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The Holy Spirit is radically committed to filling all of us with His loving and life-giving rule.
We have much in us that resists his wonderful rule.
But the Lord has a strategy to deliver the earth and us from stubborn resistance that kills and decays.
Daniel 2:27-45 (ESV)
27 Daniel answered the king and said, “No wise men, enchanters, magicians, or astrologers can show to the king the mystery that the king has asked,
28 but there is a God in heaven who reveals mysteries, and he has made known to King Nebuchadnezzar what will be in the latter days. Your dream and the visions of your head as you lay in bed are these:
29 To you, O king, as you lay in bed came thoughts of what would be after this, and he who reveals mysteries made known to you what is to be.
30 But as for me, this mystery has been revealed to me, not because of any wisdom that I have more than all the living, but in order that the interpretation may be made known to the king, and that you may know the thoughts of your mind.
31 “You saw, O king, and behold, a great image. This image, mighty and of exceeding brightness, stood before you, and its appearance was frightening.
32 The head of this image was of fine gold, its chest and arms of silver, its middle and thighs of bronze,
33 its legs of iron, its feet partly of iron and partly of clay.
34 As you looked, a stone was cut out by no human hand, and it struck the image on its feet of iron and clay, and broke them in pieces.
35 Then the iron, the clay, the bronze, the silver, and the gold, all together were broken in pieces, and became like the chaff of the summer threshing floors; and the wind carried them away, so that not a trace of them could be found. But the stone that struck the image became a great mountain and filled the whole earth.
36 “This was the dream. Now we will tell the king its interpretation.
37 You, O king, the king of kings, to whom the God of heaven has given the kingdom, the power, and the might, and the glory,
38 and into whose hand he has given, wherever they dwell, the children of man, the beasts of the field, and the birds of the heavens, making you rule over them all—you are the head of gold.
39 Another kingdom inferior to you shall arise after you, and yet a third kingdom of bronze, which shall rule over all the earth.
40 And there shall be a fourth kingdom, strong as iron, because iron breaks to pieces and shatters all things. And like iron that crushes, it shall break and crush all these.
41 And as you saw the feet and toes, partly of potter's clay and partly of iron, it shall be a divided kingdom, but some of the firmness of iron shall be in it, just as you saw iron mixed with the soft clay.
42 And as the toes of the feet were partly iron and partly clay, so the kingdom shall be partly strong and partly brittle.
43 As you saw the iron mixed with soft clay, so they will mix with one another in marriage, but they will not hold together, just as iron does not mix with clay.
44 And in the days of those kings the God of heaven will set up a kingdom that shall never be destroyed, nor shall the kingdom be left to another people. It shall break in pieces all these kingdoms and bring them to an end, and it shall stand forever,
45 just as you saw that a stone was cut from a mountain by no human hand, and that it broke in pieces the iron, the bronze, the clay, the silver, and the gold. A great God has made known to the king what shall be after this. The dream is certain, and its interpretation sure.”
God gave a disturbing dream to THE leader of the world’s superpower that disturbed him to his core.
It actually was a prophetic revelation that laid out the sovereign divine strategy of bringing the whole world under the authority of the Kingdom of God.
Daniel the Prophet is used supernaturally to interpret this global strategy.
1) Gold Head
2) Silver chest and arms
3) Bronze stomach and thighs
4) Iron Legs
5) Iron/Clay feet
Stone not cut by human hands, Virgin birth of Jesus and His kingdom, strikes divided mixed kingdoms and wipes out all kingdoms filling the earth with its rule.
Revelation 11:15 (ESV)
15 Then the seventh angel blew his trumpet, and there were loud voices in heaven, saying, “The kingdom of the world has become the kingdom of our Lord and of his Christ, and he shall reign forever and ever.”
I believe that this strategy also applies to the growth of the Kingdom in the individual and the Church.
1) Gold is the pride of mind
2) Silver is the pride of heart
3) Bronze is the pride of guts (emotions/feelings)
4) Iron is the hard pride of our ways (walk)
5) Iron/clay is the mixed place of our actual manifest life
The strategic strike of the Kingdom of God is against our place of mixture usually in the form of conviction.
The stubborn parts of us will resist the influence of the kingdom of God, but our vulnerable weaknesses that cause us to not be so smart, strong, or confident in ourselves are open doors to the destruction of the hard places in our lives.
You should not be surprised by the “loving strike” of the Lord against your areas of weakness.
The Lord does this not because He wants to destroy us but so that He can crumble the hard places in our lives that resist His total rule.
All crumbled and the wind blew them away.
The Kingdom of God is strategic in bringing down all that resists it.