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Title: Will you Purpose in Your Heart?....


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Will you Purpose in Your Heart?....
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God tells us about people who lived before us
  • Rom. 154

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DARE TO BE A DANIEL
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Setting
  • -vs 1 - At the time of the Babylonian captivity.
  •             -King Nebuchadnezzar had overthrown
    Judah and besieged Jerusalem.
  • -vs 3 - King Nebuchadnezzar wanted certain men
    selected from the Israelites.
  • -vs 4 - skilful, wise men with good abilities
  • -vs 5 - These men would be appointed a daily
    provision from the king for a period of three
    years.

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Daniel purposed in His heart
  • Daniel 18 Daniel purposed in His
  • Heart that he would not defile himself
  • With the kings meat and drink.

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  • -The men selected
  •   Daniel, Hananiah,
  • Mishael and Azariah
  • (Shadrach, Meshach Abednego)
  • -

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Daniel 15 And the kind appointed for them a
daily ration from the kings choice food and from
the wine which he drank
  • Why did Nebuchadnezzar do this?
  • To solicit good will and a sense of obligation
  • To insure that they were healthy
  • To get them accustomed to the good life

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-However, Daniel didn't want to "defile" himself.
  • -Perhaps the meat came from animals considered
    unclean under God's law.
  •             -Perhaps they were not killed and
    prepared properly (strangled/blood)
  •             -Perhaps they had been offered to the
    Babylonians' false god(s).
  •             -We see that Daniel (for whichever
    reason) wanted to maintain a sense of separation.

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The Resolve of Daniel
Daniel made up his mind (laid upon his heart)
that he would not defile himself Daniel acted
alone at first. His three friends joined him at
some point. Daniel sought permission not to eat
the food.
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What was Daniel to do?
  •     He made a RESOLUTION  
  • As we start the New Year, we need
  • To make some Resolutions
  • Just like Daniel, it all begins in our
  • Heart

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Resolutions
  • 1. Purpose
  • 2. Plan
  • 3. Pay the consequences
  • 4. Prevail

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1 He Purposed in His Heart
  • THATS WHAT I WANT US TO DO
  • TODAY
  • New Years Resolutions made with
  • A Purposein heart.

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What did he resolve to do?
  • -Purposed In His Heart
  • -vs 8 - purposed  Some translations say
  • "made up his mind, determined".
  • -purpose - (Am Her Dict)
  • the object toward which one strives or for
    which something exists
  • aim
  •       or goal

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  • -"In his heart" - This wasn't just a decision
    made in a moment.
  •             -It was sincere, thought out -
    determined, intended.

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Question?
  •             -What good does it do to say we want
    to do something if we gave the matter little
    thought, have
  •               no determination to try to
    accomplish it and don't really intend to anyway?

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Resolutions
  • Joshua wrote in Joshua 18,
  • "This book of the law shall not depart from your
    mouth, but you shall meditate on it day and
    night, so that you may be careful to do according
    to all that is written in it for then you will
    make your way prosperous, and then you will have
    success."

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Read the Bible Study the Bible Listen to the
Bible
  • Just like Joshua told Israel day and night,
  • Meditate on the things written in the book.
  • You cant do it, if you dont read Gods word,
    study, search it,
  • John 539
  • Acts 1711
  • Psalms 119104-105
  • THERE IS NO SUBSTITUTE FOR
  • THIS . Will you resolve to start today
  • And do it?

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We should also have aim and set goals as a
congregation.
  • -Proverbs 2918  Where there is no vision, the
    people perish but he that keepeth the law, happy
    is he.
  • -So, Daniel purposed in his heart and we should,
    too.

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2 Daniel had a -Plan
  • Do you have a plan for the New Year
  • Here at ONeal?
  • If the Lord allows you to live through 2013,
  • Will you be where you are today?
  • Lets go forward.

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  • vs 12 - We can see that Daniel had a plan.  He
    didn't have empty intentions
  • -If they were not going to accept the king's
    portion, then they needed to have a plan on what
    they were going to do.

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  • -"Prove thy servants"
  • prove to test
  •           -Daniel wanted his plan put in place -
    tested.

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  • -Pulse and Water
  •             -Pulse - (Strongs) - something sown -
    i.e. a vegetable as food
  •             -(Am Her Dict) - the edible seeds of
    certain pod-bearing plants - such as peas and
    beans
  • Many times people have good intentions, but
    no
  •   plans.

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James 217
  • Faith without works is dead.
  •            
  • -Intentions without a plan become dead.
  • What are your plans for 2013 at
  • ONeal?

