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Embattled then restored…

For everything that was written in the past was written to teach us, so that through the endurance taught in the Scriptures and the encouragement they provide we might have hope. Romans

Comments, thoughts and reflections welcome.

Daniel 8:1-14

In the third year of the reign of King Belshazzar a vision appeared to me, Daniel, after that which appeared to me at the first.

 And I saw in the vision; and when I saw, I was in Susa the citadel, which is in the province of Elam. And I saw in the vision, and I was at the Ulai canal.

 I raised my eyes and saw, and behold, a ram standing on the bank of the canal. It had two horns, and both horns were high, but one was higher than the other, and the higher one came up last.

 I saw the ram charging westward and northward and southward. No beast could stand before him, and there was no one who could rescue from his power. He did as he pleased and became great.

 As I was considering, behold, a male goat came from the west across the face of the whole earth, without touching the ground. And the goat had a conspicuous horn between his eyes.

 He came to the ram with the two horns, which I had seen standing on the bank of the canal, and he ran at him in his powerful wrath.

 I saw him come close to the ram, and he was enraged against him and struck the ram and broke his two horns. And the ram had no power to stand before him, but he cast him down to the ground and trampled on him. And there was no one who could rescue the ram from his power.

 Then the goat became exceedingly great, but when he was strong, the great horn was broken, and instead of it there came up four conspicuous horns toward the four winds of heaven.

 Out of one of them came a little horn, which grew exceedingly great toward the south, toward the east, and toward the glorious land.

 It grew great, even to the host of heaven. And some of the host and some of the stars it threw down to the ground and trampled on them.

 It became great, even as great as the Prince of the host. And the regular burnt offering was taken away from him, and the place of his sanctuary was overthrown.

 And a host will be given over to it together with the regular burnt offering because of transgression, and it will throw truth to the ground, and it will act and prosper.

 Then I heard a holy one speaking, and another holy one said to the one who spoke, “For how long is the vision concerning the regular burnt offering, the transgression that makes desolate, and the giving over of the sanctuary and host to be trampled underfoot?”

 And he said to me, “For 2,300 evenings and mornings. Then the sanctuary shall be restored to its rightful state.”

 

All things change, nothing remains the same. Governments come and go. Philosophy ebbs and flows. Societies morph from one state to another and back again. God remains. The battles for supremacy continue, beginning small and growing strong only to face another in its prime and be destroyed. Battles are physical and spiritual. We are continually given in scripture through Jesus that we will overcome the enemy. This is true for each of us personally and for each corporate group of believers. We only need to stand strong; keep our faith strong, and look to the author and finisher of our faith. “…it will be restored…”

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October 30, 2014 Posted by | bible study, Encouragement from the Word, The Word in our lives | , , , , | Leave a comment

When to share; and when not to share…

For everything that was written in the past was written to teach us, so that through the endurance taught in the Scriptures and the encouragement they provide we might have hope. Romans

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Daniel 7:19-28

 “Then I desired to know the truth about the fourth beast, which was different from all the rest, exceedingly terrifying, with its teeth of iron and claws of bronze, and which devoured and broke in pieces and stamped what was left with its feet,

 and about the ten horns that were on its head, and the other horn that came up and before which three of them fell, the horn that had eyes and a mouth that spoke great things, and that seemed greater than its companions.

 As I looked, this horn made war with the saints and prevailed over them,

 until the Ancient of Days came, and judgment was given for the saints of the Most High, and the time came when the saints possessed the kingdom.

 “Thus he said: ‘As for the fourth beast, there shall be a fourth kingdom on earth, which shall be different from all the kingdoms, and it shall devour the whole earth, and trample it down, and break it to pieces.

 As for the ten horns, out of this kingdom ten kings shall arise, and another shall arise after them; he shall be different from the former ones, and shall put down three kings.

 He shall speak words against the Most High, and shall wear out the saints of the Most High, and shall think to change the times and the law; and they shall be given into his hand for a time, times, and half a time.

 But the court shall sit in judgment, and his dominion shall be taken away, to be consumed and destroyed to the end.

