Daniel 11:36 The Leader Will Exalt Himself

The king will do as he pleases. He will exalt and magnify himself above every god and will say unheard of things against the God of gods. He will be successful until the time of wrath is completed, for what has been determined must take place. Daniel 11:36

Daniel was given a vision of some future kings and battles. One of the kings had chosen to do whatever pleases himself and would set himself up to be above God and all false gods. He would be successful in everything that he does, but only for a set amount of time. In the end, he will be destroyed by another king.

Leaders all over the world come and go all the time. Some change leadership every few years, such as in America, no more than every eight years. While others don’t change until the leader dies, some of whom have lasted over 40 years or more.

Each leader leads in their own way and some people like what they do and others do not. Christians often get very upset with various leaders in position. The leader makes rules that go against God’s word and promote sinful activities.

While it is understandable why someone might be upset with the leader, one must understand also that God has placed that leader in that position for a reason. The king that Daniel saw in his vision was placed there by God, and that king set himself up as greater than God. God did it for a purpose. In this case it was for punishment to a nation.

Every leader that God puts in place, He does so for a purpose and for a set amount of time. As a believer, you must keep this in mind. First you must pray for that leader to know and serve God. Then  you must pray that every believer will be strong and true to God, regardless of what is going on around them. Finally you must know that the leader is only there for a time, not for eternity.

Do your part in this world by being a witness of who Jesus is and the love of God. Work to bring all to a saving knowledge of Jesus. Trust God in leading this world that it needs to be led. And know that in the end God will be the ultimate King for all eternity.

I pray that you will be a witness for God; that God will remove your fear of leaders in this world; that you will trust God’s placement of leaders in this world; and that all leaders will know and serve God.

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Daniel 5:26-27 Found Wanting

“Here is what these words mean: MENE: God has numbered the days of your reign and brought it to an end. TEKEL: You have been weighed on the scales and found wanting.” Daniel 5:26-27

Belshazzar was king of Babylon and his kingdom was prospering very well. However, unlike Nebuchadnezzar, he did not honor or follow God at all. He worshipped various idols and used articles from the temple to party with.

One day while he and all his officials were having a party, God made a hand visible that wrote some words on the wall. No one was able to understand what those words meant, until Daniel was called. He stated that God said that Belshazzar’s days were numbered as a king and that he had been found wanting. Later that night he would be killed and Babylon would be over taken by the Medes.

Many people have gone to a store to purchase an item and use their debit card to pay for it. When the cashier runs the card, it comes up short on funds in the account. The person is found wanting more money than what he has. It can be embarrassing to the person, because he is short on money.

Millions of people today are living their lives in their own way. Often going to church and claiming to be a believer. Yet, they do not have a relationship with Jesus and are not living for Him in any way. The only thing that they do is go to church. During the week, they never read the Bible, witness, or even pray. The only thing that they do is live a “good” life by not living in extreme sins and by going to church.

When Jesus returns or when He calls those people home, they will be found wanting. Jesus will turn them away for never knowing them. They will be needing the salvation that He provides, but will not have it. The reality of their life will be exposed.

As you are going through this life, you must live your life in a way that you will not be found wanting when you stand before God. Put all of your trust in Jesus and live for Him. Show your love for Him by obeying Him. If you live your life your own way, you will be found wanting and lose in the end.

How do the scales weigh you today?

I pray today that you will know Jesus in a personal way; that you will live for God; that God will be able to speak well of you; and that you will trust God with all of your life.

Song Of Solomon 2:4 Eating At His Table

Let him lead me to the banquet hall, and let his banner over me be love. Song of Solomon 2:4

Eating food is one thing that people love to do. Many like to eat more food than they really should eat. Different people like to eat different types of foods, but the common factor is that all like to eat.

Restaurants that are set up buffet style are usually very large and always very busy. They provide a wide variety of foods to eat, and an unlimited amount of food. All this for one price. No one leaves hungry.

In this passage today, the bride is asking that the Lord lead her to his banquet hall. She wants to be able to eat at His table.

The Lord is the king. Every king eats very well and only the very best food. To eat there means one will not be eating macaroni and cheese, but prime steaks and lobster. It will only be the best.

As Jesus walked on this earth, He ate at His Father’s banquet table. He was provided more than enough food to sustain Him and satisfy Him. This food was to do the will of His Father. He found great satisfaction in doing what the Father wanted Him to do.

