Daniel 10:12 Set Your Mind

Then he continued, “Do not be afraid, Daniel. Since the first day that you set your mind to gain understanding and to humble yourself before your God, your words were heard, and I have come in response to them.” Daniel 10:12

Daniel had a vision that troubled him and he could not understand what it meant. He chose to fast and pray, setting his mind to wait for God to give him the answer. When the person came to answer him, he was told that God had already dispatched the answer twenty-one days before, but was detained by the enemy.

There are many times that a person will want an answer from God about some situation in their life. He will pray for a moment, asking for the answer, then will give up on waiting for that answer. The prayers of many will not last more than a few moments, a few times, before many give up.

The reasons for giving up can be of several reasons. Some feel that they are not worth getting the answer, others are because they are impatient and give up on God, others feel God will not answer them, and still others just don’t make the time to wait on God for the answer.

Most people are in an instant, microwave set of mind in this world. They want the answer and they want it now. If God does not answer immediately, they immediately give up on God. Daniel did not do that, he set his mind and waited for God to answer.

God is always ready to answer, but He does not always answer immediately. Sometimes a person is not ready for the answer, while, as in Daniel’s case, the enemy holds back getting the answer. And when God does answer your prayer, be willing to accept His answer to you. Do not reject it because it was not the answer you desired. Let God be the one in control of your life.

When you are in need of God for an answer, you must set your mind to getting that answer. Deny yourself of yourself and focus on God and Him alone until you get the answer. Spend more than two minutes in prayer. Take time to fast, denying yourself the pleasures of this world. God will answer, in His time and way.

I pray today that you will set your mind to hear God’s voice and direction; that you will trust God to answer all of your prayers; that you will accept all of God’s answers for your life; and that you will not give up on God.

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Ezekiel 20:49 Just Stories?

Then I said, “Sovereign LORD, they are saying of me, ‘Isn’t he just telling parables?'” Ezekiel 20:49

God tells the history of Israel in one chapter. He talks about how He had chosen them, but had to send them to Egypt. In the wilderness, while He was with them, they rebelled and He had to punish them. Later, when in the promise land, they chose to rebel against Him again, and He sends them into captivity.

Now as they are rebelling, once again, God is telling them that He will start a fire that will burn hot and destroy them because of their rebellion. The people do not believe it and just think it is a parable or a simple story.

Today, several thousand years later, there are many people who are still asking that same question. Although they don’t ask if it is just a parable, many believe the stories of the Bible are just a fable or fantasy story that was made up by someone.

God is still looking down at the world and seeing the actions of the people. He is still sending out a warning of a coming judgment. Alongside of the warning, God is also providing a way of escape from it. Since there has been no great judgment upon the world, people tend to not believe that there is a coming judgment.

Believers are telling others about the work of Jesus on the cross and that He will return some day. Many do not believe that Jesus actually rose from the dead. There are many who do not even believe He existed and that all of the Bible is just a story that was made up. Since Jesus has not returned in 2,000 years, many do not believe that He is real.

You need  to take a look at what you read in the Bible and decide if it is truly God’s Word or not. You have to make a choice in this. It cannot be partially true and partially false. It is one or the other. Either God spoke the truth, or He spoke a bunch of stories.

Do not allow yourself to fall into the beliefs of many in this world that the Bible is just a really good story book. It is God’s Word and all the words in it will be fulfilled.

I pray today that you will know the Bible as God’s word; that you will tell others what God is saying; that your heart will be kindled on fire to serve God; and that your life will be a witness that His word is true.

Isaiah 57:1-2 A Reason To Be Removed

The righteous perish, and no one take it to heart; the devout are taken away, and no one understands that the righteous are taken away to be spared from evil. Those who walk uprightly enter into peace; they find rest as they lie in death. Isaiah 57:1-2

Death is something that most people have been around at least once or more times in their life. The older a person is, the more that he has seen death. As it occurs, often the question is asked, why?

Death is very hard on those who are still living. Those living are hurting from missing the loved one. Many go through struggles as to why the person had to die, especially when the person was very young, and maybe in great health.

