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Dec 31, 2023 | Jim Neville

Resolution or Resolve?

Daniel 1:1-21

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1. What is motivating you? (v1-2)

Desire, or Circumstance; Opulence vs. Obedience

2. Resolve is rooted in realistic expectations. (v.3-5)

Fantasy or feasibility?
Are you equipped? Not equipped does not mean excused.

3. Resolve is fostered by conviction. (v.5-8)

Where commitment is often strategic, conviction comes from a different place. Commitment
can often come and go, conviction is inescapable.

Conviction is the genuine version of commitment

4. Resolve is strengthened by opposition. (v.9-16) (Matt 5:10-12; Phil 1:28)

What do we do when we are faced with resistance? When Daniel came up against resistance, he didn’t panic or throw in the towel - he looked for another strategy, without compromise.

5. Resolve produces change. (v.17-20)

There is noticeable change as we live with resolve. It is a good indication that things are moving in the right direction. It is important to remember that we are to be sanctified.

6. Resolve has long lasting results (v.21)

Resolve has long term results – it is not a temporary fix.

What should we resolve to do as a church?

a. Prioritize the Lord (Heb 10:24-25; Lk 10:27)
b. Fight against sin (Eph 4:22-24)
c. Spend time in prayer (Phil 4:6; 1 Thess 5:16-17)
d. Be on mission (Matt 28:16-20)
e. Be generous (Phil 2:3-4; Heb 13:16; 1Tim 6:17)


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