The Jewish exiles have to make a choice: obey the king or Yahweh. God rewards them for putting their death-defying faith in Him, showing up in a miraculous way.
We are called to be ready to share our hope in Christ thoughtfully, respectfully and with gentleness. Added to this, we need urgency, purpose and clarity.
Rather than placing his trust in a capricious king, Daniel put his confidence in the covenant and his God who came through again in a miraculous way.
In his second letter, Peter starts by reminding readers God has empowered His people to grow. He goes on to explain how we can build on this truth.
From day one Daniel determined to be different, even though his life was on the line, he maintained his identity as a child of God in a foreign, hostile land.
The Israelites experience of God was that He was faithful, always doing what He said He would do: both blessing and disciplining His people.
What did “Anointed” mean to the Israelites? It declared the election to office, symbolised God’s empowerment and reflected His favour.
The Psalms demonstrate thanksgiving and praise but they also give us a formula for coming before God in biblical lamenting.
Store your treasures-all that you are: beliefs, values, principles-in heaven by aligning your heart with God.
In total contrast to the world’s teaching, Jesus revealed God’s favour rests on the humble and those who’s hearts are aligned with his.