True Knowledge of Self

Babylon is Fallen, Part 5

Three Angels Broadcasting Network

Program transcript

Participants: Lance Wilbur (Host), Dwayne Lemon


Series Code: TKS

Program Code: TKS000013

00:30 Hello, may name is Lance Wilbur.
00:32 And I'm Dwayne Lemon.
00:33 And we'll like to welcome you to another edition of TKS,
00:37 a True Knowledge of Self,
00:39 where we get to know ourselves from a biblical perspective.
00:43 For those of you who have been following along,
00:45 again, we, in our last episode
00:47 we dealt with Daniel Chapter 2 and we saw...
00:50 Highlighted Daniel and we saw that
00:53 trough his preparation for the Christ,
00:56 through his humility and his willingness
00:59 to acknowledge the fact
01:00 that he does not have all the answers,
01:03 that he needs to seek wisdom and strength and power
01:07 from the God of heaven.
01:08 We saw that that spirit of humility
01:11 is something that is foreign to the urban culture,
01:15 is foreign to the street culture,
01:16 is foreign to the hip hop culture.
01:18 We are encouraged to react and to stamp out
01:23 and to not allow our pride or manhood to be questioned.
01:29 But Daniel in this crisis did not shrink in fear
01:32 nor did he swell up in pride,
01:35 but he, with the spirit of meekness and humility,
01:39 sought a petition and sought deliverance
01:43 and wisdom and skill from the very throne of God.
01:47 And Dwayne, as we consider these things,
01:50 some people think that in order to be a man
01:54 you have to stand up for yourself, you have to...
01:58 And we're not saying
01:59 that you don't have to stand up for yourself,
02:00 we're not saying that you don't have to,
02:02 at times, take a stand,
02:03 but some people take a stand
02:05 for the sake of their own pride,
02:06 their ego is injured
02:08 and they have to defend themselves.
02:09 We see it all the time in the street,
02:11 we saw it growing up.
02:12 I was an individual who did that,
02:13 I'm sure you did it at times.
02:15 If our manhood was questioned, we responded with aggression.
02:20 That's right.
02:22 In order to let everybody know,
02:23 that we're not a, we're not a punk.
02:24 That's right. We can handle our...
02:27 So how is that different when we talk about...
02:30 Because knowledge of self out there in the street
02:33 is teaching us that, but then in the Bible,
02:36 a true knowledge of self shows us
02:38 that the opposite is true.
02:39 So how does the Bible deal with these things?
02:42 What it is, you know, this true picture of humility
02:45 and real manhood from a biblical perspective?
02:48 Now, you know, it's a real good question
02:49 because when I look back at my life
02:52 and I go back to my childhood
02:54 and growing up again, urban youth,
02:57 again hip-hop culture,
02:59 there were a lot of things that were put in my mind
03:01 and I found it to be interesting.
03:03 I'll give you an example, when I was in school,
03:05 I grew up in a public school system,
03:07 I never went to any type of religious school--
03:09 Private organization.
03:11 Private schools, none of that,
03:12 total public school organizations
03:14 all the way through.
03:15 So I'm exposed to some of the dirtiest,
03:19 the grimiest things that you could possibly imagine
03:21 that a person could either see or experience
03:23 in a school environment.
03:24 But one of the things that was interesting is
03:26 we know that in public school systems generally,
03:28 you have the teachings of evolution.
03:31 And evolution, of course, tells us that
03:33 you and I are not the results of an intelligent creator,
03:36 but we are the result of just a bang that took place
03:38 we don't really have a purpose, we just kind of--
03:40 Right, matter plus time plus chance.
03:42 Exactly.
03:43 And because of that teaching,
03:45 it produces a character in the individual
03:48 which is called survival of the fittest.
03:50 And what I found out about that is that
03:52 that it is possible that someone can be religious,
03:56 but still follow the principles of evolution.
03:58 Yes.