 And the kingdom and the dominion and the greatness of the kingdoms under the whole heaven shall be given to the people of the saints of the Most High; his kingdom shall be an everlasting kingdom, and all dominions shall serve and obey him.’

 “Here is the end of the matter. As for me, Daniel, my thoughts greatly alarmed me, and my color changed, but I kept the matter in my heart.”  copied from eSword.

 

Not meant for sharing? Are there times when the Holy Spirit reveals some things to us that are better kept to ourselves? Are there times when what is revealed is to be held until the Spirit releases it? Each of us receives insights into the things of God as we read and pray, if we ask for the Holy Spirit to grant us remembrance and understanding. It is noteworthy that Daniel felt this was to be held back. Let’s be sure to seek the wisdom of God in how, when, and what we share with others.

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October 29, 2014 Posted by | bible study, Encouragement from the Word, The Word in our lives | , , , , , | Leave a comment

Among the holy ones…

For everything that was written in the past was written to teach us, so that through the endurance taught in the Scriptures and the encouragement they provide we might have hope. Romans

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Daniel 7:1-19

In the first year of Belshazzar king of Babylon, Daniel saw a dream and visions of his head as he lay in his bed. Then he wrote down the dream and told the sum of the matter.

 Daniel declared, “I saw in my vision by night, and behold, the four winds of heaven were stirring up the great sea.

 And four great beasts came up out of the sea, different from one another.

 The first was like a lion and had eagles’ wings. Then as I looked its wings were plucked off, and it was lifted up from the ground and made to stand on two feet like a man, and the mind of a man was given to it.

 And behold, another beast, a second one, like a bear. It was raised up on one side. It had three ribs in its mouth between its teeth; and it was told, ‘Arise, devour much flesh.’

 After this I looked, and behold, another, like a leopard, with four wings of a bird on its back. And the beast had four heads, and dominion was given to it.

 After this I saw in the night visions, and behold, a fourth beast, terrifying and dreadful and exceedingly strong. It had great iron teeth; it devoured and broke in pieces and stamped what was left with its feet. It was different from all the beasts that were before it, and it had ten horns.

I considered the horns, and behold, there came up among them another horn, a little one, before which three of the first horns were plucked up by the roots. And behold, in this horn were eyes like the eyes of a man, and a mouth speaking great things.

“As I looked, thrones were placed, and the Ancient of Days took his seat; his clothing was white as snow, and the hair of his head like pure wool; his throne was fiery flames; its wheels were burning fire.

 A stream of fire issued and came out from before him; a thousand thousands served him, and ten thousand times ten thousand stood before him; the court sat in judgment, and the books were opened.

 “I looked then because of the sound of the great words that the horn was speaking. And as I looked, the beast was killed, and its body destroyed and given over to be burned with fire.

 As for the rest of the beasts, their dominion was taken away, but their lives were prolonged for a season and a time.

 “I saw in the night visions, and behold, with the clouds of heaven there came one like a son of man, and he came to the Ancient of Days and was presented before him.

And to him was given dominion and glory and a kingdom, that all peoples, nations, and languages should serve him; his dominion is an everlasting dominion, which shall not pass away, and his kingdom one that shall not be destroyed.

 “As for me, Daniel, my spirit within me was anxious, and the visions of my head alarmed me.

 I approached one of those who stood there and asked him the truth concerning all this. So he told me and made known to me the interpretation of the things.

 ‘These four great beasts are four kings who shall arise out of the earth.

 But the saints of the Most High shall receive the kingdom and possess the kingdom forever, forever and ever.’

 “Then I desired to know the truth about the fourth beast, which was different from all the rest, exceedingly terrifying, with its teeth of iron and claws of bronze, and which devoured and broke in pieces and stamped what was left with its feet,

 

Do we consider ourselves among the holy ones, the saints, as we follow Christ? Then there is coming a time of persecution and pain. But there will follow a time of victory and this will last forever. How do we apply this? Perhaps on many levels. For our daily living we know we face many obstacles to our peace. This can be in the form of the driver who cuts us off as an example. How do we react? We are victors, if we are believers. This event and others like it should not disturb our peace, for we are victors. Revelation calls us overcomers. We overcome in the spirit. We do not have to cave in to feelings of rejection, lack of control, injured pride. Our peace remains because we know the end, it rests in Christ and we are in Christ. What is truly important? To life? Ask the one facing death or one who has faced death. Relationships with God and our fellow man and woman take priority. Loving beyond the hurt, pain, depression and destruction creates overcomers for they see beyond the events and the feelings. Blessed be the name of the Lord.

