Daniel 7:14 An Eternal Kingdom

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He was given authority, glory and sovereign power; all nations and peoples of every language worshiped him. His dominion is an everlasting dominion that will not pass away, and his kingdom is one that will never be destroyed. Daniel 7:14 

Kingdoms and nations have risen and fallen over the centuries. Some have remained around for hundreds, even thousands of years, while others have only lasted a short time.

Some nations have risen to power and appeared to be strong enough to last forever, but eventually fell and were destroyed. The one common factor of all nations, is that none of them have lasted forever, all have fallen at some point.

Daniel gets a vision of the Son of Man being given all authority and power over the entire earth. His kingdom would be one that would last forever and never be destroyed.

Over the centuries the Christian belief has had times where it appeared to be the dominating belief of the people of the world, while other times it appeared to be dying out. When Jesus died upon the cross, many of the disciples began to wonder what would be next. They had expected Him to live and conquer the world,  but He didn’t. It was after His resurrection that they began to see His true power and authority.

Many nations and groups of people have attempted to destroy God’s kingdom of believers. Yet, none have succeeded. In fact, the more the church was persecuted, the more it grew in power and authority.

Despite what the world thinks or feels, Jesus is in control. He has already been given all authority and power when He rose from the dead. Every believer can stand on this truth and hope, knowing that some day all sin will be erased and they will be on the winning side.

There may be days when you feel as if the world is winning the battle against believers. It may appear that God is not really in control and will lose in the end.

Do not forget that Jesus defeated death, the greatest enemy of man. He was able to do this because He was given all authority and power to have an everlasting kingdom.

You, as a believer, are a part of His kingdom. You are on the winning side. Do not give up or lose hope. In the end God will win the battle and you will win with Him as long as you trust in Him.

I pray today that you will know Jesus as your Lord and Savior; that you will trust God’s authority and power; that you will know the hope you can have in Jesus; and that God will remove fear of the world’s weak power and authority.

Lamentations 5:19 God Reigns Anyways

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You, Lord, reign forever; your throne endures from generation to generation. Lamentations 5:19 

Leaders come and go throughout the history of every nation upon this earth. Some are great leaders, others are horrible leaders. Some last a long time in leadership, while others are leaders for a very short time.

The reign of power for each leader is different. Some have absolute power over their group of people, while others are given limited powers.

The one common factor of all the leaders that have ever been upon this earth is that none of them have lasted forever. Every one is either removed or dies. Their reign of power comes to an end.

Jeremiah ends his lamentations over the destruction of Israel with claiming that God reigns forever. Even as Israel is in captivity and under destruction Jeremiah recognizes that God does actually reign over all the earth and is in control.

During times that there is a harsh or bad leader, one often begins to wonder when his leadership will come to an end. Some believers sometimes begin to question God’s reign over the world and His choice for allowing a bad leader to get into position.

Everything that occurs upon this earth happens under God’s allowance. God raises up and destroys leaders. In in power and authority, God uses every situation for His purpose in the lives of those who love and follow Him. God uses bad leaders to sometimes crush a group of people, other times to wake His people up and move them around.

Believers must always remember and know that God is the reigning authority over all the earth. No one or anything can do anything without His permission. This is why the believer must put total trust in God and in God alone, allowing Him to reign in his personal life and world.

As you look at the chaos in this world and the troubles that is occurring, you may wonder about God’s sovereign reign upon this earth. You may wonder why things are allowed or not dealt with by God.

Never forget that God’s ways are above your ways and He uses every leader. God is still in absolute control of what looks like utter chaos upon this earth. In times of turmoil and trouble, God is still in control, reigning with full authority from His throne.

Allow God to reign in your own life and give Him praise that He does actually reign with full authority and power.

I pray today that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will allow God to reign in your life; that you will not fear leaders on this earth; that you will trust God’s leading in your life and this world; and that you will give God praise for His authority.

Psalm 95:6 Bowing Down

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Come, let us bow down in worship, let us kneel before the Lord our Maker, Psalm 95:6 

Bowing down to something or someone is not uncommon around the world. In many places around the world, bowing down is a symbol of respect and honor given to another person. There are also many who bow down to idols to worship them.

It is common to see people bow down and nearly worship other people. Watch how the fans of singers and actors perform when in presence of someone famous. They see someone famous who they love, and idolize that person, thinking he is the best thing on the earth.

While many will bow in worship and adoration of others, there are very few that will bow down in submission. People do not want to have someone over them. They want to be their own boss, in control of their own destiny in life.

The author tells the people to bow down in worship. They are to kneel before God as He is their maker.

This is not only bowing down in worship, but also bowing down in submission. It is allowing God to be the controller of all life. It is giving Him honor for being the ultimate ruler of all things.

As many will bow in worship to God, giving Him honor, there are few who will bow down in submission, giving Him authority. People want to be in control of their own lives. On Sunday they will bow in submission, but on Monday, as they go back to work, they pick that authority back up for themselves.

A believer must realize that God should be the ultimate authority in every area of his life. God is the one who created everything and deserves that position and authority.

The believer’s life must characterize one of worship and submission to God, constantly bowing down before Him.

Take a moment to examine your life. Who or what are you bowing down to? If you are following the ways of this world, it will be things or other people. Bowing down to temporary things will only lead to death.

Bowing down to God will bring life. He knows what is best for your life. Give Him the honor that He is worthy of. Give Him full authority over your whole life.

Let us bow down in worship and submission to God today.

I pray today that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will bow down to worship Him each day; that you will bow down in submission to God’s authority; and that you will trust God with your life. 

Psalm 78:42 Forgetting God’s Abilities

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Again and again they put God to the test; they vexed the Holy One of Israel. Psalm 78:42 

Those who are in authority often have the power to get things done that others do not have the ability to do. Having the ability to provide finances or other needed resources, they can accomplish larger things than what is normal for others.

The workers at the bottom have very little authority and cannot see how something can be accomplished. All they can see is a large mountain of a problem in front of them and no way around or over it. They begin to fear the challenge in front of them, rather than trusting those in authority.

Asaph looks back at when the Israelites were wandering in the wilderness. The people would constantly complain to God and not trust Him. They had forgotten the power that He had displayed with bringing them out of Egypt.

Every believer has to believe God has some authority just to become a believer. He has to believe that God has the power and ability to remove all sin and to save the person, or else he will not follow Jesus or trust Him.

God works in a person’s life doing great things, removing sin and providing what is needed. Yet, many believers quickly forget what God has already done in their lives or in the lives of others and begin to complain to God about some challenge in their life.

The believer has been redeemed from a life of sin and death. He has been released from the bondages of sin and given a new life. Yet, often one goes back to those chains and puts them back on. He doesn’t trust God to provide for him in every area needed.

If God has the power to remove sin, He also has the power to take care of every need a believer has. This has to be remembered.

Think about the things God has already done in your life. Why did you choose to follow Jesus? What made you believe and trust Him?

Now remember those things and trust that God can meet your current needs that are looming in front of you.

Don’t put God to the test by complaining and fearing what is in front of you. God is greater than anything you may face. Remember what He has done in lives of others already and in your past. Then trust Him.

I pray today that you will see what God has done for you; that you will know you can trust God’s power and abilities; that God will help you remove all fear of situations in your life; and that you seek God for all of your needs.