03:59 Because evolution puts in the mind of an individual
04:02 that since I don't really have a purpose or whatever,
04:04 I got to create my own purpose, and in creating my own purpose,
04:07 I will remove, stomp on, or compete with,
04:10 or beat anybody that I have to
04:12 so that I may survive and reach this goal,
04:15 even though it may mean the demise of others.
04:17 Right. Survival of the fittest.
04:18 Yeah, you just said, be a wolf.
04:20 You know, there's wolves out there,
04:21 you can be a wolf or something else.
04:23 That's right.
04:24 So you know, when I look at this concept
04:26 of the survival of the fittest.
04:27 I realize, wow!
04:29 I was participating with that in a very interesting way,
04:32 which is this, battles.
04:35 You know, in hip hop culture,
04:37 we know that whether you're rapping
04:39 or whether you're dancing,
04:41 there's always that element of battles.
04:44 And the battle, the purpose of the battle
04:45 is for me to beat you or you to beat me.
04:48 And that's the goal, there is no, you know,
04:50 you're good and I'm good and let's both strive together.
04:53 There's none of that.
04:54 It is about, I'm here to dominate you,
04:56 I'm here to tear you apart,
04:57 I'm here to absolutely embarrass you.
04:59 That's right.
05:00 And this was, again,
05:01 building up that self exaltation in a person.
05:05 So when I look at the Bible and how the Bible is teaching
05:08 the principle of humility,
05:10 the principle of self-abnegation, the...
05:12 You know, individuals recognizing
05:14 that I don't have the skill sets
05:16 and abilities in me in and of myself, number one.
05:20 Number two, if I do have a skill or an ability,
05:23 it was not given to me
05:25 for the purpose of dominating others.
05:27 And to try to beat and battle and make myself
05:30 equal to or better than yourself.
05:31 And does it mean that we can't have confidence
05:34 or we can't, you know, we can't have security and confidence,
05:36 is that what you're saying?
05:38 Security and confidence
05:39 is definitely necessary in the man of God.
05:41 But their security and their confidence is in
05:43 what God can do in them and through them for His glory
05:46 and not for what I can do
05:48 so that I can benefit simply myself,
05:50 you know, void of giving God any glory.
05:53 Now the Bible brings this out in an interesting way,
05:55 in the book of Galatians chapter 5.
05:56 And I want to talk about it
05:57 because in Galatians the fifth chapter,
06:00 I'm going to read from verses 19-21,
06:02 it brings out a picture
06:03 because Paul was trying to bring to light
06:06 to the individuals in the Church of Galatians,
06:09 the principles of the kingdom of darkness
06:11 versus the principles of the kingdom of light.
06:13 Okay. Fruit.
06:14 What kind of lifestyles we live?
06:15 And he says something
06:17 as it relates to the works of the flesh
06:19 in Galatians five starting at verse 19.
06:21 And I'm going to read this to you it says,
06:23 "Now the works of the flesh are manifest.
06:26 Which are these:
06:27 adultery, fornication, uncleanness,
06:31 lasciviousness, idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, variance,
06:38 emulations, wrath, strife, seditions, heresies, envyings,
06:44 murders, drunkenness, revelings,
06:47 and such like of the which I tell you before,
06:49 as I have also told you in time past,
06:52 that they which do such things
06:54 shall not inherit the kingdom of God."
06:57 Now these are plain straight statements.
06:59 Right. And there's two words.
07:02 Both of them were found in verse 20
07:04 that I thought to be very, very interesting.
07:06 It was emulations and strife.
07:08 Okay.
07:09 When the word emulations is used,
07:11 the word emulation is to emulate,
07:13 is to try to be equal to or better than somebody else.
07:17 So whenever I look at another person
07:19 and then I say, "I want to be equal to that person
07:21 or better than them.
07:23 I want to conquer them."
07:24 The Bible calls that emulations
07:26 and that's also the works of the flesh.
07:28 It also uses the word strife.
07:30 The word strife is also a word...
07:32 A synonym to the word strife is rival,
07:35 which is where we get rivalry.
07:37 And this is, of course, where we get this thing
07:38 about competition in all these things.
07:40 And these are things that God has not endorsed
07:43 for his people to get involved in
07:45 because he knows what it does.