 

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October 28, 2014 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

He delivers and rescues…

For everything that was written in the past was written to teach us, so that through the endurance taught in the Scriptures and the encouragement they provide we might have hope. Romans

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Daniel 6:25-28

 Then King Darius wrote to all the peoples, nations, and languages that dwell in all the earth: “Peace be multiplied to you.

 I make a decree, that in all my royal dominion people are to tremble and fear before the God of Daniel, for he is the living God, enduring forever; his kingdom shall never be destroyed, and his dominion shall be to the end.

 He delivers and rescues; he works signs and wonders in heaven and on earth, he who has saved Daniel from the power of the lions.”

 So this Daniel prospered during the reign of Darius and the reign of Cyrus the Persian.

 

Throughout the Bible are events that have been written down to be passed on to the generations that follow. These events share common themes and teachings. One principle that appears often is stated this way; when we set a trap for someone else we will more than likely end up caught in it ourselves. Unfortunately we also see another principle here; what we do  affects those around us, usually the ones closest to us. The men who were attempting to eliminate Daniel motivated by jealousy, were given the same treatment but not just them; it extended to their families. They did not have a faith in God to protect them; their hearts were devious and evil and it came back on them without mercy. God’s mercy, grace and love is extended to all . We must seek it and receive it to possess it. We should be grateful and ever praising the Lord for that mercy and grace.

 

he is the living God, enduring forever; his kingdom shall never be destroyed, and his dominion shall be to the end. He delivers and rescues; he works signs and wonders in heaven and on earth,

 

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October 27, 2014 Posted by | bible study, Encouragement from the Word, The Word in our lives | , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

A Faithful God…

For everything that was written in the past was written to teach us, so that through the endurance taught in the Scriptures and the encouragement they provide we might have hope. Romans

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Daniel 6:1-24

 It pleased Darius to set over the kingdom 120 satraps, to be throughout the whole kingdom;

 and over them three high officials, of whom Daniel was one, to whom these satraps should give account, so that the king might suffer no loss.

 Then this Daniel became distinguished above all the other high officials and satraps, because an excellent spirit was in him. And the king planned to set him over the whole kingdom.

 Then the high officials and the satraps sought to find a ground for complaint against Daniel with regard to the kingdom, but they could find no ground for complaint or any fault, because he was faithful, and no error or fault was found in him.

 Then these men said, “We shall not find any ground for complaint against this Daniel unless we find it in connection with the law of his God.”

 Then these high officials and satraps came by agreement to the king and said to him, “O King Darius, live forever!

 All the high officials of the kingdom, the prefects and the satraps, the counselors and the governors are agreed that the king should establish an ordinance and enforce an injunction, that whoever makes petition to any god or man for thirty days, except to you, O king, shall be cast into the den of lions.

 Now, O king, establish the injunction and sign the document, so that it cannot be changed, according to the law of the Medes and the Persians, which cannot be revoked.”

 Therefore King Darius signed the document and injunction.

 When Daniel knew that the document had been signed, he went to his house where he had windows in his upper chamber open toward Jerusalem. He got down on his knees three times a day and prayed and gave thanks before his God, as he had done previously.

 Then these men came by agreement and found Daniel making petition and plea before his God.

 Then they came near and said before the king, concerning the injunction, “O king! Did you not sign an injunction, that anyone who makes petition to any god or man within thirty days except to you, O king, shall be cast into the den of lions?” The king answered and said, “The thing stands fast, according to the law of the Medes and Persians, which cannot be revoked.”

 Then they answered and said before the king, “Daniel, who is one of the exiles from Judah, pays no attention to you, O king, or the injunction you have signed, but makes his petition three times a day.”

 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.

 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.”

