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DANIEL 9

Daniel prayed.
What an amazing prayer!
Praying with the WORD as the base!
Praying after spending enough time and energy to understand
the written WORD!
Praying by taking hold of the promise by trusting GOD’s grace
and faithfulness!
Praying by, not just making the faith confession because of the promise but, fasting, humbling, weeping and confessing the failure!
Truly an amazing prayer!

But what was the prayer point?
Asking GOD to cause HIS face shine on HIS sanctuary
which was desolate! ( DANIEL 9 : 17 ).
Even though there was a clear promise from GOD through
HIS prophet Jeremiah( 2 CHRONICLES 36 : 21 ), Daniel
was not claiming the promise but fought on his knees for
the fulfillment!
Reading and understanding the promise and then kneeing
and submitting the supplications; What an amazing prayer
combination!

Not just Daniel’s prayer, but the answer too is so amazing!
But the answer is not a simple yes, no or wait as we
all speak about prayer;
In fact, the restoration of Jerusalem was not the main point
in the answer but the prophetical time table, starting from the
restoration of Jerusalem, linked with the redemption plan of
the world through the MESSIAH becomes the focus!

In other words, God’s messenger Gabriel exhorts Daniel to
open his eyes to look beyond his prayer for his nation!
Link your prayer with the overall plan of GOD for the world!

Restoration of Jerusalem was so important, no doubt, but
that was only a part of HIS redemption plan!
Desolation of the land, exile, slavery and suffering were all
heartbreaking consequences of sin and the land longed for
HIS touch to regain its lost glory but GOD longed not just
for the redemption of that land but of the whole world!

Dear friend,
Most of the times we consider prayer as a tool to solve our
problems; To some extent that may be true, but we all are
expected to grasp the love and longing of the Father’s heart,
HIS redemption plan and our role in that redemption plan!

Our life is not about our problems, our visions, our missions,
our churches and our organizations, not even about our
nation but about HIS redemption plan for the world!

If we link-it-in our life, our prayer life will be transformed and
we can understand that our small story is a part of HIS big
story; this will help us to understand and accept our role in
HIS plan and to have a fruitful life.


YOUR KINGDOM COME. YOUR WILL BE DONE ON
EARTH AS IT IS IN HEAVEN ( MATTHEW 6 : 10 )

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SELFIE

DANIEL 4

Daniel 4th chapter, a selfie of Nebuchadnezzar?
It is doubtful that any book on ‘world history’ would have
this piece of information about that great king!

It may be so easy to take this kind of selfie with so many
dark spots but it needs real courage to like, comment and
share this ‘selfie’ with others; not just with a small group
of friends and followers but with the public! (DANIEL 4: 1).

But his motive is very clear; through this selfie he illustrated
the most important truth ‘The LORD Reigns!’.

We may not be having a great kingdom like Nebuchadnezzar’s
kingdom, but in our little kingdoms most of the times we fail to
acknowledge this fundamental truth!

Even though we claim that we surrender all, we are having so
many peculiar compartments in our kingdom which are not
governed by HIS WORD but by our own wish and will.

Remember, when GOD decided to teach Nebuchadnezzar this
truth, HE permitted the king to go down from the normal human
behaviour and attitude to animal kind of life!

Is not true that we also some times, may be most of the times,
express this kind of animal instincts in our life?
Our abnormal obsession with lust, power or money, our secret
desire to be worshipped, our angry outbursts and unashamed
rationalizations all may not be because of our DNAs or impact
of the generational curse!

Who knows that all the above may be the side effects of our
failure to acknowledge HIS authority in some of our secret
compartments!

Take selfie, not with some costly gadgets, but with the help of
the HOLY SPIRIT in the light of the WORD in the chamber of
solitude!
This selfie is not to impress others by covering the ugly dots
but to confess the dark side to your CREATOR and to forsake
them; To hand over the governance of all the compartments
of your kingdom to the EVERLASTING KING!

Believe, HE is so gentle and loving that he won’t share what
you confessed with others; In fact HE won’t even remember
them but will give you grace!

If you have secret struggles in your behaviour and attitude,
better take selfie; HE is waiting to give you HIS image and
HIS glory!