07:46 Think about it, the disciples
07:48 were already individuals who were very competitive.
07:50 Here goes Jesus trying to literally teach the twelve
07:53 the mission that he came on this earth to bring
07:55 to give them the Gospel, they can understand it,
07:57 receive its benefits and then give it to the world,
07:59 but they had an element of a problem.
08:00 And that problem was rivalry.
08:03 They were always competing one against the other
08:05 to the point that they were so pathetic,
08:07 they got their mother involved.
08:09 You remember that? Yeah, I remember.
08:11 Yeah, I mean, you know, literally, James and John...
08:12 "Mom, go ask Jesus if we could be by his side
08:14 when he establishes the kingdom."
08:16 I mean, that's pathetic, man,
08:17 you're gonna get your mother involved?
08:18 And here it is the, you know, and they...
08:20 But this is what they wanted to do
08:22 because they had this competitive mindset.
08:24 They were rivals, even though they were
08:27 professing themselves to be a team.
08:28 Right.
08:29 And this is something that is very, very real
08:31 in hip-hop culture, it is part of it.
08:34 And, you know, hip-hop is not hip-hop without battles.
08:35 That's right.
08:37 You know, when we're trying to get the supremacy
08:39 and to be over somebody else
08:41 where we become the better and they become the loser.
08:43 Right, and it's funny because sometimes they try to paint it,
08:45 you know, they try to rewrite history
08:47 and say, "Oh, well, it was all about,
08:48 you know, the battle, but there was no...
08:51 It was just having fun,
08:52 and, you know, we shook hands afterwards."
08:54 You know, that's how we did it then
08:55 and now it was always--
08:57 Now my brother-- Yeah, yeah, go ahead.
08:58 That's an explosive lie.
09:00 That's not even a lie, that's an explosive lie.
09:01 Yeah. And the reason why?
09:03 Is because I can tell you right now,
09:05 there was rarely a house party,
09:07 there was really a club setting that I could go to
09:10 where brothers would come together and they would battle,
09:12 whether they were scratching on the, on the--
09:14 Turntables. Turntables.
09:15 Or if they were rhyming or if they were dancing,
09:18 where many of cases, it would always end in fights,
09:21 a lot of times, it ended up with people getting killed.
09:23 Yeah, gunshots, right? Yeah, gunshots, all the time.
09:25 So it is a total lie to say that,
09:28 "Oh, yeah, we were just having fun."
09:29 If that's fun, then I don't want any part of it.
09:31 And anybody with sense shouldn't either.
09:32 Yeah. And so sometimes it might have happen.
09:34 Yeah. But most times it didn't.
09:35 Most times, if you literally put it on a scale,
09:38 you're going to see, there's a major
09:39 teeter-tottering to show that the majority of the time
09:41 this stuff happens, it ends in violence,
09:43 it ends in brothers trying to hurt each other
09:46 or to malign each other.
09:48 Or hate each other. Or hate each other.
09:50 And then, of course, when record deals
09:51 and things of that nature come into the picture,
09:53 now it's really going to get wicked.
09:54 Yeah.
09:55 So the bottom line is that in this culture,
09:58 we see that there's a consistent self exaltation,
10:01 but when we look at Daniel and his principles,
10:04 we see that there was a humility
10:06 and something amazing happened in Daniel's humility.
10:10 Daniel was not emulating, Daniel was not being a rival,
10:14 Daniel was simply being faithful.
10:17 And as a result of him being faithful,
10:19 God did something.
10:20 And this is a principle that is true in both aspects
10:23 of Daniel's experience and Nebuchadnezzar's,
10:25 it is found in James Chapter 4.
10:27 In James the fourth chapter,
10:28 look at how the Bible brings this out,
10:30 this is powerful.
10:31 And this is something we need to understand
10:33 as we're running this race.
10:34 We know that there's a heaven to gain
10:36 and there's definitely a hell to shun.
10:37 And God wants us to gain eternal life.
10:40 That eternal life comes through the gift
10:41 that God gave to mankind, which is found in Jesus Christ.
