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A TIme of Insanity Pt. 3

February 12, 2023

Daniel 4:28-37

Word of the Week: 988 Crisis Line

   A. Mental health is MEDICAL health.

 

Daniel 4:28-37 (NKJV)

Nebuchadnezzar’s Humiliation

28 All this came upon King Nebuchadnezzar. 29 At the end of the twelve months he was walking [a]about the royal palace of Babylon. 30 The king spoke, saying, “Is not this great Babylon, that I have built for a royal dwelling by my mighty power and for the honor of my majesty?”

   B. God will give me time to REPENT.

Jeremiah 9:23-24 (NKJV) 

23 Thus says the Lord: 

“Let not the wise man glory in his wisdom, 
Let not the mighty man glory in his might, 
Nor let the rich man glory in his riches; 
24 But let him who glories glory in this, 
That he understands and knows Me, 
That I am the Lord, exercising lovingkindness, [a]judgment, and righteousness in the earth. 
For in these I delight,” says the Lord. 

31 While the word was still in the king’s mouth, a voice fell from heaven: “King Nebuchadnezzar, to you it is spoken: the kingdom has departed from you! 32 And they shall drive you from men, and your dwelling shall be with the beasts of the field. They shall make you eat grass like oxen; and seven [b]times shall pass over you, until you know that the Most High rules in the kingdom of men, and gives it to whomever He chooses.”

33 That very hour the word was fulfilled concerning Nebuchadnezzar; he was driven from men and ate grass like oxen; his body was wet with the dew of heaven till his hair had grown like eagles’ feathers and his nails like birds’ claws.

   C. Nebuchadnezzar was MENTALLY ill.

   D. I was created in the IMAGE and likeness of God.

Genesis 1:27 (NKJV)

27 So God created man in His own image; in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them.

   E. Satan attacked Eve’s MIND.

   F. The fall of man impacted my MENTAL health.

   G. When I am not mentally healthy it impacts my RELATIONSHIP with God, others, creation, and myself.

Nebuchadnezzar Praises God

34 And at the end of the [c]time I, Nebuchadnezzar, lifted my eyes to heaven, and my understanding returned to me; and I blessed the Most High and praised and honored Him who lives forever:

For His dominion is an everlasting dominion,
And His kingdom is from generation to generation.
35 All the inhabitants of the earth are reputed as nothing;
He does according to His will in the army of heaven
And among the inhabitants of the earth.
No one can restrain His hand
Or say to Him, “What have You done?”

 

  H. Nebuchadnezzar regained his UNDERSTANDING
  I.   God can keep me SANE
  J.  Nebuchadnezzar’s return of reason results in PRAISE. 
  K.  Nebuchadnezzar’s return of reason results in PRAYER
  L.  God is the God of PEACE

 

1 Thessalonians 5:23 (NKJV)
Blessing and Admonition
23 Now may the God of peace Himself sanctify[a] you completely; and may your whole spirit, soul, and body be preserved blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.
Isaiah 26:3 (NKJV)
3 You will keep him in perfect peace,
Whose mind is stayed on You,
Because he trusts in You.


  M.  To be mentally healthy my SPIRIT, soul, and body must be on one accord. 


36 At the same time my reason returned to me, and for the glory of my kingdom, my honor and splendor returned to me. My counselors and nobles resorted to me, I was restored to my kingdom, and excellent majesty was added to me. 37 Now I, Nebuchadnezzar, praise and extol and honor the King of heaven, all of whose works are truth, and His ways justice. And those who walk in pride He is able to put down.


  N.  Nebuchadnezzar regained his REASONING.

James 4:6 (NKJV)
6 But He gives more grace. Therefore He says:
“God resists the proud,
But gives grace to the humble.”

Proverbs 6:16-19 (NKJV)
16 These six things the LORD hates,
Yes, seven are an abomination to [a]Him:
17 A[b] proud look,
A lying tongue,
Hands that shed innocent blood,
18 A heart that devises wicked plans,
Feet that are swift in running to evil,
19 A false witness who speaks lies,
And one who sows discord among brethren.


O.    A believer should not be SHY about their witness for God. 
P.    It is insane to REJECT God. 

 

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