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Becoming a Star


Daily Bible Reading – Daniel 11, 12; Luke 6

Today’s Key Passage – Daniel 12:1-3

 

Over the last decade or so, American television ratings have been largely dominated by reality shows.  There have been countless shows over the years in this genre – some of them wildly popular and others that flopped.  We have seen singing competitions and dancing competitions.  Competitors have tried to survive on deserted islands, raced across the globe, lived with strangers, and tried to find true love.  While most of the time, the grand prize of each show is different, all of the reality shows have one thing in common – they showcase people who want to become stars.  So many people today share this dream of becoming a star, which explains why reality shows never have trouble finding contestants or viewers.  Unfortunately, most of the time these reality “stars” burn out relatively quickly, giving new meaning to the term, “fifteen minutes of fame”.  Most of these contestants find that their stardom is temporary, and when it fades, they are left with very little.

Fortunately, in today’s key passage we read about a better way to become a star.  God’s messenger is talking to the prophet Daniel about the end times, and tells him that his faithful people will one day be delivered. (12:1)  The messenger says that in the last days the dead will rise from their graves, some to everlasting life and others to everlasting contempt. (12:2)  He then goes on to say, “Those who are wise will shine like the brightness of the heavens, and those who lead many to righteousness, like the stars for ever and ever.” (12:3)  Unlike the temporary stardom so many people today crave, we can all become eternal “stars” by being wise and leading others to God’s righteousness.  Instead of dealing with rude judges who might criticize our efforts on national television, we only have to face one judge – the King of kings and the Lord of lords – and we will always be found perfect in His sight.  If you want to be a star, become a star for God today, and let your light shine brightly for eternity.

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When Answers Are Delayed


Daily Bible Reading – Daniel 9, 10; Psalm 123; Luke 5

Today’s Key Passage – Daniel 10:4-19

 

I have spent a lot of time at airports over the last several years traveling for work.  Travel days are usually painful, even under the best conditions.  You have to make sure you arrive at the airport in plenty of time.  You have to go through the dance at the security checkpoints of removing shoes and belts, and taking laptops and liquids out of your bags.  Once through security, you have to wait to board your flight and then you have to wait to take off.  Even when everything goes smoothly, air travel can be quite a hassle; but things can get exponentially worse with the mention of a single word – delayed.  When flights are delayed, an already difficult experience can quickly turn into a nightmare.

Flights, of course, are not the only things that can be delayed.  In today’s key passage, the prophet Daniel had been praying to God for weeks with no answer when finally a vision appeared to him.  The messenger from God explained to Daniel that as soon as he began praying, God heard his words and that he was sent to provide a reply. (10:12)  Unfortunately, the messenger was delayed by a powerful spiritual being for 21 days and was unable to reach Daniel. (10:13)  Previously, Daniel received an answer to one of his prayers before he even finished praying (9:20-23), so this three-week wait must have been difficult for him, yet he continued to pray and fast until he received his answer.  When the messenger did arrive, he not only answered Daniel’s prayer, he gave Daniel peace and strength when he was at his weakest. (10:18-19)

Sometimes the answers to our prayers will come quickly, and other times the answers will be delayed.  Either way, we can rest in the knowledge that God hears our prayers as soon as we speak them, and that eventually He will provide an answer.  It is important, then, for us to continue to pray expectantly and passionately even when the answers do not come right away.  Then, when God’s answers finally arrive, we can know that He will give us peace and strength exactly when we need them the most.

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Out of the Lions’ Den


Daily Bible Reading – Daniel 5, 6; Psalm 130; Luke 3

Today’s Key Passage – Daniel 6

 

In today’s key passage, the prophet Daniel was working as one of the key administrators for King Darius.  He was good at his job; so good, in fact, that the other satraps and administrators were jealous of him and wanted him stopped from rising further among their ranks. (6:3)  They tried to find a flaw in his character, but only found that he was moral and upright. (6:4)  They turned to the only way they could find to attack Daniel – they attacked his faith in God.  Daniel’s enemies devised a scheme and convinced Darius to create a new law making it illegal to pray. (6:6-9)  When Daniel continued to pray despite this law, the other administrators informed Darius and Daniel was thrown into a lions’ den overnight. (6:11-16)  The next day when Darius found that Daniel was unharmed by the lions because of the protection provided by God, he executed Daniel’s accusers (6:24) and glorified God throughout the land. (6:26-27)

There are many lessons to be learned from the story of Daniel in the lions’ den.  We learn about the importance of prayer and that nothing should keep us from faithfully spending time with God.  We learn that sometimes others may attack our faith.  We learn that sometimes God will use our bad circumstances as a resounding testimony for His goodness and faithfulness, and that our hard times can bring glory to Him.  Most importantly, at least in my opinion, we learn once again that nothing is impossible for God.  No situation is too difficult for Him to solve.  There is nothing that God cannot save us from in this world.  The same powerful God that protected Daniel overnight in the lions’ den is available to save each of us from whatever “lions’ dens” we might happen to be in today.  I pray that you will study this story today, and that you will be blessed by the truth of God’s Word.