10:44 Yes. We accept this by faith.
10:46 And what happens is,
10:47 to a lot of people that sounds corny
10:49 and it sounds like, no,
10:51 I got to do something or, you know, there's some, some,
10:54 you know, conquering that needs to take place.
10:55 Yeah.
10:57 And though there is a victory over sin that must take place,
10:59 but that comes through the righteousness of Christ.
11:00 Right.
11:02 That's not because of anything inside of me.
11:03 So notice what the Bible says in James Chapter 4,
11:06 it's in verse 10.
11:08 Beautiful principle, it says,
11:10 "Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord,
11:14 and He shall lift you up."
11:17 Now there's a lesson in this
11:20 and this is a practical lesson for you and I,
11:22 this is a practical lesson for you our viewers.
11:26 The Bible says, "Humble yourself."
11:29 Yes.
11:31 That is different from the Bible saying,
11:33 God will humble you.
11:36 There's a difference between humbling oneself
11:39 and God having to humble you.
11:41 Yeah.
11:42 And we find that individuals, one way or another,
11:44 are going to experience humility,
11:46 but we can either experience it,
11:48 where I humble myself before God
11:50 or God is going to have to humble me.
11:53 Now Daniel was wise.
11:55 He humbled himself before God.
11:57 He did not once try to function under
11:59 the principles of knowledge of self
12:01 and just try to say, "I got it.
12:03 I can handle this. I can do it."
12:04 He knew his weaknesses.
12:06 And he understood his weaknesses.
12:07 And there's a benefit in understanding weaknesses.
12:09 I want to bring this out in 2 Corinthians chapter 12.
12:12 In 2 Corinthians Chapter 12, the Bible brings out
12:14 something in relation to recognizing our weaknesses
12:18 and the blessings that comes from it.
12:20 In 2 Corinthians the 12th chapter,
12:21 look at how God brings this thing out
12:23 because this is wonderful.
12:24 2 Corinthians and we're in chapter 12.
12:28 I'm going to go ahead and start right at about verse six.
12:29 Yeah.
12:30 And this is how Paul is unfolding this,
12:32 I can even to start at verse...
12:34 Yeah, verse six is good.
12:35 It says, " For though I would desire to glory,
12:38 I shall not be a fool.
12:41 For I will say the truth, but now I forbear,
12:44 lest any man should think of me above that
12:47 which he seeth me to be, or that he heareth of me.
12:50 And lest I should be exalted above measure
12:54 through the abundance of the revelations,
12:56 there was given to me a thorn in the flesh,
12:58 the messenger of Satan to buffet me,
13:00 lest I should be exalted above measure.
13:03 For this thing I be sought the Lord thrice,
13:06 that it might depart from me.
13:07 And He said unto me
13:09 My Grace is sufficient for thee:
13:12 For my strength is made perfect in weakness.
13:18 Most gladly therefore,
13:19 will I rather glory in my infirmities,
13:21 that the power of Christ may rest upon me.
13:25 Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches,
13:28 in necessities, in persecutions,
13:31 in distresses for Christ's sake:
13:33 For when I am weak.
13:35 then am I strong."
13:37 The Bible makes it clear that when a man
13:39 can recognize and accept his weaknesses,
13:43 he will lean on the strength of someone else
13:46 that is stronger than him
13:47 to help him through his circumstances.
13:49 And is that another man?
13:50 And that is definitely not another man,
13:51 because the blind leading the blind
13:53 got the same destination,
13:54 they're going to fall into the ditch.
13:56 But if the blind goes to someone who can see,
13:58 then obviously, that person you can see,
14:00 can give them good, faithful guidance.
14:02 So if I'm weak, morally speaking,
14:04 if I'm weak, spiritually speaking,
14:06 the last thing I want to do is go to another moral
14:07 or weak man that's just as blind,
14:09 messed up, and weak, and wretched as I am.
14:10 Or woman. Or woman.
14:12 Or parent.
14:13 Or parent, or son or daughter, anybody, even minister.
