30 Days of Unlimited Grace – Day 25: Grace For Lions

Morning Greeting

Good Morning Father! Good Morning Jesus! Good Morning Holy Spirit! Good morning friends! I am currently reading 30 Days of Unlimited Grace: Daily Prayer Devotional by Unlimited Grace Ministries (Bryan Chapell). This is day 25.

Worship For Today

Morning Prayer

Heavenly Father, open hearts and minds and pour out your Spirit today that they may receive all that your heart intends. May spiritual eyes be open to see you working in response to our efforts to become better stewards of your grace toward us; a more effective tool that you may put to good use for the work of you kingdom. Give clarity that me may rightly diving the word of truth. Anoint us and guard all works of righteousness in us for you, through you, around you and concerning you. Increase our witness to move the hearts and minds of those we encounter, teaching them to observe that which you have given us to impart. Surrounded us and infuse us with peace, inside and outside of the dens where we encounter lions in this world, that we may overcome them; and LORD, bless us and forever keep us in your care. I claim by faith that you will grow and find a deeper personal walk with Christ that will propel your efforts in effective ministry. May God richly bless you in the Holy Spirit!

BIBLE BASIS

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MEMORY VERSE

Now when Daniel knew that the writing was signed, he went into his house; and his windows being open in his chamber toward Jerusalem, he kneeled upon his knees three times a day, and prayed, and gave thanks before his God, as he did aforetime. Daniel 6:10 KJV

Key People0

Here is a list of key people – the who’s who of overcomers, found in today’s reading (in order of appearance) with bios from Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.

  • Daniel. A noble Jewish youth of Jerusalem, he is taken into captivity by Nebuchadnezzar of Babylon and serves the king and his successors with loyalty and ability until the time of the Persian conqueror Cyrus, all the while remaining true to the God of Israel.

Reflection

In today’s reading in 30 Days of Unlimited Grace: Daily Prayer Devotional by Unlimited Grace Ministries, Bryan Chapell writes,

How would you define courage? According to the Merriam-Webster dictionary, courage is “mental or moral strength to venture, persevere, and withstand danger, fear, or difficulty.” Right next to the definition of courage, you might expect to see a picture of Daniel, the young prophet who was taken into captivity, was made to serve pagan kings and, in his old age, was thrown into the lion’s den! Yet, despite all those struggles, Daniel was the epitome of courage, persevering in his faith through prayer, obedience, and integrity. But this would not have been possible without Daniel’s reliance on God’s grace. The entire plotline of Daniel’s life is a demonstration of God’s grace— from Jerusalem to the Lion’s Den. May we, like Daniel, grasp the daily difference that grace makes as we persevere in our modern-day trials.

Excerpt From The Seeds of Promise Devotional Series

The adversary has been “making a living” persecuting Christians since the beginning of humankind. It is no surprise that over thousands of years, he seems to be at the top of his game. Thankfully, God is not playing with eternity. To wait upon the Lord is to renew strength and secure the victory (Isaiah 40:31) in battle. The Psalmist David wrote, “They looked unto him, and were lightened: and their faces were not ashamed.” Psalm 34:5 KJV

You can be sure that whatever sufferings the children of God endure are not out of God’s control. When bad things happen to good people, it is easy to look for a place to lay blame. Sometimes, the only malefactor at work is the cunning of Satan, who has had a talk with the Almighty God and stated that you only serve Him because He does not allow you any harm. The same situation came upon Job.

1 Again there was a day when the sons of God came to present themselves before the LORD, and Satan came also among them to present himself before the LORD. 2 And the LORD said unto Satan, From whence comest thou? And Satan answered the LORD, and said, From going to and fro in the earth, and from walking up and down in it. 3 And the LORD said unto Satan, Hast thou considered my servant Job, that there is none like him in the earth, a perfect and an upright man, one that feareth God, and escheweth evil? and still he holdeth fast his integrity, although thou movedst me against him, to destroy him without cause. 4 And Satan answered the LORD, and said, Skin for skin, yea, all that a man hath will he give for his life. 5 But put forth thine hand now, and touch his bone and his flesh, and he will curse thee to thy face. 6 And the LORD said unto Satan, Behold, he is in thine hand; but save his life.

