Wednesday, 23rd February, 2022
By Pastor Chris Oyakhilome
"Therefore, my beloved brethren, be ye steadfast, unmoveable, always abounding in the work of the Lord…" (1 Corinthians 15:58 KJV)
In Daniel 6:7, the Bible shows us the calibre of people that rose up against innocent Daniel: All the presidents of the kingdom, the governors, princes, counsellors, and captains! They conspired to enact a decree to incriminate Daniel in his devotion to God. Daniel, being among the administrators, must have known about the monstrous conspiracy and might have been praying, “O, Lord, don’t let the king sign the decree; don’t let their plans come to fruition.”
But the Bible says “...king Darius signed the writing and the decree” (Daniel 6:9). Here’s something remarkable: When Daniel heard the decree had been published, the Bible says he went home, into a room upstairs where he could be seen, and just as he had always done, he knelt at the open windows and prayed to God three times a day (Daniel 6:10 GNB).
How inspiring! He wasn’t going to hide his devotion to the Lord or waver on his faithfulness and commitment to prayer! Consequently, he was arrested and thrown into the lions’ den. “How could God have abandoned Daniel despite his prayers and unflinching faithfulness?” someone might ask. No! The Lord never leaves or forsakes us, no matter the circumstance.
Daniel was miraculously delivered from the mouths of lions (Read Daniel 6:22). With Daniel’s experience, God was planning an eternal testimony. Think about it: Hundreds of years have come and gone, and we’re still being inspired by Daniel’s faithfulness to God and his mighty deliverance from the lions’ den. So, it doesn’t matter the challenges against your faith; be prepared to win.
Maybe in your city or country, there’re draconian laws against the Church; don’t be moved. Don’t allow fear to come to your mind. Be bold. Be resolute. Be tough for the Gospel. Nothing, no one—groups, governments or institutions—can stand against the Church and win. History proves it. Our Lord Jesus revealed how futile such endeavours are when He said concerning His Church: “And whosoever shall fall on this stone shall be broken: but on whomsoever it shall fall, it will grind him to powder” (Matthew 21:44).
The adversities you face are for an eternal testimony. Therefore, serve the Lord joyfully without fear and inhibitions. Anyone who stands in your way will be pulverized. That’s what Jesus said and His words never fail.
"My confidence is in the Lord Jesus and His eternal Word, and He’s greater than all! He rules and reigns over the universe. The whole world belongs to Him and He’s the eternal King of glory. To Him be all glory, honour and adoration forever, in heaven and in the earth. Amen."
Corinthians 15:57-58 AMPC; Revelation 2:26; Romans 12:11-12 AMPC
1 YEAR BIBLE READING PLAN:
Mark 6:1-29 & Leviticus 24
2 YEAR BIBLE READING PLAN:
Acts 21:1-9 & Psalm 37
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