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  • if we have intentions combined with
    determination, we can then make a plan to try to
    accomplish
  •   those goals
  • .
  •             -This can help us to become stronger
    individually and also as a congregation

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Resoltuion PlanTo be present,attend,
participate, be involved
  • To be present, attend, participate, be
  • Involved, be happy, be joyful,
  • 1. Lord, you can count on me!!
  • Psalms 1221 I was glad
  • Psalms 1211 I will lift up
  • Joshua 2414 As for me and my house

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Action Clean up !!!
  • Some things that you need to
  • RETAIN.
  • Some things you need to
  • REMEMBER
  • Some things you need to
  • RELEASE.

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Old Challenge for a New Year
  • Col. 31 If ye then be risen with Christ seek
    those things which are above, where Christ
    sitteth on the right hand of God.

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  • ..Set your affection (your mind) on things
    above,not on the things on the earth.
  • ..Focus our thoughts on heavenly things not
    earthly things.
  • ..We need to pursue
  • 1. A deeper knowledge of Jesus. Col.310
  • 2. A clean, holy life. Coil. 35-9
  • 3. Godly virtues Col. 312-17
  • 4. Holiness in our domestic life. Col. 318-21

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  • .Holiness in our social life. Col. 322-41
  • .An effective prayer life. Col. 42
  • .A fruitful light in the world. Col. 43-6

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Things to be Remembered
  • Col. 33-4 Things that cause us to take
  • A trip down memory lane.
  • a)pictures of children when they were small.
  • b)Recipts from air plane trips
  • c)Cruise memories
  • d)a piece of hair from Tabitha
  • Tims boxpencils, erasers,
  • ..your report cards, your old love letters,
  • Deed to your old house,
  • Remember your Mom and Dad

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  • Are there things in your life that need to be
  • RETAINED. Does your focus need to be
    adjusted.
  • RELEASED. Do you need to lay down some of
    the things mentioned in this lesson?
  • REMEMBERED.Do you need to take a trip down
    memory lane and nail down a few things today?

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3 Pay the Consequences
  • -Daniel purposed in his heart,
  • put a plan together and was willing to
  • pay the consequences

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Here is what he had to do
  • -vs 16 - Their portion was taken away.
  • -Now think about what he was willing to do
  • eat the same thing for up to three years (vs 5).

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You have to pay the consequences
  • there are certain types of food that I really
    like a lot,
  • but none that I would want to eat
  •               constantly for three years.
  •             -But, he was willing to pay the
    consequences - make the necessary sacrifices

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Stick To Your Plan!!
  • God is FIRSTis HE? Matt. 633
  • Jesus wants you to remember Him each First Day of
    Each Week!. Acts 207 will you?
  • Give the Lord what is due HIM! Dont rob
  • God!. Mal. 38

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  • -We have it very, very good and don't have too
    many consequences to pay as a result of our
  •   obedience
  • (in terms of persecution/suffering).

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  • -The good consequences far outweigh the negative
    ones.
  •             -However, we need to be willing to
    make the necessary sacrifices in order to be
    obedient and
  •               grow stronger.

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Dont you agree..
  • -All too often, it is the things involving
    obedience to God and attendance to the church
    services that gets sacrificed for things of the
    world.

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  • So, let's purpose in our hearts,
  • plan to maintain our aim and accomplish our
    goals and be willing to
  •   pay the consequences (make the necessary
    sacrifices).

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4 -Prevailed
  • -vs 20 - Daniel and the others prevailed - in
    "all matters.
  • And in all matters of wisdom and understanding,
    that the king enquired of them, he found them ten
    times better than all the magicians and
    astrologers that were in all his realm.
  • -Following God's instructions works.

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  • -God's way is the right way,
  • the best way
  • and the only way !

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  • -            -1 Cor 1558 - "your labour is not
    in vain in the Lord
  • 2 Tim. 47,8
  • Rev. 1413

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At the End of 2013, if we live till then.
  • Will we be able to say
  • 1. I Purposed in my heart on Jan.6
  • 2. I had a Plan
  • 3. I Paid the consequences
  • 4. I have prevailed

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Remember the 4 Ps
  • 1. Purpose..Resolve
  • 2. Plan-Correct sins, live right
  • 3. Pay the consequences-Stedfast,stick to it.
  • 4. Prevail..God will be with you..you will
  • Prevail.

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  • Daniel purposed in his heart, made the necessary
    plans, was willing to pay the consequences and
  •   prevailed.
  • -What a wonderful example for us - Rom 154.