As a believer in Jesus, you are the bride of Christ. You should have a desire to eat at His table. The banquet table that Jesus eats at, is the Father’s table. Doing what God wants you to do will provide you with satisfaction and fulfillment.

In order to know what God wants you to do, you must take time to read the Bible. Take in what He says and devour it. Make it a part of your life. As you begin to know God and what He wants through His Word, you will know what to do in your life. Then you can begin to do those things and find the satisfaction that you need.

The only way this can happen is if you allow God to lead you to His banquet table. Taste of the Lord and find out that He is good. The food that He has for you is the best that there is. Remember that He is The King and only has the best food available.

I pray today that you will know the food God has for you; that you will hunger for His Word; that God will strengthen you to do His will; and that you will do whatever God asks of you.

Psalm 123:1 Where To Look

I lift up my eyes to you, to you who sit enthroned in heaven. Psalm 123:1

As a person goes through life, he usually has some people he looks up to. These are people who have meant something special in his life. Usually they have done something above and beyond that impacted his life in some great way or another.

The people looked up to may be parents, a teacher, a co-worker, a close friend, a pastor, a mentor, and the list can go on. The world often tries to look up to those who are popular and in the limelight. Many different movie, television, music, and sports stars are looked up to by many people. They are often seen as the perfect example of what one wants to be like.

Although people may have good traits to desire and look up to, they are still human and have faults.

The psalmist, in this verse, says that he looks up to the one enthroned in heaven. God is the one who is enthroned in heaven.

Since God is the one who is enthroned in heaven, He is the one who is above all and in control. It is the king who sits on the throne. It is the king who has the final word of control in any and every situation. He has absolute power.

How can this help you today?

Knowing that God is on the throne, helps you to know that no matter how the situation looks, He is still in control.

Later in this psalm, it is written that they will look to God until He shows His mercy on them. You, too, are to look to God until He shows His mercy on you.

Those in the world can guide you and help you to a point, but all of their work will only be for temporary goals and many may fall short. God’s work is for eternity and will never fail.

Keep your eyes focused on God and allow Him to guide you through the perils and challenges of this life. His goal is to make you more like Jesus everyday and to bring you into heaven to be with Him for eternity. It is not just a temporary fix for a few days, it is an eternal fix. Look up to God today.

I pray today that you will keep your eyes on Jesus; that you will trust God to guide you; that you will know the mercy of God in your life; and that you will know Jesus is the King.

The Little Drummer Boy

The Little Drummer Boy

Come they told me
Pa rum pum pum pum
A new born King to see
Pa rum pum pum pum

Our finest gifts we bring
Pa rum pum pum
To lay before the King
Pa rum pum pum pum,
rum pum pum pum
rum pum pum

So to honor Him
Pa rum pum pum pum
When we come

Little baby
Pa rum pum pum pum
I am a poor boy too
Pa rum pum pum pum
I have no gift to bring
Pa rum pum pum pum
That’s fit to give our King
Pa rum pum pum pum
rum pum pum pum,
rum pum pum pum

Shall I play for you
Pa rum pum pum pum
On my drum

Mary nodded
Pa rum pum pum pum
The ox and lamb kept time
Pa rum pum pum pum
I played my drum for Him
Pa rum pum pum pum
I played my best for Him
Pa rum pum pum pum
rum pum pum pum
rum pum pum pum

Then He smiled at me
Pa rum pum pum pum
Me and my drum

By Katherine Kennicott Davis (1941)

This Christmas song has been one of my favorite Christmas songs for as long as I can remember. I look forward to hearing it on the radio every Christmas season. And I never get tired of hearing it and singing it.

It is often thought of as a child’s song, and I have never heard it sang in church, other than in a children’s Christmas program once or twice.

Over the years, there have been very many versions of this song sang. It has been sang as a country song, ballad, and all the way into heavy metal rock music style. Although I do not like the idea of non-Christians singing any Christmas song, I still love the song in many of the various versions.

You may wonder why I like it so much. It is because of the reality of truth in it, despite the ox and lamb keeping time. I do not really believe the events in this song actually occurred in Bethlehem when Jesus was born, but the heart of it can happen today.

Many people come before God as though He was their best buddy, or the Great Man Upstairs. They see Jesus as just a great teacher.

Others come before God as though they have earned every right to do so. They do not see Jesus as the King. They do not see Him as the One who created everything there is, the one in absolute control and power.