HOW GREAT ARE HIS SIGNS,
HOW POWERFUL HIS WONDERS!
HIS KINGDOM WILL LAST FOREVER,
HIS RULE THROUGH ALL GENERATIONS.
( DANIEL 4 : 3 )

ART OF NEGOTIATION

1. DANIEL 1 : 8.

Daniel purposed in his heart that he would not defile
himself with the portion of the king’s delicacies; But
he didn’t rebel or became silent about his conviction,
rather requested the authority regarding that.
Remember, Daniel was just a slave but, by the grace
of GOD, he didn’t consider the appointed chief as an
enemy! He humbly requested the chief.
The art of negotiation!

2. DANIEL 1 : 10 – 13.
When the chief expressed his inability to accept Daniel’s
request, Daniel didn’t give up. He didn’t change his stand
but asked the concerned person to test him for ten days.
The art of negotiation!

3. DANIEL 2 : 13 – 16.
Nebuchadnezzar’s command to kill all the wise men because
of their failure to tell and interpret his dream brought death
to Daniel’s doorsteps. Even in that confusing and threatening
situation, Daniel didn’t give up; Rather he found out the
reason for king’s anger and asked the king to give him time.
Negotiating to buy time in an almost impossible situation!
The art of negotiation!

4. DANIEL 2 : 49.
When Nebuchadnezzar promoted Daniel, he petitioned for
his prayer partners and got better positions for them in that
kingdom. Daniel didn’t act on his own because of his new
position or hesitated to request the king for his friends.
But he petitioned in a convincing way!

The art of negotiation!
If we, the people of Truth, use our words in a wise way in our
daily walk, we can make our life more peaceful.
GOD gave grace and wisdom to Daniel to handle his words
in a convincing way and hence whatever might be his personal
position, he was able to move forward.

Crisis or promotion, Daniel knew how to turn things in his favor.
Of course, not by dirty manipulation, but by the grace of GOD!

Dear friend,
Some times we try silence and some other times we try angry
outburst and confrontation to express our convictions; But by
the grace of GOD we should learn when to be silent and when
to engage in healthy confrontation; Most of the times, neither
silence nor confrontation will bring the required outcome!
Rather, negotiating in a proper way by trusting GOD will bring
surprise results!

May GOD give us all the wisdom and grace to use our words
in a healthy and prosperous way!


COUNSEL IN THE HEART OF MAN IS LIKE DEEP
WATER, BUT A MAN OF UNDERSTANDING WILL
DRAW IT OUT. ( PROVERBS 20 : 5 ).

PENALTY CLAUSE

DEUTERONOMY 4 : 23 – 28

Have you noticed?.

The Israelites who murmured against GOD and doubted HIS goodness, because of the wrong report of the ten spies, were
denied entry to the promised land.
But their leader Moses, who never murmured against GOD but
always interceded for the Israelites, also got the same kind of punishment. No entry to the promised land!.

Compared to the rebellious nature of those Israelites in the
wilderness, Moses’ sudden outburst and the consequent action,
of striking the rock instead of speaking to it as commanded, looks like an infinitesimally small mistake.

But strangely, he also got the same punishment!
Even his pleading to enter the promised land was rejected!

Is it not a warning to all the leaders?
Many times people in leadership role assume, because of the
way GOD uses them, that they are privileged and hence GOD
will ignore their small mistakes. But, on the contrary, GOD’s
expectation and standard of leaders is much higher.

Leaders are expected not to cross even the minor commands.
GOD is gracious, no doubt, but the leaders are expected to use
HIS grace in such a way to hallow HIM! (NUMBERS 27 : 14).

More power means more responsibility!
More growth means more depth!
More time with people means more time with GOD!
More limelight means more hidden life!
More useful means more careful!

Leaders, who are gracious in their dealings with others but
strict with themselves with the help of the HOLY SPIRIT, are
needed!
Are you ready?


WHO KNOWS THE POWER OF YOUR ANGER?
FOR AS THE FEAR OF YOU, SO IS YOUR WRATH.
SO TEACH US TO NUMBER OUR DAYS,
THAT WE MAY GAIN A HEART OF WISDOM.
( PSALM 90 : 11 & 12 ).

GONE WITH THE WIND

JONAH 3 : 3 & 8

GOD relented from the disaster that HE had said HE
would bring upon Nineveh but it displeased Jonah!
Jonah cried and prayed ‘O LORD please take my life from me’.
And he declared ‘it is better to die than to live! ‘

Again, when the plant, which gave shade to him in his
shelter, got damaged and withered because of a worm,
Jonah said in his misery ‘it is better to die than to live!’.

