King Darius issued a new decree regarding Daniel’s GOD!
How that happened?
Was it because of processions and petitions?
Was it because of debates and dialogues?
Was it because of hunger strikes and token strikes?
No, it was because of one man’s commitment!
His enemies were so sure about his prayer life that they knew
even if there was a law against his faith, Daniel would be praying!
In fact, even after knowing the new law and the consequent
punishment, Daniel continued his praying as usual.
In fact Daniel’s enemies were not against his prayer but used
that just to entrap him! (DANIEL 6 : 5).
How was it possible for Daniel to pray in such a way that even
his enemies could acknowledge his lifestyle of prayer?
That too with all the administrative responsibilities?
Again, think about the king’s remarks!
After throwing Daniel into the lions’ den, the king said to Daniel
‘May your GOD, whom you worship continually, rescue you’!
Daniel worshiping continually?( DANIEL 6 : 16 ).
How the king knew it?
How much time the king observed Daniel?
Was it possible for an administrator like Daniel to worship GOD
Further, the next morning the king came near the den and called
out in anguish; but instead of addressing Daniel as his servant,
he strangely called Daniel as the servant of living GOD!
Considering his servant as a servant of the living GOD?
How was it possible for Daniel to get that kind of certificate from
a king? ( DANIEL 6 : 20 ).
Most of the times we trumpet ourselves as prayer warriors and
worship leaders; we try to prove to the church and to the world
about our power in prayer and talent in worship; stage managed
prayer meetings and camera conscious worship sessions make
so much news everywhere; but let it be told in a hushed voice,
that our nation is yet to see a man or woman who prays and
worships continually and effectively, like Daniel!
Shall we say that the desire of our GOD to change the law of the
land to favor HIS children, seeks and rests on a consistent and
courageous persons like Daniel whose lifestyle of prayer and
worship impacts the enemies and the authorities in a silent and
Don’t worry about the number of enemies or the seriousness of
the law that are against us; rather dedicate yourselves to have
a lifestyle of prayer and worship!
In the right time, GOD will use the Daniels, if necessary through
the path of lion’s and angels, to rewrite the law!
Remember, even Daniel was a minority in that land; if GOD
could use his commitment to bring glory to HIS name in all those
120 provinces, why not in our land?
Will you be that Daniel?
THOSE WHO PLANT IN TEARS WILL HARVEST
WITH SHOUTS OF JOY. ( PSALM 126 : 5 ).
MATTHEW 2 : 11
They were the first, well ahead of others, to seek the LORD;
They were the first, well ahead of others, to worship the LORD;
They were the first, well ahead of others, to give to the LORD!
No one asked them to seek, to worship and to give!
Voluntarily, but well ahead of others, they excelled!
Trying to prove that you are a wise man by your six digit salary?
Wish to impress others of your wisdom with the alphabetical
soup of academic degrees behind your name?
Does your place of employment give you pride and prestige
about your uniqueness and wisdom?
Remember, the foolishness of GOD is wiser than men!
But Biblically speaking, wise men are the ones who seek,
worship and give voluntarily and well ahead of others!
How you seek the LORD, how you worship the LORD and how
you give to the LORD, well ahead of others and voluntarily, will
be the yardsticks to check whether you are really wise or not!
Don’t believe the label given by this world;
Seek HIM; Worship HIM; And bring offerings to HIM!
Because CHRIST JESUS became for us wisdom from GOD!
THOSE WHO ARE WISE SHALL SHINE LIKE THE
BRIGHTNESS OF THE FIRMAMENT( DANIEL 12 : 3 )
GOD destroyed the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah;
Only four people, Lot, his wife and his two daughters
escaped the brimstone and fire rain on those cities;
But, Lot’s wife, even though she received clear instructions
and angelic guidance, looked back and became a pillar of salt.
Prejudice about separation?
David danced before the LORD with all his might and
worshiped. But Micahl, his wife, did not even come out
of her house; she looked through the window and despised
him in her heart. Instead of humbling herself and worshiping,
she despised and mocked David’s way of worship;
Consequently Michal had no children to the day of her death!
Prejudice about worship?
Job’s wife, who enjoyed the prosperity for so many years,
was not able to handle adversity and prolonged sufferings;
In fact, in the first round of sufferings and pains, somehow
she withstood along with Job; but when his health also got
affected, she lost patience and asked Job to curse GOD and
die. Even though she did not receive any punishment or
curse, in the last chapter of Job we notice, only Job , and not
his wife, got commended by GOD for his way of speech, even
though she also went through a season of suffering!
Prejudice about adversity?
Dear friend, don’t think this is a meditation against women;
No, certainly not, but it is about another bride, the Church!
Even now, the bride of Christ is having problem and prejudice
in the above three areas;
Some churches are not willing to separate themselves from
GOD dishonoring methods and people and became like a
pillar of salt; Huge structures but so static!
Some other churches waste their time in despising other
ways of worship and service instead of worshiping the
living GOD in spirit and in truth and became barren churches!
No new souls; No church growth; So rigid and so legalistic!
The third category of churches always consider blessing and
prosperity as an idol and any temporary setback or adversity
will make them doubting and murmuring churches. Instead
of patiently enduring and encouraging each other, they confuse
and disturb others and consequently even their efforts and hard works will be of no use to get the rewards from the MASTER!
WHO CAN FIND A VIRTUOUS WIFE?