 Then the king commanded, and Daniel was brought and cast into the den of lions. The king declared to Daniel, “May your God, whom you serve continually, deliver you!”

 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.

 Then the king went to his palace and spent the night fasting; no diversions were brought to him, and sleep fled from him.

 Then, at break of day, the king arose and went in haste to the den of lions.

As he came near to the den where Daniel was, he cried out in a tone of anguish. The king declared to Daniel, “O Daniel, servant of the living God, has your God, whom you serve continually, been able to deliver you from the lions?”

 Then Daniel said to the king, “O king, live forever!

 My God sent his angel and shut the lions’ mouths, and they have not harmed me, because I was found blameless before him; and also before you, O king, I have done no harm.”

 Then the king was exceedingly glad, and commanded that Daniel be taken up out of the den. So Daniel was taken up out of the den, and no kind of harm was found on him, because he had trusted in his God.

 And the king commanded, and those men who had maliciously accused Daniel were brought and cast into the den of lions—they, their children, and their wives. And before they reached the bottom of the den, the lions overpowered them and broke all their bones in pieces.

 

The king tried to reverse the law of man and found he couldn’t. He then looked to see what God could do. Daniel relied on God and was rewarded with continued life. In all of this God received the glory. We serve a faithful God who will get the glory when we as his children, following his example, are found faithful to him alone, no matter what the law of man states.

 

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October 26, 2014 Posted by | bible study, Encouragement from the Word, The Word in our lives | , , , , | Leave a comment

One God, One Lord, One King…

For everything that was written in the past was written to teach us, so that through the endurance taught in the Scriptures and the encouragement they provide we might have hope. Romans

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Daniel 5

King Belshazzar made a great feast for a thousand of his lords and drank wine in front of the thousand.

 Belshazzar, when he tasted the wine, commanded that the vessels of gold and of silver that Nebuchadnezzar his father had taken out of the temple in Jerusalem be brought, that the king and his lords, his wives, and his concubines might drink from them.

 Then they brought in the golden vessels that had been taken out of the temple, the house of God in Jerusalem, and the king and his lords, his wives, and his concubines drank from them.

 They drank wine and praised the gods of gold and silver, bronze, iron, wood, and stone.

 Immediately the fingers of a human hand appeared and wrote on the plaster of the wall of the king’s palace, opposite the lampstand. And the king saw the hand as it wrote.

 Then the king’s color changed, and his thoughts alarmed him; his limbs gave way, and his knees knocked together.

 The king called loudly to bring in the enchanters, the Chaldeans, and the astrologers. The king declared to the wise men of Babylon, “Whoever reads this writing, and shows me its interpretation, shall be clothed with purple and have a chain of gold around his neck and shall be the third ruler in the kingdom.”

 Then all the king’s wise men came in, but they could not read the writing or make known to the king the interpretation.

 Then King Belshazzar was greatly alarmed, and his color changed, and his lords were perplexed.

 The queen, because of the words of the king and his lords, came into the banqueting hall, and the queen declared, “O king, live forever! Let not your thoughts alarm you or your color change.

There is a man in your kingdom in whom is the spirit of the holy gods. In the days of your father, light and understanding and wisdom like the wisdom of the gods were found in him, and King Nebuchadnezzar, your father—your father the king—made him chief of the magicians, enchanters, Chaldeans, and astrologers,

 because an excellent spirit, knowledge, and understanding to interpret dreams, explain riddles, and solve problems were found in this Daniel, whom the king named Belteshazzar. Now let Daniel be called, and he will show the interpretation.”

 Then Daniel was brought in before the king. The king answered and said to Daniel, “You are that Daniel, one of the exiles of Judah, whom the king my father brought from Judah.

 I have heard of you that the spirit of the gods is in you, and that light and understanding and excellent wisdom are found in you.

 Now the wise men, the enchanters, have been brought in before me to read this writing and make known to me its interpretation, but they could not show the interpretation of the matter.

 But I have heard that you can give interpretations and solve problems. Now if you can read the writing and make known to me its interpretation, you shall be clothed with purple and have a chain of gold around your neck and shall be the third ruler in the kingdom.”

