he had been born to him in his old age; and he made an ornate robe for him. 4 When his brothers saw that their father loved him more than any of them, they hated him and could not speak a kind word to him.

1. Favor produces confidence. 
Honoring others requires confidence. 
We can only honors others when we feel like we don't need it for ourselves.

Genesis 37:11 (NIV) His brothers were jealous of him, but his father kept the matter in mind.

Joseph is sold into slavey.
Genesis 39:2–5 (NIV)2 The Lord was with Joseph so that he prospered, and he lived in the house of his Egyptian master. 3 When his master saw that the Lord was with him and that the Lord gave him success in everything he did, 4 Joseph found favor in his eyes and became his attendant. Potiphar put him in charge of his household, and he entrusted to his care everything he owned. 5 From the time he put him in charge of his household and of all that he owned, the Lord blessed the household of the Egyptian because of Joseph. The blessing of the Lord was on everything Potiphar had, both in the house and in the field.

2. Favor isn't (just)for you.
"When we carry God's favor, it is not just to bless but to bring increase the environment we are in."

Genesis 39:6-7 (NIV) Now Joseph was well-built and handsome, 7 and after a while his master's wife took notice of Joseph and said, "Come to bed with me!"

3. Favor is attractive
Favor will open doors you should not walkthrough.
Favor doesn't mean we won't face difficulties; sometimes it attracts them.

Joseph is thrown into slavey.
Genesis 39:20–23 (NIV) But while Joseph was there in the prison, 21 the Lord was with him; he showed him kindness and granted him favor in the eyes of the prison warden. 22 So the warden put Joseph in charge of all those held in the prison, and he was made responsible for all that was done there. 23 The warden paid no attention to anything under Joseph's care, because the Lord was with Joseph and gave him success in whatever he did.

Joseph promoted before Pharaoh
Genesis 41:41–43 (NIV) 41 So Pharaoh said to Joseph, "I hereby put you in charge of the whole land of Egypt." 42 Then Pharaoh took his signet ring from his finger and put it on Joseph's finger. He dressed him in robes of fine linen and put a gold chain around his neck. 43 He had him ride in a chariot as his second-in-command, and people shouted before him, "Make way!" Thus he put him in charge of the whole land of Egypt.

4. Favor grants us access to honor others.
Genesis 50:20 (NIV) You intended to harm me, but God intended it for good to accomplish what is now being done, the saving of many lives.

Points of honor:
1. Honor the Lord in labor.
Colossians 3:23 (NIV) Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters.

2. Honor the Lord in purity
1 Corinthians 6:18–20 (NIV)18 Flee from sexual immorality. All other sins a person commits are outside the body, but whoever sins sexually, sins against their own body. 19 Do you not know that your bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own; 20 you were bought at a price. Therefore honor God with your bodies.

Summer Slam: Wrestling With God

Genesis 32:22-31 (NIV) 22 That night Jacob got up and took his two wives, his two maidservants and his eleven sons and crossed the ford of the Jabbok. 23 After he had sent them across the stream, he sent over all his possessions. 24 So Jacob was left alone, and a man wrestled with him till daybreak. 25 When the man saw that he could not overpower him, he touched the socket of Jacob's hip so that his hip was wrenched as he wrestled with the man. 26 Then the man said, "Let me go, for it is daybreak." But Jacob replied, "I will not let you go unless you bless me." 27 The man asked him, "What is your name?" "Jacob," he answered. 28 Then the man said, "Your name will no longer be Jacob, but Israel, because you have struggled with God and with men and have overcome." 29 Jacob said, "Please tell me your name." But he replied, "Why do you ask my name?" Then he blessed him there. 30 So Jacob called the place Peniel, saying, "It is because I saw God face to face, and yet my life was spared." 31 The sun rose above him as he passed Peniel, and he was limping because of his hip. 

Why is Jesus in this moment?
- He showed up because
 Jacob was afraid
He showed up because Jacob was alone.
He showed up to Jacob needed to be altered. 

They were wrestling for the same thing!
"It's ok to wrestle with God if you are wrestling for the same thing."

"God won't change when we wrestle him. He changes us."

Change is painful.
Hosea 12:4 (NLT)….He wept and pleaded for a blessing from himself.

"Transformation doesn't happen in the striving but in the clinging."

The new life comes when.
1. When Jacob is
2. When 
Jacob asks.
3. When 
Jacob is genuine with who he is.
4. When
 Jacob was seeking to know God.

In our encounter, we experience.
1. A New Identity
2. A New Walk

2 Corinthians 5:17 (NLT) Anyone who belongs to Christ has become a new person. The old life is gone; a new life has begun!

John 3:2–7 (NLT) 2 After dark one evening, he came to speak with Jesus. "Rabbi," he said, "we all know that God has sent you to teach us. Your miraculous signs are evidence that God is with you." 3 Jesus replied, "I tell you the truth, unless you are born again, you cannot see the Kingdom of God." 4 "What do you mean?" exclaimed Nicodemus. "How can an old man go back into his mother's womb and be born again?" 5 Jesus replied, "I assure you, no one can enter the Kingdom of God without being born of water and the Spirit. 6 Humans can reproduce only human life, but the Holy Spirit gives birth to spiritual life. 7 So don't be surprised when I say, 'You must be born again.'

