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The Writing Is On the Wall | Fixing an Ego Problem

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June 28, 2022 3:00 am

The Writing Is On the Wall | Fixing an Ego Problem

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June 28, 2022 3:00 am

The Bible says, “from dust you came and to dust you will return.” And yet between our dust cycles, we humans can get a little full of ourselves. We build a few things and call them “The Seven Wonders of the World.” I’m sure God is very impressed . . . as He looks out on the vast universe He created with the power of His Word. Today on A NEW BEGINNING, Pastor Greg Laurie points to one ancient king who let his ego get the best of him . . . and how God humbled him.

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You are listening to a new beginning with Greg Laurie, a podcast made possible by harvest partners, helping people everywhere know God this at our website and learn more about harvest partners@harvest.org is very old, way more than we want to work as a studio to leave these things differently than we see them on skills you don't want to wait one way or you don't want to be a spiritual way you want to be people of substance heavy and integrity and Rogers today. Pastor Greg Laurie provides 1 Day We Will Be Way fine. Don't feel like you came into dust you will return between art cycles. We humans can get little or so.

We build a few things and called the seven wonders of the world your God is very looks out of University created with the power of his word. Pastor Greg Laurie .1 what is the best. I was in the gym the other day.

It's hard to believe I go to the gym. Occasionally I was walking on the got one of those machines that way you test your body weight in all this, and I asked about of the bullet because it's much to do in the civil about the game is that I'll tell you what will do it for free. So I climbed up on the scale.

I'll be honest, I wasn't excited about what I saw a little more than I wanted to way and then he asked me what my height was nice that I'm five 10 1/2 and easily measure you and he measured me said.

Actually, your five 9 1/2. Listen, I used to be 510 that I have no I'm shrinking. I've read it happens when you get older great so I bawled that I'm shrinking whatnot and I think I know why this is happening to me.

I think it's a chip I've been eating by from these chips are called Chica chips and and inside the wall. Try these out and bought tell you what what you open the bag up you can't stop eating them and I will go through a whole bag and other not that expensive. They're very affordable so I'll grab a couple bags of the go to the market and it is becoming a problem and so I said to my wife the other disabilities are becoming the evil chips from either a problem that I was in the market the other day and I saw them when I put a bag of them in my basket that my granddaughter was with me. She said pop up while you bind the evil chips so I took a picture of the display of these Chica chips and I said what I'm saying right now is that I love these chips are great but they are like the evil chips to me and then I got a letter from Chica chips. They saw my post and they were very excited that I was talking about them on social media. Then something I didn't know about them.

It's a family that owned the company and it's a Christian family, so they think before they pointed out that the board John 36 even every bad and then they send me a free box of cheek. I did not leave that box of Chica to so were working for the chip and my wife says you're eating the evil chips again.

I said no there Christian chips yeah well, a lot of us when we get on the scale way more than we want to way but Don is a scale to any sees things differently than we see them on God scaled you don't want to way less you actually want to way more. You don't want to be a spiritual light weight would bring this up because this is a story of a man who stood on God's scales will tell you why say that if you moments, but this is a very familiar story of King Belshazzar and the writing on the wall that we for that expression. The writings on the wall. This is where this statement came from Belshazzar was the grandson of Nebuchadnezzar.

He was the final ruler of Babylon. He was an evil young man that went out of his way to mock and attack God and he read the very heavy consequences of doing that he actually saw the very hand of God writing on the wall of his palace with a very specific warning.

The writing was on the wall and I think the writing is on the wall for us all. Right now it's on the front pages of our newspapers.

It's on the covers of newsmagazines. It's on the news it's on the Internet it's on twitter. Everywhere you look, the writing is on the wall were seen Bible prophecies fulfilled before our very eyes. The Bible tells us in the last days there would be unhinged violence. Another sign of the times is probably in your pocket and your first or quite possibly in your hand. Right now I'm talking about your cell phone. The explosion of technology is significant and now with artificial intelligence added to it. We talked of these devices in our home general Google homework Siri or whatever device you use what you know you talk to it. It gives you an answer. Bobby gives you more information than your husband gives you when you talk to him another inanimate object, but some you know these things drive our cars and they have this information and if you buy one thing you know these ads are to follow you around to different websites. There's coming a day when a man will harness this technology for evil, and no one will be able to buy yourself without his Mark that man is called the beast and the antichrist in the Bible will talk about him later in our studies in the book of Daniel. This conflict in the Middle East violence breaks out conflict breaks out and what is it, remind us of the Bible tells us that Jerusalem would be the epicenter of end times events Jerusalem. Why Jerusalem this tiny little city in this tiny little sliver of land being the very center of all of our attention. Scripture very specific in saying it would be and were seen that happen. I think you can make a case for China was now an economic and military superpower in their flexing their muscle like never before. I think you can make a pretty good case for them being spoken of in Scripture. I think certainly the emergence of Iran as a nuclear nation as a nation hell-bent on the district individual is clearly spoken of in Scripture. Here's my point. I could go on all around us are signs of the times the writing is on the wall and here's what the writing, the same folks Jesus Christ is coming back again here before is known Daniel five is the story of the fall of mighty Babylon. The Babylonians felt that their city and their nation. Well, it was impregnable.