Then Daniel answered and said before the king, “Let your gifts be for yourself, and give your rewards to another. Nevertheless, I will read the writing to the king and make known to him the interpretation.

O king, the Most High God gave Nebuchadnezzar your father kingship and greatness and glory and majesty.

 And because of the greatness that he gave him, all peoples, nations, and languages trembled and feared before him. Whom he would, he killed, and whom he would, he kept alive; whom he would, he raised up, and whom he would, he humbled.

 But when his heart was lifted up and his spirit was hardened so that he dealt proudly, he was brought down from his kingly throne, and his glory was taken from him.

 He was driven from among the children of mankind, and his mind was made like that of a beast, and his dwelling was with the wild donkeys. He was fed grass like an ox, and his body was wet with the dew of heaven, until he knew that the Most High God rules the kingdom of mankind and sets over it whom he will.

 And you his son, Belshazzar, have not humbled your heart, though you knew all this,

 but you have lifted up yourself against the Lord of heaven. And the vessels of his house have been brought in before you, and you and your lords, your wives, and your concubines have drunk wine from them. And you have praised the gods of silver and gold, of bronze, iron, wood, and stone, which do not see or hear or know, but the God in whose hand is your breath, and whose are all your ways, you have not honored.

 “Then from his presence the hand was sent, and this writing was inscribed.

 And this is the writing that was inscribed: MENE, MENE, TEKEL, and PARSIN.

 This is the interpretation of the matter: MENE, God has numbered the days of your kingdom and brought it to an end;

 TEKEL, you have been weighed in the balances and found wanting;

 PERES, your kingdom is divided and given to the Medes and Persians.”

 Then Belshazzar gave the command, and Daniel was clothed with purple, a chain of gold was put around his neck, and a proclamation was made about him, that he should be the third ruler in the kingdom.

 That very night Belshazzar the Chaldean king was killed.

 And Darius the Mede received the kingdom, being about sixty-two years old.

 

We are told who God is in this passage, both who he is and the power he has. He is greater than any of us, no matter what earthly, human power we hold. Upon reflection, where is our heart, does it glory in Him or in our own accomplishments and station in life? If we are His, we will be giving Him all the glory.

 

the Most High God rules the kingdom of mankind and sets over it whom he will.

 

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October 24, 2014 Posted by | bible study, Encouragement from the Word, The Word in our lives | , , , , , | Leave a comment

Righteous perspective…

For everything that was written in the past was written to teach us, so that through the endurance taught in the Scriptures and the encouragement they provide we might have hope. Romans

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Daniel 4:25-37

that you shall be driven from among men, and your dwelling shall be with the beasts of the field. You shall be made to eat grass like an ox, and you shall be wet with the dew of heaven, and seven periods of time shall pass over you, till you know that the Most High rules the kingdom of men and gives it to whom he will.

 And as it was commanded to leave the stump of the roots of the tree, your kingdom shall be confirmed for you from the time that you know that Heaven rules.

 Therefore, O king, let my counsel be acceptable to you: break off your sins by practicing righteousness, and your iniquities by showing mercy to the oppressed, that there may perhaps be a lengthening of your prosperity.”

 All this came upon King Nebuchadnezzar.

At the end of twelve months he was walking on the roof of the royal palace of Babylon,

 and the king answered and said, “Is not this great Babylon, which I have built by my mighty power as a royal residence and for the glory of my majesty?”

 While the words were still in the king’s mouth, there fell a voice from heaven, “O King Nebuchadnezzar, to you it is spoken: The kingdom has departed from you,

and you shall be driven from among men, and your dwelling shall be with the beasts of the field. And you shall be made to eat grass like an ox, and seven periods of time shall pass over you, until you know that the Most High rules the kingdom of men and gives it to whom he will.”

 Immediately the word was fulfilled against Nebuchadnezzar. He was driven from among men and ate grass like an ox, and his body was wet with the dew of heaven till his hair grew as long as eagles’ feathers, and his nails were like birds’ claws.