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Acting Without Hesitation


Daily Bible Reading – Daniel 3, 4; Psalm 81; Revelation 17

Today’s Key Passage – Daniel 3

Yesterday, people throughout this country remembered the victims as well as the heroes who emerged from the tragic events of September 11, 2001.  As we look back at that fateful day, we think about the first responders – the men and women who risked life and limb to save others.  While these first responders all had different backgrounds and personalities, they all shared one very important trait – they all acted without hesitation.

In today’s key passage, we find the story of another group of men who acted without hesitation.  Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego faced a dilemma.  They were called in front of King Nebuchadnezzar because they refused to comply with his decree that everyone in Babylonia worship a golden idol. (Vss. 13-14)  Nebuchadnezzar gave the three men a choice – they could bow down to this manmade idol as directed by the king, or they could choose to maintain their loyalty to the Most High God and face execution by being thrown into a blazing furnace. (Vs. 15)  Without hesitation, Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego chose obedience to God. They knew God could save them from the fiery furnace (which He did), but even if He chose not to save them they were determined not to worship anything other than the Lord. (Vss. 17-18)

We may wonder how they were able to answer without hesitation when their very lives were on the line, but the answer is quite simple.  Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego made up their minds beforehand that they would be obedient to God no matter what happened.  With this conviction already firmly implanted in their minds, they had nothing to think about when the life or death situation with Nebuchadnezzar arose.  Each of us face a different kind of life or death situation every day – the temptation to sin and to turn away from God.  In those times, our natural minds can try to rationalize our sin or convince us that our actions might not be that bad.  Like the men from our story today, when we make up our minds beforehand that we will obey God’s Word no matter what; we will not have anything left to think about.  When we decide on our obedience before temptation strikes, we will be able to act without hesitation.  Let us all make up our minds today to live in complete obedience to God, by pre-determining to do what He has called us to do.

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Giving God the Glory


Daily Bible Reading – Daniel 1, 2; Revelation 16

Today’s Key Passage – Daniel 2:24-49

 

After the fall of Jerusalem, many of the wisest men were taken back to Babylon to serve the king.  Daniel was one of these men.  When King Nebuchadnezzar had a disturbing dream (Vs. 1), he called together some of his astrologers and asked them to tell him about his dream and interpret it (Vs. 5).  When none of these false prophets were able to do as the king asked (Vss. 10-11), Nebuchadnezzar ordered the execution of all the wise men in Babylon, including Daniel and his friends. (Vs. 12)  Fortunately, God spoke to Daniel and told him about Nebuchadnezzar’s dream (Vs. 19), so he went to the king to spare his life and the lives of his friends. (Vs. 24)  Before talking to Nebuchadnezzar about his dream, Daniel took time to give God credit by saying, “No wise man, enchanter, magician or diviner can explain to the king the mystery he has asked about, but there is a God in heaven who reveals mysteries.” (Vss. 27-28)  This step proved to be vitally important, because after Daniel successfully interpreted Nebuchadnezzar’s dream, he honored God and said, “Surely your God is the God of gods and the Lord of kings and a revealer of mysteries”. (Vs. 47)

When other people offer us praise for what we have done, we can choose to take all the credit or we can give the glory to God.  When we selfishly take the credit for God’s work, we rob Him of the glory He rightly deserves, but when we give the glory to God, we gain a wonderful opportunity.  When we give God the glory, we are able to be His witness on this earth, and we are able to tell someone who might be far from God all about His awesome power and love.  The next time you find yourself in that position, choose to give the glory to the One who made you and who allows you to do every good thing you do.  Give the glory to God, and then use the opportunity to tell others the Good News.