14:16 What we want to do is recognize we are all sinners.
14:20 The Bible says, in Romans 3:23 "All have sinned."
14:22 So I'm not going to go to another sinner
14:24 to find salvation.
14:26 What I want to go to is a Savior
14:27 who can give salvation.
14:29 And this is the principle that governed Daniel's mind.
14:32 He humbled himself, "You know,
14:33 I can't save myself out of the situation."
14:35 Yeah.
14:36 So therefore, he came to the one who could save him.
14:37 And God did save.
14:39 Now something interesting as well is,
14:41 it's not that you can't go to other individuals
14:44 and talk about issues.
14:47 It's not that you can't seek counsel
14:49 because Daniel went to his friends,
14:52 his close friends and said,
14:54 "This is the problem, this is the situation.
14:56 This is what we need to do."
14:57 So he incorporated his friends, he didn't...
15:00 Again, not only is he seeking God's help,
15:02 but he's listening or employing the support
15:07 and the petitions also of his friends
15:09 to also petition God in union with him.
15:12 Now since you brought that point up,
15:13 I want to build on that.
15:15 We know that Proverbs 15:22 tells us that,
15:18 "In the multitude of counselors, there's safety."
15:21 Okay. But here's the thing.
15:22 Are there good counselors and bad counselors?
15:24 Yes. Definitely.
15:25 So what we want to do for ourselves
15:27 and also for our viewers
15:28 is we want to help them understand good counselors.
15:31 There's a very easy way, biblical way,
15:32 that we can define good counselors.
15:34 We know that in the multitude of counselors, there's safety.
15:36 So we can go to people to receive counsel.
15:39 But here's a very key point
15:40 in Psalms the 119th division and verse 24.
15:44 In Psalm 119:24, here's what the Bible says,
15:48 it says, "Thy testimonies
15:52 also are my delight and my counselors."
15:57 So the Bible makes it clear that the testimonies,
15:59 the Bible, the Word of God, it says...
16:01 David says that this is my counselor.
16:05 So I don't have any problem listening to a human counselor
16:09 as long as their minds are subject
16:11 to the inspired counselor.
16:13 Right, so in other words, the counsel
16:14 has to be compatible with the Word?
16:16 That's right.
16:17 And if it's not, then it's bad counsel.
16:18 It's bad counsel.
16:20 So therefore, if we're going to get counsel,
16:21 that's all right, you can get it from a human being,
16:22 but that human being needs to tap
16:24 into the power of God's word
16:25 and make sure that all their counsel
16:27 is in harmony with God's counsel.
16:28 And in the case of Daniel
16:30 where he has to reveal a dream and an interpretation,
16:35 there's no man that he can seek out to get that answer,
16:37 he goes straight to the throne.
16:38 That's right.
16:40 And when he got his guys together, did you notice,
16:42 he didn't get the other guys in Israel or Judah together?
16:44 He didn't get them, did they?
16:46 Because they demonstrated that their minds
16:47 were not subject to God's counsels
16:49 because the Bible says that the only people that were found
16:52 to be faithful in God's word and God's truth
16:54 were those four Daniel, Hananiah, Azariah and Mishael.
16:58 So Daniel went to those whose minds
16:59 were subject to the counselors and Daniel said,
17:01 "Let's come together in counsel and seek the Heavenly counsel."
17:03 Yeah.
17:05 So we see that Daniel humbled himself
17:08 and he understood his weaknesses.
17:10 And this was a blessing, this was of benefit to Daniel
17:12 and his Father came through on his behalf.
17:15 And that's the same for you and the same for me.
17:17 We have that promise viewers
17:18 that we can look to the Word of God
17:20 and God can guide us, he can give us counsel,
17:23 instruction and wisdom, strength and power.
17:26 I know what it was when I was found out
17:28 that hip-hop and R&B culture
17:30 was a deceptive unit by the enemy
17:31 that was bringing me in a path
17:33 that was pulling me away from God,
17:35 away from a true knowledge of self.
17:37 And God had to give power to me for me to walk away from that,
17:40 especially being in the entertainment industry.