What a prayer!
We can very easily identify ourselves with Jonah;
We can even justify these kind of prayers!

But there is a problem;
Just few days back, Jonah prayed a diametrically
opposite kind of prayer from the fish’s belly! (chapter 2).
In his desperate situation, he cried unto the LORD to save
him from death!

His near death experience, times of darkness, three days of
mental and physical agony and hopeless state resulted in his repentance; His desire to leave darkness and to see light forced him to pray for deliverance!
GOD answered that prayer!
Jonah got the second chance!

Just few days; Jonah started praying against, his own life, the answer given by GOD!
He didn’t remember the way he got the blessing and life again!
His original prayer and his painful cry were gone out of his mind
and he murmured, complained and wished to die!.

The vows he made were all gone with the wind!

See the irony!
He failed, repented, got the grace and the second chance but
he was not able to accept GOD’s grace flowing towards repenting Nineveh!

Dear friend!
How many of us are having this kind of crooked mind which
forgets the deliverance we got from a hopeless situation?
How many of us are having the habit of hurting and hating the
GOD given blessings in our life?
How many of us, because of little discomfort, do not even remember the gracious deliverance we received from the haunted nights and the hunted days of our life?

Where are our vows, decisions and commitments?
Gone with the wind?

Repent, even for your foolish prayers!
Again and again remember your days of deliverance and
thank HIM, failing which our hearts get hardened and we
may also end up like Jonah murmuring against GOD given
blessings!


 

BLESS THE LORD, O MY SOUL; AND FORGET NOT
ALL HIS BENEFITS; ( PSALM 103 : 2 ).

GIVE UNTO THE LORD THE GLORY DUE TO HIS NAME;
WORSHIP THE LORD IN THE BEAUTY OF HOLINESS.
( PSALM 29 : 2 )

SLING THEORY

I SAMUEL 17 : 49 & 50

David prevailed over the Philistine with a sling and a stone!
But have you noticed that that was the last time we read
anything about that talent of David?

After that battle, David, either as a commander in Saul’s army
or as the king of Israel, was involved in so many other wars
and battles; but nowhere he tried to use the sling!
He didn’t declare that his sling was more than sufficient to wage
war against all his enemies!
He didn’t form a team of soldiers with sling shot skills!
In short, he didn’t try to make his experience as a rule!

By the grace of GOD, he trained himself in all the warfare
strategies and skills; Leaning on his GOD, he meticulously
applied the learned skills in all his endeavors!

Dear friend!
How many of us are having the problem of making an
experience as a doctrine!
GOD, in HIS grace, might have permitted us to gain a victory
using some techniques in some areas ; but that does not mean
that you are a new wave prophet with an unusual anointing and
new revelations!.
Never ignore the systematic equipping opportunities provided
by GOD!.
Don’t cling to your sling!
It is not the beginning, but the end is going to be important!

Even if there is a break through in your ministry because of the
new experience, come back to the WORD and train yourself in
handling the TRUTH in the proper way to be an unashamed
servant of GOD!
Don’t try to inject your experience to other soldiers!
Don’t encourage others to be your xerox copies!
Teach them the TRUTH! Honor the scriptural boundary!
Let them learn and have their own experiences!
If you are a child of GOD, they are also!

Put on the whole armor of GOD!
Praise GOD for your experiences!
But, exalt the WORD and use it as the sword!

Remember, the real reason for David’s victory was not the
sling and stone but his unwavering trust on the Almighty!


BLESSED BE THE LORD MY ROCK,
WHO TRAINS MY HANDS FOR WAR,
AND MY FINGERS FOR BATTLE.
( PSALM 144 : 1 ).

ROYAL ROAD

PSALM 105 : 17

HE sent a man before them -Joseph- who was sold as a slave.
GOD sent Joseph to Egypt before other Israelites!

Wait a minute!
When did that happen?
Where is it in the Book of Genesis?

GOD sent Joseph?

Was it not Jacob who sent Joseph to Shechem?
-Is obedience to parents also GOD’s way of leading a person?

Was it not some unknown man who informed Joseph about his
brothers’ plan to go to Dothan thus by helping Joseph to go to
Dothan?
-Does GOD guide us through a stranger’s word also?