In this song, the boy is invited to go before this new great king. He recognizes that this little baby is The King, the King of Kings. It is not told how he knows this or why he knows it, but he does.

He also recognizes that he does not have anything to give the King that is worth giving to someone so great. He has only one thing, and that is his little drum and his ability to play it. His talents and abilities were all that he could give this King.

He is given permission to play for the King, and so he does.

As a human and a believer in Jesus, I do not have anything that is worthy to give the King of the universe. God already has everything I have and much more, so He does not need my things.

What I can give Him is myself and my talents. Every ability that I have can be given to God to be used by Him for His glory.

Jesus told the disciples that their job was to go and make more disciples. That job description has not changed since for any believer.

I need to use my talents for His glory. I need to use everything I have the ability to do, to spread the gospel message to this dying world.

When I do that, God will look down on me and smile, as the baby Jesus does in the song. In the end God will be able to say “well done, good and faithful servant”.

What are you doing with the talents God has blessed you with?

Are you using them for yourself?

Or for His glory?

Listen to one of the versions of this song that I really enjoy: The Little Drummer Boy

John 18:34 Who Is Jesus To You

“Is that your own idea, Jesus asked, or did others talk to you about me?” John 18:34

Jesus had been arrested and was brought before Pilate for trial. Pilate did not really want anything to do with Jesus. One of the first things Pilate asks Jesus is if He really is the king of the Jews. Jesus asks him if that was his own idea or from someone else.

Jesus was very popular at this time. People everywhere knew about Him. Many knew Him, or of Him, because of the miracles He had been doing. Many also saw Him as the new king of the Jews.

They remembered the prophecies of the prophets that God would send one to be king and rule over them. While many loved Jesus, there were also many that did not like Him. He was changing their ways of living. Either way a person thought of Jesus, there was lots of talk about it. It was not stated in complete secrecy.

Even today, many people may talk about Jesus. Children are sometimes raised in a Christian home, being told to believe in Jesus. When children get older, often they leave the church, because church was something their parents did, and it was not for them. Believing in Jesus is something the parents believed. The children do not have that belief in their heart. They have not experienced the personal relationship with Jesus.

Who is Jesus to you today? Is He just the One you worship and talk about on Sundays? Is He just the One your friends or spouse believes in? Or is He your personal Savior, and Lord, ruler of your life?

Too many people have all of their belief in Jesus just based off of what others say. You need to have a direct relationship with Him. You need direct realization for yourself as to who He really is in your life.

Are your beliefs in Jesus your own? Or are they just what others have told you? Have you seen the miracles of Jesus in your own life? Or just in the lives of others? Is Jesus your personal Savior today?

I pray today that you will see Jesus for who He really is; that you will have a personal relationship with Jesus; that you allow Jesus to be your Lord and Savior; and that you will tell others of what you know of Jesus.

Luke 19:38 Giving Praise

“Blessed is the king who comes in the name of the Lord! Peace in heaven and glory in the highest!” Luke 19:38

As Jesus comes riding into Jerusalem the people start shouting praises to Him. They are calling Him their king.

When Jesus rode into Jerusalem, He was riding a colt of a donkey. This is not an animal that is connected to royalty. When kings would ride into their city, they always road on majestic horses or in a carriage, not a donkey, and a baby one at that.

Along with the riding a colt, Jesus never stated that He was their king. He never grabbed at being the king. Jesus just did what His Father wanted Him to do.

The people had been looking for a king of their own. They had been under the harsh Roman rule for many years and wanted their freedom again. They could see in Jesus someone who could be that king.

With these things in mind, they give Jesus great praise. They honor Him as a real king. They laid out a carpet of palm branches for Him to come in on. They called out praise to Him, honoring Him as the king.

Nearly 2,000 years later, Jesus still comes into the lives and hearts of men and women as a king. He humbled comes in. He does not demand that you follow Him and force you to be His subject. He comes in a calm way on a colt showing His love and care for you.

Believers need to be willing to give Him praise as the King. Americans do not like the idea of someone being a king, but that is what Jesus is and needs to be in your life. Allow Him to be your king.

Allow Jesus to be your king, and shout out praises to Him and about Him. Do not be silent. Let the world know that Jesus is your king and is The King. The world will try to silent you, but Jesus said if you are silent the rocks will cry out.

I pray today that you will know Jesus as your King; that you will shout out praises to Him; that you will let the world know that Jesus is your king; that you will not be ashamed of Jesus; and that God will use you to build His kingdom.