Daniel in the Lion’s Den

Text: Daniel 6

Some Will Want to Harm Us

  • Do not be surprised if the world hates you (1 John 3:13)
  • Persecution will be a reality (2 Timothy 3:12)

Keep Your Behavior Excellent

  • Keep behavior excellent because some will try to slander you (1 Peter 2:12)
  • We must not suffer as an evildoer, but as a Christian (1 Peter 4:15-16)

Legislation Can Be Used to Target God’s People

  • God has ordained a specific role for civil government (Romans 13:3-4; 1 Timothy 2:2)
  • When governments assume the role of the people’s god, they will see God as their competition and target His people

A Time for Deliberate Disobedience

  • Christians are under no obligation to submit to laws that violate God’s law (Acts 5:29)
  • When persecuted, rejoice and keep going (Acts 5:40-42)

Laws Have Consequences

  • Ungodly laws, even when recognized as such, can be slow to change, if at all (v. 14-15, 18-19)
  • If ungodly laws are passed, regardless of who later comes to power, be prepared for suffering

Put Complete Trust in God

  • God delivered Daniel (v. 23-24)
  • God will not miraculously deliver us from persecution today — but trust Him (1 Peter 4:19)
  • Ultimately, He will save us (Revelation 2:10)

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