Posts by Pastor Bryson

Pastor of Lighthouse Baptist Church of the East Bay

This Daniel –  Because He Believed In His God

Then was the king exceeding glad for him, and commanded that they should take Daniel up out of the den. So Daniel was taken up out of the den, and no manner of hurt was found upon him, because he believed in his God. Daniel 6:23

There was no doubt many men named Daniel in that day, but God three times points out the particular aspects of THIS Daniel. Could God call attention to our lives in the same way and speak so greatly about THIS __________ (put your name in the blank)

I. This Daniel Was Preferred

Then this Daniel was preferred above the presidents and princes, because an excellent spirit was in him; and the king thought to set him over the whole realm. Daniel 6:3

Daniel was preferred because of an excellent spirit was IN him. It was not something he put on, something he used as a facade, but it was something that was IN him or a part of him! If we are to be preferred because of an excellent spirit, it will be only if the spirit is true, natural, and part of us.

We all cannot have talent, brains, health, money, or looks,  but we ALL can have an excellent spirt

A. He had a spirit of humility

Daniel answered in the presence of the king, and said, The secret which the king hath demanded cannot the wise men, the astrologers, the magicians, the soothsayers, shew unto the king; But there is a God in heaven that revealeth secrets, and maketh known to the king Nebuchadnezzar what shall be in the latter days… Daniel 2:27-28

He did I not take the credit for his answer but gave all credit and glory to God.

In Daniel 1:8 Daniel purposed in his heart not to defile himself but requested of men not to be forced to eat. I believe he would not have eaten if the answer was no, but he still showed a great spirit of humility by kindly asking for an exception. It is true, you draw more flies with honey than vinegar! When have a strong belief in God, humility ,and confidence go other!

B. He had a spirit of faith

Daniel had a practice of putting his life where his mouth was when it came to his faith in his God. Whether it was regarding his habit of prayer or the refusal to eat the king’s meat, he acted on what he said he believed.

II. This Daniel was Persecuted

Then said these men, We shall not find any occasion against this Daniel, except we find it against him concerning the law of his God. Daniel 6:5

A. He was persecuted because of the blessings of God (Dan 6:1-4)

His rivals persecuted him because of God’s blessing on his life made them jealous.

B. He was persecuted because of the Book of God (Dan 6:5)

He was committed to following God’s commands and instructions to the letter as revealed in God’s commands. This will always bring persecution from the enemy.

C. He was persecuted because of his boldness for God (Dan 6:10-11) – He opened the window and prayed!

III. This Daniel was Prospered

So this Daniel prospered in the reign of Darius, and in the reign of Cyrus the Persian. Daniel 6:28

A. Note the time of his prospering

As we consider if we too can believe in OUR God for His preserving and prospering us in our day, let’s consider the time of Daniel when he believed and was prospered by God.

1. It was a time when God’s people were corrupt

2. It was a time when the devil’s people were conquering

3. It was a time when the world was trying to convert God’s people

B. Note the timing of his prospering

Let us evaluate the events that occurred in his life and see his godly actions that all proceeded his prospering. In spite of trials and difficulties, we can expect God’s blessings if we obey and believe God completely.

1. It came after he was taken into captivity. He lived through a frightful calamity

2. It was after forming and following a conviction. (Refusal to take of the king’s meat)

3. It was after a faithfulness confrontation (He was faithfulness to prayer even if it may have meant his life. – den of lions)

Conclusion

Because Daniel believed in his God;

1. He was preferred

2. He was persecuted

3. He was prospered

How much do we believe in OUR God?


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How to Establish and Pass on a Proven Conviction

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And Jeremiah said unto the house of the Rechabites, Thus saith the LORD of hosts, the God of Israel; Because ye have obeyed the commandment of Jonadab your father, and kept all his precepts, and done according unto all that he hath commanded you: Therefore thus saith the LORD of hosts, the God of Israel; Jonadab the son of Rechab shall not want a man to stand before me for ever. (Jer 35:18-19)

A conviction only becomes a proven conviction when it is proven. A conviction is not proven until it has been tried.

Over 300 years before, Jonadab had taught his family and taught them to pass along what was TO BECOME a proven conviction. Here is how it happens.

