A Winner’s Attitude

Read Daniel 4:1 – 27

Its not by me, but by Him, for Him!

How do we we keep our success from being the thing that unravels us? Its simple as ABCD…

  1. Acknowledge Your Source
  2. Be God’s Channel
  3. Cultivate Truth Tellers
  4. Daily Choose Service

Remember, its not by me, but by Him, for Him!

  • Romans 12:3 – don’t think of yourself more highly than you ought to
  • Proverbs 16:18 – Pride goes before destruction and a haughty spirit before stumbling
  • Luke 18:14 – Everyone who exalts himself will be humbled but he who humbles himself will be exalted.

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9 Responses to “A Winner’s Attitude”

  1. Mr. Citizen Says:

    I was very encouraged by the message this Sunday that “Its not by me for me, but by Him for Him”. All that I do is for the glory of God. I am however lost as to the thin line between actual humility and giving credit to God for all success we have. He gives us strength in all things. For me, being in the corporate world, I give God praise because he gave me the job and has helped me climb up the ladder of success and made me shine. Though to some extent I am proud that it was my own effort that brought me here.
    Thank God for Pastor M for putting things into perspective.

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  2. DR. JACK VAN IMPE Says:

    Skeptics dislike the prophet Daniel. His outline of the future is too accurate.

    Taken captive in his teens by Nebuchadnezzar, king of Babylon, this young Hebrew was chosen to be one of the king’s advisors. The king chose well; Daniel would become the most valuable man in the kingdom.

    Nebuchadnezzar, powerful king of the Babylonian Empire, conquered Jerusalem and carried away the people of Judah for a captivity of seventy years. He rebuilt Babylon after its former decline and transformed it into one of the most unusual and beautiful cities of history.

    Babylon covered an area of two hundred square miles and was surrounded by walls wide enough at the top to have rows of small houses with a space between them for the passage of chariots. There were fifty temples in the city as well as a huge complex of impressive buildings. The palace was built of blue enameled bricks; its construction carried the mark of master craftsmen, many of whom were probably captives chosen for this special project because of their abilities.

    Here, too, Nebuchadnezzar built the famous hanging gardens as a special gift to his wife, a Median princess. They consisted of terraces, supported by massive masonry arches, on which carefully tended gardens had been laid out on different levels. These gardens contained a variety of Persian and Babylonian plants and trees. Vegetation transplanted from the queen’s mountain home was intended to comfort her when she was homesick. The Greeks considered the hanging gardens one of the Seven Wonders of the World.

    Into this beauty and splendor, four young Hebrew men were brought to become members of the king’s staff of advisors, or wise men. Among them was Daniel the prophet.

    Not long after arriving in Babylon, Daniel and his three friends found themselves in serious trouble. An order went out from the king to execute all the wise men, due to their inability to interpret a dream that had come to Nebuchadnezzar. They might have been able to bluff their way through an interpretation, but the king could not even remember his dream, and so he had required that they tell him both the dream and the interpretation.

    Stumped, they had grumbled: “There is not a man upon the earth that can shew the king’s matter: therefore there is no king, lord, nor ruler, that asked such things at any magician, or astrologer, or Chaldean” (Dan. 2:10).

    The king’s reaction? Fury! “For this cause the king was angry and very furious, and commanded to destroy all the wise men of Babylon. And the decree went forth that the wise men should be slain; and they sought Daniel and his fellows to be slain” (Dan. 2:12, 13).

    Upon receiving word of the order for execution, Daniel asked for time to pray and guaranteed that he would reveal the king’s dream and its interpretation. In fulfilling that promise, Daniel gave us what has come to be known as the “ABC of Prophecy.” Commenting on Nebuchadnezzar’s dream and Daniel’s interpretation, the late Dr. H. A. Ironside wrote: “I suppose it contains the most complete, and yet the most simple prophetic picture that we have in all the word of God.”

    Nebuchadnezzar’s Dream

    Why did God give a preview of the future to a Gentile king who had taken the Jews captive? We do not know. But that he did so is without question. History has proved the accuracy of that assessment. Fulfillment of the greater part of the preview has already taken place, and the stage is set for the remainder to develop. Pointing out the relevance of the king’s dream to those who live near “closing time,” Daniel said: “But there is a God in heaven that revealeth secrets, and maketh known to the king Nebuchadnezzar what shall be in the latter days…” (Dan. 2:28).

    He then explained the dream and its interpretation: (Dan. 2:31 — 35).

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  3. Lots of praises to God n big thanks to Pr. M for allowing God to use you in such a great way. The message was humbling and i can only yield to our Papa in heaven day in day out, to always be reminded that its trully by Him and for Him that we are we are today and forever.
    God bless you Pr. M, God bless Mavuno.

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  4. Pastor M.,
    Thank you for blessing me with this very timely message. I did not make it for Praise and Worship but your clarification of the meaning of “Worship” made a very big difference to me.
    Thank you for the ABCD’s on success and God bless you do much!!

