For when I am weak, then I am strong.

2 Corinthians 12:10b

Daniel-Pastor Matt Ragain

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In Daniel Chapter 4, King Nebuchadnezzar is walking on his roof and heproclaims, “Is not this the great Babylon I have built as the royal residence, by my might power and for the glory of my majesty?”  At that very moment, God took from King Nebuchadnezzar everything.  God took his roof, his royal residence, his power, his majesty and even his mind.  Nebuchadnezzar was driven out of his home to live as an animal in the wilderness.

God did this to show the frailty of human endeavor.  The problem with the King was not that he was powerful or wealthy.  The problem was that he was proud.  He could not see that God gave him his power.

Pride is one of those silent killers.  It almost killed King Nebuchadnezzar, and it deceives so many of us.  We are all capable of looking at the good around us and believed—like Nebuchadnezzar—that we are the source of those good things.  But in reality all good stems from our good father.  James 1:17 says, “every good gift comes from God.”

Pride attributes to ourselves what only God can claim.  And if we don’t see the good come from God, we see the good come from us.

In verse 34, God returns Nebuchadnezzar his mind.  The first thing Nebuchadnezzar does is praise God.  Why?  Because when you see God as the sources of all good, you worship him regardless of your external circumstances.

When we are able to clearly see how much God has freely given to us, our whole perspective changes.  We now see a good thing as a gift.  And we now see a bad thing as a good thing enhancer.

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Daniel-Quiet Preparation. Pastor Matt Ragain

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Henry David Thoreau said, “most men live lives of quiet desperation.” He was talking about how most people go through life feeling as though something is missing. They have a never-ending sense of discontent. In other words, most people never experience true peace.

In the sixth chapter of Daniel, we read about a conspiracy. Certain government officials hated Daniel and wanted him dead. They tricked King Darius to create a law that made it illegal for anyone to pray to God. The punishment would be death. Knowing that Daniel would not stop praying to God, they knew he was going to fall in their trap.

We shouldn’t be surprised but Daniel doesn’t change his daily devotions to God. Daniel continues to pray to God three times a day in full view of anyone who wanted to see. What would motivate Daniel to do something that could cost him his very life? Daniel knew true peace.

Daniel lived a life of quiet preparation. Through his many years of devotion he knew that there was nothing more important than his connection to God…nothing…not his job, not his status, and not his life. Daniel accepted the judgment to be thrown into a den of lions because he knew that it would be worse to lose his connection to God.

Daniel gave up his life. What are we willing to give up to be close to God?

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