Friday, March 18, 2022

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!

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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. 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

10 thoughts on “Friday, March 18, 2022

  1. Thank You, Father, for the mighty witness of Godly men and women throughout time. Bless and strengthen all Your people today. Have Your good and perfect way in Ukraine, Russia, and all the world, ee ask in Jesus’s great and holy name, amen

    Daniel’s prayer from Daniel 2:20-23:

    “Praise the name of God forever and ever,
    for he has all wisdom and power.
    He controls the course of world events;
    he removes kings and sets up other kings.
    He gives wisdom to the wise
    and knowledge to the scholars.
    He reveals deep and mysterious things
    and knows what lies hidden in darkness,
    though he is surrounded by light.
    I thank and praise you, God of my ancestors,
    for you have given me wisdom and strength.
    You have told me what we asked of you
    and revealed to us what the king demanded.”

    • Agreeing with your prayer Rob. Thank you for the different translation of Daniel 2:20-23. Reading different translations can so often increase our understanding of God’s wonderful Word.
      Thank You Lord for David’s prayer today and every day. Praying for Ukraine. God help us to help us to help those that suffer, through our prayers and through finances as we are able. In Jesus Name.

  2. “Surrender your heart to God, turn to him in prayer, and give up your sins—even those you do in secret. Then you won’t be ashamed; you will be confident and fearless. Your troubles will go away like water beneath a bridge, and your darkest night will be brighter than noon. You will rest safe and secure, filled with hope and emptied of worry.”
    Job 11:13-18 (CEV)

    Daniel must have felt this way in his relationship with our heavenly Father.
    May God bless us all.

  3. A Wonderful witness as to God’s involvement with His people. Praying that He will do as Daniel 2 indicates, and remove the Head of Russia (who thinks of himself as king, as per a news report broadcast yesterday). On one of his many castles in Russia, he has a double headed eagle & other decorative emblems on the gates of entrance, similar to Queen Elizabeth’s). Father, in Jesus Name, may Your Perfect Will be done. Please help the many people who are suffering. Amen & amen

  4. For the 18th day from “Prayer Map of Canada”
    1. Pray that pastors will experience spiritual, emotional and physical refreshing from the presence of the Lord. (Jeremiah 31:25)
    2. Pray that the Lord will protect and deliver our nation from danger and adversity. (Psalm 34:7)

  5. Good afternoon everyone
    Amen to the comments above
    I have a praise report
    I am out of hospital and I’m doing much better
    So thank you Jesus amen
    Praying for the situation now that’s going on in Ukraine
    Praying that the president of Russia will come to his senses
    And stop this meaningless war the🙏
    I am so glad that God is in control he sees all and he knows all amen
    But I am reminder right now that in the last days
    There would be war and rumors of war
    Nation against Nation according to Bible prophecy.
    May God bless you all and may you all have a great day ❤️

  6. When I said that I’m doing much better I meant to say that I’m on the road to recovery to which I give my Jesus all the praise and all the glory
    Also I wanted to say that I miss the comment and songs that Beverly k posts
    I pray she’s doing well and hoping and praying that we will hear from her soon ❤️🙏
    Amen 😊

  7. So happy to hear you are recovering, Marilyn. I too miss Beverlee’s input. I believe she’s working on a book which takes sacrifice of time, energy, and research. Praying for her – her book, I’m sure will be a blessing to folk.

    • Thank you Doreen for your reply
      May God richly bless you
      Also thank you for the update of Beverly k
      I really appreciate it and I’m sure are other bloggers will be interesting to know why she hasn’t been posting.
      When her book comes out I will definitely want to read it. ❤️😊

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