No one could defeat them.

After all, Babylon was surrounded by a complex series of walls, some as high as 300 feet the mighty river Euphrates came right to the center of the city, so water was plentiful, then enough food stored up to view their population for the next 20 years, so they were really afraid of anyone in the fact this is right outside of the walls of Babylon at this moment historically were the Medo Persian forces under the command of Cyrus and this is the moment when God said to King Belshazzar. Your number is up because, listen to this. Every nation has a shelf life.

Ancient Babylon less than around 86 years. The powerful Persian Empire did better. 208 years. The glory of Greece was eclipsed after 268 years mighty Rome ruled for nine centuries, so there is a beginning, a middle and an end of a nation and so we have to be very careful and prayerful about our own nation.

As we look at our future what was going on historically while Nebuchadnezzar the king has died. Remember, prior to his death.

He had a dramatic conversion after a bout of insanity that lasted a long period of time he returned to his senses and he put out of the creeds of the whole kingdom telling everyone that he was now a believer in the Lord God. Everyone knew the story of the conversion of the mighty Nebuchadnezzar.

Apparently this message was not passed on to his son who he named evil merit when things are kid evil merit really evil, merriment, and the kid was like he fulfilled his name. It was a wicked king is so evil and evil. Evil merit on how to Sunday Belshazzar who was named after the God dousing the Babylonians worship the God bell. The other temple to them there in the city of Babylon. So here is this young boy king ruling over the kingdom, named after a false God. And this boy went out of his way to mock God.

He went out of his way to insult God.

He knew the story of his grandfather. He knew I was grandfather and proclaimed his faith. But this boy wanted to challenge God openly that will never go well Mr. Greg Laurie will have the second half of his message in just a moment at harvest ministries we hear from people all around the country and in places that are sometimes hard to reach.

Dear Pastor Greg read about in the wilds of Idaho, but are able to enjoy your Harvest at Home broadcast Rico in our home church away in our 13-year-old son even gave his heart to Jesus by watching harvest at all.

Praise the Lord and blessings to you, it's so great to know the harvest home broadcast is impacted this family in this way the story to tell if so, would you let Pastor Greg know just drop him an email greg@harvest.org again, greg@harvest.org today we are examining the biblical story were we get the phrase the handwriting on the wall.

Pastor Greg continues his message.

The writing is on the wall.

Let's read about what happened then no chapter 5 reading verses 1 to 6. I read from the new living translation.

Many years later, King Belshazzar gave a great feast for thousand of his nobles only drink wine with them while Belshazzar was drinking the wine to give orders to bring in the gold and silver dots that his predecessor, Nebuchadnezzar had taken from the temple in Jerusalem. He wanted to drink from them with his nobles, wives and concubines. He brought these gold cups taken from the temple.

The house of God in Jerusalem and the king and his nobles and his wives and concubines drink from them element to stop for a moment.

These are vessels instruments that are used for the worship of God. So this guy goes out of his way to say all these are for God was filling with wine and let's worship the false gods of Babylon, verse four welding shrink from them.

They praise their idols made of gold and silver and so forth. Suddenly they saw the fingers of a human again writing on the wall of the king's palace near the lampstand, the king himself sobbing hand is a road. His face turned pale with fright. His knees knock together and fear in his legs gave way beneath him. There is this not an amazing story so vivid you can see it, these ancient kings.