Was it not Joseph’s brothers who sold him to the Midianite
traders?
– Are a GOD-centered person’s enemies also controlled by
GOD in such a way that even their secret plans will help that
person to move only in the GOD- assigned direction?

Was it not the Midianite traders who sent Joseph as a slave to
Pothiphar’s house?
– Is having no rights for a time period also a proof that one is
travelling in the GOD-designed Royal Road?

Was it not the Potiphar’s wife who was instrumental in sending
Joseph to the prison ?
-Do injustice and silent nights also confirm that our journey is
in the right direction?

Was it not the king of Egypt who sent two of his servants to the
prison?
– Does the seemingly accidental meetings in a disciple’s life is
also the significant road signs planted by GOD?

Was it not the forgetfulness of the person who received favor
from Joseph the reason for his extended days of dark nights?
– Does the ‘last hope’ on a person becoming the ‘lost hope’
indicate that our times are in HIS hands?

Was it not the king of Egypt who sent and released Joseph?
– Is it true that the world will conspire to honor a life surrendered
to GOD in the right time?

GOD sent Joseph to Egypt!
But it took thirteen years to reach Egypt from Canaan!
Because when GOD deals with a person, HE will not just sent him
in the Royal Road but equips him also for his future assignment!
And above all, he didn’t just send Joseph!
But HE went with Joseph! (GENESIS 39 : 2 & 21)
Yes, HIS presence will be with us, whether we acknowledge or not,
whenever we travel in HIS Royal Road!

 

Weeping? Lost hope? No one to understand?
Almost gave up?; Betrayal after betrayal?
Rejection after rejection?
No one remembers?
Forget your own name in the valley of shadow of death?
Counting stars with open eyes and counting sheep with closed eyes?
Feeling as if the whole world is against you?

Hey! Wipe your tears! Don’t worry!
You are a Joseph for this generation!
Believe me, you are on the Royal Road!
GOD only sent you in the Road!
Not just sends you but HE also comes with you!

Look up and get up!
Again surrender your life to HIM!
And live one day at a time by trusting HIM!
Soon you will receive your position and promotion!


UNTIL THE TIME THAT HIS WORD CAME TO PASS, THE
WORD OF THE LORD TESTED HIM (PSALM 105 : 17)

ACCEPTING THE ACCEPTANCE

2 SAMUEL 9

Mephiboseth!
Son of Jonathan; grandson of King Saul.
Lame in his feet; depending on his servant Ziba.
Living somewhere outside Jerusalem (verse 4)
Frustrated so much about his life that he considered 
himself a dead dog! (verse 8)

But he didn’t know about one thing, the covenant;
The covenant between David and Jonathan, his father!
(1 Samuel 20 : 12 – 17)

After many years, the invitation came to Mephisobeth!
A favor shown to him because of the covenant!
What was the favor?
One time gift? Monthly allowance? temporary permit?
No! He was given the privilege of eating bread at the 
table of King David! (verse 7)
Not for one or two days but always! (verse 10)
Not like a guest but like one of the King’s sons! (verse 11).

Think about this! 
A privilege given to a person who considered himself a 
dead dog; a person not having the right or might, even to 
enter the KIng’s palace, got the opportunity of being in the 
presence of the king and eating at the king’s table at least 
three times a day throughout his life!
No strings attached!. No ifs and buts!
Pure favor! Power of the covenant!

Mephiboseth accepted the favor and immediately changed 
his residence from some remote village to the city of King 
David, Jerusalem, so that he could utilize the favor! (verse 13). 

There is another covenant, covenant of blood, made two
thousand years ago at Calvary!
This covenant gave us the right to enter the KING’s presence 
and eat at HIS table! 
Not like a servant but as the children of the KING OF KINGS!
Not for one or two days but always!
Favor shown to a person who was dead in his sins!
Grace even to the dead dogs like us!

David’s presence was not assured at his table always, 
but Our LORD’s presence is assured at HIS table always!

You are accepted in the beloved, not because of your merit,
because of the covenant of blood made by our KING,LORD 
and SAVIOR JESUS CHRIST!

Have we accepted that acceptance properly?
Have we made the necessary changes in our life and lifestyle 
so that we can enjoy the given privilege to enter HIS presence?
Have we thanked HIM enough for the grace bestowed upon us?

