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Day 19

Day 19 of The Giving of Thanks

Books.
Lots and lots of books and for the authors who write them and for times and days to read them. For shelves to hold them and for LOVE who built those shelves. For notes taken on the pages of a few, and for underlinings in yellow, blue, green, or pink and completion dates logged at the end. The gift of reading. Let us not take it for granted.

Revelation 20:12 (NLT) 12 I saw the dead, both great and small, standing before God’s throne. And the books were opened, including the Book of Life. And the dead were judged according to what they had done, as recorded in the books.   source

Daniel 7:10  (AMP) 10 “A river of fire was flowing And coming out from before Him; A thousand thousands were attending Him, And ten thousand times ten thousand were standing before Him; The court was seated, And the books were opened.source

Acts 28:23  (AMP) 23 When they had set a day for Paul, they came to his lodging in large numbers. And he carefully explained [Christianity] to them from morning until evening, solemnly testifying about the kingdom of God and trying to persuade them concerning Jesus, both from the Law of Moses and from the [writings of the] Prophets. source

Oh! Ever!

Reading Daniel chapter 6 today. I urge you to use the link below and read for yourselves; not just read but listen for the HOLY SPIRIT of GOD and what He might say to you.

Allow me to share just a couple nuggets.

What man could not do, GOD DID!

14 Then the king, when he heard these words, was much distressed and set his mind to deliver Daniel. And he labored till the sun went down to rescue him. 15 Then these men came by agreement to the king and said to the king, “Know, O king, that it is a law of the Medes and Persians that no injunction or ordinance that the king establishes can be changed.”  source

These words are not fillers. Not an exaggeration. The king LABORED all day; from the time he heard of Daniel’s morning prayer until the sun went down! That king turn over every legal stone he could find to lift, desperate to save Daniel from the lions’ den. He couldn’t! And don’t you know the small souls who tricked the king into signing that decree were so delighted to bring him the news that all his labor of the day was futile! Daniel was going to the lions’ den. I see them as just flat-out giddy with what they thought they had accomplished. Oh, be careful little humans what we plot! 

Oh! there are so many lessons in this chapter! It would take weeks, no it will take a lifetime to glean even a good portion of them!

And so Daniel was put into the den and now look at this! Perhaps like me you have not noticed it before.

17 And a stone was brought and laid on the mouth of the den, and the king sealed it with his own signet and with the signet of his lords, that nothing might be changed concerning Daniel. source

A stone was laid! A Seal was placed!

Nothing was getting in and nothing was getting out. So they thought!

Does that remind you of what it reminds me?!  Of another stone? Another seal? Another nothing getting out, nothing getting in?

But HE did!

But the angel answered and said to the women, “Do not be afraid, for I know you are looking for Yeshua who was crucified. He is not here; for He is risen, just as He said. Come, see the place where He was lying.  source

GOD Delivered!

GOD ALWAYS delivers just what He says He will! We can take that to the bank! Humanity with our best efforts will fail but GOD NEVER FAILS! Ever!

Daniel 6

Guaranteed!

 12 Then he said to me, “Do not be afraid, Daniel, for from the first day that you set your heart on understanding this and on humbling yourself before your God, your words were heard, and I have come in response to your words.   source Daniel 10

I confess when I read this verse this morning it was out of context. I invite you to click HERE and read the whole of it. 

But, before you click, let me share a short word. Do you see these words?

Do not be afraid

Upon reading them I asked what is it in this regard that I must not fear? Daniel had been praying and in response to his prayer he received a heavenly visitor. It is the heavenly visitor that instructed Daniel: “Do not be afraid . . .” So why? Now I think I know why Daniel was afraid. But what might we be afraid of when Father’s response to our prayer seems delayed? 

Consider this. When His answers do not quickly come, don’t be afraid.
Don’t be afraid that He did not hear.
Don’t be afraid that He does not care.
Just don’t be afraid.
Just trust that He IS.
Just trust His answer is on the way and it will be right on time! Guaranteed! 

Chazaq! 

Do Not Alter

Reading about Daniel this morning in Daniel 6.
1Now when Daniel knew that the document was signed, he entered his house (now in his roof chamber he had windows open toward Jerusalem); and he continued kneeling on his knees three times a day, praying and giving thanks before his God, as he had been doing previously.  source  NASB
Something I appreciate about him: when the decree came directing that prayers could be offered for the next 30 days only to King Darius and not to any other god and certainly not the GOD of Daniel, Daniel did what he had already been doing.
Praying evening, morning and noon unashamedly before an open window facing toward Jerusalem (please recall he was in a foreign land) to GOD.
He did not start something new because of the decree and he did not cease the good he was doing because of the decree.
Let us be reminded the decree was for only 30 days. Even so Daniel did not reason within himself, ‘well, it’s only 30 days. GOD will understand. I can start praying again when the 30 days have expired.’
Let not our obedience to GOD be altered by the will of man – not any man or any woman;  no matter how influential they may be, nor how close in relationship.  This is not easy but the same GOD who enabled Daniel is here to enable us. 

Chazaq!