I AM EXCEPTIONAL!

I AM EXCEPTIONAL! –  an affirmation to say and live daily. (More below)Therman E. Evans - Morning Star Sermon In Action

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Scripture: Daniel 3:16-18
Scriptural Focus: GROW YOUR WORSHIP – BE TRUE TO WHO YOU ARE

Sermon Highlights:

  • Worship = The act of recognizing God, intensity, adoration, love
  • Worship is about:
    • giving to God
    • why I come to church
    • the main way I experience God
    • very personal
    • what God wants
  • Worship is emotion-filled, but NOT emotion-driven
  • Young people —  appreciate your parents!
  • When I am stripped of everything I have, what’s left is who I am. Who I am is very important. I am not junk!
  • Chapter 3 of Daniel has 30 verses. 4 verses mention music, 9 verses mention the burning fiery furnace (punishment) & 11 verses mention worship
  • Young people, don’t take music lightly! Music is a gift from God. Music is powerful, increases the level of feeling & emotion in a relationship. Be mindful of what you/I listen to. Music effects mind, movement. Mood, memory
  • King Nebuchadnezzar = the world. The statue in this story represents the way of the world, what everybody is doing.
  • When I hear the world’s music I must bow down & worship. My dilemma: WHO/WHAT will I worship?
  • Be myself! Dare to be different! I am exceptional!
  • When I go through the fire God will be with me! God is with me! I must stand up, stand out & stand firm in God
  • Don’t go along to get along! Trouble may come, I may be ostracized
  • Whose I am is always reflected in who I am!
  • Feeling good vs Being good – being good requires work
  • Focus on feelings = satisfaction, sensual, pleasure over responsibility. Focus on God = worship of God, being good
  • Then the king (God) promoted me!

–  Sermon In Action - Suggested Activities:

  • DAILY AFFIRMATIONS:Say at least 10x per day, throughout the day as passionately as possible and as early as possible in the day… (Add your favorites)
  • DON’T GO ALONG TO GET ALONG!
  • I AM EXCEPTIONAL!
  • I AM NOT JUNK!
  • I AM NOT MY FEELINGS!
  • GOD IS WITH ME!

Write the affirmation(s) that resonate(s) the most ( or, print on computer – large font) and place it in several prominent places: your living space, your work space (if you are able), your car, bathroom mirror, near your bed… wherever it will be visible and can serve as a constant reminder of how you should be thinking, feeling, being and, of what you should be doing.

  • Read and apply scripture:  Read and meditate on the sermon focus scripture Daniel 3:16-18, during your daily devotional this week. Get it into your spirit, and hide it in your heart.
  • Reflect & Write: Reflect on a time when you were a young person and you were asked to make a choice: between your parents or your friends, your grades or your fun, your faith or the crowd. Which one did you choose? In light of your history, experience and today’s sermon, write a letter to your young self this week explaining what they should choose and why.
  • Testify: Tell at least one young person next Sunday at church how cool, exciting, courageous it is to serve God at a young age. Let them know you support them, you are praying for them and God is with them!
  • Creative Application: Create a King Nebuchadnezzar playlist: A list of your five go to worship songs that encourage, strengthen and empower you when you are faced with a challenge to your faith.
  • Gratitude: Say a prayer of thanks and gratitude to your parents/care-givers for showing you and pointing out to you the right way to go or for showing you and pointing out to you the way NOT to go.

May God bless you

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