 At the end of the days I, Nebuchadnezzar, lifted my eyes to heaven, and my reason returned to me, and I blessed the Most High, and praised and honored him who lives forever, for his dominion is an everlasting dominion, and his kingdom endures from generation to generation;

 all the inhabitants of the earth are accounted as nothing, and he does according to his will among the host of heaven and among the inhabitants of the earth; and none can stay his hand or say to him, “What have you done?”

At the same time my reason returned to me, and for the glory of my kingdom, my majesty and splendor returned to me. My counselors and my lords sought me, and I was established in my kingdom, and still more greatness was added to me.

 Now I, Nebuchadnezzar, praise and extol and honor the King of heaven, for all his works are right and his ways are just; and those who walk in pride he is able to humble.- from e-Sword

 

From the writings of an ancient king who once ruled the entire then known world come these words. God’s word is truth, he does not lie. We learn of who he is and what he does as we read his word. That word informs us as we live; how to conduct ourselves, our actions and our words, our thoughts. Over and over we are shown the risk we take when we allow pride in ourselves to arise, the kind of pride that lays claim what is rightfully God’s. Righteous perspective gives place to the One from whom all comes. We are able to do what we do only by His grace as it is given to us by God, our Creator. Let us be careful to put the credit where it rightfully belongs. We can do all things through Christ — two words that give hope, understanding and ability. Beware of the pride we hear spoken all around us. God is still a jealous god. Now that we have salvation, through His grace, let us live lives that demonstrate love for our God and fellowmen. Not seeking our own honor but raising Christ who draws all men to himself. Be sure judgment may come on those who persist to live in the place Nebuchadnezzar lived, and we may find ourselves at its effect, but God protected the Israelites in Goshen and He has not changed. He looks after His own.

 

praise and extol and honor the King of heaven, for all his works are right and his ways are just; and those who walk in pride he is able to humble.

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October 23, 2014 Posted by | bible study, Encouragement from the Word, The Word in our lives | , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

The Most High rules…

For everything that was written in the past was written to teach us, so that through the endurance taught in the Scriptures and the encouragement they provide we might have hope. Romans

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Daniel 4:16-24

Then Daniel, whose name was Belteshazzar, was dismayed for a while, and his thoughts alarmed him. The king answered and said, “Belteshazzar, let not the dream or the interpretation alarm you.” Belteshazzar answered and said, “My lord, may the dream be for those who hate you and its interpretation for your enemies!

 The tree you saw, which grew and became strong, so that its top reached to heaven, and it was visible to the end of the whole earth,

 whose leaves were beautiful and its fruit abundant, and in which was food for all, under which beasts of the field found shade, and in whose branches the birds of the heavens lived—

 it is you, O king, who have grown and become strong. Your greatness has grown and reaches to heaven, and your dominion to the ends of the earth.

 And because the king saw a watcher, a holy one, coming down from heaven and saying, ‘Chop down the tree and destroy it, but leave the stump of its roots in the earth, bound with a band of iron and bronze, in the tender grass of the field, and let him be wet with the dew of heaven, and let his portion be with the beasts of the field, till seven periods of time pass over him,’

 this is the interpretation, O king: It is a decree of the Most High, which has come upon my lord the king,

 that you shall be driven from among men, and your dwelling shall be with the beasts of the field. You shall be made to eat grass like an ox, and you shall be wet with the dew of heaven, and seven periods of time shall pass over you, till you know that the Most High rules the kingdom of men and gives it to whom he will.

 And as it was commanded to leave the stump of the roots of the tree, your kingdom shall be confirmed for you from the time that you know that Heaven rules.

 Therefore, O king, let my counsel be acceptable to you: break off your sins by practicing righteousness, and your iniquities by showing mercy to the oppressed, that there may perhaps be a lengthening of your prosperity.”

 All this came upon King Nebuchadnezzar.

At the end of twelve months he was walking on the roof of the royal palace of Babylon,

 and the king answered and said, “Is not this great Babylon, which I have built by my mighty power as a royal residence and for the glory of my majesty?”

 While the words were still in the king’s mouth, there fell a voice from heaven, “O King Nebuchadnezzar, to you it is spoken: The kingdom has departed from you,

 and you shall be driven from among men, and your dwelling shall be with the beasts of the field. And you shall be made to eat grass like an ox, and seven periods of time shall pass over you, until you know that the Most High rules the kingdom of men and gives it to whom he will.”

