Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Daniel 11:32

Daniel 11:32
By smooth words he will turn to godlessness those who act wickedly toward the covenant, but the people who know their God will display strength and take action. NASB 

O Sovereign Lord of Heaven's Armies,
Your words are truth, and You have promised these good things to Your people.

The days we're living in are not so different from the days of Daniel. Mad men have come into power and are corrupting our churches by mandating political correctness. Eventually, they may completely prohibit us from congregating to worship. Forcing us to change our Scriptures, accept sexual immorality, and teach our children government approved propaganda is a reality. Anticipating the abolishment of our rights, and the associated atrocities is causing many Christians angst. 

Lord, I pray that you will arouse the complacent church from her sin-induced stupor. We have become a desolate sanctuary stoned on rituals and routines, high on prosperity and pleasure, entangled in emotions and entertainment. The time to sober up and surrender our whole hearts, minds, and souls to seeking You is NOW. We need much more than a Sunday social, even if the preacher is passionate teacher. We need to KNOW You personally and intimately in order to draw on Your power inwardly in the day of distress. You promise that those who KNOW their God will display strength and take action.

Today, I want to display strength and show action. I want to be a Daniel and risk standing up for righteousness, expose the exploits of evil, endure persecution when necessary, triumph through suffering, and accomplish great things for Your glory. Since there is no other way to have spiritual power except through the knowledge of You, I ask that You stir in my heart an unappeasable appetite for righteousness, and an unquenchable thirst for Your Word. I want to live courageously as a faithful follower filled with ALL the fullness of Christ.

O Lord, lean down and listen to me. Open Your eyes and see our despair. See how the church that bears Your Name is swaggering and about to be swallowed up by smooth talking swindlers. I make this plea, not because we deserve Your help, but because of Your mercy and because I revere Your Name. Amen.

We too can have the spiritual power of Daniel to do God's will and to make a positive impact on the godless world in which we live. As our knowledge of Him increases and our friendship with Him becomes more intimate, He makes His power more readily available to us. The people who KNOW their God will display strength and take action. They will be full of faith instead of fear, believing God will save their soul.

When you read your Bible, look for truths about God's character, and promises He makes to those He has chosen. Write them on a sticky note or index card that you can carry with you. Think about God frequently throughout the day by pondering your truth card. In each new situation ask yourself, "How would I respond if I really knew (believed) this truth about God?"

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