Job 2:1-6 KJV

Job’s “friends” suggested that it was sin that caused his calamity, so he should accept his punishment and thank God for calling him, “Son” (Job 5:17). Yet, God said that Job was a perfect man (Job 2:3). Through the physical and emotional pains, losing family and wealth, the Bible says that Job never sinned with his lips (Job 2:10). This is one of the hallmarks of those who wait upon the Lord: temperance. Not only did Job not renounce His allegiance to God, he also rebuked others for suggesting that he do so. And, it was only after hearing the negative input of others, that he began to ask if God knew of his suffering.

The world often mistakes temperance for weakness. We do well in the body of Christ to recall that Jesus may have been a tentmaker, but He commands the Heavenly Host – these are not angelic caterers. They are warriors. God is a deliverer. His power is not confined to the legendary accounts of “saints of old” who were led from prison by the Angel of The Lord. God is able to deliver from all manner of oppression – be it mental, physical, financial, or anything else – and He is able to do it in the present day. If you believe that God is powerful, you must go one step further.

You must believe that He has power in your personal experience. God is not just a good concept that did well centuries ago. He is a real solution to real problems today. God understands that people are looking for answers. When you truly know God, you know that His peace passes all understanding (Philippians 4:7). It is no coincidence that many people would not be looking for answers if they believed they had “evidence” of God’s power. No wonder the Scriptures clearly state that faith itself is evidence (Hebrews 11:1).


How many times have you heard the account of Daniel in the lions’ den? Twice? Too many to count? Well, no matter how many times you many have heard it, the application of Daniel’s faith-full speech is never ending. Although the Bible was written long before you started reading this message, there are yet lions’ dens in the world today because the enemy is seeking whom he may devour (I Peter 5:8).

From Matthew Henry’s Commentary on Daniel 6:16

The king himself, with the utmost reluctance, and against his conscience, signs the warrant for his execution; and Daniel, that venerable grave man, who carried such a mixture of majesty and sweetness in his countenance, who had so often looked great upon the bench, and at the council-board, and greater upon his knees, who had power with God and man, and had prevailed, is brought, purely for worshipping his God, as if he had been one of the vilest of malefactors, and thrown into the den of lions, to be devoured by them, Dan. 6:16.

One cannot think of it without the utmost compassion to the gracious sufferer and the utmost indignation at the malicious prosecutors. To make sure work, the stone laid upon the mouth of the den is sealed, and the king (an over-easy man) is persuaded to seal it with his own signet (Dan. 6:17), that unhappy signet with which he had confirmed the law that Daniel falls by. But his lords cannot trust him, unless they add their signets too. Thus, when Christ was buried, his adversaries sealed the stone that was rolled to the door of his sepulchre.

6. The encouragement which Darius gave to Daniel to trust in God: Thy God whom thou servest continually, he will deliver thee, Dan. 6:16. Here (1.) He justifies Daniel from guilt, owning all his crime to be serving his God continually, and continuing to do so even when it was made a crime. (2.) He leaves it to God to free him from punishment, since he could not prevail to do it: He will deliver thee. He is sure that his God can deliver him, for he believes him to be an almighty God, and he has reason to think he will do it, having heard of his delivering Daniel’s companions in a like case from the fiery furnace, and concluding him to be always faithful to those who approve themselves faithful to him. Note, Those who serve God continually he will continually preserve, and will bear them out in his service.

In other words, the devil thought he had me… but I got away! Why? Because greater is He who is in me, than he who is in the world. The den may have lions, but…

MY GOD IS KING OF THE JUNGLE!