Summer Slam: Why We Worship

  • “I’d rather be having a good time in hell than be bored in heaven."
  • The assumption is that sin is exciting, and righteousness or holiness is boring.
  • Sin robs us of fulfillment.
  • Drinking saltwater; only makes you more thirsty and leads to death.
  • Sin makes life empty.
  • Righteousness in Jesus is true fulfillment; True beauty
  • Psalm 16:11- In Your presence is FULLNESS of joy; At Your right hand are pleasures FOREVERMORE.

  • In order to know WHY worship is important, we need to truly understand WHO GOD IS 

  • AKA: The Trinity: God is three-in-one. He is one single, undivided God who exists in three distinct persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit
  • Who is God the Spirit
    • Dwells within every believer of Christ: John 14:15-17 “If you love me, you will keep my commandments. And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Helper, to be with you forever, even the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it neither sees him nor knows him. You know him, for he dwells with you and will be in you.
    • Friend, comforter, Paraclete…
    • Source of our conviction: John 16:7-8 “Nevertheless, I tell you the truth: it is to your advantage that I go away, for if I do not go away, the Helper will not come to you. But if I go, I will send him to you. And when he comes, he will convict the world concerning sin and righteousness and judgment
  • Who is God the Son
    • Pre-birth of Christ, He was the Son of God
    • The Angel of the Lord
    • Exodus 3:2-4: There the angel of the Lord appeared to him in flames of fire from within a bush. Moses saw that though the bush was on fire it did not burn up. So Moses thought, “I will go over and see this strange sight—why the bush does not burn up.” When the Lord saw that he had gone over to look, God called to him from within the bush, “Moses! Moses!” 
    • The Universe was made by Him
    • Sent willingly by the Father by their love for us to be the final sacrifice, and to tear the veil between us and Him
  • Who is God the Father
    • Ezekiel 1:26-28 “Above the expanse over their heads was what looked like a throne of sapphire, and high above on the throne was a figure like that of a man. I saw that from what appeared to be his waist up he looked like glowing metal, as if full of fire, and that from there down he looked like fire; and brilliant light surrounded him. Like the appearance of a rainbow in the clouds on a rainy day, so was the radiance around him.”
    • Revelation 1:14-16 “His head and hair were white like wool, as white as snow, and his eyes were like blazing fire. His feet were like bronze glowing in a furnace, and his voice was like the sound of rushing waters. In his right hand he held seven stars, and out of his mouth came a sharp double-edged sword. His face was like the sun shining in all its brilliance.”
    • His eyes are like fire…his legs are like fire… his body and face are like burning metal from fire…
    • Light & glory surrounds Him like a rainbow does after the rain
    • Everything in Heaven is stricken with complete awe
    • Revelation 4:4-11 Twenty-four thrones surrounded him, and twenty-four elders sat on them. They were all clothed in white and had gold crowns on their heads. From the throne came flashes of lightning and the rumble of thunder. And in front of the throne were seven torches with burning flames. This is the sevenfold Spirit[b] of God. In front of the throne was a shiny sea of glass, sparkling like crystal. In the center and around the throne were four living beings, each covered with eyes, front and back. The first of these living beings was like a lion; the second was like an ox; the third had a human face; and the fourth was like an eagle in flight. Each of these living beings had six wings, and their wings were covered all over with eyes, inside and out. Day after day and night after night they keep on saying, “Holy, holy, holy is the Lord God, the Almighty— the one who always was, who is, and who is still to come.” Whenever the living beings give glory and honor and thanks to the one sitting on the throne (the one who lives forever and ever), 10 the twenty-four elders fall down and worship the one sitting on the throne (the one who lives forever and ever). And they lay their crowns before the throne and say, 11 “You are worthy, O Lord our God, to receive glory and honor and power. For you created all things, and they exist because you created what you pleased.”

  • God’s greatest pleasure is in Jesus and the Spirit, Jesus in the Father and Spirit, The Spirit to the Father & Son 
  • Matthew 3:17 “and behold, a voice from the heavens said, “This is My beloved Son, with whom I am well pleased.”
  • Through the cross, He is inviting us into that same exchange of perfect Love.
  • The greatest command: Love GOD, THEN love others.
    • Not in amount, but in priority… everything flows from loving God FIRST.
    • He loves us with the same love He has for the Son
    • John 15:9 “As the Father has loved me, so have I loved you.” 
    • Jesus loves us in the same way as the Father loves Jesus.
    • Jesus’ love for the Father kept Him on that cross… “take this cup, yet not my will, but YOURS…”
    • “For the Joy set before Him, He endured the cross…” Hebrews 12:2
    • The Joy set before Him was the relationship WE would now have with GOD (father, spirit, son) through the cross.

  • Adopted into the greatest love: Galatians 4:5-7 To redeem those who were under the law, so that we might receive adoption as sons. And because you are sons, God has sent the Spirit of his Son into our hearts, crying, “Abba! Father!” So you are no longer a slave, but a son, and if a son, then an heir through God.
  • Sonship: not just a tool in His hand… not working to gain the Father’s attention or affection… You already have it.
  • Clean/Forgiven/Righteous: 2 Corinthians 5:21 God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.
  • Saints
  • Priests: People who make a place for His presence to dwell, and for people to encounter Him.
  • Gates: Psalm 24: Lift up your heads…Fling open you ancient gates…that the King of Glory may enter!