They love to throw big fees for Shaw father. And of course Belshazzar was no exception. Memo we look at the story of Esther King art exerts these throughout fees for a party that actually lasted for six months. So these people are all drinking which never ends well. Can we all agree on the simple fact that when you get drunk you say and do really stupid things. I just read about a four year study that determined the following and I quote young adults to binge drink frequently are more likely to show disadvantageous decision-making patterns than their peers who don't drink while you needed a four year study to figure that out. My response to that is so we don't need a study to figure this out. But here's the thing.

This wasn't as much of a drinking problem as it is a pride problem. This young man had basically ignored everything he learned from his grandfather, and you know I think we have a problem today in our culture were were so fixated on youth. We look to you for style cues for our slaying. Sometimes, even for a worldview and in reality when you're older you need to be imparting wisdom to people or younger, listen to me if you're a young person, you need an older person in your life who has some wisdom who can help you.

And so if you're a younger person. Find someone who was older and mature in their faith to mentor and disciple you and if you're an older person.

Find someone who is younger than you. You can mentor and disciple because there's not that many advantages of getting all are there but one of the advantages. Hopefully you've learned a few things. Nothing is more pathetic than a dirty old man with the female equivalent of cougar so as we grow in our faith, we can pass these things on to the next generation and that something that was not happening in the life of Belshazzar figures it's interesting she's having this giant party this big fees in honor of his false God.

And while this was taking place judgment was literally at the door and he had fair warning because the prophet Jeremiah had told him exactly how it would come years before in Jeremiah 27 seven it says all nations will serve Nebuchadnezzar and his son and his son's son so his son. We Artie talked about his son. Son is Belshazzar, then the end will come. Not only did God tell Belshazzar and Babylon that the kingdom was getting in with Belshazzar is getting but he even told them who was going to lead the invasion hundred and 75 years for this man was born because you read in Isaiah 4428 Cyrus he is my shepherd, and he will fulfill my purpose God said a guy named Cyrus is going to do it. So you would've thought though Belshazzar what is it okay let's see, they say it's getting in with me and there's a large army outside of the walls who's leaving that army's name is Cyrus sire, you would've thought that it was that maybe we should pay attention but no they just carried on with their drunken feast. He didn't listen to what God had warned him about and now God's hand is going to give him a specific warning on the wall of the palace, provided that very moment they saw the fingers of a human handwriting on the pasta wall of the king's palace near the lampstand, the king himself saw the hand as it wrote the finger of God writing on the wall that seemed finger wrote 10 Commandments on the front and the back one of the things that finger wrote was you shall have no other gods before me. What are these people doing the worshiping false gods there going out of their way to mock God and the Bible issues this morning. Do not be deceived, God is not mocked whatsoever a man sows, that shall he also reap. And Belshazzar was mocking God. He was terrified when he saw this gun was a smirk.

The defiance of God. I don't anyone is ever sobered up faster than Belshazzar. Suddenly, this young man realizes his life is coming to an end is banquet hall is been turned into a courtroom and he is about to be declared guilty in their these writings on the wall and he completely freaked out.

You know the Scripture says his knees were knocking together.

You probably heard it said when your knee start knocking Neil on them and something scares you pray call out to God that he call out to God, no, he call out to his astrologers and his fortunetellers and is soothsayers and all the rest of it said explain this to me. They said king. We cannot explain this to you in turn the queen mother. The grand mother. Grandma's care. She walks into his boy.

You need to talk to the prophet Daniel. He was a great help to your grandfather and it would be of great help to you right now. Go talk to the man of God. Now Daniel had pretty much been off the grid for 10 years. At this point is shut down all his social media accounts. No post on Facebook, Instagram, no tweets, nothing.

But he was ready for action and when he was called on and he immediately comes in is ready to deliver the word of the Lord, and he comes with a very direct approach to the king.

And here's the thing with Belshazzar. He was intentionally I think you can make a pretty good case of the fact that Nebuchadnezzar was just an ignorant pagan guy. He didn't know he captured the people of Israel. He passed those laws, he built the statute, but when he was finally confronted with the fact though he was powerful. This king came to his senses and turn to God and believe Belshazzar knew better. He knew what happened to his grandfather but he ignored it.