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Becoming a Star


Daily Bible Reading – Daniel 11, 12; Luke 6

Today’s Key Passage – Daniel 12:1-3

 

Over the last decade or so, American television ratings have been largely dominated by reality shows.  There have been countless shows over the years in this genre – some of them wildly popular and others that flopped.  We have seen singing competitions and dancing competitions.  Competitors have tried to survive on deserted islands, raced across the globe, lived with strangers, and tried to find true love.  While most of the time, the grand prize of each show is different, all of the reality shows have one thing in common – they showcase people who want to become stars.  So many people today share this dream of becoming a star, which explains why reality shows never have trouble finding contestants or viewers.  Unfortunately, most of the time these reality “stars” burn out relatively quickly, giving new meaning to the term, “fifteen minutes of fame”.  Most of these contestants find that their stardom is temporary, and when it fades, they are left with very little.

Fortunately, in today’s key passage we read about a better way to become a star.  God’s messenger is talking to the prophet Daniel about the end times, and tells him that his faithful people will one day be delivered. (12:1)  The messenger says that in the last days the dead will rise from their graves, some to everlasting life and others to everlasting contempt. (12:2)  He then goes on to say, “Those who are wise will shine like the brightness of the heavens, and those who lead many to righteousness, like the stars for ever and ever.” (12:3)  Unlike the temporary stardom so many people today crave, we can all become eternal “stars” by being wise and leading others to God’s righteousness.  Instead of dealing with rude judges who might criticize our efforts on national television, we only have to face one judge – the King of kings and the Lord of lords – and we will always be found perfect in His sight.  If you want to be a star, become a star for God today, and let your light shine brightly for eternity.

During your Bible reading today, what “key passages” stood out to you?  Leave a comment below to share what God is showing you about His Word today.

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When Answers Are Delayed


Daily Bible Reading – Daniel 9, 10; Psalm 123; Luke 5

Today’s Key Passage – Daniel 10:4-19

 

I have spent a lot of time at airports over the last several years traveling for work.  Travel days are usually painful, even under the best conditions.  You have to make sure you arrive at the airport in plenty of time.  You have to go through the dance at the security checkpoints of removing shoes and belts, and taking laptops and liquids out of your bags.  Once through security, you have to wait to board your flight and then you have to wait to take off.  Even when everything goes smoothly, air travel can be quite a hassle; but things can get exponentially worse with the mention of a single word – delayed.  When flights are delayed, an already difficult experience can quickly turn into a nightmare.

Flights, of course, are not the only things that can be delayed.  In today’s key passage, the prophet Daniel had been praying to God for weeks with no answer when finally a vision appeared to him.  The messenger from God explained to Daniel that as soon as he began praying, God heard his words and that he was sent to provide a reply. (10:12)  Unfortunately, the messenger was delayed by a powerful spiritual being for 21 days and was unable to reach Daniel. (10:13)  Previously, Daniel received an answer to one of his prayers before he even finished praying (9:20-23), so this three-week wait must have been difficult for him, yet he continued to pray and fast until he received his answer.  When the messenger did arrive, he not only answered Daniel’s prayer, he gave Daniel peace and strength when he was at his weakest. (10:18-19)

Sometimes the answers to our prayers will come quickly, and other times the answers will be delayed.  Either way, we can rest in the knowledge that God hears our prayers as soon as we speak them, and that eventually He will provide an answer.  It is important, then, for us to continue to pray expectantly and passionately even when the answers do not come right away.  Then, when God’s answers finally arrive, we can know that He will give us peace and strength exactly when we need them the most.

During your Bible reading today, what “key passages” stood out to you?  Leave a comment below to share what God is showing you about His Word today.

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Out of the Lions’ Den


Daily Bible Reading – Daniel 5, 6; Psalm 130; Luke 3

Today’s Key Passage – Daniel 6

 

In today’s key passage, the prophet Daniel was working as one of the key administrators for King Darius.  He was good at his job; so good, in fact, that the other satraps and administrators were jealous of him and wanted him stopped from rising further among their ranks. (6:3)  They tried to find a flaw in his character, but only found that he was moral and upright. (6:4)  They turned to the only way they could find to attack Daniel – they attacked his faith in God.  Daniel’s enemies devised a scheme and convinced Darius to create a new law making it illegal to pray. (6:6-9)  When Daniel continued to pray despite this law, the other administrators informed Darius and Daniel was thrown into a lions’ den overnight. (6:11-16)  The next day when Darius found that Daniel was unharmed by the lions because of the protection provided by God, he executed Daniel’s accusers (6:24) and glorified God throughout the land. (6:26-27)

There are many lessons to be learned from the story of Daniel in the lions’ den.  We learn about the importance of prayer and that nothing should keep us from faithfully spending time with God.  We learn that sometimes others may attack our faith.  We learn that sometimes God will use our bad circumstances as a resounding testimony for His goodness and faithfulness, and that our hard times can bring glory to Him.  Most importantly, at least in my opinion, we learn once again that nothing is impossible for God.  No situation is too difficult for Him to solve.  There is nothing that God cannot save us from in this world.  The same powerful God that protected Daniel overnight in the lions’ den is available to save each of us from whatever “lions’ dens” we might happen to be in today.  I pray that you will study this story today, and that you will be blessed by the truth of God’s Word.

