The Unfamiliar: Power in Position

We find ourselves in an unfamiliar position

* Country split in two

* Neighbor against neighbor

* Friend against friend

* Family against family

 

God Wants To Use You!

* Right where you are

* IN this hard season

* Even knowing your past

 

When we allow God to use us, to work through us, extraordinary things can happen

* People who were enemies become friends

* Families are restored

* Nations can change

* People are healed

 

But here’s the BIG question…

* How can God use me in the position I am in?

 

Position – Your season of life and the potential influence you can have with the people around you

* Your family

* Friends

* Acquaintances

* Social media

* Coworkers

* Ect

 

Some have more, some have less

* But we all have influence with others

 

That influence can be used for many reasons

* Selfish gain

* To manipulate

* To help change

* To bring together

* To tear apart

 

There is power in your position

 

Daniel had been placed in this group of wise men along with some of his friends

* His life was not on the line too

* But who was Daniel, just a captured slave with no position of authority

 

So what does Daniel do?

* Panic?

 

Daniel prays, and God answers him in a dream

* What Daniel says next is so powerful…

 

Daniel 2

19 The mystery was then revealed to Daniel in a vision at night, and Daniel praised the God of the heavens 20 and declared:

May the name of God be praised forever and ever, for wisdom and power belong to him. 21 He changes the times and seasons; he removes kings and establishes kings. He gives wisdom to the wise and knowledge to those who have understanding. 22 He reveals the deep and hidden things; he knows what is in the darkness, and light dwells with him. 23 I offer thanks and praise to you, God of my ancestors, because you have given me wisdom and power. And now you have let me know what we asked of you, for you have let us know the king’s mystery.

 

For God to use you where you are…

 

1 – Remember God is in charge

 

Is there any doubt after hearing Daniels prayer who he thinks is in charge?

 

For God to use you, you have to trust him

 

That’s easy to say, but remember where Daniel was and the consequence of his actions

* If he was wrong, he would be killed

 

Let’s be honest – Following God hadn’t gotten Daniel to a great place

* Captured

* About to be killed

 

Despite all that, Daniel still placed all trust and authority with God

God can’t use us if we only trust him when things are good

* That’s not trust

 

The most common reason God can’t work through us is because we believe 2 lies

1 – God can’t be trusted with my current circumstance

2 – God can’t use someone like me

 

Both of those are huge lies

* God is trustworthy – worthy of our trust (Lie #1)

 

God has always used people who didn’t think they had a lot to offer (Lie #2)

* People who didn’t have a lot, but what they had, they gave to him

 

All God is asking for is your trust, He will add unto you all that you need for what is ahead

* Stop waiting to let God use you until you are ready, because, you will never be ready

 

Daniel brought all he had to God and trusted Him with it

* I’m sure he was scared

* I sure he was insecure

* I sure he second-guessed himself

 

But he still trusted that God was in control

 

Because of that trust, the king became his audience

* When we trust God, he puts us into places we never would have thought possible

* The king needed Daniel, not the other way around

* Daniel had a new authority because he knew who had ultimate authority

 

So Daniel went to give the king his answer to the dream

* The king was in awe of Daniel’s ability to tell him the dream and interpretation

 

Daniel 2

47 The king said to Daniel, “Your God is indeed God of gods, Lord of kings, and a revealer of mysteries since you were able to reveal this mystery.” 48 Then the king promoted Daniel and gave him many generous gifts. He made him ruler over the entire province of Babylon and the chief governor over all the wise men of Babylon. 49 At Daniel’s request, the king appointed Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego to manage the province of Babylon. But Daniel remained at the king’s court.

 

For God to use you in your position, you must live in the tension

 

Tension – Being in a relationship with someone who does not agree with you on all things

 

►Trusting God is up and down – Between you and him

 

Influence is side to side – Between you and others

* You cannot influence others if you cannot build trust

* You can only build trust if you are in a relationship

* You can’t be in a relationship if you are not willing to live in the tension

 

We want tension(less) Relationships

* Thing the same

* Look the same

* Talk the same

* Are the same

* No tension there

* Not pushing anyone to change

 

Study showed that many people live in “Likeness” bubbles

* Surrounded by others like them

* No tension there

 

The reason we must live in the tension is because those around us are worth it

* You’ll never lead someone to Jesus if you don’t live in the tension

* You’ll never have real influence in you don’t live in the tension

 

Daniel did not agree with this kings lifestyle or what that kingdom what all about

* But he decided to stay in that place of tension because that is where he could do the most good.

 

If you find yourself in a position of tension at work, home, friends, etc…

* God can use you in incredible ways

* He can grow you influence

 

But if you refuse to live in the tension with others, your influence will shrink

 

Practical Tips of who to live in the tension like Daniel

* Don’t generalize people who think different that you

* Build relationships of trust

* Walk with people instead of standing on issues

 

Because Daniel lived this way, he gained incredible influence with two separate kings who both eventually followed his God…

 

God Wants To Use You!

 

Remember God is in Charge

* You can trust him

 

For God to use you in your position, you must live in the tension

 

Do you trust God enough to live in the TENSION?

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