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What's our reputation in the courts of Heaven?
What our heavenly Father thinks of us- our standing in Christ
A sermon based on Daniel 9:23; 10:11, 19

Scripture reading: Daniel 7

Do you ever wonder, "What does God think of me? What's my reputation in the courts of Heaven?"

Read Daniel 9:23; 10:11; 10:19

Note that the word the angel uses of Daniel means "pleasant, excellent, goodly, beloved, precious, highly esteemed"

The angels commendation might remind you of the following

a. The angel saying "Daniel, you are very precious" reminds me of what the angel said to Mary in Luke 1:28 "Greetings, you who are highly favored! The Lord is with you."

b. What God said of Moses in Numbers 12:1-3 "he was more humble than anyone else on the face of the earth and v.7 "he is faithful all my house"

c. What God said about Job to the Devil "Have you considered my servant Job? There is no one on earth like him; he is blameless and upright, a man who fears God and shuns evil." Job 1:8


PRINCIPLES and LESSONS

I. WHAT'S YOUR REPUTATION IN THE COURTS OF HEAVEN?

The reputation Daniel had owed itself to his faithfulness, purity, holiness, his consistency, his deep and abiding prayer life.

Note the immediate context of Daniel 9:23

-Daniel praying and confessing the sins of his people (in response to his understanding from the writings of Jeremiah that the exile would last 70 years)
-Daniel's praying and God sending an angel to him reminds me of James 5:16 which says; "The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective."


How does one come to get a good reputation and be well spoken of?

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It's good and right of us to ask the question "What's said of me in the courts of Heaven? What's my reputation? What am I known for? What might God commend me for?"

Are we known for prayer, acts of kindness, good deeds, hospitality, mercy, compassion, acts of service, servanthood, evangelism, faithfulness, perseverance, generosity, humility?

Fill in the blank: "Right now I think my reputation in the heavenly courts is __________"

Are you happy with it? What would you like your reputation to be 5 years from now?

Not every Christian's reputation is the same in the courts of Heaven. The letter to the 7 churches in the Book of Revelation illustrates this. Some are commended, some rebuked.


GOD'S COMMENDATION IS SOMETHING TO BE DESIRED!

It is to be our longing to hear God say to us "Well done good and faithful servant


II. WHAT OUR HEAVENLY FATHER THINKS OF US-OUR STANDING IN CHRIST

While we have different reputations in the courts of Heaven- some good, some not as good- our standing in Christ is the same as every Christian

Our standing in Christ is the same as every Christian because salvation is by faith and grace and the mercy of God. Unlike our reputations, salvation is not something that is earned.

What our heavenly father think's of us because of our being in Christ-- our standing

Facts:

Once we were enemies of God. Once we were objects of His wrath and on our way to Hell.

Now: By our faith in Christ as Savior and Lord

1. We are holy and dearly loved by God
2. We are the children and people of God
3. We are friends of Christ
4. We have a heavenly inheritance
5. We are united with God and one in Spirit with Him
6. We are the Temple of the Lord
7. We are saints
8. We are redeemed and forgiven
9. We are free from condemnation
10. We are a new creation
11. We have direct access to God
12. We have been chosen to bear fruit and do good deeds in the name of Christ
13. We are, according to 1 Peter 2:9-10 "a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people belonging to God, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light. 10 Once you were not a people, but now you are the people of God; once you had not received mercy, but now you have received mercy.

Notice how 1 Peter 2:9-10 touches on the purpose of our calling

14. A treasured possession belonging to the Lord. Deuteronomy 14:2
15. We are so precious to God that he has engraved our names on the palms of his hands. In Isaiah 49:16 God says to his people Israel, whom he was discipling "See, I have engraved you on the palms of my hands"


CONCLUSION

Today, we have tackled two subjects

1. What is our reputation in the courts of Heaven?

Daniel had earned for himself a reputation- a reputation as a man of prayer, faith, holy resolve, and purity. Hence the angel says to him "You're highly esteemed in the courts of Heaven. You are like a precious jewel to God." "In the conversations of Heaven, your name comes up, and what's said is all good."

The call of the Scriptures is that we would be known for our good deeds, for our purity, for our generosity, for having servants hearts, for being encouragers, for people of prayer and worship and evangelism. Our ultimate goal being that we might receive the commendation of God "Well done good and faithful servant"

2. How our Heavenly Father sees us. The standing that we have in Christ

While we have different reputations in the courts of Heaven- some good, some not as good- our standing in Christ is the same as every Christian

Our standing in Christ is the same as every Christian because salvation is by faith and grace and the mercy of God. Unlike our reputations, salvation is not something that is earned.

Because of Jesus and our faith in Him, we are known as the children of God, co heirs with Christ, a royal priesthood, a people belonging to God, precious to God, new creations, trophies of his grace and mercy

What should our response be to the riches we have in Christ?

Praise, service, worship.

"As soon as you began to pray, an answer was given, which I have come to tell you, for you are highly esteemed." Daniel 9:23 said the angel to Daniel