Daniel 6:4 A Clean Record

At this, the administrators and the satraps tried to find grounds for charges against Daniel in his conduct of government affairs, but they were unable to do so. They could find no corruption in him, because he was trustworthy and neither corrupt nor negligent. Daniel 6:4

King Darius had chosen some men to help lead his country. Daniel was among those men. Daniel had done so well that the king chose to make Daniel a ruler over the entire nation. The other men were angry and jealous at the position that Daniel was given and sought to find a way to discredit him. As they watched him, they found out that they could find nothing corrupt in Daniel, everything he did was right.

In the political world, one of the greatest things many of the politicians do and those who vote for a politician, is seek out what is wrong with the opponent. People want to discredit a person to be able to claim he is not qualified to hold the position.

This even occurs outside of the political realm. Watch the news and it is common to see someone being accused of some wrong doing. Many times, the wrong done occurred years ago and is only being brought to the surface now. Often one person brings up some bad from the past, and many others suddenly come forward with similar stories.

Believers in Jesus should be living their lives in such a way that no one can find fault with them. Their private life and their public life should line up exactly the same and both should line up according to God’s standards. All thoughts, actions, and words should be the same as what God would speak. This keeps all accusations from standing true.

Satan is out to get you, if you are a follower of Jesus. He wants to be able to dig up some dirt in your life, to claim you really don’t follow Jesus. The world will seek to discredit you, to make you look like them and that your belief is false.

Focus your entire life on God and His ways of living, so that no one can bring up an accusation that will be true. The world will see how you are living and it will be a witness of the changing power of God.

What record will people find on you, if they search?

I pray today that you will allow God to cleanse you from all sin; that you will live your whole life for God; and that no one will be able to find any fault against you.

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Job 20:29 Harsh Words With No Hope

Such is the fate God allots the wicked, the heritage appointed for them by God. Job 20:29

Zophar begins to speak to job and is upset. He believes that Job has been living in sin, because of the trouble he is going through. Zophar lists all types of things that will happen to a non-believer, the troubles that he will go through when refusing to follow God. At the end he also lists what God will do to the one who lives a wicked life. It is considered the wicked person’s heritage with no hope of anything different.

It is very easy to see someone else’s faults and to point them out. Faults stick out very clearly in the life of a person. Think of looking at a large blank white sheet of paper. It is clean. Now put one small black dot somewhere on the paper the size of a period. As you look at the paper now, where are your eyes drawn to? That black dot. It sticks out, just as sin also sticks out in the life of a person.

People love to point out the faults in another person, because it makes the one seeing them appear to look better. Pointing out faults in others happens in the workplace, on the streets, in the stores, in the government, and everywhere else in this world. People want to feel better about themselves, so they make others look worse.

This type of action not only occurs in the world, but also inside the church and by the church in the world. Believers are very quick to point out sin in other believers lives or in people of the world. Often, they do not add in the offer of salvation in Jesus. They do not offer any forgiveness or hope for change.

Jesus did not come to condemn the world, but to save the world. Zophar was right in some of what he was saying, but he did not offer any hope of change. If you see sin in your life or in the life of another person, it can be pointed out, but then also show what Jesus can do about it. Show that Jesus is willing to remove it and bring life to the person.

Give people hope, not just condemnation.

I pray today that you will see the salvation Jesus provides; that you will show God’s love to those at fault; and that you will provide the hope in Jesus to every person you meet.

Job 13:19 An Open Life

Can anyone bring charges against me? If so, I will be silent and die. Job 13:19

The friends of Job were convinced that Job had done something sinful to bring on the troubles that he was going through. In their minds, the only reason God would inflict trouble on a person is because of sin. Job was convinced that he was innocent before God. He challenges anyone to bring a true charge against him. If that could happen, Job would be silent.

Seeing a fault in another person is very easy. The news media loves to look at faults that people have. Only occasionally does the news look at something good in a person.

At the same time, most people do not like to have any of their faults looked at or seen. They do not want to be told about something wrong in their life. Very few are willing to be corrected by another person.

The world likes to keep things in the dark, behind closed doors. Many will claim that those things are personal and of no one else’s business. For most people, if those things were known, it would be embarrassing and often harmful to their career or status in the community.

The person who wants to grow will want to know what faults he has. He will desire to be corrected and set on the right path. The true believer in Jesus will strive to live a life that is without fault.

God sees into the hearts and minds of every person. He knows the truth of every action or thought a person has. There is nothing hidden from Him. Man cannot see into the heart as God can, he can only see on the outside.

You must live your life as an open book before men and God. The ultimate life to live is one that is living for God with no faults. God sees into your heart already and sees everything. Men should be able to also look at your life and see nothing but Jesus in you.

Live your life in a way that no one can accuse you of any wrong. Allow yourself to be an open book for anyone to examine. Let them see Jesus in you. If anything else is seen, allow it to be pointed out so that you can change and live for God.

I pray today that you will allow God to cleanse you of all sin; that you will be an open witness of Jesus; that the world will only see Jesus in you; and that you will seek to change any wrong in your life.