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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Isaiah 26:9 Who Do You Desire?

My soul yearns for you in the night; in the morning my spirit longs for you. When your judgments come upon the earth, the people of the world learn righteousness. Isaiah 26:9

When a man and woman are in love with each other, they want to spend all their time together. Their thoughts are continually on each other. If they are still in high school, they are often sending each other notes, texting, and talking on the phone at all hours of the day and night. Often they memorize each others words or notes.

The level of their desire for each other is often seen as silly by other people, because they do crazy things while thinking about each other.

Once a couple get married, however, the thoughts often start to drop over time. For the first year or so, their thoughts are constantly about each other in love. Later, all too often, one or both begin to look to others and desire someone else. Too often many marriages end up in divorce because of the desire for someone else.

Isaiah is talking about a desire for God. The spirit of a believer longs for God day and night. He wants to be in God’s presence at all times.

When a person has accepted the forgiveness of Jesus, he knows the peace that God brings him. He understands that God is no longer judging him for those sins. There is true love between the person and God.

In the process of yearning for God, there are many who begin to look to others, desiring the love of others, rather than that of God. They turn to things and ways of this world.

When you are laying on your bed at night, waiting for sleep to overtake you, who or what are you thinking about? What are the great dreams of this life do you have?

It is easy to think about the things of this world and get caught up in them. But the things of this world are temporary and never really fulfilling. They cannot bring you life.

Only God can give you true peace, contentment and life in this world. Make Him your hearts desire. Think about Him day and night. Meditate on His words and study them.

I pray today that God will be the center of your life; that you will desire no one or anything else but God; that your thoughts will always be upon God and His word; and that you will not turn from God to the things of this world.

Psalm 139:23-24 Ask God To Search Your Heart

Search me, God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts. See if there is any offensive way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting. Psalm 139:23-24

Very few people really like their inner thoughts to be known by other people. Most, if they are honest, probably have thoughts in their hearts that would not look good to others if they saw them.

The inner thoughts of a person can be hidden from people because they cannot fully see into the heart and mind of another person. Thoughts of hatred, jealousy, anger, frustration, fear, and other thoughts often sit hidden inside the heart and mind of a person. Some very gentle appearing people have some deep-seated hatred for others hidden in their heart.

These types of hidden thoughts also sit inside the heart of believers in a church. A person wants to look good to others  in the church, so he keeps those thoughts buried. Most people agree that these thoughts are bad and sinful.

However, one type of thought that David wanted God to search for was his anxious thoughts. Being anxious about something is to be worried about something. When a person is worrying about something, he is not trusting God, which is an offensive way to Him. When he is not trusting God, he is saying that God is not good and perfect. He is not allowing God to be on the throne of his life or of this world.

Most believers know that when they sin, they are wrong. Many do not see worry as a sin, it is seen as just a natural part of a man’s life. God does not see it that way. Worry is to not trust in Him.

Think about your life and how many times you worry or fear something. If you are like most people, myself included, that is a lot. There may even be times where you are worrying and not even realize that you are doing so. There may be times when you are not trusting God and not fully realize it.

Ask God to search your heart and mind. He can spot where there is worry and fear in your heart. He can also give you the peace needed to overcome that worry.  Do not allow an offensive way to be found in your heart. Allow Jesus to remove it today.

I pray today that you will trust God with all of your heart; that you will not worry about anything; that you will allow God to search your heart for any sinful thoughts; and that you will allow Jesus to purify you from all sinful ways.

Psalm 139:17-18 God Is Thinking About You

How precious to me are your thoughts, God! How vast is the sum of them! Were I to count them, they would outnumber the grains of sand–when I awake, I am still with you. Psalm 139:17-18

One concern that many people have is wondering what other people are thinking about them. Fear of what other people are thinking is one of the largest factors that keep a person from doing something.

The fear comes from the thought that the other person does not like or agree with what a person is doing or saying. This often paralyzes a person. While most people don’t have any real thoughts on what is happening, there are some that will be very negative about it. There are some that will openly condemn or cut down a person for what he is doing or saying.

Since people tend to be like that, many also feel God is the same way. There are people who will not turn to God out of fear of what He might say because of all the bad things that they had done.

David had caught the idea that God has a lot of thoughts about Him. He knew that God knew him very well, and in spite of knowing him that well, still loved him. God had so many thoughts about David that David felt they would outnumber the grains of sand. That is a lot of thoughts.

He is not alone in God’s thoughts. God is thinking about you. He has plans to help you become the best that you can be. He wants you to prosper and survive for all eternity.

Since God knows you perfectly well, inside and out, do you not think that if He was really against you that you would not be already destroyed?

God is not out to destroy you or condemn you because of your sins. He wants to forgive you and make you into the man or woman who is after His own heart. God’s goal is to get rid of all the sin in your life and make you like Jesus.

Do not fear His thoughts for you. Accept them and grow in Jesus. Realize how precious those thoughts are and how well they will help you, if you will let Him do His work in you.