Remember, Mephiboseth came and dwelt in Jerusalem so 
that to receive and honor the favor of king!

What about us?


HE PREPARES A TABLE BEFORE ME IN THE 
PRESENCE OF MY ENEMIES; …… ….. …….
AND I WILL DWELL IN THE HOUSE OF THE 
LORD FOREVER. ( PSALM 23 : 5 & 6 )

VERTICAL DIMENSION

I SAMUEL 15 : 1 – 13

Saul defeated Amalekites!
After the victory, he went to Carmel and set up a monument
for himself as if he was the reason for that victory!( verse 12).
But the actual reason for the defeat of Amalekites was GOD’s
anger against them for their cruelty against Israel when they
came up from Egypt (verse 2).

When Samuel met Saul, Saul claimed that he had performed
the commandments of the LORD even though Saul didn’t kill
the king of Amalekite as commanded by the LORD!.

One side Saul celebrated the victory by setting up monument
for himself and claiming total obedience to GOD’s commands
and on the other side GOD greatly regretted for making Saul as
the king of Israel!(verse 11).

In the horizontal dimension, Saul celebrated;
In the vertical dimension, GOD regretted!

Dear friend,
How many of us are having the same kind of mindset?
Even though we know very well that the victories we got in our
life and ministry are purely because of HIS grace, many times
we set up monuments for ourselves!
Even our thanksgiving meetings are subtly projecting our gifts,
our holiness, our uniqueness and our special relationship to
GOD instead of giving glory to GOD!
We pretend as if we are totally surrendered to GOD without
even bothering about the number of Amalekites we are yet
to destroy in our personal life!
We celebrate as if we are the chosen one for this end time
whereas GOD is regretting and grieving because of us!

Celebration is to rejoice in the LORD and not to rejoice in your
might; It is the time to give glory to GOD and not the time to
steal the glory from GOD!

For any true servant of GOD and any GOD honoring ministry,
the real celebration will be on the other side of the shore; Only
there, the fire will test our works to decide whether they are hay
or gold; The vertical dimension will vindicate the true ministry!
Why silver,golden or platinum celebrations and special editions
to advertise your achievements on this side of the shore?

Don’t deceive yourselves by seeing the statistics of your impact!
Even when you are not approved by GOD, like Saul, your ministry
may have impact but that may be because of some other reason!

Got victory?
Humble yourselves; acknowledge your unworthiness;
Give thanks to HIM for the victory;
Confess your personal failures and receive HIS grace;
And give glory to HIM and HIM alone!



SO LIKEWISE YOU, WHEN YOU HAVE DONE ALL THOSE
THINGS WHICH YOU ARE COMMANDED, SAY, ‘WE ARE
UNPROFITABLE SERVANTS, WE HAVE DONE WHAT WAS
OUR DUTY TO DO.’.( LUKE 17 : 10 ).

DOUBLE INSULT

LUKE 15 13 – 14

The younger son rebelled and got his share from the father
but he didn’t leave the house immediately. Few more days
he stayed in the same house and only after few days he
gathered his things and left his house.

Think about this!

Insulted his father by asking for his share and got his share
but the next few days he had so many chances to see and
hear his broken father!
Even that didn’t force him to reconsider, repent and reconcile!
The deceived heart became a hardened heart!
His father’s presence didn’t have any impact on him!.
Remember, the father could have thrown his son out of the
house immediately after giving his share but he didn’t!

Dear friend,
Even though we all have so many failures, our Father still
allows us to be in HIS presence and to hear HIS voice; but
most of the times, because of our stubbornness we try to
justify and rationalize our wrong moves instead of using
that chance to repent!
Sitting inside the church, we plan our future sinful course
of action; we ignore the gentle Voice and add insult to insult
to our Heavenly Father;

Failed?
Hear HIS voice and repent;
Don’t be stubborn even after hearing HIS voice!
Whatever may be your fall, if you repent, HIS grace will
sustain and uphold you!
Be quick to repent!


DO NOT BE LIKE THE HORSE OR LIKE THE MULE
WHICH HAVE NO UNDERSTANDING, WHICH MUST
BE HARNESSED WITH BIT AND BRIDLE, ELSE THEY
WILL NOT COME NEAR YOU. ( PSALMS 32 : 9 )

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