Another book that jumped out at me today was the Book of Daniel.Â One of the speakers in church talked about Daniel having the faith and courage to continue to pray to his God, knowing that his enemies had tricked King Darius into signing a decree that anyone asking a petition of any God or man other than King Darius must be cast into the lions den.Â Daniel continued to practice his religion, and not to hide it.Â In fact, he prayed in front of his open window.
You probably know the story.Â The men who had gotten the decree were watching Daniel, and they took him before the king, who was not able to change a decree once signed, and had to put Daniel into the lions den.Â But Darius knew how strong Daniel’s faith was, and Darius told Daniel that God would deliver him, and then Darius went home and fasted that night for Daniel’s benefit, and was glad in the morning to find Daniel unharmed.
My daughter asked, “Didn’t the king make a new decree that everyone would worship Daniel’s God?”Â And I explained to her that such a decree would have been contrary to the gospel.Â God does not force anyone to worship Him, but allows us all choice.Â He gives signs, and He may punish those who knowingly fight against Him and lead others astray.Â But He allows us all the freedom to choose.
Here is the newÂ decree that King Darius made when Daniel was saved from the lions den:
I make a decree, That in every dominion of my kingdom men tremble and fear before the God of Daniel: for he is the living God, and stedfast for ever, and his kingdom that which shall not be destroyed, and his dominion shall be even unto the end.
He delivereth and rescueth, and he worketh signs and wonders in heaven and in earth, who hath delivered Daniel from the power of the lions.
That sounds like a testimony to me. Also consider the similar story about Daniel’s friends, who were serving under Nebuchadnezzar. A decree had been made that all must worship a golden image created by Nebuchadnezzar, or be cast into the burning fiery furnace. Daniel’s friends refused to worship a false god, and were cast into the furnace, but they were protected by God and were not harmed.
Nebuchadnezzer also made a decree:
That every people, nation, and language, which speak any thing amiss against the God of Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-nego, shall be cut in pieces, and their houses shall be made a dunghill: because there is no other God that can deliver after this sort.
Okay, I will give you that the penalty was extreme, but my point is that the true God does not compel people to worship in one way or another, but allows choice. Men have set themselves up as authorities and tried to control how others practice religion, or have declared false teachings, and ultimately it doesn’t work out so well for those men.
Another observation that I would ask you to notice is that it is men who try to control and to use force and threats and violence to compel others to follow their way. That is not God’s way. The only times when God causes death or pain to come upon someone are when someone is actively going about harming others by deliberately leading them astray, and that person knows what they are doing and refuses after being warned to stop. Those who use threats and terror and force to control and compel others are not of God. God’s way is peace and love and healing.
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IÂ am currently working on creating peace in my life through God…it is what I seek most in life currently. This scripture was pointed out to me by a prayer partner at church. I wanted to share it with you. As I was listening to a sermon today it was mentioned that we must stand on scripture as the seeds which will grow in our lives, so I am going to stand on, read, and speak the following to help grow peace in my life.Â Do you have more scriptures about peace you could share with me?
Â 4Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! 5Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. 6Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. 7And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
Â Â Â 8Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirableâ€”if anything is excellent or praiseworthyâ€”think about such things. 9Whatever you have learned or received or heard from me, or seen in meâ€”put it into practice. And the God of peace will be with you.
Some people simply call it love.Â Charity is love.Â It is the love that Christ both gives to us, and offers as an example for us to strive for.Â Paul’s admonition to the Corinthians about charity is often quoted.Â I thought it was very appropriate.Â Here is that quote directly from the source:
THE FIRST EPISTLE OF PAUL THE APOSTLE TO THE
Paul extols the high status of charityâ€”Charity, a pure love, excels and exceeds almost all else.
Â 1 Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, and have not charity, I am become as sounding brass, or a tinkling cymbal.
Â 2 And though I have the gift of prophecy, and understand all mysteries, and all knowledge; and though I have all faith, so that I could remove mountains, and have not charity, I am nothing.
Â 3 And though I bestow all my goods to feed the poor, and though I give my body to be burned, and have not charity, it profiteth me nothing.
Â 4 Charity suffereth long, and is kind; charity envieth not; charity vaunteth not itself, is not puffed up,
Â 5 Doth not behave itself unseemly, seeketh not her own, is not easily provoked, thinketh no evil;
Â 6 Rejoiceth not in iniquity, but rejoiceth in the truth;
Â 7 Beareth all things, believeth all things, hopeth all things, endureth all things.
Â 8 Charity never faileth: but whether there be prophecies, they shall fail; whether there be tongues, they shall cease; whether there be knowledge, it shall vanish away.
Â 9 For we know in part, and we prophesy in part.
Â 10 But when that which is perfect is come, then that which is in part shall be done away.
Â 11 When I was a child, I spake as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child: but when I became a man, I put away childish things.
Â 12 For now we see through a glass, darkly; but then face to face: now I know in part; but then shall I know even as also I am known.
Â 13 And now abideth faith, hope, charity, these three; but the greatest of these is charity.
Good advice for all.
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Correct me if I am mistaken.Â This week’s Bible study continued the previous outline.Â They discussed the question, “Why did Christ die for us?”
The 4 reasons were 1) to rescue us from evil; 2) it was the Fathers will; 3) to bring us to his Father; 4) because he loves us……
I am not sure why the transcript isn’t showing up after Tomi has attempted to post it.Â I will place it in the comments for this entry.Â We will attempt from here on to post an outline in advance of each chat, and the transcript in the comments for that entry for each chat.Â Please read the comments for the full discussion, or to add your own comments or ask questions.
THE SECOND EPISTLE OF PAUL THE APOSTLE TO
Paul describes apostasy and perilous times of the last daysâ€”The scriptures guide man to salvation.
1 This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come.
2 For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy,
3 Without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good,
4 Traitors, heady, highminded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God;
5 Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away.
Is anyone else seeing this happening?Â
This one concerns me too:
Isaiah 5: 20
Â Â 20 Â¶ Woe unto them that call aevil bgood, and good evil; that put cdarkness for dlight, and light for darkness; that put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter!
I could not be a part of that.Â I know that we are in the last days, and that these things are happening.Â But I can still speak up for what is good and right, and for what I know to be true.Â I know which side is ultimately going to win.Â I want to be on that side.Â How about you?Â Where do you stand?
Â 1) Introduction
focus: learn about, grow in & experience the work of the Holy Spirit in our life
John 14 (Jesus explaining the Holy spirit to the disciples)
2) Foundational Truth
3) Living Beyond Yourself
4) Free at Last
History of Paul (who wrote Galatians)
6) Why Christ Died For Us
7) Galatians 1 summary
small discussion on being set apart at birth from Galatians & ties into other predestination reading throughout the bible
8) Christians Susceptible to False Teachings
9) God’s relationship with man
Thanks Debbie, Tomi, & Recluse1!Â I’m trying to figure out how to add you all as users so that you can post directly.Â If you would like, you could post the transcript in the comments.Â 🙂