 

It begins as a COMMAND 

But they said, We will drink no wine: for Jonadab the son of Rechab our father commanded us, saying, Ye shall drink no wine, neither ye, nor your sons for ever: Jeremiah 35:6

A proven conviction begins with an obedience to a command. It has to be planted. It started with him giving and expecting obedience to a simple COMMAND.

If we want to impart a proven conviction to your children or followers, you start by showing them God’s commands and expect them to obey them, simply because it is a command.

And he said unto them, Set your hearts unto all the words which I testify among you this day, which ye shall command your children to observe to do, all the words of this law. (Deu 32:46)

 

It follows with a CHARGE

Thus have we obeyed the voice of Jonadab the son of Rechab our father in all that he hath charged us, to drink no wine all our days, we, our wives, our sons, nor our daughters;  (Jeremiah 35:8)

A command is a beginning, a change is a teaching. He followed the commands with the admonition to teach the same to others in their family and loved ones. Commands without knowledge or understating will not be effectively passed on. We must teach God’s principle and the reasons if we want to establish and pass on proven convictions.

 

It then brings a CONVICTION

The prophet of God had brought them in to his presence and commanded them to drink wine. (Note; It not to have them drink wine, but to prove the strength of their convictions.) These men refused to drink the wine, even though they had been told to do so by the religious leader, because they obeyed and remained true to the convictions delivered to them by Jonadab. The pressure was on and they did not falter. You cannot know the strength of your convictions until your convictions are tried.

Then comes the CROWN.

They were reward for standing by their convictions.

Therefore thus saith the LORD of hosts, the God of Israel; Jonadab the son of Rechab shall not want a man to stand before me for ever…

Summary: to posses and pass along proven spiritual convictions;

  • Accept and teach the commandments of God
  • Learn and communicate the reasons for the commands and take them as a “charge” from God
  • Take the charges to heart making them convictions.
  • Look forward to receiving the crown of rewards for faithfulness.

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Above All These Things – Charity   An Excellent View

CaptureAnd above all these things put on charity, which is the bond of perfectness. (Col 3:14)

God, who looks at and into our hearts, places charity (love)  as the measure to determine if our life and our work are of true value.  Note the intensity of the following verse.

Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, and have not charity, I am become as sounding brass, or a tinkling cymbal. And though I have the gift of prophecy, and understand all mysteries, and all knowledge; and though I have all faith, so that I could remove mountains, and have not charity, I am nothing. And though I bestow all my goods to feed the poor, and though I give my body to be burned, and have not charity, it profiteth me nothing. (1Co 13:1-3)

So God says above all these things (the do’s and do nots of this chapter) we must have charity.


The Prerequisite for Charity Above – A Risen Life (vs1)

1. A risen life has a heavenly focus (vs1-4)

Our aspirations are heavenly

If ye then be risen with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ sitteth on the right hand of God. (Col 3:1)

Our affections are heavenly

Set your affection on things above, not on things on the earth. (Col 3:2)

Our anticipations are heavenly

When Christ, who is our life, shall appear, then shall ye also appear with him in glory. (Col 3:4)

2. A risen life has a holiness focus (vs5-10)

Mortify therefore your members which are upon the earth; fornication, uncleanness, inordinate affection, evil concupiscence, and covetousness, which is idolatry: (Col 3:5)

3. A risen life has a humble focus (vs12-13)

Put on therefore, as the elect of God, holy and beloved, bowels of mercies, kindness, humbleness of mind, meekness, longsuffering; Forbearing one another, and forgiving one another, if any man have a quarrel against any: even as Christ forgave you, so also do ye.(Col 3:12-13)

We will be humble in our feelings

….bowels of mercies, kindness, humbleness of mind, meekness, longsuffering…

We will be humble in our forbearing

…Forbearing one another…

We will be humble in our forgiving

…Forbearing one another, and forgiving one another, …

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Except the Lord…

build-house_SIA Song of degrees for Solomon. Except the LORD build the house, they labour in vain that build it: except the LORD keep the city, the watchman waketh but in vain. It is vain for you to rise up early, to sit up late, to eat the bread of sorrows: for so he giveth his beloved sleep. Lo, children are an heritage of the LORD: and the fruit of the womb is his reward. As arrows are in the hand of a mighty man; so are children of the youth. Happy is the man that hath his quiver full of them: they shall not be ashamed, but they shall speak with the enemies in the gate. (Psa 127:1-5)


We are all building a house. We are building our children. We are building our marriages.  We are building our homes.  We are building our church or ministry.  We may or may not be doing well or even devoting any thought at all, but we are building and one day we will have to own the fruit of this building.