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  • -Do you have some particular goals that you are
    aiming for?
  •             -Are there some areas you would like
    to improve upon?
  •             -Reading your bible more.  Studying
    more.
  •             -Praying more.
  •             -Attending services more often.
  •             -Applying the scriptures to your life
    more to live more according to God's word.
  •             -Getting involved more with the
    congregation and the activities.
  •             -Working harder to spread the
    gospel.  Inviting more folks to services

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  • If you are not a Christian, how about becoming a
    christian? Hear Rom. 1017
  •             -Believe (John 824), Confess (Matt
    1032), Repent (Luke 133), Be Baptized (Acts
    238, Mark 1616
  •             -Perhaps you need to return to your
    service and commitment to God.  (1 John 17-9,
    Acts 822-24)

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  • -Theres no better way to start a new year with
    the right spiritual relationship with God. 

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What are your New Years Resolutions?
  • A comic
  • My new years resolution is to stop telling
    you what to do all the timeHere I wrote down
    your resolutions for you!

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  • 2013
  • Are there any bad habits that are haunting you?
  • Are you doing the very best that you can to be
    the kind of person you want to be?
  • Are there some things about you that you dont
    like and are sure others dont as well?
  • Do you anticipate improvement, staying the same
    or digressing in this New Year?

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New Years Resolutions 2013
  • Spend more time with family and friends
  • Fit in fitness
  • Quit Smoking
  • Enjoy life more
  • Quit Drinking
  • Get out of debt
  • Learn something new
  • Help others
  • Get organized

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Goalsdo they mention
  • 1. Serving God..Acts 2017-24
  • 2. Mention God.Putting Him first. Rom. 129-134
  • 3. Love for Christ I Cor. 1622 Eph. 624
  • 4.Concern for othersI Pet. 38-12
  • 5. Sorrow for our sins 2 Cor. 78-12
  • 6. Work in the church I Pet. 117-21
  • 7. Loyalty to brethren. Lk. 1613
  • 8. Our future life after this one is over Lk.
    620-23

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  • 1.  Visit the sick...call, send a card go by to
    see them, pray for them
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  • 2.  Invite someone...a neighbor, a friend, an
    employee,
  •  
  • 3.  Be cheerful...time to laugh, a time to
    cry...always a time to 'rejoice in the Lord,
    always..
  • Phil. 44
  •  
  • 4.  Be a helper in the work...help the elders,
    the deacons, the preachers,  anything
  • you can do...teach a class, help with a class, be
    busy doing something

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  • 5.  Be a participant...sing when we sing, pray
    when we pray, be happy that you can be here
  •  
  • 6.  Help people who need your help...physical...
    give to
  • those who are in need and when you have the
    opportunity...
  •  
  • 7.  Speak to everyone you can...be friendly...Let
    folks know you are glad to be part of
  • the greatest work on earth.
  •  
  • 8.  Study your lessons. .be serious about
    learning more of God's word
  •  
  • 9.  Use your emails, facebook, or social means
    to contacting people for spiritual things.

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  • 10.  Get involved...be a member that helps other
    members...Ask not what the church can do for you,
    ask what you can do for the church.
  •  
  • 11.  Be here to participate...not to just show
    up.   To the best of your ability,
    Sing...pray...and give attention to what is being
    done.   Put up your computers, your texting, give
    your attention to what is going on.
  •  
  • 12.  Don't complain..Just because someone doesn't
    call you when you are sick, not everyone can call
    everyone..   Do you call?  Are you pampered and
    want to be pampered...Jesus wants you to be a
    worker..James 224  Ye see how that by works a
    man is justified and not by faith only.
  •  
  • 13.  Ladies class.  be involved...Each class at
    O'Neal...be involved.

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Do Better This Time My Child
  • Sis. Deanie Britton handed this poem
  • To me last week
  • About a new year.

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  • I came to my teacher with quivering lips,
  • My task undone
  • Teacher hast thou another sheet for me?
  • I have spoiled this one.
  • She took the old sheet, stained and blotted,
  • And gave me a new one, clean, unspotted,
  • And into my glad face smiled,
  • Do better this time, my child.

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  • I came to the Father with a quivering heart,
  • The old year done
  • Father, hast thou another year for me?
  • I have spoiled this one.
  • He took the old year, stained and blotted,
  • And gave me a new one, clean, unspotted,
  • And into my glad heart smiled,
  • Do better this time, my child.

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DARE TO BE A DANIEL
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Dare to be a Daniel, Dare to stand alone! Dare to
have a purpose firm! Dare to make it known.
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Come To Jesus
  • Come to Jesus at the beginning of 2013
  • Stay with Jesus during 2013
  • End 2013 with Jesuseither on earth or
  • In Heaven!
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