Daniel 6:1-28 KJV

15 Let us therefore, as many as be perfect, be thus minded: and if in any thing ye be otherwise minded, God shall reveal even this unto you.

It pleased Darius to set over the kingdom an hundred and twenty princes, which should be over the whole kingdom;

And over these three presidents; of whom Daniel was first: that the princes might give accounts unto them, and the king should have no damage.

Then this Daniel was preferred above the presidents and princes, because an excellent spirit was in him; and the king thought to set him over the whole realm.

Then the presidents and princes sought to find occasion against Daniel concerning the kingdom; but they could find none occasion nor fault; forasmuch as he was faithful, neither was there any error or fault found in him.

Then said these men, We shall not find any occasion against this Daniel, except we find it against him concerning the law of his God.

Then these presidents and princes assembled together to the king, and said thus unto him, King Darius, live for ever.

All the presidents of the kingdom, the governors, and the princes, the counsellors, and the captains, have consulted together to establish a royal statute, and to make a firm decree, that whosoever shall ask a petition of any God or man for thirty days, save of thee, O king, he shall be cast into the den of lions.

Now, O king, establish the decree, and sign the writing, that it be not changed, according to the law of the Medes and Persians, which altereth not.

Wherefore king Darius signed the writing and the decree.

10 Now when Daniel knew that the writing was signed, he went into his house; and his windows being open in his chamber toward Jerusalem, he kneeled upon his knees three times a day, and prayed, and gave thanks before his God, as he did aforetime.

11 Then these men assembled, and found Daniel praying and making supplication before his God.

12 Then they came near, and spake before the king concerning the king’s decree; Hast thou not signed a decree, that every man that shall ask a petition of any God or man within thirty days, save of thee, O king, shall be cast into the den of lions? The king answered and said, The thing is true, according to the law of the Medes and Persians, which altereth not.

13 Then answered they and said before the king, That Daniel, which is of the children of the captivity of Judah, regardeth not thee, O king, nor the decree that thou hast signed, but maketh his petition three times a day.

14 Then the king, when he heard these words, was sore displeased with himself, and set his heart on Daniel to deliver him: and he laboured till the going down of the sun to deliver him.

15 Then these men assembled unto the king, and said unto the king, Know, O king, that the law of the Medes and Persians is, That no decree nor statute which the king establisheth may be changed.

16 Then the king commanded, and they brought Daniel, and cast him into the den of lions. Now the king spake and said unto Daniel, Thy God whom thou servest continually, he will deliver thee.

17 And a stone was brought, and laid upon the mouth of the den; and the king sealed it with his own signet, and with the signet of his lords; that the purpose might not be changed concerning Daniel.

18 Then the king went to his palace, and passed the night fasting: neither were instruments of musick brought before him: and his sleep went from him.

19 Then the king arose very early in the morning, and went in haste unto the den of lions.

20 And when he came to the den, he cried with a lamentable voice unto Daniel: and the king spake and said to Daniel, O Daniel, servant of the living God, is thy God, whom thou servest continually, able to deliver thee from the lions?

21 Then said Daniel unto the king, O king, live for ever.

22 My God hath sent his angel, and hath shut the lions’ mouths, that they have not hurt me: forasmuch as before him innocency was found in me; and also before thee, O king, have I done no hurt.

23 Then was the king exceedingly glad for him, and commanded that they should take Daniel up out of the den. So Daniel was taken up out of the den, and no manner of hurt was found upon him, because he believed in his God.

24 And the king commanded, and they brought those men which had accused Daniel, and they cast them into the den of lions, them, their children, and their wives; and the lions had the mastery of them, and brake all their bones in pieces or ever they came at the bottom of the den.

25 Then king Darius wrote unto all people, nations, and languages, that dwell in all the earth; Peace be multiplied unto you.

26 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.

27 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.

28 So this Daniel prospered in the reign of Darius, and in the reign of Cyrus the Persian.


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