I pray today that God will reveal His thoughts about you to you; that you will not fear what God thinks of you; that you will know God’s love for you; and that you will keep God in your thoughts all the time.

Psalm 56:10-11 In God’s Answer

In God, whose word I praise, in the LORD, whose word I praise–in God I trust and am not afraid. What can man do to me? Psalm 56:10-11

Fear of people is one of the most common fears of people all over the world. Some fear physically for their life when around some people. Others fear what some people may or may not do.

Children express a fear of others that most adults attempt to suppress, (with very little success)–fear of what others are thinking about them. Most people are concerned, or in reality are in fear, of what people are thinking. Questions like: did I wear the right clothes? Do my clothes match? Does my hair look straight? Did I do the job right? and many more questions are asked by people all the time. These are asked in fear that one is wrong.

As David writes these words, he points out that it is in God’s word that he praises. It is what God says that David is praising. He is not concerned what the people are thinking or saying.

The reason David is not concerned with what the people are saying is that he knows that man cannot really do anything to him. What is the worst that a human can do to another human? Torture and kill, and nothing more.

Every believer needs to keep this in focus. The only thoughts that matter are what God is thinking about you. It is only God who can kill the body and soul for all eternity, so it is His thoughts that you must be concerned about.

God’s thoughts about you are not ones to destroy you, but to build you up and make you prosper. God wants you to succeed in this life, not necessarily in money and fame, but in living a life that honors and obeys Him. Doing God’s will is the most important thing you can do in this life. Living for God will ensure prosperity in eternity.

Are you fearing what men say or think?

Do you fear what man may try to do to you?

Focus your thoughts on what God is saying to you. Read the Bible and see what good things God is saying to you. Now give Him praise and do not fear any man on this earth. They can’t really do anything anyway.

I pray today that you will know what God is saying to you; that you will not fear what others say or think; that you will trust God’s word to you; and that you will praise God at all times.

Hebrews 3:1 Where Are Your Thoughts?

“Therefore, holy brothers and sisters, who share in the heavenly calling, fix your thoughts on Jesus, whom we acknowledge as our apostle and high priest.” Hebrews 3:1

In life there are many things that can call the attention of a person. They will demand that a person think about these things to some degree or more. Not all of these things are necessarily bad things to think about.

There are things that are good to think about such as: getting ready to go to work; doing a great job at work; how to cook a meal with what a person has; what clothing to put on in the morning; and taking time to pay the bills on time. These are just a few of the many things that are good.

However, not everything that a person thinks is a good thing. Many bad things can come up in the thinking such as: worrying about paying the bills; fretting over what to wear; thoughts of anger against a person; improper sexual thoughts; excessive thinking about any one thing; along with many other bad thoughts.

The author of Hebrews states that if you are sharing in the heavenly calling, you must fix your thoughts on Jesus. That heavenly calling is to follow Jesus and serve God with your whole life. Your thoughts are now to be on what Jesus wants.

Jesus is our high priest, the one who stands before God for you. He is the One who knows what God wants and is to guide you in what to do, how to do it, and when to do it.

Focusing all of your thoughts will keep you from focusing on what is bad or non-productive. It will help keep you from turning to sin.

This is not a one time, fix-it-forever type of thought. It is something that has to be done continually, over and over. Thoughts can come and go in a split second. Your focus needs to be on Jesus at all times.

Where are your thoughts today?

Are you focusing on the things and cares of this world?

Or are you thinking on Jesus and what He wants?

I pray today that you will turn your thoughts to Jesus; that God will fill you with His Holy Spirit to strengthen your thoughts; that you will not turn your thoughts to just things of this world; and that your thoughts will be with eternity in mind.

Philippians 4:8 What To Think About

“Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable–if anything is excellent or praiseworthy–think about such things.” Philippians 4:8

The mind is a very powerful part of a human being. Doctors have yet to fully understand the brain. The brain can work faster than the fastest computers and can process more problems.

It is a well-known fact that how a person thinks can greatly determine success or failure. If a person tackles a problem thinking he will fail, most likely he will. If he tackles it expecting success, the chances are much greater at succeeding.

Doctors have documented how some people die when they should have survived a sickness or injury because they did not have the mind-set to live. At the same time others beat the odds because they chose to live and make it.

With God and the Holy Spirit in a person’s life this increases the odds of success exponentially. Paul tells the believers to think on good things. One is to think about what is right and pure. All these things that one is to think about are the things of God.

It is easy to fill your mind with the sinful garbage of the world. Look at the news, movies, television shows, music, books, magazines, and things sold in stores.

You must turn your focus away from the garbage to the things of God and what He is saying and is doing. When your mind is focused on God and the things of God, you will be set to succeed.

You may not succeed in the eyes of the world, but you will succeed in the things God has for you. God will be able to make you more like Jesus everyday. He will also be able to use you to draw others to Jesus.

What are you thinking about today? Is it the garbage and cares of this world? Or is it the things of God?

I pray today that God will open your mind to His things; that you will think about the things of God; that you will set your mind and heart on what God is saying and doing; that you will turn away from sinful thoughts; and that God will use you to bring others to Jesus.