It is even more difficult to see a person die young, who was a strong believer in Jesus and very active in being a witness. Looking at that person, others ask why God would remove that person because he was doing great work for God.

Although the reasons that God takes the life of a believer are as numerous as the stars in the sky and no one can fully understand the reason, Isaiah gives one good reason. That reason is to spare that person from evil, to give him rest and peace.

God knows the past, present and future of every person on this earth. He knows exactly what is going to happen to that person. As a human being, you do not know those things. you do not know how rough life will get for a person if he stays alive, but God does. God in His great wisdom and mercy will take the life of a person in order to spare them from a great evil.

Although as a human, you will miss the person, keep in mind where a dying believer will be when he dies. When a believer dies, he gets to go to Jesus and be at peace and rest for the rest of eternity. He steps into a world that is without pain, suffering or any evil.

As hard as it is to let someone go, let God’s wisdom prevail and let that person have the peace and rest God provides. Keeping a person here on this earth may be worse than the pain you are feeling in losing him. Trust God today and seek His peace and strength in your loss.

I pray today that you will know God’s peace in your life; that God will comfort any loss in your life; that you will know the joy of others going to heaven; and that God presence will be strong in your life.

Ecclesiastes 7:10 A Bad Question To Ask

Do not say, “Why were the old days better than these?” For it is not wise to ask such questions. Ecclesiastes 7:10

It is very common for people to look back on history and make the statement that those were the ‘good old days’. This usually occurs as someone watches a movie or tv show that depicts life years ago. Looking at what is being shown appears to be a great life, that is slow and full of meaning and purpose. Everything looks great.

Another time people think of the ‘good old days’ is when they are going through a very tough situation in life. Married couples begin to look back on their earlier years of marriage and think it was so much better. Or parents look at when their children were younger and think it was better.

Over and over in this nation people are looking back on years ago. Christians do it often when the government makes a bad ruling, or when someone does an extreme case of killing.

Solomon says that it is not wise to look back like that and ask the question why it was so much better.

Throughout a person’s life there are many ups and downs. Every period of life has its own unique challenges. At the time it appears as though it is the worst of times. Then later, after surviving the situation, another situation arises that appears to be even worse.

As a human being, you can only live in the present. You cannot live in the past or the future. Today is the day for salvation and you must live in it.

Do not forget what has occurred in the past, but do not dwell in the past. Learn from it and move forward. Accept what God has for you today and look forward to what He will have for you tomorrow.

It may appear that the past was good, but try to remember how hard some of the situations were at the time you were going through them. Today is no different. People are no better or worse than they were before. Situations are no better or worse, it is nothing new.

God has you on a journey in this life. Accept what He has given you and live your life to the fullest for Him. Don’t ask bad questions that are worthless.

I pray today that you will know the path God has for you; that you will live your life for God; that you will be content with what God is giving you; and that you will know the abundant life God has for you today.

Psalm 15:1-2 Who Can Dwell With God?

Lord, who may dwell in your sacred tent? Who may live on your holy mountain? The one whose walk is blameless, who does what is righteous, who speaks the truth from their heart, Psalm 15:1-2

David asks the question of who can dwell or live where God lives. Throughout this psalm, David lists different things that is required of the person who lives where God is. The first part sums it up in that the person must be blameless, and righteous. The rest of the verses give direct examples of what that means.

All over the world there are people who are asking this same question that David asked. They want to know how they can live where God lives, how they can dwell in His presence. Depending on which belief the person is a part of will determine how they can be in their god’s presence. The only people who do not ask that question, are those who do not believe in any type of god at all.

Any believer who asks these questions, must first realize that every person is guilty of sin, and cannot be considered blameless or righteous. This creates a problem for every person on this earth. In yourself, you cannot dwell in God’s presence. God cannot allow sin in His presence and you are full of sin.

God knew this and had a plan before He even created the first man, Adam. This was the reason He sent His Son Jesus to this earth. Jesus had become sin so that you might become the righteousness of God. Jesus was righteous before God so that you may be righteous before God.