Allow me to take a few helpful thoughts from two key points in this pssage as we consider building our homes and children.

First, we will look at the LABOR

It is a required work

Without work – nothing gets built.

Things may pile up, stack up, or fall apart, but nothing really ever gets built without work.

I often say, God can bless our labors, but there must be a labor to bless!

It must be a resolute/round the clock work

The word build is a word that means to “begin to build”.

It is a rewarding work

The children are our reward

When God uses the word “reward” it is refereeing to a payment according to contract or salary.  We are doing the work of building and God says that our children are our salaries.

The children we build are our resource (arrows) for the work and battles before us.

 

The second key is the Lord

The building must be a Labor of the Lord

Except the Lord build it is all vain.

Therefore we must PARTNER with Him

Therefore we must keep Him and His as PRIORITY

Therefore we must seek HIM always in PRAYER

The building must be recognized as a Labor from the Lord

The verse tells us that our children are an heritage from the Lord.  This means they are our inheritance or gift. We do not just get our children by the result of nature, but they are from God and thus we have a responsibly and job to build them.

The building must be a Labor for the Lord

Therefore also I have lent him to the LORD; as long as he liveth he shall be lent to the LORD. And he worshipped the LORD there. (1Sa 1:28)

Let’s give the children to the Lord.  They came from Him and are

 


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Families of Impact

familypicAnd be not drunk with wine, wherein is excess; but be filled with the Spirit; Speaking to yourselves in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord; Giving thanks always for all things unto God and the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ; (Eph 5:18-20)

There is a great need today for Christian homes to become “Families of Impact”.

This means that both their family is greatly impacted BY God and that their family is having a great impact FOR God.

Before God gets to discussing the rolls of the individual family members in this chapter, He addresses some foundation elements the family of impact will possess.  Here are a few.


A Family of Impact Will Focus on Their Walk

Thier walk will be of one of “Following the Lord” (vs1)

The word fused or “followers” relates to being an imitator.  The family of impact will have its members imitation the life style, attitudes, and actions of our Lord.

Their walk will be a walk in love (vs2)

As in a selfless love – as Christ gave himself

As in a sacrificial love – as Christ made an offering and sacrifice

As in a sweetsmelling love – as God accepted Christ’s sacrifice

 Their walk will be a walk in the light (vs8)

Proving and reproving things of life by the Light of His Word (vs10-13)

The walk will be one on the lookout (vs15)

See then that ye walk circumspectly, not as fools, but as wise, (Eph 5:15)

The word translated “circumspectly” means to be exact or watch carefully.  The family of impact will carefully guard their walk.  Inspect it often. Make adjustments to make it “exactly” what God wants.


A Family of Impact Focuses on Their Witness (vs3, 5-6)

But fornication, and all uncleanness, or covetousness, let it not be once named among you, as becometh saints; (Eph 5:3)
This not just their verbal efforts to share the Gospel, but what is seen by the world.  It should be only that which  “becometh saints”


A Family of Impact Focus on Their Words (vs4, 12, 20)

They will be careful that the words they use in their homes are TASTEFUL.  They will ensure that the language in their homes is not filthy, shameful, or obscene.  They will endeavor to keep a close watch on even using bi-words that are euphemisms for taking the Lord’s name in vain.


A Family of Impact Focuses on Their Withdrawals (vs5 – 7, 11)

This means that they will watch to see if there are some acquaintances or situations that they may need to dis-associate from for safety and testimonies sake.   These verses admonish us about not being partaking with or fellowshipping with works of darkness.

