He Believed in His God

Written by Larry M. Jaynes:

 Daniel 6:16:
Then the king {Darius} 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.

The king did not want to have Daniel killed in the lions’ den; however, he was tricked into passing a law that would assure Daniel’s death and as saddened as Darius was he had to follow his own law. Even Darius believed that somehow God would deliver Daniel. Let us see how this (true) story develops.

Daniel 6:19-23:
-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 exceeding 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.

As terrible as this was for Daniel to spend an entire night in a lions’ den, God could protect him because of one thing and one thing only, and that was because “he believed in his God.” One may think that maybe the lions were full and were not really that hungry; however, as the story continues we learn that the lions were not only hungry and vicious, but that they were man-eaters (Daniel 6:24).

Daniel 6:27:
He {God} delivereth and rescueth, and he worketh signs and wonders in heaven and in earth, who hath delivered Daniel from the power of the lions.

It was King Darius, who spoke these words above, and he was far from what we would call a believer; yet he was able to see the power of God work for his friend Daniel. Some people today think that miracles ceased with Jesus, but this is just not true, for God does signs, miracles, and wonders all around us (Mark 16:17-20). In the Book of Acts 27:25 Paul said “Wherefore, sirs, be of good cheer: for I believe God . . .” and Paul was delivered from the storm on the sea along with every person on that ship. God’s blessings normally not only touch the hearts of those who have believed to receive, but the blessings will quite often spill over, bless, and inspire others who happen to be around the believer.

Today, there is no reason why you cannot expect miraculous things to happen in your life because you can believe the Word of God!

Do You Hear Those Heavenly Melodies? (Sing Along if You Do)

“The Book of Hebrews gives us a marvelous presentation relating to our heavenly relationship with Jesus with his unique perspectives of us, For both he {Jesus} that sanctifieth and they who are sanctified {you and me} are all of one {ONE, for ye are all one in Christ Jesus– Galatians 3:28}: for which cause he is not ashamed to call them brethren, Saying, I will declare thy name unto my brethren, in the midst of the church will I sing praise unto thee- Hebrews 2:11-12. Have you heard, have you realized, Jesus sings praise to you? Wow, it is true – You are Jesus’ song! Not only does Christ Jesus sing praise to us, in heaven, God Himself sings with joy in harmonious melodies of love for us as He displays that all of life really was formed, made, and created for man. Zephaniah 3:17 reads, The LORD thy God in the midst of thee is mighty; he will save, he will rejoice over thee with joy; he will rest in his love {His everlasting love for you, see below, the verse from Jeremiah 31}, he {GOD} will joy over thee with singing. Have you heard, have you realized, God sings of joy over you? Wow, it is true – You are God’s song! What response can we offer other than to recognize them, to learn of them, and to respect that our standing is the pinnacle of love’s design, and perhaps sing back with thankfulness (Ephesians 6:5, Colossians 3:15), Serve the LORD with gladness: come before his presence with singing– Psalms 100:2. God’s opinion, and of Christ Jesus who sits at the right hand of the throne of heaven (Hebrews 1:3) is certainly greater than the fallen man can fathom, that is until He inspires the sanctified (I Thessalonians 5:23) with a new heart– Ezekiel 36:26. Then the windows of heaven open up to us as we begin experiencing loving sounds with a new heart that is tuned into the sounds and melodies of heavenly words that draw us ever closer to their delight in and love for us. The LORD hath appeared of old unto me, saying, Yea, I have loved thee with an everlasting love: therefore with lovingkindness have I drawn thee {to Myself}- Jeremiah 31:3, No man can come to me, except the Father which hath sent me draw him– John 6:44, this is your personal heavenly embrace felt in a new song and offered from the  thankful heart.” ~LMJ~

Faces in the Crowd – Unite in One

“Consider how great the power of God can be as we together believe in unison.