FOR HER WORTH IS FAR ABOVE RUBIES.
………………. ……………. …………. …………
SHE DOES HIM GOOD AND NOT EVIL ALL THE
DAYS OF HER LIFE ( PROVERBS 31 : 10 – 12 )
II CHRONICLES 20 : 1 – 30
King Jehoshaphat’s reign; The people of Ammon, Moab,
and Mount Seir came to battle against Jehoshaphat; A
great multitude cornered Judah(II chronicles 20 :1 & 2).
King Jehoshaphat and his people found so much precious
jewelry and abundance of valuables on the dead bodies
of their enemies; The fear of GOD was on all the kingdoms
when they heard that the Lord had fought against the
enemies of Israel( II Chronicles 20 : 25 – 30 ).
Judah got honor and riches after the battle!
How the cornering became honoring?
1. Jehoshaphat humbled himself in the LORD(verse 3).
2. He acknowledged the fact ‘The LORD reigns'(verse 6).
3. He recalled GOD’s faithfulness ( verse 7 ).
4. He remembered GOD’s promises (verse 9 ).
5. He reckoned Judah’s GOD given position ( verse 11).
6. He led his dependents to seek the LORD ( verse 13 ).
7. He humbly received the WORD of GOD ( verse 18 ).
8. He trusted the received WORD and because of that trust
worshiped the LORD. ( verses 18 & 19 ).
9. He encouraged his people also to trust and worship the
LORD ( verses 20 & 21 ).
10. He made arrangements for non-stop praising and
worshiping ( verse 21).
Is it not so simple?
But, the beauty is that he moved like this when he was in
a ‘ cornered’ position!
Now, think about the crisis!
Why this kind of unexpected, unnecessary battle?
Not to crush Judah, but to give peace and prosperity!
The enemies came to battle, but why they brought so much
valuables and jewelry to battle? Is it not funny and unusual?
They brought their wealth to Judah and died!
Feeling cornered by fearful problems?
Not having any hope of escape?
Fear not, this may happen as an answer to your prayer!
Yes, the so called crisis may be GOD’s way of giving you
the peace and prosperity you longed for!
Don’t consider your ‘ cornering’ as a difficulty!
In fact, it is an opportunity given by GOD!
See, even if Jehoshaphat and Judah worked throughout
the year the possibility of becoming so prosperous was
remote, but one crisis brought the wealth to the doorsteps!
Even if Jehoshaphat used all his might, it was not possible
for him to threaten all his enemies simultaneously, but a
single crisis threatened and silenced all his enemies!
That is ‘BERACHAH’!
Handle the crisis carefully!
If you are cornered, look unto the CORNERSTONE!
The battle belongs to the LORD!
You just have to gather the spoil!
If ready, then again read the above ten points and
Why waste an opportunity to be prosperous?
FOR AS THE HEAVENS ARE HIGHER THAN THE
EARTH, SO ARE MY WAYS HIGHER THAN YOUR
WAYS, AND MY THOUGHTS THAN YOUR
THOUGHTS( ISAIAH 55 : 9 )
GENESIS 7 : 2 & GENESIS 8 : 16 – 22.
NOAH; A man who found grace in the eyes of the LORD.
When Noah finished the ark building, GOD gave him
a clear instruction to take with him seven pairs of
each clean animals, one pair of each unclean animal
and seven pairs of each birds to keep the species
alive on the face of all the earth.
To keep the species alive, if one pair of each unclean
animals are sufficient, why seven pair each of the clean
animals in the ark?
In case of birds, why seven pair each, clean or unclean?
Why extra ‘luggage’ in the ark?
GOD never explained; Simply said;
Noah never asked; Simply obeyed;
When the earth was dried, again GOD gave him clear
instruction to bring out every living thing out of the
ark; No numbers mentioned; Nearly after one year of
stay inside the ark, surely the numbers underwent
changes just by natural reproduction!
When all the living things came out of the ark,
Noah again started building, not an ark but an altar!
Check the Scripture carefully;
GOD did not mention any thing about the offerings!
But, Noah voluntarily offered the burnt offerings!
Not in a casual manner, but very carefully;
Only the clean animals and clean birds!
Think about the possible excuses!
The earth is so vast and the number of animals
and birds is so less and hence the life of every animal
and bird is so important to keep the species alive;
Why take risk by offering some?
May be after some time, the numbers will increase;
Is it not better to offer then than now?
When GOD is not specifically asking, why ‘waste’ the
But, Noah offered the burnt offerings;
And GOD smelled the soothing aroma!
The Result: The Noahic Covenant (GENESIS 8 : 21&22).
When was the last time you obeyed, like Noah, even if
the instructions were not clearly explained?
When was the last time you voluntarily offered your
scarce resources as a soothing aroma to GOD?
Some final questions?
The concepts of burnt offering, clean and unclean
animals and birds were explained only during Moses’
time. But how Noah grasped these things?
Is it true that any one who found grace in the sight of
the LORD and who is willing to obey GOD unreservedly
will be having an extra dose of wisdom to perceive things
much in advance?
I don’t know, but we all found grace in the sight of the
LORD because of the finished work of CHRIST;
If in addition, if we obey GOD sincerely,
Who knows, what kind of insights we all can have?
GOD IS THE LORD, AND HE HAS GIVEN US LIGHT;
BIND THE SACRIFICE WITH CORDS TO THE HORNS
OF THE ALTAR. (PSALM 118 : 27 )