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  5. In pain Says:

    Am looking forward to the day i will die ,but that doesn’t mean am OK now and at peace with all that’s going on in my life.See am in a place of despair,My inner man is not alive anymore,I don’t have the fire for God like I used to.Surrounding myself with good company and people who can lift me up has not done any good.What is wrong with me.My heart is broken the order of events in my life has been totally different from what I had ever Imagined.Been an orphan now for 3 years. My mom went home to be with lord and my Dad has never been there for all of us as he should. I must say its been like a slap on face.If anyone can relate to that.I wake up in the morning feeling so alone and destitute.What am I supposed to do?Where am I supposed to go?Anyone one out there?

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    • Be encouraged In Pain. Many are the afflictions of the righeous but the Lord delvers them from them all.For the Lord protects the bones of the righeous;not one of them is broken”-Psalm 34:19-20.

      Take heart and face life with courage. The Lord says in his word that “I will never`leave you nor forsake you.” Thats the assurance we have in Christ, because it is given as jesus said Ïn this life you will have many troubles, but be of good cheer because i have overcome the world.” John 16:33

      am praying with you.

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  6. Sema Pst. M,

    How goes it? Someone today asked “what if you know that you are forgiven but still find yourself doing the same sin over and over again?” We all know the Bible stories of so and so till we tend to get fed up coz we argue that they don’t leave in our times, or, things were easier then…… but the thing that struck me was our human pride. No offense lakini when someone becomes wealthy “Its not by me, but by Him, for Him!” doesn’t apply first… it tends to come later…even if its a day or week or year but first it always starts with the human in you.

    God changed Nebuchadnezzar for the sole purpose of revealing himself to the world. His might and magnificence.

    We struggle but let us pray….

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  7. Child of the most high Says:

    @in pain
    To be in despair and feel that no one cares is not a good place to be. However, take heart. I lost my parents as a teen and its bn 8yrs now. Life has been tough but through it all i have learnt to trust in God. He is father to the orphans and the widows.
    Even in the storms in life He will be with you so do not worry. Shake off self pity, it will pull you down & destroy you; it has the effect of making us focus on self rather God & others hence blinding us from the reality. Mathew 6:33 calls us to look unto Him first & he will grant you ur desires.
    As an orphan i’ve learnt to make him the pivot of my life, i also look @others and dis helps me count my blessings in turn shakn off self pity.
    God loves you so much. Count having your dad as a blessing coz some ppl dont have dads. Even though he might not be supportive, pray for him and show him love. One of the hallmarks of true love is loving someone even when they dont deserve; dats wat JC did 4us n he can give u the strength to do dat- he’s done dat to me :-).
    I have also learnt to focus on wat i want rather than wat i have now. The hope of better things gives u strength to carry on.
    When u wake up every morning, declare the goodness of the Lord, claim his favour n blessings.
    Wen u feel low call on him, do not carry the yoke urself he will do it for u.
    I’d also encourage u to read ‘become a better you’ by joel osteen, it gave me da steps to turn around my life, i was where u were and now i look @lyf from a different perspective; his sermons r also very good.
    God bless u so much, i blv da nxt tym we hear from u like jacob u’l av changed ur name to sth lyk ‘full of joy’ 🙂 !

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  8. King'ori J. Maina Says:

    The beginning and end of this chapter lead us to hope, that Nebuchadnezzar was a monument of the power of Divine grace, and of the riches of Divine mercy. Whatever outward affliction God is pleased to lay upon us, we have cause to bear it patiently, and to be thankful that he continues the use of our reason, and the peace of our consciences. Yet if the Lord should see fit by such means to keep a sinner from multiplying crimes, or a believer from dishonouring his name, even the dreadful prevention would be far preferable to the evil conduct. God has determined it, as a righteous Judge, and the angels in heaven applaud. Not that the great God needs the counsel or concurrence of the angels, but it denotes the solemnity of this sentence. The demand is by the word of the holy ones, God’s suffering people: when the oppressed cry to God, he will hear. Let us diligently seek blessings which can never be taken from us, and especially beware of pride and forgetfulness of God.

    Pride and self-conceit are sins that beset great men. They are apt to take that glory to themselves which is due to God only. While the proud word was in the king’s mouth, the powerful word came from God. His understanding and his memory were gone, and all the powers of the rational soul were broken. How careful we ought to be, not to do any thing which may provoke God to put us out of our senses! God resists the proud. Nebuchadnezzar would be more than a man, but God justly makes him less than a man. We may learn to believe concerning God, that the most high God lives for ever, and that his kingdom is like himself, everlasting, and universal. His power cannot be resisted. When men are brought to honour God, by confession of sin and acknowledging his sovereignty, then, and not till then, they may expect that God will honour them; not only restore them to the dignity they lost by the sin of the first Adam, but add excellent majesty to them, from the righteousness and grace of the Second Adam. Afflictions shall last no longer than till they have done the work for which they were sent. There can be no reasonable doubt that Nebuchadnezzar was a true penitent, and an accepted believer. Thus the Lord knows how to abase those that walk in pride, but gives grace and consolation to the humble, broken-hearted sinner who calls upon Him.

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