17:43 It was near to impossible for me to walk away
17:45 except it be for the grace of God.
17:47 That same grace that was sufficient for Paul,
17:50 that same grace that was sufficient for me
17:52 is the same grace that is sufficient for you
17:54 and it's available to you if you would simply ask for it
17:57 and accept it as it comes to you.
18:00 Lance, we see that, you know,
18:03 the Bible shows this principle
18:04 of humbling ourselves before God,
18:06 recognizing our weaknesses,
18:08 not striving to be better than each other,
18:12 but that we are to do something else.
18:13 We are to humble ourselves before God
18:15 and then we are to fulfill 1 Corinthians Chapter 9.
18:19 The Bible tells us something
18:20 in 1 Corinthians Chapter 9 that I love.
18:23 And this is the idea, and this is why we talk about
18:25 this battling principle, this competition principle,
18:28 the domination, survival of one versus the loss of the other,
18:32 this is not God's plan.
18:33 No.
18:35 But God does give a plan
18:36 and it's in I Corinthians the 9th chapter.
18:37 There's many other verses, but I like 1 Corinthians 9,
18:39 it spells it out pretty good.
18:41 And this is how Paul spells it out in 1 Corinthians 9,
18:43 we're going to look at verse 25,
18:46 it says, "And every man"
18:49 In fact, I'd like to go ahead and start at verse 24.
18:51 I think it'll give a little bit more clarity,
18:53 'cause Paul's talking about running a race.
18:55 Yeah. So let me do it this way.
18:56 In 1 Corinthians 9:24-27 it says,
19:02 "Know ye not that they which run in a race run all,
19:05 but one receiveth the prize?
19:09 So run, that ye may obtain.
19:11 And every man that striveth for the mastery
19:16 is temperate in all things.
19:18 Now they do it to obtain a corruptible crown,
19:19 but we an incorruptible.
19:21 I therefore so run, not as uncertainly,
19:24 so fight I, not as one that beateth the air,
19:26 but I keep my body under subjection--
19:28 I keep under my body, and bring it into subjection.
19:31 Lest that by any means, when I have preached to others,
19:34 I myself should be a castaway."
19:36 Interesting.
19:37 Paul is talking about running a race
19:39 and he's using the, the, you know,
19:42 races that was done in his day and of course--
19:43 Yeah, like the track and field,
19:45 athletics, the Olympic, you know, games--
19:47 Exactly.
19:49 That would have not existed in his day?
19:50 Exactly.
19:52 But when Paul talks about running this race,
19:53 he uses the contrast in the worldly structure
19:55 where he says, "Only one receives the prize."
19:57 But then when he transitions more so into the spiritual,
19:59 he says," So we are running this race."
20:02 In other words, when we run this spiritual race
20:04 he indicates to us that all of us can win.
20:08 It doesn't have to be, where I win, but you lose.
20:11 Yeah.
20:12 But, it's more so, all of us can win.
20:14 And this is the principle and you know what?
20:15 You see it in Daniel's life
20:17 because when Daniel wanted to be spared
20:19 from the King's wrath,
20:21 did Daniel just want to spare himself in his four,
20:22 and his three friends?
20:24 No. No.
20:25 Daniel wanted to spare the magicians as well.
20:27 You see that?
20:28 That's what the spirit of humility does.
20:29 It shows a care for others,
20:31 even though those others don't do what you do.
20:34 Because Daniel was a man filled with compassion.
20:36 And this is what humility does,
20:38 this is what humbling ourselves before God does.
20:41 But Nebuchadnezzar, he did not demonstrate humility.
20:45 Nebuchadnezzar was not one who humbled himself before God.
20:48 And as a result of that, God had to humble him.
20:52 And notice how the Bible brings this out in Daniel 4,
20:54 that was going to be the, pretty much, the last text
20:56 that I wanted to bring out in this session.
20:58 In Daniel the 4th chapter,
21:00 Nebuchadnezzar has seen a lot by this time,
21:03 he's already seen Daniel interpret dreams,
21:05 he's also tried to go ahead and set up an image
21:08 and make everybody bow to it to the point
21:09 he tried to kill the three Hebrew faithfuls.
