Dan 6:10-23; Eph 1:3-8; 4:17-24; 2Pe 1:1-3; Php 2:3-5; 4:4-9; 1Jo 3:16-19; Psa 103.
SPEC-69-191124 - length: 63:12 - taught on Nov, 24 2019
Daniel gave thanks to the Lord in the most unlikely of situations.
Daniel had so distinguished himself that Darius was planning to appoint him over his entire kingdom.
Daniel would have to choose between obeying his God and obeying the king’s statute.
Anyone who makes a petition to any god or man besides you, O king, for thirty days, shall be cast into the lions' den.
Daniel knew that the penalty for disobeying the king’s injunction was death in the lions’ den.
He dropped to his knees like he always did, and gave the Lord thanks - like he always did.
The Lord is not our “get out of jail free” card to avoid suffering.
He doesn’t slay the lions.
He doesn’t shut down the furnace.
He protects us when we suffer. And then He delivers us through the suffering.
Just like Daniel, we have our times when we face our own lions’ den.
When we are suffering, it can be awfully hard to be grateful.
Suffering can also affect our thinking.
Thankfully, God has given us tools to combat all this negativity.
The objective is to change our thinking. Renew our minds.
God has given us reasons to believe the best, to hope boldly, and to love greatly.
Being pre-occupied with our pain and our problems is a walk with the flesh. It leads to nothing good.
Take your mind off your pain and off your problems, and turn to the Lord!
And as great as our earthly blessings are, they cannot compare to the spiritual ones.
The mind that puts the needs of others before His own needs.
When we see another brother in need, we take our mind off our pain and attend to his needs instead.
The best way to be thankful for the things God has provided us is to share some of them with those in need.
When we are engaged in the thoughts and actions of love, we are not pre-occupied with our problems or our pain.
When our heart and mind are at peace, we can count our blessings.