- Experiencing the times.
- Understanding the times.
- How do we live in the times.
We become aware of our own individual needs as well as the needs of others in this world. Illness causes physical distress, but also emotional distress. Outside of prayer…we can resist the times we’re in. we can object to the times we’re in, we can declare a personal war on the times we’re in or we can understand that all things are under Gods control. We are all on the journey. We try to interpret, but the enemy wants to stop us, distort our mentality, and discourage us. God will raise up an enemy to oppose us at times. Daniel was not intimidated by the place he was in. We like encouragement, but we won’t get encouraged by our captors. Ungodly people may have authority over us, but we can shine Godly character and find favor with them. Daniel knew how not to be captive by his situation. Even when we are bruised, our situation will scream defeat, but we will not be defeated in Jesus Christ. There was no way they could entrap Daniel, but they convinced the governor through lies. Daniel prayed. God made a provision for Daniel. The presence of God in our life reassures us. Daniel was rescued physically, but there are times that great men and women of God confessed the goodness of God right up to the point that they were martyred. God answers and responds to prayer. He will always make something beautiful out of ashes. Disquieting sometimes is Gods way of redirecting us to take careful heed, to let discernment of the Spirit step in, to pause, to think and to consider. God wants us to walk hand in hand with Him. Our spirituality is measured by how much we surrender to God. God will restore everything.
Rev 2:7 7 Whoever has ears, let them hear what the Spirit says to the churches. To the one who is victorious, I will give the right to eat from the tree of life, which is in the paradise of God.
Daniel 6:10-28 10 Now when Daniel learned that the decree had been published, he went home to his upstairs room where the windows opened toward Jerusalem. Three times a day he got down on his knees and prayed, giving thanks to his God, just as he had done before. 11 Then these men went as a group and found Daniel praying and asking God for help. 12 So they went to the king and spoke to him about his royal decree: “Did you not publish a decree that during the next thirty days anyone who prays to any god or human being except to you, Your Majesty, would be thrown into the lions’ den?”The king answered, “The decree stands—in accordance with the law of the Medes and Persians, which cannot be repealed.13 Then they said to the king, “Daniel, who is one of the exiles from Judah, pays no attention to you, Your Majesty, or to the decree you put in writing. He still prays three times a day.”14 When the king heard this, he was greatly distressed; he was determined to rescue Daniel and made every effort until sundown to save him15 Then the men went as a group to King Darius and said to him, “Remember, Your Majesty, that according to the law of the Medes and Persians no decree or edict that the king issues can be changed.”16 So the king gave the order, and they brought Daniel and threw him into the lions’ den. The king said to Daniel, “May your God, whom you serve continually, rescue you!”17 A stone was brought and placed over the mouth of the den, and the king sealed it with his own signet ring and with the rings of his nobles, so that Daniel’s situation might not be changed. 18 Then the king returned to his palace and spent the night without eating and without any entertainment being brought to him. And he could not sleep.19 At the first light of dawn, the king got up and hurried to the lions’ den. 20 When he came near the den, he called to Daniel in an anguished voice, “Daniel, servant of the living God, has your God, whom you serve continually, been able to rescue you from the lions?”21 Daniel answered, “May the king live forever! 22 My God sent his angel, and he shut the mouths of the lions. They have not hurt me, because I was found innocent in his sight. Nor have I ever done any wrong before you, Your Majesty.”23 The king was overjoyed and gave orders to lift Daniel out of the den. And when Daniel was lifted from the den, no woundwas found on him, because he had trusted in his God.24 At the king’s command, the men who had falsely accused Daniel were brought in and thrown into the lions’ den, along with their wives and children. And before they reached the floor of the den, the lions overpowered them and crushed all their bones.25 Then King Darius wrote to all the nations and peoples of every language in all the earth:“May you prosper greatly!“I issue a decree that in every part of my kingdom people must fear and reverence the God of Daniel.“For he is the living God
and he endures forever;
his kingdom will not be destroyed,
his dominion will never end.
27 He rescues and he saves;
he performs signs and wonders
in the heavens and on the earth.
He has rescued Daniel
from the power of the lions.”28 So Daniel prospered during the reign of Darius and the reign of Cyrus[b] the Persian.