(Daniel 10:12-14) 12 “Don’t be afraid, Daniel, he said to me,” for from this day that you purpose to understand and to humble yourself before your God, your prayers were heard. I have come because of your prayers.13 “But the prince of the kingdom of Persia opposed me for 21 days. Then Michael, one of the chief princes, came to help me after I had been left there with the kings of Persua.14 Now I have come to help you understand what will happen to your people on the last days, for the vision refers to these days. (HCSB)
Michael the archangel reveals himself to Daniel and tells him his prayers have been heard, and that he was there to explain prophecies that have begun to unfold, and how his people will be impacted. At this time when political affairs of Persia had been influenced by supernatural forces (Good against evil), possibly angels at war- That despite all of these things he was to remain strong, To make preparations for the future.
You will hear of wars and rumors of war…. That the worse is yet to come (Daniel 8:20-21).
We live in a world of Government corruption, where leaders are being led by other agendas’-Where we sheep are being led to slaughter, Literally. Yes. We ought to be concerned, pray for our country, though we must be focused on making provisions, preparing our spiritual vessels for our personal journey ahead.
(Daniel 2:19-20) The mystery was revealed to Daniel in a vision at night, and Daniel praised the God of heaven and declared: Mat the name of God be praised forever and ever, for wisdom and power belong to Him (HCSB)
Daniel was hard-pressed by Nebuchadnezzer to interpret this dream of his, that even his personal diviners failed to do. Attached to the task was an ultimatum his diviners became benefactors of. When we find ourselves in a position of making decisions, particularly those that will greatly impact out lives, and have far reaching effects, we must be careful to include the Lord in the process. Outside of Him, relying on our own understanding can be disastrous. “Open the eyes of my heart,” Yes, You, O Lord, are the source of my wisdom. Reveal your message to me and show me the way to go.
“I cannot do it,” Joseph replied to Pharoah,
” but God will give Pharoah the answers he desires (Gen. 41:6)
I commit this to you for your consideration, O Lord, and rest in your faithfulness and favor to show me which way to go.
(Philippians 4:8) Finally brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable- if there is any moral excellence and if there is any praise- dwell on these. (HCSB)
These last two days had been such a blessing, thank you, Lord! I received a much-needed lesson on the importance of love and the family unit. I was invited to spend time with a friend of mine and his parents and brother who were here in vacation from Chicago. I finally got the chance to catch up on old times, and meet his family he always spoke about.
I was honored to be the designated tour guide and showed them the few places I knew of myself. Their appreciation and expressions were priceless as they experienced a sea turtle brush up against them, the cascading waterfalls on the mountains that flowed down the rivers and dumping into the Pacific, to the stretch of white sand beach that offered Hawaiian sunshine and a little surf. Yes, a great time was had by all, Although, the highlight of my visit was the time we sat around talking about our life experiences, places we’ve been to, our younger days and the things that matter most in individual lives which invariably was the whole point of this vacation. I’m reminded that despite our ethnic backgrounds, social statuses, our accomplishments, we are all the same in terms of the family unit.
Growing pains, trials and tribulations, we all have them. How we navigate through them defines who we’ve become as a person, and what we stand for. In the case of my friend as his family, their value of spending the precious time that’s left with one another because of their upbringing. I’ve learned a life’s lesson in two days, and clearly, I need to set down my spear and begin mending fences while I’ve still have fences to mend. Psalm 147:10-11 He is not impressed by strength of a horse; He does not value the power of man.11 The Lord values those who fear Him, those who put their hope in His faithfulness.
John 16:12-13 I still have many things to tell you, but you can’t bear them now.13 When the Spirit of truth come, He will guide you into the truth (HCSB)
There was so much more to be Jesus wanted to reveal to the disciples though the time was not right. Perhaps, He wanted them to meditate on what they had been taught all along to appreciate what was about to come. “You can’t bear them right now”.. They would not be able to process they upcoming event.
There is so much more the Lord wants to reveal to us, so much more He wants to share about Himself, but we must be able to grasp it, To appreciate the weight of the Scriptures, otherwise it would be dumbfounded as it would only be foolishness to us.