 Immediately the word was fulfilled against Nebuchadnezzar. He was driven from among men and ate grass like an ox, and his body was wet with the dew of heaven till his hair grew as long as eagles’ feathers, and his nails were like birds’ claws.

 At the end of the days I, Nebuchadnezzar, lifted my eyes to heaven, and my reason returned to me, and I blessed the Most High, and praised and honored him who lives forever, for his dominion is an everlasting dominion, and his kingdom endures from generation to generation;

ll the inhabitants of the earth are accounted as nothing, and he does according to his will among the host of heaven and among the inhabitants of the earth; and none can stay his hand or say to him, “What have you done?”

 At the same time my reason returned to me, and for the glory of my kingdom, my majesty and splendor returned to me. My counselors and my lords sought me, and I was established in my kingdom, and still more greatness was added to me.

 Now I, Nebuchadnezzar, praise and extol and honor the King of heaven, for all his works are right and his ways are just; and those who walk in pride he is able to humble.

“until you learn that the Most High rules in the human kingdom and gives it to whomever he pleases.”

Has God changed? Has humanity? It is good for us to recognize who is in control. We do not grant it to him, he has it! We do well to recognize who he is, what he does and who we are. We can do all things in him. The key lies in two small words…in him. Let us recognize who he is, give him all honor and glory. Give him respect as that one does who works with a dangerous substance knowing what it can do if misused. He is all power and his words stand. Let us not be found in a place where the word is spoken against us. Let us be in that place of love and obedience, respect and honor, recognizing who he is and what he does and what he has done for us, It is not his wish that all perish; for that reason he gave his son for our salvation. Can we rest in that and give him glory? Let us say with Nebuchadnezzar:

 

praise and extol and honor the King of heaven, for all his works are right and his ways are just; and those who walk in pride he is able to humble.

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October 22, 2014 Posted by | bible study, Encouragement from the Word, The Word in our lives | , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Can others see the Spirit of the Holy God in us?

For everything that was written in the past was written to teach us, so that through the endurance taught in the Scriptures and the encouragement they provide we might have hope. Romans

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Dan4:1-18

 

 I, Nebuchadnezzar, was at ease in my house and prospering in my palace.

 I saw a dream that made me afraid. As I lay in bed the fancies and the visions of my head alarmed me.

 So I made a decree that all the wise men of Babylon should be brought before me, that they might make known to me the interpretation of the dream.

 Then the magicians, the enchanters, the Chaldeans, and the astrologers came in, and I told them the dream, but they could not make known to me its interpretation.

 At last Daniel came in before me—he who was named Belteshazzar after the name of my god, and in whom is the spirit of the holy gods—and I told him the dream, saying,

 “O Belteshazzar, chief of the magicians, because I know that the spirit of the holy gods is in you and that no mystery is too difficult for you, tell me the visions of my dream that I saw and their interpretation.

 The visions of my head as I lay in bed were these: I saw, and behold, a tree in the midst of the earth, and its height was great.

 The tree grew and became strong, and its top reached to heaven, and it was visible to the end of the whole earth.

 Its leaves were beautiful and its fruit abundant, and in it was food for all. The beasts of the field found shade under it, and the birds of the heavens lived in its branches, and all flesh was fed from it.

 “I saw in the visions of my head as I lay in bed, and behold, a watcher, a holy one, came down from heaven.

 He proclaimed aloud and said thus: ‘Chop down the tree and lop off its branches, strip off its leaves and scatter its fruit. Let the beasts flee from under it and the birds from its branches.

 But leave the stump of its roots in the earth, bound with a band of iron and bronze, amid the tender grass of the field. Let him be wet with the dew of heaven. Let his portion be with the beasts in the grass of the earth.

 Let his mind be changed from a man’s, and let a beast’s mind be given to him; and let seven periods of time pass over him.

 The sentence is by the decree of the watchers, the decision by the word of the holy ones, to the end that the living may know that the Most High rules the kingdom of men and gives it to whom he will and sets over it the lowliest of men.’

