September 30, 2018

Humility: “Those who walk in pride he is able to humble”

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This chapter in Daniel is unique in the Scriptures in that it is told in the first person by a pagan king. This is Nebuchadnezzar’s personal testimony of having his pride crushed by God and how he responded in repentance and apparent faith. By the end, his worship seems sincere and his theology is certainly on point.

There’s a critical message for us in Nebuchadnezzar’s story. Pride is damning. There’s no way around it. Those who exalt themselves will be brought low either in this life or at the end when it is too late. No matter what, as Proverb 16:18 says, “Pride goes before destruction, and a haughty spirit before a fall.” So, the solution is to, “Humble [ourselves], therefore, under the mighty hand of God” (1 Peter 5:6a). Simple solution. Crazy hard to live out. But the humbled and broken king in our story will give us all we need to respond as we ought to and be in a great place with God.

Sermon Notes

Resolved! Living for Christ when you’re the only one who is
Humility: “Those who walk in pride he is able to humble”
Pastor Todd Dugard // Daniel 4
September 30, 2018

Living for Christ requires a considered humility.

• Be singular in your devotion to Christ (v. 1–3)

• Be cautious about prosperity and ease (v. 4)

• Be fearful of pride creeping in (v. 5–18)

• Be prepared for God to intervene (v. 19–26, 28–33)

• Be eager to break off your sins (v. 27, 34a)

• Be quick to give God his rightful place (v. 34b–37)