21:12 And he's, kind of, you know, flip-flopping, waffling,
21:15 going back and forth, 'cause what was his reaction
21:18 to Daniel interpreting the dream
21:20 and giving him the dream and interpretation?
21:23 What was his initial reaction?
21:24 Yeah, in Daniel 2: 46- 49, the Bible shows
21:27 that King Nebuchadnezzar was amazed,
21:30 King Nebuchadnezzar praised God.
21:33 He praised the God of heaven and earth,
21:35 not the false gods, but the true living God.
21:37 King Nebuchadnezzar took God's servants
21:39 and exalted them to a high position
21:41 in his government.
21:42 So it would look as if King Nebuchadnezzar
21:44 was really receiving God's truth
21:46 now in his own heart.
21:47 And I believe he was. Right.
21:49 But we know that the devil plays for keeps.
21:50 So then--
21:52 And... go ahead.
21:53 So then in chapter 3, he makes this image and the,
21:56 kind of, counterfeit, showing that he is going to be eternal,
21:59 and his kingdom is eternal, he's going to last forever,
22:01 he's the dominant one,
22:03 and he's going to continue to be dominant.
22:04 So that, kind of, that brief flash of humility disappeared.
22:08 And then we have that story where he cast the Hebrew boys
22:12 who stood again, took another stand
22:13 and didn't worship the image
22:15 like everyone else was commanded to.
22:17 They get thrown in this fiery furnace.
22:19 God delivers them from the furnace
22:21 and what's Nebuchadnezzar reaction to that?
22:23 And, Nebuchadnezzar sees them in the furnace,
22:25 but he's at first, exulting over this because he's like,
22:28 "That's right, they're getting punishment
22:30 for going against the king."
22:31 But then next thing you know,
22:33 Nebuchadnezzar says, "Wait a minute!
22:34 We put three in.
22:36 But now we see four
22:38 and one of them looks like the Son of man."
22:40 And here it is that as Nebuchadnezzar sees
22:43 the Son of man walking in that fire
22:45 and he sees them walking in circles
22:47 and nobody's dying, nobody's screaming
22:48 and certainly nobody's being burnt up to death,
22:51 it amazes him to the point, he says, "Call them out."
22:54 In fact, he went up and called them out himself.
22:56 And then here it is, they come out
22:58 and they're still humble before the...
23:01 I mean, think about it,
23:02 if somebody put me and you into a fire.
23:04 Right. And in our natural person.
23:05 Yeah.
23:07 You know, and you put me in a fire and I'm mad at you,
23:09 obviously, 'cause you put me in a fire,
23:10 you were trying to kill me.
23:11 And then here it is, I go into the fire and I'll be like,
23:13 "Wait a minute! I'm not burning?"
23:15 You know, in the natural sense,
23:16 when the King would call me out,
23:18 I'll be like, "That's right.
23:19 That's right."
23:21 That's right. Yes.
23:22 You know, I'm going to go ahead and intimidate him
23:23 now because I got this all this power
23:25 and I will try to show him, I'm really the King,
23:27 'cause I'm connected with the King.
23:28 But these men, they come out
23:30 and they're still humble before the king.
23:32 Consistent.
23:33 I mean, consistent humility, even in the midst of crisis,
23:36 even when you are clearly proven wrong.
23:40 And they could've gloated on that,
23:42 but they saw Nebuchadnezzar as a soul to be won to God.
23:45 And as a result of that, humbly they come to him,
23:48 still honoring his position, and they come to him humbly.
23:51 This is what happens when you humble yourself.
23:53 Yeah.
23:54 Now Nebuchadnezzar sees this amazing power of God,
23:57 and you would think he got the lesson,
23:58 but then in Daniel chapter 4, here's what the Bible says,
24:01 In Daniel chapter 4, we notice now that after,
24:05 at the end of all these things and as some time passed by,
24:07 in verse 28 it says this,
24:10 "All this came upon the King Nebuchadnezzar.
