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Living courageously

The story of Daniel in the Lion’s Den is one of my favorite stories in the Bible. It speaks of courage in the face of life threatening danger. The interesting thing is that everything in this story deals with Daniel’s courageous living prior to the lion’s Den. Nothing is really said of the experience in the Lion’s Den itself. Obviously at this point it was no longer Daniel’s courage but God’s action and protection are all that matter. The question for us is do we live out our life daily with courage or do we just want the experience of the Lion’s Den. I like what Steve Furtick says about this:

But most people will never have the opportunity to prove God’s faithfulness in the lions’ den because they have not proved their faith in everyday life.

They’re not going to see God come through for them in a huge way financially because they haven’t learned to trust Him with 10% of what they have.
They’re not going to see increased favor at work because they segregate God from their work.
They’re not going to see God use them in powerful ways at their school because they live in such a way that no one knows they even believe in God.

Don’t try to be like Daniel in the lions’ den. Be like Daniel who prayed every day and had integrity. Be like Daniel and serve God continually in every aspect of your life. Have the courage and faith to live in such a way that God actually has a platform to show His faithfulness from.

And then God will do His thing in the lions’ den.



January 20, 2012 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Fear God

There is always a strain in our Christian lives between being the friend of God and also fearing God. We certainly can find deep intimacy with God, but must never take his commands and a relationship with Him lightly

Zephaniah 1:1-6 describes God’s mightyand powerful hand against those who turn from Him. He uses words such as “consume, cut off, and stretch out my hand against.” This action is toward those who worship other gods and “have turned back from following the Lord, and have not sought the Lord, nor inquired of Him.”

God will do whatever is necessary to draw his people back to Himself. Turning from God, no longer seeking after Him and forgetting Him in prayer are serious issues that God will deal with. They are not optional and just for those who want to be super Christians. To inquire of Him means to petition him in prayer. How many Christians today are experiencing God’s hand upon them because they have taken lightly the issue of prayer.

May this day be a day when we turn our hearts fully back to God, seek Him with all that is within you and humble ourselves to Him in prayer.

January 10, 2012 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

die for the name

in Acts 21 Paul is meeting with close friends in fellowship and prayer together. While there a prophet named Agabus prophecies his arrest at the hands of the Jews in Jerusalem.

Immediately his friends plead with him not to go. These were close friends who loved him. they were prophets and evangelists who walked with God. Yet all begged of him not to go.

Paul’s response though was simply this “…why do you mean by weeping and breaking my heart? For I am ready not only to be bound, but also to die at Jerusalme for the name of the Lord Jesus.”

Paul had a radical faith that did not consider dying for the name of Jesus a loss but instead a gain. Strangely, Paul viewed persecution and possible death as a great privilege to be won rather than a great obstacle to be avoided at all cost.  What it makes me think is two things.

1. Am I one who would choose to preserve life over glorifying the name of Jesus, or do I have such radical faith as to see any persecution I may face for the sake and name of Christ a great victory and blessing in my life?

2. Paul was willing to suffer and even die for the name of Jesus Christ. Yet are most of us even willing to live for the name of Jesus Christ?Very few are ever called to die for the name but each one of us is called to live for the name with the same radical faith that Paul shows in his willingness to even die for it.

Paul knew that  “to live is Christ and to die is gain!”  Is this a truth that is true in our lives also?

January 4, 2012 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment