Daniel in the Lions’ Den

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During his reign, king Darius thought it would be a good idea to choose a hundred and twenty governors, whom would rule through all his kingdom. Above them, he appointed three men to supervise them. Among the three was a man named Daniel. Daniel, who was faithful to God, was taken to Babylon and given a position in the government. Throughout his time, Daniel showed that he was able to work better than the other supervisors and governors. Because of this, Darius planned to put Daniel in charge of the whole kingdom. Filled with jealousy, the supervisors and governors tried to find reasons to accuse Daniel. However, they were not able to find anything to accuse him of. Daniel was trustworthy. He was not lazy and did not cheat the king. Realizing that they would never find any reason to accuse Daniel, they went on looking for something to complain about. They would then go on to complain about the law of his God. So, the supervisors and the governors went as a group to the king. They said,

King Darius, live forever! The supervisors, assistant governors, governors, the people who advise you and the captains of the soldiers have all agreed on something. We think the king should make this law that everyone would have to obey: No one should pray to any god or man except to you, our king. This should be done for the next 30 days. Anyone who doesn’t obey will be thrown into the lions’ den. Now, our king, make the law. Write it down so it cannot be changed. The laws of the Medes and Persians cannot be canceled.” Daniel 6:6-8

In response, King Darius had the law written. When Daniel found out about this new law that had been written, he went to his house. He went to his upstairs room, which windows opened toward Jerusalem. Three times a day, Daniel got down on his knees and prayed. Just as any other time, Daniel prayed and thanked God.

Then those who wanted to accuse Daniel, went as a group and found Daniel praying. Asking God for help. So, the men went to King Darius and spoke with him about the law, saying

“Didn’t you write a law that says no one may pray to any god or man except you, our king? Doesn’t it say that anyone who disobeys during the next 30 days will be thrown into the lions’ den?” Daniel 6:12

The king answered them,

“Yes, I wrote that law. And the laws of the Medes and Persians cannot be canceled.” Daniel 6:12

Then those men revealed to the king that Daniel, the captive from Judah, pays no attention to the law he had written. And how he continues to pray three times a day. On hearing this, King Darius was very upset. He decided he had to save Daniel. Which he worked at until sunset, trying to think of a way to save him. Those same men went to the king again and said,

“Remember, our king, the law of the Medes and Persians. It says
that no law or command given by the king can be changed.” Daniel 6:15

Unable to save Daniel, King Darius gave the order. They brought Daniel and threw him into the lions’ den. The king said to Daniel,

“May the God you serve all the time save you!” Daniel 6:16

A big stone was brought and placed over the opening of the lions’ den. The king used his signet ring to put his special seal on the rock. He also used the rings of his royal officers to put their seals on the rock. This process showed that no one could bring Daniel out of the lions’ den. King Darius then went back to his palace. He didn’t eat that night, nor have any entertainment brought to him. He couldn’t even sleep.

The next morning King Darius got up at dawn, and hurried to the lions’ den. As he came near the den, he was worried. He called out to Daniel and said,

“Daniel, servant of the living God! Has your God that you always worship been able to save you from the lions?” Daniel 6:20

Daniel answered,

“My king, live forever!  My God sent his angel to close the lions’ mouths. They have not hurt me, because my God knows I am innocent. I never did anything wrong to you, my king.” Daniel 6:21-22

King Darius was very happy, and told his servants to lift Daniel out of the lions’ den. They lifted him out and didn’t find any injury on him. This is because Daniel had trusted in his God.

Then the king gave a command, the men who had accused Daniel were brought and through into thrown into the lion’s den. Along with them, were their wives and children. The lions grabbed them before they hit the floor of the den, and crushed their bones.

The King Darius wrote a letter to all the people and all nations, to those who spoke every language in the world:

“I wish you great wealth. I am making a new law. This law is for people in every part of my kingdom. All of you must fear and respect the God of Daniel. Daniel’s God is the living God. He lives forever. His kingdom will never be destroyed. His rule will never end. God rescues and saves people. God does mighty miracles in heaven and on earth. God saved Daniel from the power of the lions.” Daniel 6:25-26

So Daniel was successful during the time that Darius was king. Which also was the time that Cyrus the Persian was king.

Daniel was faithful to the Lord, and wouldn’t allow any law to affect his relationship with God. A law was placed, ordering no one to pray for thirty days, but Daniel didn’t obey it. As a result, he faced the consequences of not obeying. However, Daniel obeyed the Lord and the Lord saved him. God sent an angel that closed the mouths of the lions. God came to Daniel’s protections because he trusted in him.

God is our vindicator, and knows our hearts. No matter what false accusation someone may bring against us, God will make a way out. God has a purpose for each one of us, and along the way others may get in the way and try to stop that purpose. We must stand firm and trust God, because he cherishes each one of us, and will do what it takes to save us. Even if it requires Him to send his one and only son.

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Footprints

One night a man had a dream. He dreamed he was walking along the beach with the LORD. Across the sky flashed scenes from his life. For each scene, he noticed two sets of footprints in the sand; one belonging to him, and the other to the LORD.

When the last scene of his life flashed before him, he looked back at the footprints in the sand. He noticed that many times along the path of his life there was only one set of footprints. He also noticed that it happened at the very lowest and saddest times in his life.

This really bothered him and he questioned the LORD about it. “LORD, you said that once I decided to follow you, you’d walk with me all the way. But I have noticed that during the most troublesome times in my life, there is only one set of footprints. I don’t understand why when I needed you most you would leave me.

The LORD replied, “My precious, precious child, I love you and I would never leave you. During your times of trial and suffering, when you see only one set of footprints, it was then that I carried you.”

By Carolyn Carty

The Lord, Our Savior

We have a Lord who gave his life to save ours. The world was deep in the darkness of sin, but Christ provided a way out. And the Lord is willing to bring our lives up from the pit, it starts with us calling out to the Lord. Just as Jonah did when he was deep within the pit, with his life ebbing away. For Johan tried to flee from the Lord, but in the midst of his troubles, he cried to the Lord for help and the Lord listened to his cry. Therefore, we may do things that are against the Lord, but he is willing to forgive us and continue to listen for our cry for help.

The Lord’s Power

We have a Lord who is All-Powerful, and the Lord shows this power in our troubles. For when Jesus walked the Earth, there were many who were sick, diseased, demon possessed, lame, blind, deaf, and paralyzed. Jesus healed them all. Through all of these healings, Jesus showed us his power. Showed us that with faith in Him, all things are possible. Just as Jeremiah 17:7 says, “But blessed is the one who trusts in the Lord, whose confidence is in him.” We should give the Lord our burdens, and walk in faith. For there’s nothing the Lord can’t do.

David and Goliath

One day the Philistines and their Hero Goliath, got ready for war against Israel. Goliath was from the town of Gath and was over nine feet tall. When the Israelite soldiers saw Goliath, they were scared and ran off.

David asked some soldiers standing nearby, “What will a man get by killing this Philistine and stopping him from insulting our people? What does that worthless Philistine think he is? He’s making fun of the army of the living God!” Some soldiers overheard David talking, so they told Saul what David had said. Saul sent for David, and David came. “Your Majesty,” he said, “this Philistine shouldn’t turn us into cowards. I’ll go out and fight him myself!”

When Goliath saw that David was just a healthy, good-looking boy, he made fun of him. “Do you think I’m a dog?” Goliath asked.

David answered: You’ve come out to fight me with a sword and a spear and a dagger. But I’ve come to fight you in the name of the Lord All-Powerful. He is the God of Israel’s army, and you have insulted him too! Today the Lord will help me defeat you and The whole world will know that Israel has a real God. Everybody here will see that the Lord doesn’t need swords or spears to save his people. The Lord always wins his battles, and he will help us defeat you.

When Goliath started toward, David ran toward him. He put a rock in his sling and swung the sling around by its straps. When he let go of one strap, the rock flew out and hit Goliath on the forehead. It cracked his skull, and he fell facedown on the ground.

We don’t need any sword or spear to defeat our troubles, all we need is the Lord. The Lord will stand by his children and protect them, we should have faith that he will give us the victory. David was about fifteen years old, when he took on Goliath, the nine foot giant. For David, Goliath size didn’t scare him, due to his faith in the Lord. Which shows that our present problems may be huge and scary, just know that our God is greater and there’s nothing too difficult for Him. David knew the Lord would give him the victory. In fact, we all have the victory through Jesus Christ. God has never been defeat, and never will be. We receive that victory by praying to the Lord, and remaining in faith.

Hannah’s Prayer

There was a lady named Hannah. One day she went into the place of worship to pray. Hannah was brokenhearted and crying as she prayed, “Lord All-Powerful, I am your servant, but I am miserable! Please let me have a son. I will give him to you for as long as he lives, and his hair will never be cut.” Eli, the priest, was sitting near the door. Since she was praying silently, Eli thought she was drunk. He told her to “sober up”. Hannah answered, “I’m not drunk, and I haven’t been drinking. But I do feel miserable and terribly upset. I’ve been praying all this time, telling the Lord about my problems.” Eli replied, “You may go home now and stop worrying. I’m sure the God of Israel will answer your prayer.” Later, the Lord blessed Hannah with a son, and she named him Samuel. When it was time to give him to the Lord, Hannah said to Eli, “Sir, a few years ago I stood here beside you and asked the Lord to give me a child. Here he is! The Lord gave me just what I asked for. Now I am giving him to the Lord, and he will be the Lord’s servant for as long as he lives.” In the midst of our troubles, we should call on the Lord and give him our troubles. We shouldn’t worry, for He hears our prayers, and will give us a way out. After we pray, we should remain in faith, that the Lord has the power to help in trouble times.

Ruth’s Love for Naomi

Before Israel was ruled by kings, Elimelech from the tribe of Ephrath lived in the town of Bethlehem. His wife was named Naomi, and their two sons were Mahlon and Chilion. Mahlon went on to marry Ruth, while Chilion married Orpah. About ten years later, Mahlon and Chilion died. Naomi went on from Moab to Judah, since the Lord had given his people a good harvest there. As they were leaving, Naomi said to Orpah and Ruth, “Don’t you want to go back home to your own mothers? You were kind to my husband and sons, and you have always been kind to me. I pray the Lord will be just as kind to you.” Orpah kissed Ruth good-by, but Ruth held on to Naomi. Naomi asked Ruth, “Why don’t you go with her?” But Ruth answered her, “Please don’t tell me to leave you and return home! I will go where you go, I will live where you live; your people will be my people, your God will be my God. I will die where you die and be buried beside you. Naomi stopped urging Ruth to go back. They both went on to Bethlehem. While in Bethlehem, Ruth was picking grain, left by the harvest workers. The owner of the field was Boaz, who Ruth later on married and gave birth to a son. Therefore, just as Romans 12:10 says, “Be devoted to one another in love. Honor one another above yourselves.” Ruth could have went back home to her own family, knowing that Naomi was older and she wouldn’t have anymore children. But Ruth honored Naomi above herself, and was blessed with a husband and a child. Sometimes we should ignore ourselves, to honor others.

The Lord and Gideon

One day an angel appeared and spoke to Gideon, “The Lord is helping you, and you are a strong warrior.”

Gideon answered, “Please don’t take this wrong, but if the Lord is helping us, then why have all of these awful things happened? We’ve heard how the Lord performed miracles and rescued our ancestors from Egypt. But those things happened long ago. Now the Lord has abandoned us to the Midianites.”

Then the Lord himself said, “Gideon, you will be strong, because I am giving you the power to rescue Israel from the Midianites.”

Gideon replied, “But how can I rescue Israel? My clan is the weakest one in Manasseh, and everyone else in my family is more important than I am.”

“Gideon,” the Lord answered, “you can rescue Israel because I am going to help you!”

We shouldn’t focus on what we can and cannot do. For the Lord can do all things, and with him all things are possible. We may not have strength, power, or authority. But we have the Lord, who loves us and will supply our needs. The Lord is ready to help. All we have to do is call on Him, and remain in faith.

Life Through the Blood of Jesus

For the life of the body is in its blood. I have given you the blood on the altar to purify you, making you right with the Lord. It is the blood, given in exchange for a life, that makes purification possible Leviticus 17:11. Jesus has appeared on earth to shed his blood of us, that we may have forgiveness and life. The blood of Jesus purifies us from all sin, just as 1 John 1:7 says. One can ask God for forgiveness and accept Him into their life by praying this prayer,

“Jesus, I believe you are the Son of God, that you died on the cross to rescue me from sin and death and to restore me to the Father. I choose now to turn from my sins, my self-centeredness, and every part of my life that does not please you. I choose you. I give myself to you. I receive your forgiveness and ask you to take your rightful place in my life as my Savior and Lord. Come reign in my heart, fill me with your love and your life, and help me to become a person who is truly loving—a person like you. Restore me, Jesus. Live in me. Love through me. Thank you, God. In Jesus’ name I pray. Amen.”

And you are now saved. For it is with your heart that you believed and are justified, and with your mouth that you profess your faith and are saved.

God Is Everything

When we are lonely, God will comfort us. When we are worried, God will give us peace. When we are hungry, God will give us food. When we are thirsty, God will satisfy our thirst. We may be broken, but God will put us back together. We may be down, but God will lift us up. When we are empty, God will fill us. When we are sad, God will give us joy. When we are in need, God will provide. We may have burdens, but God will give us rest. We may be sinners, but He is our Savior. We are his children, and He is our Father. When our hearts makes us feel guilty, God gives us peace. When we are weak, God gives us strength. We may not be perfect, but God still loves us. When we have difficulties, God has our answers. All may seem to be against us, but God will always be for us. Things may look stagnant, and feel like you are in the same position, but God may have you in that position for a reason. He has lots in store for you, and He never wants you to quit growing.