Let each individual and family in our church seek to become a “Family of  Influence”



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Take Courage

LionAnd from thence, when the brethren heard of us, they came to meet us as far as Appii forum, and The three taverns: whom when Paul saw, he thanked God, and took courage. (Act 28:15)

The Need for Christians to Take Courage in this Hour

We need to take courage for ourselves

To obey fully God

Only be thou strong and very courageous, that thou mayest observe to do according to all the law, which Moses my servant commanded thee: turn not from it to the right hand or to the left, that thou mayest prosper whithersoever thou goest. (Jos 1:7)

Not to fear people

And the LORD shall give them up before your face, that ye may do unto them according unto all the commandments which I have commanded you. — Be strong and of a good courage, fear not, nor be afraid of them: for the LORD thy God, he it is that doth go with thee; he will not fail thee, nor forsake thee. (Deu 31:5-6)

To make the hard decisions

Now therefore let us make a covenant with our God to put away all the wives, and such as are born of them, according to the counsel of my lord, and of those that tremble at the commandment of our God; and let it be done according to the law. Arise; for this matter belongeth unto thee: we also will be with thee: be of good courage, and do it. (Ezr 10:3-4)

We need to take courage for our God

To fully worship Him – Remove idols and renew alters

…And when Asa heard these words, and the prophecy of Oded the prophet, he took courage, and put away the abominable idols out of all the land of Judah and Benjamin, and out of the cities which he had taken from mount Ephraim, and renewed the altar of the LORD, that was before the porch of the LORD. (2Ch 15:7-8)

To finish our work for Him

And David said to Solomon his son, Be strong and of good courage, and do it: fear not, nor be dismayed: for the LORD God, even my God, will be with thee; he will not fail thee, nor forsake thee, until thou hast finished all the work for the service of the house of the LORD. (1Ch 28:20)

We need to take courage for others

For the future (blessings) of others

Be strong and of a good courage: for unto this people shalt thou divide for an inheritance the land, which I sware unto their fathers to give them. (Jos 1:6)

For the faith of others

Be of good courage, and let us play the men for our people, and for the cities of our God: and the LORD do that which seemeth him good. (2Sa 10:12)


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Mastering the Storms (Acts 27)

Storm-AnchorLetting go the anchors

And sounded, and found it twenty fathoms: and when they had gone a little further, they sounded again, and found it fifteen fathoms. Then fearing lest we should have fallen upon rocks, they cast four anchors out of the stern, and wished for the day. (Act 27:28-29)

The captain of the ship in Paul’s storm did a great job using his skills and knowledge to get the crew and passengers though a terrific storm.  To be able to master the storms, a seaman must know the tactics available to him and possess the experience  to know when and how to apply them.

Here is a tactic and tool we can use to help up become a master in the storms.

Let Go The Anchors – know your anchors

1. The anchor of duty

One of the best anchor for weathering the storms of life is the simple anchor of knowing and staying committed to doing our duty!

By daily performing and focusing upon the jobs and responsibilities the Lord has given us, we can keep from drifting or being driven far off course in the storm.

Our whole duty

Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: Fear God, and keep his commandments: for this is the whole duty of man. (Ecc 12:13)

Our daily duty

And he appointed, according to the order of David his father, the courses of the priests to their service, and the Levites to their charges, to praise and minister before the priests, as the duty of every day required: the porters also by their courses at every gate: for so had David the man of God commanded. (2Ch 8:14)

These will include, interceding prayer, studying the Word of God, witnessing, performing our parental and spousal duties, etc.  You get the idea.

Our commanded duty

So likewise ye, when ye shall have done all those things which are commanded you, say, We are unprofitable servants: we have done that which was our duty to do. (Luk 17:10)

Here is a might duty and anchor.  It is our duty to do “all those things which are commanded you”.  In other words, if we are not endeavoring to do ALL the things commanded, we are not doing our duty.

2. The anchor of dependence

Depend upon supplication

Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need. (Heb 4:16)

Depend upon the Scriptures

For light 

Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path. (Psa 119:105)

For success

Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need. (Heb 4:16)

Depend upon the Savior

Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God. For consider him that endured such contradiction of sinners against himself, lest ye be wearied and faint in your minds. (Heb 12:2-3)

3. The anchor of delight (Acts 27:22, 25)

Wherein ye greatly rejoice, though now for a season, if need be, ye are in heaviness through manifold temptations: That the trial of your faith, being much more precious than of gold that perisheth, though it be tried with fire, might be found unto praise and honour and glory at the appearing of Jesus Christ: (1Pe 1:6-7)
But rejoice, inasmuch as ye are partakers of Christ’s sufferings; that, when his glory shall be revealed, ye may be glad also with exceeding joy. (1Pe 4:13)

Know, use, and depend upon these anchors to keep you secure in the storm!


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