August 23, 2021 New Geanaration Grace Ministry Devotional : Topic – The Lord is Mighty to Deliver.
New Generation Grace Ministry
Monday August 23rd, 2021
Title: The Lord is Mighty to Deliver.
(Daniel 6: 1-27).It pleased Darius to appoint 120 satraps to rule throughout the kingdom, with three administrators over them, one of whom was Daniel.The satraps were made accountable to them so that the king might not suffer loss. Now Daniel so distinguished
himself among the administrators and the satraps by his exceptional qualities that the king planned to set him over the whole kingdom.At this, the administrators and the satraps tried to find grounds for charges against Daniel in his conduct of government affairs, but they were unable to do so. They could find no corruption in him, because he was trustworthy and neither corrupt nor negligent. Finally these men said, “We will never find any basis for charges against this man Daniel unless it has something to do with the law of his God.” So these administrators and satraps went as a group to the king and said: “May King Darius live forever!
The royal administrators, prefects, satraps, advisers and governors have all agreed that the king should issue an edict and enforce the decree that anyone who prays to any god or human being during the next thirty days, except to you, Your Majesty, shall be thrown into the lions’ den. Now, Your Majesty, issue the decree and put it in writing so that it cannot be altered—in accordance with the law of the Medes and Persians, which cannot be repealed.” So King Darius put the decree in writing. 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. Then these men went as a group and found Daniel praying and asking God for help. 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 The king answered, “The decree stands—in accordance with the law of the Medes and Persians, which cannot be repealed.”Then they said to the king, “Daniel, who is one of the exiles from Judah,pays no attention to you, Your Majesty, or to the decree you put in writing.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.” When the king heard this, he was greatly distressed; he was determined to rescue Daniel and made every effort until sundown to save him.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.” 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!”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. 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. At the first light of dawn, the king got up and hurried to the lions’ den. 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?”Daniel answered, “May the king live forever! 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.” The king was overjoyed and gave orders to lift Daniel out of the den. And when Daniel was lifted from the den, no wound was found on him, because he had trusted in his God. 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.
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.
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.”
So Daniel prospered during the reign of Darius and the reign of Cyrus the Persian.
Daniel was working in the midst of people who did not know the Lord. He refused to allow them to influence him. He refused to allow his faith to be compromised. He maintained his relationship with God no matter what, he did his job like unto the Lord. His walk with the Lord made him to find favor with God and the pagan king. (Colossians 3:23-24) Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human master, since you know that you will receive an inheritance from the Lord as a reward. It is the Lord Christ you are serving. Daniel worked diligently knowing that God rewards eternally. That work you are doing, do you do it as unto the Lord? Knowing that God is watching and taking record.
He found favor before the king, and that attracted jealousy before his counterparts. They planned against him. They went to the king to report him and his God, as they couldn’t find anything to accuse him of from their office and the community, because Daniel knew the God he was serving. He did not allow the environment to distract his attention before the Lord.They couldn’t find anything to accuse Daniel of, they found excuses through his worship with the Lord. The Bible commended on his blameless life, he was an extraordinary man before God and man.
How do people see your life in your community? How do people see my life in my community? . Let us not allow what is going on in the world today to make us fall away from our faith. Upon all the traits he received, he didn’t give up. He saw his life in danger but he trusted in the power and mercy of God. He was not willing to allow anything under this earth to compromise his faith in the Lord. I can’t imagine!’. (Daniel 1:8-16). Daniel was consistent in his walk with the Lord. He didn’t deny his faith, he didn’t start hiding his beliefs from his accusers, but he maintained his status quo. What a brave spiritual man he was ?,.
In fact, Daniel’s faith is worthy of emulation. The people who worshiped God during the Old Testament days, really trusted in the power of God. They took the word of God with stern. It was either they believed or not. Those that believed in the power of God , they really saw the power of God manifesting in action. Abraham trusted in the power of God. He had faith in God, that was why when God told him to sacrifice his only son, he obeyed. How is our walk in the lord? Are we faithful? Are we trust worthy? The day of accountability is coming. In that your office where you are now, whatever you are doing try and remember that though you think that nobody is seeing you. God in heaven is seeing you. Agents are taking record. Do not allow anything to cause you to deviate from the Lord. Remember, after running, you begin to count how many miles you have covered. A day is coming when you and I are going to stand before the judgement seat of Christ and give account of everything we have done on earth. ( Romans 14:12) . So then, each of us will give an account of ourselves to God. Where you will spend eternity will be determined by how well you have served the Lord. God bless you.
Prayers: God thank you for delivering us from lions den. Continue Lord to help me to have victory over my enemies in Jesus name. Every power that’s monitoring my life, I speak destruction unto them in the mighty name of Jesus.Any power that is looking to attack my life, the God of heaven will bring judgement upon you in Jesus name.
Further Reading: Joel 3