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Chuck Smith :: Sermon Notes for Daniel 3:16, 17

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"COMMITMENT"
Intro: The story.
I. THE VALUE OF COMMITMENT.
A. It gives you the strength to go against the current.
1. Everyone had bowed to the image except three.
2. Paul spoke of the course or current of this world.
a. It is anti-God: "love not the world..."
b. The world declares the material is superior to the spiritual.
3. Without real commitment you will be swept away.
a. The "everybody is doing it" syndrome.
B. Your commitment becomes an encouragement to others.
1. "Give me some men who are stout hearted men..."
C. Men who are committed are the men who change the world.
1. The strength of communism is the commitment of its advocates.
a. They will suffer for the cause.
b. They will sacrifice for the cause.
2. Paul's commitment, "For to me to live is Christ and to die is gain."
a. No wonder he was accused of turning the world upside down.
II. MEN OF COMMITMENT CANNOT BE STOPPED. VS. 17, 18.
A. Threats of death cannot dissuade them.
III. HOW DOES A PERSON BECOME SO COMMITTED?
A. They had purposed in their hearts.
1. It is more than a mind-set.
2. It is easy to change my mind.
3. It is a matter of setting your heart.
B. It is by the power of the Spirit of God.
1. "Not by might nor by power but by..."
2. Peter's denial of the Lord.
a. He was trusting in his flesh.
3. Peter's bold witness before the Sanhedrin.
a. But Peter, "filled with the Holy Spirit"
IV. THE RESULT OF THEIR COMMITMENT.
A. The Lord stood with them.
1. He will always stand with us, if we dare to stand for Him.
2. He does not always deliver us from the fire. The early church bears witness to this truth.
Sermon Notes for Daniel 2:45 ← Prior Section
Sermon Notes for Daniel 3:16-18 Next Section →
Sermon Notes for Ezekiel 3:15 ← Prior Book
Sermon Notes for Hosea 2:8, 9 Next Book →
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The Blue Letter Bible ministry and the BLB Institute hold to the historical, conservative Christian faith, which includes a firm belief in the inerrancy of Scripture. Since the text and audio content provided by BLB represent a range of evangelical traditions, all of the ideas and principles conveyed in the resource materials are not necessarily affirmed, in total, by this ministry.

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