Sunday, March 18, 2018

FOUR GOOD MEN

Today’s Reading: Daniel 1-2

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Among the ruins of Ephesus is one of the largest ancient amphitheatres in existence today. The four great empires of today’s reading, including the one that built this gigantic structure, have come and gone. The Kingdom established by God through His Son, Jesus Christ (Messiah), remains forever!

GOOGLE MAPS – To see where the photo was taken, click HERE.

 

Key Verses: Daniel 2:19-20

Then the secret was revealed to Daniel in a night vision. So Daniel blessed the God of heaven. Daniel answered and said: “Blessed be the name of God forever and ever, for wisdom and might are His.”

 

Daniel, an outstanding man of God, served as a leader over the entire 70 year period of Babylonian/Persian captivity. He represented the true God so well that the emperors acknowledged the God of Israel as GOD as a result of Daniel’s ministry. This Old Testament book can only be compared with the New Testament book of Revelation for its prophetic content. God is “forever and ever, for wisdom and might are His!” (2:20).

Daniel chapter one singles out four young Hebrew men for their excellence of character. The king’s assessment, as a result of his interview with them, was that they were 10 times more qualified than the others. This provides a challenge for us to be people of excellence!

Chapter two moves us directly into the recognition that God alone knows the secrets of the human heart, and He alone can reveal that which people on their own can never know. Daniel pulls back the curtain and writes of four great empires. The current Babylonian one, and the Persian, Greek, and Roman empires yet to come. The confession of King Nebuchadnezzar in 2:47 is astonishing. This proud Emperor fell prostrate on his face and declared to Daniel, “Truly your God is the God of gods, and the Lord of kings!” From Daniel we learn to bring our witness for God into the culture, into government and into everyday life. This is happening today in the country called by Winston Churchill “the Pearl of Africa,” Uganda (more details tomorrow).

PRAYER FOR TODAY:

Lord God, I bow before You in recognition that You are my King! Rule and reign in my life, I pray. Reveal Yourself to me as I read Your Word and pray each day. Grant me, I ask, understanding and the wisdom to apply Your Word to my life in practical ways that will bless, not only me, but all those with whom I come into contact. I pray this in the Name of the One who did this at all times, Jesus Christ. Amen!!!

100 PERSONAL WORDS:

I want to thank my sons with all my heart for their participation in this blog. I’ve mentioned before that Ron helps me (I’m semi-illiterate in computers) by formatting and posting the blog each day, every day. The amazing blog experience of Ron’s wife Ann from yesterday’s blog is well worth reading again and sending to others. Tomorrow, God willing, I’ll try to connect readers with a prayer from Uganda’s President. This illustrates, as did Nebuchadnezzar’s experience, that, as a result of strong prayers and faith, God gets through to heads of state.

Yours for the fulfillment of God’s purposes in our time as demonstrated in their time by those four young men in today’s reading,

David

 

9 thoughts on “Sunday, March 18, 2018

  1. Great photo/inscription and such incredibly inspiring scripture to read, this morning in Daniel–one of my favourite books of the Bible. Let us boast to all the nations of the depths of our love for our God. We thank You, Jesus, for living and breathing in us. We live our lives to glorify You, and You, alone. Wishing all saints a most blessed day in the Lord.

    The Spirit of God has made me, and the breath of the Almighty gives me life.
    Job 33:4 ESV

    CHRIS TOMLIN – Good Good Father (Lyric Video)
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zImUxzi-p_Y

    • Good Good Father
      Chris Tomlin

      I’ve heard a thousand stories of what they think you’re like
      But I’ve heard the tender whispers of love in the dead of night
      And you tell me that you’re pleased
      And that I’m never alone

      You’re a good good father
      It’s who you are, it’s who you are, it’s who you are
      And I’m loved by you
      It’s who I am, it’s who I am, it’s who I am

      I’ve seen many searching for answers far and wide
      But I know we’re all searching
      For answers only you provide
      ‘Cause you know just what we need
      Before we say a word

      You’re a good good father
      It’s who you are, it’s who you are, it’s who you are
      And I’m loved by you
      It’s who I am, it’s who I am, it’s who I am

      Because you are perfect in all of your ways
      You are perfect in all of your ways
      You are perfect in all of your ways to us

      You are perfect in all of your ways
      You are perfect in all of your ways
      You are perfect in all of your ways to us

      Oh, it’s love so undeniable
      I, I can hardly speak
      Peace so unexplainable
      I, I can hardly think
      As you call me deeper still
      As you call me deeper still
      As you call me deeper still
      Into love, love, love

      You’re a good good father
      It’s who you are, it’s who you are, it’s who you are
      And I’m loved by you
      It’s who I am, it’s who I am, it’s who I am

      You’re a good good father
      It’s who you are, it’s who you are, it’s who you are
      And I’m loved by you
      It’s who I am, it’s who I am, it’s who I am
      You’re a good good father

      It’s who you are, it’s who you are, it’s who you are
      And I’m loved by you
      It’s who I am, it’s who I am, it’s who I am
      You’re a good good father

      You are perfect in all of your ways
      It’s who you are, it’s who you are, it’s who you are
      And I’m loved by you
      You are perfect in all of your ways
      It’s who I am, it’s who I am, it’s who I am

      Songwriters: Anthony Brown / Joseph Patrick Martin Barrett
      Good Good Father lyrics © Capitol Christian Music Group

    • Thank you Beverlee …filled with the truth of “Who God is, and who we are in Him! Yes, He is a “Good, Good Father”
      Amen! and Amen!

  2. Yes thanks to Ron and Ann for their tireless devotion in continuing this blog!
    This passage does help us to remember how important it is to be prople of integrity and to pray for all levels of government.

  3. The reading is so true for to-day especially, because we are calling upon our God for government to reverse the law regarding hiring of staff in summer camps. to-day is a day of fasting and prayer. we give praise to God who as already heard our petitions.

  4. Today’s scripture and David’s comments; are applicable to us today!
    Thank you David, Ron and Ann, for putting this blog together daily!!

    Have a blessed day boggers!

  5. Amen, thanks bloggers. Busy yesterday, a day of fasting and prayer for the government as Ruth stated above; also for me visiting three churches to present the cause and need for prayer. Praise God!

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