Jesus died and rose again, in order to take away your sin. He is willing to remove your sin so that you could stand boldly before God.

All that you must do is repent of your sins before God, and believe that Jesus did, in fact, die on the cross, rise again and will remove all of your sins. You must believe that Jesus did these things so that you may dwell in God’s place for all eternity.

Do you believe these things?

Or are you still searching for a way to be in God’s presence or to get into heaven?

I pray today that you will know what Jesus has done for you; that you will trust Jesus death and resurrection; that you will repent of all your sins; and that you will believe in the righteousness Jesus has provided for you.

 

Psalm 2:1 Questions

Why do the nations conspire and the peoples plot in vain? Psalm 2:1

The psalmist asks two questions in this one sentence. He is wondering why the nations conspire and why the people plot in vain. He was watching how nations were plotting things against God.

These are questions that believers have asked over and over throughout all history. As a person looks at the world and how it is being run, it often appears that non-believers are winning the battle. Individual people are growing in power and strength in sinful ways. Many may even begin to wonder if God is in control.

Later in this psalm, the writer points out that God is still in control and actually laughs at the plotting the nations are doing. Believers who are strong in the Lord, will know this. They will know that God is still in control. At this point the questions the psalmist asked rise up.

If a person fully believes that God is in complete control, watching someone plan something against Him appears to be very foolish.

If a person was to say he was going to lift a two ton truck up by hand, and begins to do it. Most people would look at him and say he was crazy. Why would he attempt such a thing, because no one can lift something that heavy? People would question his sanity or his plan.

The plotting of the world against God is even more crazy than lifting that truck by hand. As a believer, you know that God is in control. God looks at the actions of this world and uses them to His purpose. He allows some things and stops other things from happening.

In your own life, there may be times when you have chosen to set a course in your life that went against God’s plan for you. There may be times when God allows it, but other times God intervenes and stops your plans.

The important thing as a believer, is that you allow God to remain in complete control of your life. Allow God to plan your life. Do not plan or conspire without God in the center. It does not make sense and God will still win in the end.

Question yourself on why you are doing what you are doing. Is it for God? Or for self?

I pray today that you will know God’s plan for your life; that you will walk in God’s plan; that you will not do anything against God; and that you will be His witness on this earth.

Mark 8:11-12 Wrong Reasons for Signs

“The Pharisees came and began to question Jesus. To test him, they asked him for a sign from heaven. He sighed deeply and said, Why does this generation ask for a sign? Truly I tell you, no sign will be given it.” Mark 8:11-12

Everyday Jesus was out teaching and performing many miracles. Thousands of people were coming to Him and talking about these miracles. They saw these miracles as signs from God.

Now the Pharisees come and ask for a sign. Their purpose was not to believe in Jesus, but to try to prove that He was a false teacher/prophet. They did not believe that Jesus was from God. If Jesus could not give the sign, than they would have their proof that He was not real.

One who believes in Jesus, must do so on faith. Faith is believing without physically seeing. It is believing when there is nothing in the natural to give you reason to believe.

Many people will ask for a sign like the Pharisees did. They really don’t believe in Jesus, but want some kind of proof that He is false. If the sign doesn’t happen, then Jesus was not real.

This is a different asking for a sign, then what the believer will ask. When a believer asks for a sign, he has already heard from God and just wants a confirmation that He heard correctly. He believes what God has said.

Jesus had stated that there would be many signs and that you must watch for them. If you are led by God’s Holy Spirit, you will see and understand those signs. You will not need any more signs from God.

Why do you ask for a sign from God? Is it out of unbelief, or from belief? God wants to build your faith in Him. He will use signs to do that, but you must be willing to accept them. You must also be willing to accept God’s choice to not show signs at times, and still trust Him.

I pray today that God will open your eyes to what He is doing; that you will see the signs that God is showing; that you will not test God to prove Him wrong; that you will walk with God in faith; and that God will build your faith in Him.