WE SHARE THE SAME RESPONSIBILITY
Paul was committed to, and made certain that his co-workers preached the same Gospel to all of the churches he had planted, and we bear the same responsibility of stewarding the word of God.
(Matthew 22:29 Jesus replied, “You are deceived because you don’t know the Scriptures or the power of God.
You are wrong because you know neither the Scriptures nor the power of God (ESV)
For the reason, we must study the Scriptures, we must meditate on them and pray for understanding, that we may grow in understanding. I’d add another caveat, the Scriptures is our Sword of the Spirit (Ephesians 6:11), and the sharper our swords are, we can discern those who have taken these Scriptures and fashioned them to fit their own agendas’.
It is my prayer and my hope that this hunger and thirst for God’s word will never subside-That I may study His word with the eyes of my heart wide open. I pray for continuously growth and maturity that I might be a vessel worthy of advancing His Gospel.
(1 Timothy 1:15) This saying is trustworthy and deserving of full acceptance: “Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners-and I am the worst of them (HCSB)
No matter what our background, everyone has a place in God’s plan of salvation- We can all bear witnesses to the saving grace of Christ Jesus- There is no better testimony we can give of ourselves than where we are at, right now. Jesus came seeking the downtrodden, the broken and contrite-That which was lost. In Paul’s case, A persecutor of Christians (Luke 19:10).
We were all aliens of the cross, Strangers to the God’s kingdom, Though at some point, we’ve allowed our pain become our ministry- the launching point of our spiritual growth and maturity in Christ, The beginning of our supernatural transformation
(1 Timothy 1:12-13) I give thanks to Christ Jesus our Lord who has strengthened me, because He considered me faithful, appointing me to the ministry-13 one who was formerly a blasphemer, a persecutor and an arrogant man
(2 Timothy 4:6-7) 6 I am already being poured out as a drink offering, and the time of my departure is close. 7 I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith (HCSB)
A HUNGER THAT SURPASSES OUR DESIRE TO BE CHRISTIAN
Christianity goes beyond a title, beyond a right, It is a calling, a distinction for those living out their faith. In his final letter, Paul again impresses the importance of teaching the proper doctrine through living the gospels, and the conduct of his co-workers in Christ. Those who have been with him all along had accepted that the mission fields are hostile and they were committed to go the distance for the sake of the gospels,
(Matthew 7:14) Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth to life, and few there be that find it (KJV)
Many will embark on the journey, but few will endure to the finish. For this reason, we must forge ahead in our faith, even in the midst of our distractions This same faith that tells us, that though the mission fields are hostile, that persecution and judgement are inevitable, We must persevere so we aren’t disqualified before we finish (1 Cor.9: 24-26). This very message would be taken into every church in the region.
(2 Timothy 4:7) 7 I have fought the hood fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. In the end, Paul had no regrets, and left nothing on the table. He finished strong. Be Blessed
The Lord said to Moses, ”Why are you crying out to me? Tell the Israelites to break camp.16 As for you, stretch out your hand over the sea and divide it so the Israelites can go through on dry land (HCSB)
What is it that would make us feel unqualified, unworthy- never good enough to undertake certain tasks; What is that thing that would cause us to choose to focus in the failure and not the victory? Perhaps we never really had a grasp of God’s faithfulness, maybe we’re right on the precipice of God’s greatness and afraid to take that next step, Ironically, that is where our next blessing is.
Moses was tasked by God to deliver His people out of the tyranny of Pharoah and into the Promised Land. Though God had been grooming him all along, he doubted his qualifications and being equal to the task of completing his assignment.
Spiritual maturity requires that we step over that preverbal line into that hand’s of God’s greatness, into this area that hold’s our feet to fire of the faith we profess. We might study and meditate on God’s work backwards and forward, believing that we have grown that much more in our knowledge of Him, and et miss the mark of experiencing His glory (1 Corinthians 2:9), the entire reason of God’s sacrifice and Jesus’ ministry-
(Philippians 3:10-11) My goal is to know Him, and the power of His resurrection and the fellowship of His sufferings, being conformed to His death, 11 assuming that I will somehow reach the resurrection from among the dead
My prayer and challenge, is to choose to go after my giant, step towards it, and claim the victory in Christ that is waiting for me. I pray that I may be made more than qualified for my next assignment.