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The Process of Recovery - 2


MARCH 14, 2024

This decision is by the decree of the watchers, And the sentence by the word of the holy ones, In order that the living may know, That the Most High rules in the kingdom of men, Gives it to whomever He will, And sets over it the lowest of men..

 - Daniel 4:17 


For those that have lost anything, they know that this is not the happiest of times. In a time of loss, people are in despair and become desperate to retrieve what they have lost. But the question is how? For this we must glean into the story of King Nebuchadnezzar of how he sinned against God in his pride and boastfulness, but God still delivered him and restored him. How we can follow the same pattern to recover what has been lost to us. Today we will look at restoration through Knowing God is the Most High.  


First of all, how did Nebuchadnezzar sin against God? He wanted people to bow down and worship him and his idols (Daniel 3:6-7). He was proud and boasted about all he had built in Babylon (Daniel 4:30) this all led to his downfall later in the chapter. The leading scripture Daniel 4:17b reads, “In order that the living may know, That the Most High rules in the kingdom of men, Gives it to whomever He will...” This scripture demonstrates that Nebuchadnezzar needed to have a knowing and an understanding of who God was before he could be restored. 


The first thing Nebuchadnezzar recovered was his mind, (Daniel 4:34) which he lost when he refused to acknowledge God’s supremacy. When the mind is lost there is little hope, but according to Psalm 23:3, God is the restorer of our soul, when we acknowledge Him in our lives'.  


According to Daniel 4:17 we must know that the Most High rules in the kingdom of men. God is supreme, He is mighty, and all power belongs to Him. We see in Hebrews 4:2 that there is power and wisdom with God. Just as Nebuchadnezzar we must come to the place where we know that the Most High rules over all areas of our lives.

...it is a foolish man who plans and leaves God out of the equation – this is a recipe for loss.

Now that we have established that God is rules over all things, when we want to recover something we believe is lost, we must come to the consciousness that the thing belongs to God. God not only reigns, but He is the owner of all things and can give and take as He sees fit, He sets the lowest of men over the kingdom of men. We are not in charge and should not be in a place of constant struggle. Luke 12:18-20 indicates that it is a foolish man who plans and leaves God out of the equation – this is a recipe for loss. As in Psalms 24:1, The earth is the Lord’s and the fullness thereof, we must know that naked we came and naked we will go. We should approach life with the attitude of James 4:15b, which centers on the will of God. It says, " If it is the Lord’s will, we will live and do this or that.” 


As we wrap up, we should look back to the example of King Nebuchadnezzar, he teaches us a few things about restoration. The first being, anything that a man wants to lose, let them proclaim ownership over it and boast about how they came to have it outside of God - this is the simplest way to lose it. Second being, we serve a God who is merciful! Once we acknowledge Him as the owner of all things, He restore us to our former place. 


Lastly, it is always God’s plan for us to be restored. In the dream that Nebuchadnezzar had, the tree was not completely cut off, the stump and its roots were left in place (Daniel 4:15). This demonstrates that even if King Nebuchadnezzar never came back to his senses and acknowledged God for who He is, the opportunity to be restored would just have remained unused.  


In the Kingdom of God, the way up is down, therefore we must humble ourselves before Him so that He may lift us up in due season. Nebuchadnezzar lost his possessions and position as king, but it was restored to him by God when he returned Glory to God. 


Song of Worship  

 You reign, you ancient Zion’s king,  

Kadosh Kadosh, 

 You are mighty on Your throne, Amen 2x   

Prayer - Dear Lord, please give us a mind that understands that You are King, that You are Lord over everything, that Your Rulership reigns supreme in all the earth. In Jesus’ name. Amen. 
 

Bible in 1 year: Deuteronomy 25-27; Mark 14

 

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