I Corinthians 12:14, 27:
-14: For the body is not one member, but many.
-27: Now ye are the body of Christ, and members in particular.

We are not simply faces in the crowd, or a no-account nobody, but rather we are individual members in the body of Christ, members in particular called by God into His family to stand with one another right in the communities where we live.” ~LMJ~

Kings – Revealing Our Still Small Voice

Written by Larry M. Jaynes:

Kings contains revelations of extremes, from believers who would stand fast and believe, to entire generations denying and rejecting the instructions and guidance of God’s Word.

In Kings we have the children of Israel splitting into two different groups, one group became the Northern Kingdom of Israel, while the other became the Kingdom of Judah centered in and around Jerusalem.

They went from worshiping God to worshiping idols.  As a nation they were hot and cold year in and year out. Amongst all this turmoil, God continued blessing the children of Israel and still gave His prophets wisdom and revelation regarding their salvation, and continued revealing truths about the coming Savior.

Let’s follow along and see how God with His still small voice blessed and inspired the prophet Elijah amidst such confusion.

I Kings 19:10-14:
-10:  And he {Elijah} said, I have been very jealous {“jealous” is old English for zeal and/or excitement} for the LORD God of hosts: for the children of Israel have forsaken thy covenant, thrown down thine altars, and slain thy prophets with the sword; and I, even I only, am left; and they seek my life, to take it away.
-11:  And he said, Go forth, and stand upon the mount before the LORD {Mount Horeb}. And, behold, the LORD passed by, and a great and strong wind {a hurricane} rent the mountains, and brake in pieces the rocks before the LORD; but the LORD was not in the wind: and after the wind an earthquake; but the LORD was not in the earthquake:{So the people who blame God for hurricanes and earthquakes claiming that they are “God’s wrath” and “His Acts” are in error!}
-12:  And after the earthquake a fire; but the LORD was not in the fire: and after the fire a still small voice.
-13:  And it was so, when Elijah heard it {the “still small voice”}, that he wrapped his face in his mantle {his upper robe, or shawl}, and went out, and stood in the entering in of the cave. And, behold, there came a voice {the “still small voice” of God} unto him, and said, What doest thou here, Elijah?
-14:  And he said, I have been very jealous for the LORD God of hosts: because the children of Israel have forsaken thy covenant, thrown down thine altars, and slain thy prophets with the sword; and I, even I only, am left; and they seek my life, to take it away.

God was showing Elijah that even when things look their darkest, even in the midst of storms, God is always close to rescue, to save, and be a refuge from the storms of life. When we look to Him, and hear His still small voice that comes to our hearts, that comforts our souls, then we can assuredly know that God has not left us alone to face our foes (from within and without our spheres of influence), rather His voice can, will, and does rescue us from life’s storms.

God showed Elijah that not all have forsaken Him, that Elijah was not standing alone with God, for there were seven thousand who still believed the Word (Romans 11:1-4).

God encourages us that we are not alone in our temptations (I Peter 5:9), for we always have God in Christ in us. Remember Jesus said that believers will “know his voice” (John 10:1-18).

David said, “How sweet are thy words unto my taste! Yea, sweeter than honey to my mouth” (Psalms 119:103)! Kings reveals a still small voice to our inner hearts; even through the midst of confusion, controversy, and doubts ─ God has not left us alone, His still small voice will always bring us to Christ and the victory of an endless life (I Corinthians 15:57). In Psalms 46:10 we read “Be still, and know that I am God:”

Kings reveals Christ as the true voice of God, and speaks to us of eternal rest, giving us daily spiritual inspirations of comfort, and showing us that we are never alone when walking with God.

The Simplicity That Is in Christ- II Corinthians 11:3

“God’s loving heart and desire is that we delight in the simplicity of the Christian lifestyle, for this brings honor to God, dignity to Christ, and joy into our lives, as we recognize our own spiritual membership into the family and household of God. (Ephesians 2:19)” ~LMJ~