During your Bible reading today, what “key passages” stood out to you?  Leave a comment below to share what God is showing you about His Word today.

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Acting Without Hesitation


Daily Bible Reading – Daniel 3, 4; Psalm 81; Revelation 17

Today’s Key Passage – Daniel 3

Yesterday, people throughout this country remembered the victims as well as the heroes who emerged from the tragic events of September 11, 2001.  As we look back at that fateful day, we think about the first responders – the men and women who risked life and limb to save others.  While these first responders all had different backgrounds and personalities, they all shared one very important trait – they all acted without hesitation.

In today’s key passage, we find the story of another group of men who acted without hesitation.  Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego faced a dilemma.  They were called in front of King Nebuchadnezzar because they refused to comply with his decree that everyone in Babylonia worship a golden idol. (Vss. 13-14)  Nebuchadnezzar gave the three men a choice – they could bow down to this manmade idol as directed by the king, or they could choose to maintain their loyalty to the Most High God and face execution by being thrown into a blazing furnace. (Vs. 15)  Without hesitation, Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego chose obedience to God. They knew God could save them from the fiery furnace (which He did), but even if He chose not to save them they were determined not to worship anything other than the Lord. (Vss. 17-18)

We may wonder how they were able to answer without hesitation when their very lives were on the line, but the answer is quite simple.  Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego made up their minds beforehand that they would be obedient to God no matter what happened.  With this conviction already firmly implanted in their minds, they had nothing to think about when the life or death situation with Nebuchadnezzar arose.  Each of us face a different kind of life or death situation every day – the temptation to sin and to turn away from God.  In those times, our natural minds can try to rationalize our sin or convince us that our actions might not be that bad.  Like the men from our story today, when we make up our minds beforehand that we will obey God’s Word no matter what; we will not have anything left to think about.  When we decide on our obedience before temptation strikes, we will be able to act without hesitation.  Let us all make up our minds today to live in complete obedience to God, by pre-determining to do what He has called us to do.

During your Bible reading today, what “key passages” stood out to you?  Leave a comment below to share what God is showing you about His Word today.

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Giving God the Glory


Daily Bible Reading – Daniel 1, 2; Revelation 16

Today’s Key Passage – Daniel 2:24-49

 

After the fall of Jerusalem, many of the wisest men were taken back to Babylon to serve the king.  Daniel was one of these men.  When King Nebuchadnezzar had a disturbing dream (Vs. 1), he called together some of his astrologers and asked them to tell him about his dream and interpret it (Vs. 5).  When none of these false prophets were able to do as the king asked (Vss. 10-11), Nebuchadnezzar ordered the execution of all the wise men in Babylon, including Daniel and his friends. (Vs. 12)  Fortunately, God spoke to Daniel and told him about Nebuchadnezzar’s dream (Vs. 19), so he went to the king to spare his life and the lives of his friends. (Vs. 24)  Before talking to Nebuchadnezzar about his dream, Daniel took time to give God credit by saying, “No wise man, enchanter, magician or diviner can explain to the king the mystery he has asked about, but there is a God in heaven who reveals mysteries.” (Vss. 27-28)  This step proved to be vitally important, because after Daniel successfully interpreted Nebuchadnezzar’s dream, he honored God and said, “Surely your God is the God of gods and the Lord of kings and a revealer of mysteries”. (Vs. 47)

When other people offer us praise for what we have done, we can choose to take all the credit or we can give the glory to God.  When we selfishly take the credit for God’s work, we rob Him of the glory He rightly deserves, but when we give the glory to God, we gain a wonderful opportunity.  When we give God the glory, we are able to be His witness on this earth, and we are able to tell someone who might be far from God all about His awesome power and love.  The next time you find yourself in that position, choose to give the glory to the One who made you and who allows you to do every good thing you do.  Give the glory to God, and then use the opportunity to tell others the Good News.

During your Bible reading today, what “key passages” stood out to you?  Leave a comment below to share what God is showing you about His Word today.

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