When life doesn’t add up, keep doing what honors God. Let me ask you a question. Will you remain faithful when the pressure is on? When the pressure is high, when compromising is calling your name, when life is not adding up…will you remain faithful when the pressure is on?
Its been said, that Standing up for Christ in many parts of the world means suffering and at times death. Here in America it means shunned, ridiculed, or overlooked. It often leads to tension at home and on the job.
I want you to know today that when a hostile situation has come against your faith, you can do the right thing, and God will move in due time.
Ask yourself today… When my life is not adding up…
➢ I’m I staying faithful in serving Christ?
➢ I’m I keeping my character in tact?
➢ Is my prayer life, my communion with God where it needs to be?
➢ These are important things to get right and keep right in pressure and in non-pressure.
➢ Why?-because your life is being watched by an unbelieving world.
Doing the right thing, may put you in the wrong place, in order for God to do the right thing, in front of the masses. (E.G. Read story of Daniel and Lions Den)
Daniel was hated because he did the right thing no matter what. He wasn’t hated for being a hypocrite thus giving the world a reason to point their finger and say your faith is no better than mine.
In Daniel 6:1-9 The Setup against Daniel is put in motion
➢ He is chosen as one of three governors over the kingdom
➢ He is chosen because his character stood out above many of his contemporaries
➢ The King made plans in fact to set him over the whole kingdom
➢ Because he was successful it created envy and his enemies became Jealous
➢ The other officials sought to find fault but couldn’t, so they came up with a plan
(Just because you are doing the right thing doesn’t mean the right thing is going to happen.)
5 Then these men said, “We shall not find any ground for complaint against this Daniel unless we find it in connection with the law of his God.”
Next, all the high officials came together against Daniel and said,
8 Now, O king, establish the injunction and sign the document, so that it cannot be changed, according to the law of the Medes and the Persians, which cannot be revoked.” 9 Therefore King Darius signed the document and injunction.
The response to the set up is nothing less than inspirational
10 When Daniel knew that the document had been signed, he went to his house where he had windows in his upper chamber open toward Jerusalem. He got down on his knees three times a day and prayed and gave thanks before his God, as he had done previously.
➢ The threat of death didn’t stop him from praying and it didn’t take his thankfulness.
➢ That speaks volumes to me. What about you?
➢ I once read that Daniel’s bedroom was the real lion’s den. That’s where the battle was fought and won.
Next, They find Daniel praying and rat him out to the king.
The king is heartbroken but trapped by his own law
16 Then the king commanded, and Daniel was brought and cast into the den of lions. The king declared to Daniel, “May your God, whom you serve continually, deliver you!” 17 And a stone was brought and laid on the mouth of the den, and the king sealed it with his own signet and with the signet of his lords, that nothing might be changed concerning Daniel.
Daniel is delivered to the lions and then we read…
19 Then, at break of day, the king arose and went in haste to the den of lions. 20 As he came near to the den where Daniel was, he cried out in a tone of anguish. The king declared to Daniel, “O Daniel, servant of the living God, has your God, whom you serve continually, been able to deliver you from the lions?” 21 Then Daniel said to the king, “O king, live forever! 22 My God sent his angel and shut the lions’ mouths, and they have not harmed me, because I was found blameless before him; and also before you, O king, I have done no harm.”
25 Then King Darius wrote to all the peoples, nations, and languages that dwell in all the earth: “Peace be multiplied to you. 26 I make a decree, that in all my royal dominion people are to tremble and fear before the God of Daniel, for he is the living God, enduring forever; his kingdom shall never be destroyed, and his dominion shall be to the end. 27 He delivers and rescues; he works signs and wonders in heaven and on earth, he who has saved Daniel from the power of the lions.”
REMEMBER WHAT I WROTE EARLIER?
Doing the right thing, may put you in the wrong place, in order for God to do the right thing, in front of the masses.
Now go be faithful and show the world the power of your God.
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