24:12 At the end of twelve months,
24:14 he walked in the palace of the kingdom of Babylon.
24:17 The king spake, and said, Is not this great Babylon
24:20 that I have built for the house of the kingdom by the might
24:24 of my power and for the honor of my majesty?
24:30 While the word was in the king's mouth,
24:32 there fell a voice from heaven saying,
24:34 O King Nebuchadnezzar.
24:36 To thee it is spoken:
24:37 The Kingdom is departed from thee
24:40 and they shall drive thee from men,
24:43 and thy dwelling shall be with the beasts of the field,
24:46 and they shall make thee to grass as oxen,
24:49 and seven times shall pass over thee,
24:51 until thou know
24:53 that the Most High ruleth in the kingdom of men
24:56 and giveth it to whomsoever He will."
25:00 God had to humble Nebuchadnezzar.
25:03 And when God humbles you,
25:04 it is clear, it is evident, and it is serious
25:07 because this man found himself
25:08 in the grass eating like an animal.
25:11 Crazy. Yeah.
25:12 Lost his mind. Lost his mind.
25:14 And all of this because he refused to humble himself.
25:17 He was so busy exalting himself.
25:19 And this is the danger that we want people to see
25:21 through the concepts of knowledge of self.
25:23 When we begin to look at ourselves
25:25 and think more of ourselves than we should
25:26 and we begin to have this
25:29 sometimes discrete or indiscrete,
25:31 you know, type of self exaltation,
25:34 it's a deceptive power.
25:36 Where we find ourselves
25:37 not humbling ourselves before God,
25:39 striving, being rivals
25:40 with even those whom we call brothers,
25:42 and we will try to beat each other
25:44 in the name of entertainment and so on.
25:46 And all of this is the works of the flesh
25:48 upon which the Bible says,
25:49 "All who do so shall not inherit
25:51 the kingdom of God."
25:52 It is imperative that we learn the difference
25:55 between what it is to humble ourselves before God
25:59 versus God having to humble us.
26:02 And we have Daniel as an example
26:03 of a fulfillment of James 4.
26:05 "Humble yourself in the sight of the Lord.
26:07 He will lift you up."
26:08 That's exactly what happened with Daniel.
26:10 But Nebuchadnezzar, he continued to exalt himself
26:13 and he found himself being abased or humbled.
26:17 And that is not what God wants for you, for me
26:19 or for you our viewers.
26:20 God wants us to be faithful, even unto death
26:23 for it is then and only then we shall receive
26:25 our crowns of life.
26:26 This is the point
26:27 that God wants to bring out to us, Lance.
26:29 Absolutely amazing.
26:30 Now we've seen these things
26:33 and you have to understand that there's a clear difference
26:37 between humbling yourself,
26:39 humbling ourselves and God humbling you.
26:43 If you had to choose, trust me,
26:45 and you'll hear about this in future episodes,
26:48 we've gone through situations where God had to humble us
26:52 and that is not the best course.
26:55 You can choose to humble yourself
26:58 or you can go through an experience where God
26:59 out of love and mercy chooses to humble you,
27:03 not to punish,
27:04 but to bring you back into a right relationship,
27:07 to bring your mind back into the reality
27:10 to look back and see how God has delivered you
27:13 and God has done things for you in the past,
27:16 remind you of past experience
27:17 so that you come back into a right relationship with God.
27:20 So we want you to consider these things,
27:22 we want you to weigh them out.
27:24 Go back and study them.
27:25 Consider them.
27:27 And we also...
27:28 We're going to ask that you send in questions
27:31 in the near future and we'll provide information
27:33 so you can do that.
27:35 But we want to counsel you.
27:38 Remember, the true source,
27:41 Proverbs 2:6, tells us that,
27:44 "It is the Lord that gives wisdom
27:48 and out of His mouth comes knowledge and understanding."
27:53 We thank you for tuning into TKS,
27:55 A True Knowledge of Self and we say God bless you
27:59 and come back and visit us again.


Revised 2016-02-18