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Daniel 2:24-30

In Daniel 2:24-30 we find the story of Daniel and his friends summoned before the king. They had a death sentence if they could not give the king’s dream and its interpretation. However, as we found out in the beginning half of chapter 2 God gave Daniel and his friends the information they needed. As Daniel approaches the king, Daniel was asked if he was able to tell him the dream and its interpretation.  Don’t miss Daniel’s response here in verses 27 and 28.

27 Daniel answered in the presence of the king, and said, “The secret which the king has demanded, the wise men, the astrologers, the magicians, and the soothsayers cannot declare to the king. 28 there is a God in heaven who reveals secrets…

Daniel didn’t puff himself up. He didn't brag and say “Oh, it’s a piece of cake.” On the contrary he gave glory to God. He made it very clear to the king that God revealed it all to him. Regardless of whether or not it offended the king. 

Daniel demonstrates great humility; so much so that he disqualifies himself from any credit at all.  “But as for me, this secret has not been revealed to me because I have more wisdom than anyone living…” (verse 30) Be on guard when God starts to bless you and use you. There will always be those, who with the best intentions,  start to praise you.  “Oh that message was so wonderful, you are so awesome.”

“Your music is amazing! You are so talented!”

-“You do such a great job with XYZ ministry.”

It’s our job to give the glory back to the Lord and realize we are but servants doing our duty. In the end,  it’s God who works in us "both to will and to do for His good pleasure"

Avoid pats on the back. Furthermore, avoid patting yourself on the back.  Remember, God used donkeys to accomplish His will. 

He won't call a person to His service because they are all that and a bag of chips.  Rather He calls to the ones who are low in their own sight and realize we are but beggars at the throne of His mercy. Our reward is bringing glory to Him.  In the the words of Keith Green in his song “Oh Lord You’re Beautiful” he sings:“…when I'm doing well help me to never seek a crown.  For my reward is giving glory to You.”

Mike Miller, CCNH

“So you think you can dance”.......around your sin?

“So you think you can dance”.......around your sin?

Ephesians 4:1~"Therefore I, a prisoner for serving the Lord, beg you to lead a life worthy of your calling, for you have been called by God". (NLT)

 Growing up I was taught that there were two kinds of sin, mortal and venial. Mortal was the worst kind, like murder; venial was not too bad, like "little sins". However, sin has no “degrees”, one is not worse than the other. Sin is all the same to God.  In the eyes of the Lord, sin is sin and all sin offends Him, and all sin separates us from Him (Isaiah 59:2).I believe we are living in an age where even some born-again Christians don't think twice about their habitual and unrepented sin and keep going on with their lives not realizing what it's doing to their testimony, their souls, and especially what it's doing to Jesus.  Have we gotten to the point where we have no shame and have a seared conscience?The world has us under its "microscope" and is watching very closely how we talk (including using curse words), walk, and react to the world around us. King David was rebuked by the prophet Nathan when he sinned with Bathsheba and told him that he had "given great occasion to the enemies of the LORD to blaspheme" (2 Samuel 12:14).  In other words, King David brought shame on the name of the Lord, to himself, to his family, and I believe to the nation of Israel.John Bunyun (1628-1688), who was an English writer and Puritan preacher and best known as the author of "The Pilgrim's Progress", said:  "Sin is the dare of God's justice, the rape of His mercy, the jeer of His patience, the slight of His power, and the contempt of His love".  What an eye opener! Those very words should resonate in our minds and stop us in our tracks the next time we are tempted to sin and keep sinning without repenting.Jesus, in His unfathomable grace, mercy, and love for us is always concerned for us and always provides a way of escape.  In 1 Corinthians 10:13 (NLT) it says: "The temptations in your life are no different from what others experience.  And God is faithful.  He will not allow the temptation to be more than you can stand.  When you are tempted, He will show you a way out so that you can endure".The life of the born-again Christian is one of constant confession and repentance because we are sinners and mess up so much.  1 John 1:9 reassures us that "If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from ALL unrighteousness". (NKJV) (emphasis mine!)So the next time you think your "little" sin is not so bad, think of what it did to Jesus.

Irene C. Garcia

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