 This dream I, King Nebuchadnezzar, saw. And you, O Belteshazzar, tell me the interpretation, because all the wise men of my kingdom are not able to make known to me the interpretation, but you are able, for the spirit of the holy gods is in you.”

 

The most powerful man of his time yet he knows fear and discomfort. His previous experiences, however, also allowed him the knowledge of where to go for answers. He recognized there is a power greater than he and greater than this world. With all the disrespect evident today is it any wonder that evil accompanies it and flourishes. We also know where to go for answers. God has not changed, humanity has not changed. Circumstances, perhaps, but the same power and help is available to us today from God as was then. Are we fully aware of that? Do we access it? Can those who know us say of us; “… the spirit of the holy gods is in you.” ? Is the Spirit of the Holy God within us and can the evidence of that be seen in our daily walk with him in how we treat others?

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October 21, 2014 Posted by | bible study, Encouragement from the Word, The Word in our lives | , , , , , , | 3 Comments

The only One to fear…

For everything that was written in the past was written to teach us, so that through the endurance taught in the Scriptures and the encouragement they provide we might have hope. Romans

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Daniel 3:19-30;4:1-4

 

 Then Nebuchadnezzar was filled with fury, and the expression of his face was changed against Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego. He ordered the furnace heated seven times more than it was usually heated.

 And he ordered some of the mighty men of his army to bind Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, and to cast them into the burning fiery furnace.

 Then these men were bound in their cloaks, their tunics, their hats, and their other garments, and they were thrown into the burning fiery furnace.

 Because the king’s order was urgent and the furnace overheated, the flame of the fire killed those men who took up Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego.

 And these three men, Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, fell bound into the burning fiery furnace.

 Then King Nebuchadnezzar was astonished and rose up in haste. He declared to his counselors, “Did we not cast three men bound into the fire?” They answered and said to the king, “True, O king.”

 He answered and said, “But I see four men unbound, walking in the midst of the fire, and they are not hurt; and the appearance of the fourth is like a son of the gods.”

 Then Nebuchadnezzar came near to the door of the burning fiery furnace; he declared, “Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, servants of the Most High God, come out, and come here!” Then Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego came out from the fire.

 And the satraps, the prefects, the governors, and the king’s counselors gathered together and saw that the fire had not had any power over the bodies of those men. The hair of their heads was not singed, their cloaks were not harmed, and no smell of fire had come upon them.

 Nebuchadnezzar answered and said, “Blessed be the God of Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, who has sent his angel and delivered his servants, who trusted in him, and set aside the king’s command, and yielded up their bodies rather than serve and worship any god except their own God.

 Therefore I make a decree: Any people, nation, or language that speaks anything against the God of Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego shall be torn limb from limb, and their houses laid in ruins, for there is no other god who is able to rescue in this way.”

 Then the king promoted Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego in the province of Babylon.

 King Nebuchadnezzar to all peoples, nations, and languages, that dwell in all the earth: Peace be multiplied to you!

 It has seemed good to me to show the signs and wonders that the Most High God has done for me.

 How great are his signs, how mighty his wonders! His kingdom is an everlasting kingdom, and his dominion endures from generation to generation.

 

How strong is our faith? Are we able as these three, to say, “even if he doesn’t” and stand firmly rooted in the knowledge that our hope is in God, believing what he has said and done? Even when faced with evil this strong; can we say “our God is able to save us…”; has already saved us? When fears arise, will our fear and love of God be greater than any fear this world can bring? Is this evident in our personal lives; or do we fret and worry over disease epidemics, the onslaught of armies who fear no one and do evil in the full sight of all, the tearing away of our freedoms to worship as we believe? When we pray “thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven…” do we believe it and mean it?

 

A pagan king, given to pride and destruction was able to recognize the power greater than his. He says:

 

“Blessed be the God of Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, who has sent his angel and delivered his servants, who trusted in him, and set aside the king’s command, and yielded up their bodies rather than serve and worship any god except their own God. “

 

Let us yield all to God and serve Him alone.

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October 20, 2014 Posted by | bible study, Encouragement from the Word, The Word in our lives | , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

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