Pulling form Daniel 6:16-24, also touching on Jeremiah 29:11 and Proverbs 3:5.
– Promises are not meant to be broken, but fulfilled. Whenever God makes a promise, God fulfills it…. This was the beginning to God breaking into my life Sunday, so here it is again… Whenever God makes a promise, God fulfills it!
– Trustung in God will generate hope in the seemingly ‘impossible promises’ of life. Daniel 6:16… No one is exempt from Lion Den experiences!
– Our trials are often for others! Daniel 6:18-19. The King, who is a non-believer, prays and fasts for Daniel’s life to be saved. Here in the story, Daniel stops talking… maybe we should shut-up and trust that God’s promises will be fulfilled.
– No matter what – Stand on God’s promises! Daniel 6:22… accept eternal life and be grateful.
Words Of Wisdom: “Live the promise!”
Our faith will lead us to the lion’s den. The question is: What will we do while we are there? (sermon over)
To be totally honest, I don’t stand on God’s promises… I think I run from them. Im not sure I have trusted that God’s promises, for my life, are true and will be fulfilled. Yesterday I submitted to God and promise to do my best to stop making excuses and pursue what God has called me to in my life. I will allow God to be my God and for me to be God’s follower.
My lack of trust is astounding. I confess to the white knuckle control I have attempted to have in my life. I confess that I have placed myself in control of my life and not God. I have sinned against my God, whom my life should reflect. I push God away in order to pursue my selfish dreams and aspirations. God has granted me favor, which i squandered.
Unlike Daniel, I feel like I spend my time avoiding the Lion’s Den. I try to avoid the pain, the uncertainty, and the helplessness. I have avoided the Lion’s Den because I thought I could control my life better then God could. I have tried to place myself as the god of my life, which is only a battle ground for torment with Satan.
Proverbs 3:5 “Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding in all your ways submit to him, and He will make your paths straight.” It takes it all… everything… not holding anything back… not pulling any punches… ALL.
Jeremiah 29:11 “I know the plans I have for you, declares the LORD; they are plans for peace, not disaster, to give you a fortune filled with HOPE.” I’m not sure of the last time I had peace and hope for my life and future.
I’m ready to stand on the promises of God… to enter the Lion’s Den, if needed. May I keep my mouth shut and stand firm on God’s word, instead of my own. I’m ready to live the promise… are you?
My response to this Sunday is to make changes in my daily life, but also it means that I’m going to Seminary in the Spring…. after all, God’s not the only one who must keep his promises.
What’s your response?