Daniel: How to Live in a Shifting Culture

Nov 04, 2018 | Thad Key, Senior Pastor

How to Live for Eternity in a Shifting Culture

“It is a riddle, wrapped in a mystery, inside an enigma.”-Winston Churchill 

In a shifting culture, living for eternity transforms who you listen to, what you live for, and how you see the future.

How to Live for Eternity in a Shifting Culture…

Listen to God(9:20-23)

With all of culture’s voices pushing in on you, you must set aside a time to be alone with God “speaking...praying...confessing...presenting” your “plea before the Lord” (9:20; 6:10).

Daniel’s identity and daily schedule is built around the worship of God in his daily life (9:21; Ps. 5:3). 

In a culture that lives for today, you need “insight and understanding” that comes from God revealing his will through his Word and prayer (9:22). 

A lifetime of walking with God makes you a person who is so “greatly loved” by God that heaven moves when you pray (9:23; Isa. 66:2).

Living for Eternity Requires…

1)  Detoxing By Getting Alone with God

You will never shut out culture’s voices in your life until you learn to listen to God as he speaks through his Word and prayer. 

“Whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things...And the God of peace will be with you…”-Philippians 4:8-9

2)  Understanding God’s Purpose for Your Life

“For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.”-Ephesians 2:10

Discovering the purpose for which God made you transforms your life by giving you an eternal perspective.

How to Live for Eternity in a Shifting Culture… 

Live for the Kingdom(9:24)

The return of God’s “people” back to his “holy city” would set into motion a new work of God forming an eternal kingdom that would end in “eternal righteousness” (9:24). 

Jesus’ cross atoned for “iniquity” by crushing the rebellion of humanity against God and the power of sin to control (9:24).

“For Christ also suffered once for sins, the righteous for the unrighteous, that he might bring us to God, being put to death in the flesh but made alive in the spirit…”-1 Peter 3:18 

Living for Eternity Requires…

1) Living Every Day in Light of Heaven

“But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.”

-Jesus in Matthew 6:33 

God’s will is that you become heavenly-minded so your life makes a greater impact for eternity. 

2) Seeking the Kingdom of God First

“Many live as enemies of the cross of Christ...Their end is destruction, their god is their belly, and they glory in their shame, with minds set on earthly things. But our citizenship is in heaven.”-Philippians 3:17, 19-20 

You can be so earthly-minded that your identity is wrapped into the culture to the point your life looks no different than the culture.

How to Live for Eternity in a Shifting Culture…

Prepare for the End(9:25-27)

The first “seven sevens” (49 years) begins with the command to “restore and build” under Ezra’s leadership in 486BC (9:25; Ezra 1:1-10:44). 

The Temple was prophesied to stand “sixty-two sevens” (434 years) but in a “troubled time” with wars and persecution (9:25). 

Following the rebuilding of the Temple (49 years), the “sixty-two sevens” (434 years) ends during the ministry of “an anointed,” Jesus, who will be “cut off” at the cross (9:26; Isa. 53:8). 

In 70 AD, the Roman Empire through Roman general Titus destroyed “the city”-Jerusalem–and “the sanctuary”-the Temple (9:26; Mt. 24:2). 

The “one seven” is the last period of history as we are living in the last days when one will arise who “brings an end to sacrifice and offering” (9:27; Mt. 24:10-12; Acts 2:16-18; 2 Tim. 3:1-13; 1 Pet. 1:8-10; Jude 18-19; 1 Jn 2:18; Rev. 13:1-18).

“I tell you, something greater than the temple is here.”-Jesus in Matthew 12:6

Jesus is the new Temple where his body the Church will dwell eternally with him (Ezek. 40:1-48:35; Jn. 2:18-21; Eph. 2:19-21).

“I saw no temple in the city, for its temple is the Lord God the Almighty and the Lamb.”-Revelation 21:22

Near the end of time, there is one who will seek to stop worship by making “desolate” God’s people but this “desolator” will be brought to an “end” (2 Thes. 2:1-12; Rev. 13:8, 14-17).

Living for Eternity Requires...

1)  Realizing Tribulation is Coming

“You will be hated by all for my name’s sake. But the one who endures to the end will be saved. But when you see the abomination of desolation standing where he ought not to be (let the reader understand), then let those who are in Judea flee...For in those days there will be such tribulation as has not been from the beginning of creation that created until now, and never will be.”-Jesus in Mark 13:13-14, 19 

“When the Son of Man comes, will he find faith on the earth?”-Jesus in Luke 18:8 

2)  Knowing What You Need to Be Doing

“This gospel of the kingdom will be proclaimed throughout the whole world as a testimony to all nations, and then the end will come.”-Jesus in Matthew 24:14

Instead of worrying when the end will come, Jesus wants you to take his Gospel to everyone around you. 

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