He was deliberately ignoring what was said and do you know that a sign of the end times is that people will be willfully ignorant. First Peter three says understand this in the last days scoffers will come, mocking him following their own evil desires, and they will say where is this coming he has promised. But they deliberately forgot that long ago by God's word the heavens came into being in the earth was formed out of water and by water. Notice they deliberately forgot their people today I don't hearing you say we know Jesus that don't see Jesus to me there so open-minded until Jesus comes up there, ready to talk about spirituality and whatever path you follow until you dare to mention the Bible and then if you pull a Bible out, they will literally recoil your receipt happened so we know you mentioned the Bible happen to have a synergistic but if you do with that putting away there is no power in this book is made of leather and paper in a couple of ribbons on the bottom but there's power in the words in this book, and when you hold of the very Bible people react visibly to what I want to hear that they want to hear it. If it's not true what you care if I quoted are not because deep down inside they know it's true. They know it's alive and they know it's powerful and they're afraid of it. That's why please say so what should we do not go with the Bible know quote the Bible. But here's the cool thing.

You don't have to carry around a 50 pound Bible with you and sometimes you can just quoted from memory and they won't even know it's happening until they been stabbed like 20 times with the sword of the Spirit sure conversationally, I think we think when we have to preach the gospel. We have to elevate our voice we have to yell or what we called the Bible. We have to quoted no weird way like let me just say what you talking away. Keep it conversational real and engage a person and you see Belshazzar did not want to hear Bible Greg Ward pointing out that what was true, we can. Belshazzar is true with many people today, but of course there's more to the story and Pastor Greg will have more. This presentation called the writing is on the wall next time you're on a new beginning. Have you heard about Pastor Greg's new book is called lemon, Dylan, Alice and Jesus that examines the way so many of the top music artists had it made, but their lives soon unraveled and your Pastor Greg. I tried to imagine what it must be like to be extremely famous you know where you can even go to the grocery store without a mob developing a you can even open your window blinds for fear of paparazzi with telephoto lenses and that's the point you make in the book.

These music stars have a lot of stuff but they have a lot of stress to yes they really do.

I mean, it's been said careful what you wish for you might get it. And these are people that got what they wish for.

And then it even went beyond their wildest dreams. But the problem is the dreams in many cases turned into a horrible nightmare. You know, when you look at the founders of rock if you will.

They call them the millionaire quartet Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis call Perkins.

They were all produced by a man named Sam Phillips who had Sun records. These guys came from abject poverty.

In some cases there were just country boys, all of them was sort of the gospel foundation, all of them were taken the church as young men and of course they all rebelled against it, but interestingly, every one of those founders ultimately came to realize they needed to turn to Jesus.

Elvis struggled through the years.

He often sang gospel songs. There's a lot of fascinating revelations about Elvis Presley. In this book Lennon Dylan Allison Jesus Jerry Lee Lewis is the only one alive still. Of the four, but in recent interviews. He's talked about his need to get right with God and of course Johnny Cash became very strong in his faith that wrote a whole book about Kim as a matter of fact called Johnny Cash, the redemption of an American icon and then finally call Perkins who wrote blue suede shoes and other great songs. He was a raging alcoholic and actually came to the Lord while he was on tour with Johnny Cash and took his bottle of booze and threw it into the ocean and committed his life to Christ and serve the Lord for the final years of his life. So yeah, these guys experienced it. In some cases girls experienced it and saw the emptiness of it.

So this is a very honest book so I start the book with these words, W3 surprises when we get to heaven. Number one. Some of the people we thought would be there won't be there. Number two. Some of the people we never thought would be there will be there surprise number three you will be there. So these are some of the people you never thought would be there who will be there because no one is beyond the reach of God. That's right. What we hope you'll contact us for your own copy of Pastor Greg's new book, Lennon Dylan, Alice and Jesus. The subtitle is the spiritual biography of rock 'n' roll there so many lessons to be learned from the lives of dozens of artists who choice where the pursuit of fame and fortune ultimately leads and will send this book. Your way to thank you for your partnership. It's only through the investments of listeners that we can continue to bring Pastor Greg's insight your way each day. So thanks for prayerfully considering how you can help and will thank you. With the book, Lennon Dylan, Alice and Jesus and we won't be mentioning this much longer. So contact as soon just call us at 1-800-821-3300.

That's a 24 seven phone number 1-800-821-3300 or write a new beginning. Box 4000, Riverside, CA 92514 or go online to harvest thought or the next time Pastor Greg completes his look at the alarming site seen by the sinful king Belshazzar more from Pastor Greg series called End of Days join us here on a new beginning*Bible teacher, Greg Laurie and everybody thinks are listening to this podcast to learn more about harvest ministries follow the show and consider supporting it. Just go to harvest.org to find out how to know God personally go to harvest.org and click on know God