A prayer from 1 Timothy 2:1–7 for citizens of heaven who find their presence firmly on planet earth: I urge, then, first of all, that requests, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for everyone— Thank You for the privilege of being heard, Lord, by our Creator…
God watches over those who put their trust in Him.
Unless you’ve been on spring break on Mars, you’re aware that we’re in the middle of an election season. It’s been full of trends and topics and uncomfortable transparency—to say nothing of twists and turns.
Those who mock God will be judged by His hand. Those who submit to God have already been shown grace through His Son, and receive forgiveness and a second chance and secure future in Jesus.
God opposes the proud and gives grace to the humble. (How) have you humbled yourself before God?
The greater the degree to which we saturate our minds with the truths about how Jesus will come, how He will defeat all evil, how we will have resurrected bodies, how we will dwell eternally secure in God’s pure and holy presence, the greater will be our ability to have peace, hope, and boldness in the difficult times of the present because we will see them for what they are.
God’s glory was even more valuable to Daniel’s friends than their own lives. How much is your life worth? For what are you willing to lose it?
We can learn a lot from Daniel’s example because for most of us, in our freedom-of-speech-loving, tell-it-like-it-is-speaking, throw-the-bums-out-thinking America, honor and well-intentioned prayers for flawed individuals in authority don’t come easily. In fact, they grate against our sensibilities and reason.
Come and stand amazed – God wills and God reigns.
This past Sunday we introduced our Lionhearted sermon series on Daniel 1–6, and if there was anything you took away from our sermon on Daniel 1, I hope it was the key idea: take a wise stand and expect good things.