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The Familiar Fix Isn’t Working

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08.07.22 | Still

The Familiar Fix Isn’t Working

Daniel 5

When things are crumbling around us, we tend to turn to our own power and ability to try to fix our circumstances. Where do you turn when life feels difficult or hopeless? Noah Filipiak, Pastor at Mosaic Church, reminds us of the consistent grace and hope we have in Jesus. We can turn to our Savior in all circumstances, will you humble yourself before God and accept His righteousness?

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Now I, Nebuchadnezzar, praise, exalt, and glorify the King of the heavens, because all his works are true and his ways are just. He is able to humble those who walk in pride.

Daniel 4:37
King Belshazzar held a great feast for a thousand of his nobles and drank wine in their presence.

Daniel 5:1
While Belshazzar was drinking his wine, he gave orders to bring in the gold and silver goblets that Nebuchadnezzar his father had taken from the temple in Jerusalem, so that the king and his nobles, his wives and his concubines might drink from them. So they brought in the gold goblets that had been taken from the temple of God in Jerusalem, and the king and his nobles, his wives and his concubines drank from them. As they drank the wine, they praised the gods of gold and silver, of bronze, iron, wood and stone.

Daniel 5:2-4
Suddenly the fingers of a human hand appeared and wrote on the plaster of the wall, near the lampstand in the royal palace. The king watched the hand as it wrote. His face turned pale and he was so frightened that his legs became weak and his knees were knocking.

Daniel 5:5-6
Now I have heard that you are able to give interpretations and to solve difficult problems. If you can read this writing and tell me what it means, you will be clothed in purple and have a gold chain placed around your neck, and you will be made the third highest ruler in the kingdom.” Then Daniel answered the king, “You may keep your gifts for yourself and give your rewards to someone else. Nevertheless, I will read the writing for the king and tell him what it means.

Daniel 5:16-17
Instead, you have set yourself up against the Lord of heaven. You had the goblets from his temple brought to you, and you and your nobles, your wives and your concubines drank wine from them. You praised the gods of silver and gold, of bronze, iron, wood and stone, which cannot see or hear or understand. But you did not honor the God who holds in his hand your life and all your ways.

Daniel 5:23
Here is what these words mean: Mene : God has numbered the days of your reign and brought it to an end. Tekel : You have been weighed on the scales and found wanting.

Daniel 5:26-27
But because of your stubbornness and your unrepentant heart, you are storing up wrath against yourself for the day of God’s wrath, when his righteous judgment will be revealed.

Romans 2:5
For Christ also suffered for sins once for all, the righteous for the unrighteous, that he might bring you to God. He was put to death in the flesh but made alive by the Spirit

1 Peter 3:18

Why does power make it difficult for someone to humble themselves?
What do people turn to when things are crumbling around them?
Talk about relevance (“coolness”) amongst Christians as we relate to the world. How can one be discerning and know if they are helping or hurting the gospel by their efforts to be relevant?
What are some practical ways you can soak in what you already have in Jesus, being reminded of these riches, so that the riches offered by sin lose their appeal?