Daniel was a man of God who found himself in a country besieged and under the rule of an idol serving king. Even though he was unknown by the now ruling king, he stood out as a man who was wise, able to learn quickly, and able to communicate well in the presence of the king.
What was it that drew attention to Daniel? Why such favor on him and his three Hebrew friends? It wasn’t just the recognition of an earthly king, it was through the blessing of the King of all creation.
In Daniel, chapter one, we find that Daniel was committed to God. Even when taking his portion of the King’s food and drink would have been easier, and probably more appetizing, Daniel chose to honor God by eating vegetables and drinking water rather than defiling himself.
Because of Daniel, Hananiah, Mishael, and Azariah’s commitment they were found to be the healthiest, wisest, and best suited for the King’s service.
Do you limit yourself because you feel you have nothing to offer? Do you feel you cannot be successful because your a Christian? Think again. While serving God is not a guarantee that you will become wealthy, God may choose to elevated you, giving you wisdom and favor because of your faithfulness in him.
We may not understand why God has us in the place we are in. Even when you feel you are a captive in the enemy’s territory, remain faithful. God place you in the King’s court!
On Father’s Day Sunday I was blessed with an opportunity to share a word that God has placed on my heart for the past few months. It’s a simple word, one that most people will identify with, but one that is life changing if we can only apply it.
The message was about drawing a line in the sand.
Drawing a line in the sand. Most people have probably heard the phrase and recognize it as a challenge – in many cases against someone else as we dare them to cross the invisible line we have drawn – but in this case a challenge to ourselves. The challenge is simply this: Stop dragging the chains and weights that the world (and devil) would have us carry.
We all have our different and unique battles but all normally can be drawn back to one of these 4 categories:
- The ME weight (selfishness, self-centeredness)
- The CROWD weight (trying to live up to the world’s expectations)
- The SAFETY weight (wanting to be in control and play it safe)
- The PLANS weight (depending on our own plans for our finances, careers, and life in general)
See, nothing new. Nothing super-spiritual. But what God has helped me realize (maybe later than you) is that if we cannot drop these weights and chains, we cannot be the men and women of God that He has created us to be.
We want to be warriors but we find ourselves being a worrier instead.
Over the next few entries I’m going to look at each of the areas above and explore how Jesus encountered these same obstacles and how He drew the line every time.
And when He drew that line, He refuse to second guess it or look back at other options….
Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a huge crowd of witnesses to the life of faith, let us strip off every weight that slows us down, especially the sin that so easily trips us up. And let us run with endurance the race God has set before us. Hebrews 12:1
If you would like to listen to the message from Father’s Day, please click here and then click on “A Line In The Sand”. Currently only the audio is online but the video should be up soon so you can see the videos as well!
Be blessed and strengthened in the Lord!
Have you ever gotten a new bank card and on the back it has the sticker that says, “Please call to activate this card”? You will find out fast that while the card is real, it is yours, and it is full of potential – it is totally useless to you until you activate it.
That’s how God’s promises are in our life.
He has made hundreds of promises over His children – promises of healing, of deliverance, of provision, of victory – but these promises are powerless to us unless we choose to activate them in our life.
So, how are they activated?
“Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see.” Hebrews 11:1
Hebrews chapter eleven gives example after example of Godly people putting faith into action and when they did, God moved! We see that through faith we are righteous, we walk with God, and we are obedient to God. By faith we look ahead to what God has in store. In faith we are shielded, we are led, we are victorious!
So many things, unimaginable things, are possible if we put our faith in God. There is nothing too big for the Creator of this universe, nothing too small for our Father who loves us so much. He only asks us to believe. Believe the awesome things He has promised and He will move in our life.
I have some awesome testimonies of what God has done for me and I’m certain many of you do, as well. If you have an example of how God has moved through your faith, share it with us!
Let’s work together to grow our faith!
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