Daniel 7:14 An Eternal Kingdom

Looking over a city

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.

Jeremiah 46:27 Do Not Be Afraid

Child standing by lake

Do not be afraid, Jacob my servant; do not be dismayed, Israel. I will surely save you out of a distant place, your descendants from the land of their exile. Jeremiah 46:27 

Throughout history there have been times of great death and destruction. Nations fighting nations. People fighting people. Sickness, death being rampant among groups of people.

As these things occur, many people are afraid. They are scared of dying. They fear the pain and suffering that could be coming to them. Many desire to escape what is occurring around them, yet, appear to have no way out.

God tells the people of Judah and Israel to not fear. They are in exile and are beginning to see the destruction of nations around them. They are fearing that the destruction will come upon them. Yet, God tells them that He will save them from the destruction.

Death and destruction of nations and people are still occurring to this day. God raises up and breaks down nations. People are scared of dying and sickness.

In the middle of all of this death and destruction are the believers. In a sense believers are in exile from their real home of heaven with God. They have to live their physical lives out here on this earth amidst the death.

Many see what is occurring around them and begin to fear. They wonder if God is really in control or if they will die in the process also.

God tells every believer to not be afraid. God has given His promise to save everyone who calls upon the name of Jesus and believes in Him.

At some point every believer will be called to go home to heaven to be with the Father for eternity. He will be removed from this death and destruction on this earth. There is no reason to fear what is happening.

As you watch what is going on around you, you may see a lot of death and destruction. Chaos is destroying nations, families, businesses, and more. You may wonder if you will be a part of the dying statistics.

Do not forget that Jesus has promised you His salvation for you. Even if you should die, you will live in the end. This world is not your final home. You have eternity with God to look forward too.

While you keep this in mind, all fear can be removed. While the world will end in destruction around you, you will live for eternity. Do not fear.

I pray today that you will know the salvation Jesus gives; that you will know God’s plan for you; that God will remove all fear of death in your heart; and that you will be a witness of God’s control and love.

Isaiah 62:10 Raise The Banner

Christian flag

Pass through, pass through the gates! Prepare the way for the people. Build up, build up the highway! Remove the stones. Raise a banner for the nations. Isaiah 62:10 

Raising a banner is a sign of victory. The one who raises the banner is the one who has conquered and is in control.

Over the centuries of time nations have raised banners against other nations to gain control. Even in modern times, groups will raise banners of victory or to gain control. Many different groups and organizations have made their own banners to let the rest of the world know who they are. They are not ashamed of who they are and want the world to know it.

In this passage, Isaiah is giving a prophecy about the city of Jerusalem. The people are to go through the gates and build up the highway to the city. They are to raise a banner to the world, letting the world know Jerusalem will stand strong.

Although this passage is about Jerusalem, believers can also raise a banner. The banner that they are raising is one of Jesus. It is a sign showing who Jesus is and the victory over sin and death that He has brought about.

The goal of Jesus when He walked on the earth was to reach the lost. As He left, He passed that goal on to His disciples,. who passed it on down through the generations of all believers.

Nations and people are dying in sin because they do not know about Jesus and the salvation He provides. The path to God has been laid out by Jesus. The believers must show the world that path. Believers can walk into the enemies territory and raise His banner up in victory, taking back lost souls to God.

Every where that you go, there will be some who do not know Jesus. Most often the places that you will go will be in the enemies territory–this dark and dying world. You have a banner to raise up. You have the information that the world needs to know.

The banner you raise up is Jesus. The world needs to know Jesus and the salvation He provides. Doing this can take back nations and the territories that Satan has taken. Jesus has already provided the victory over sin and death.

Now it is your turn to raise up the banner and claim that victory!

I pray today that you will know the salvation Jesus provides; that you will let the world know about Jesus; that you will walk in the victory Jesus has given; and that you will raise the banner of Jesus for the world to see.