ALOHA FAMILY & FRIENDS,   Beloved of God,    John 17  Read whole chapter.

FAITH OF DANIEL,   “WORTH CONSIDERING”  1/13/20,   (Across my desk this morning.)

Today’s Scripture
“…Not a scratch was found on him, for he had trusted in his God.”  (Daniel 6:23, NLT)
He’s Got This

In Daniel 6 is the story of how the enemies of Daniel conspired to get him arrested and thrown into the lions’ den for refusing to stop worshipping God. Daniel’s attitude was, “God has me in the palms of His hands. He controls the lions.” He stayed in peace. Everyone else expected the hungry lions to tear Daniel apart, but God supernaturally closed the mouths of the lions. He made Daniel unappetizing!

God never promised that we wouldn’t have difficulties, but He did promise that He would give us strength for every challenge and take what was meant for harm and use it for our advantage. You may have a good reason to worry about something, but there’s a simple phrase you have to get down in your spirit: God’s got this. He already has a solution. Live out of a place of peace and trust. It’s just a matter of time before you see things turn around in your favor.

A Prayer for Today
“Father, thank You for Your promise that You can take the things that are meant to harm me and use them for my good. I receive this word and choose to remain at rest, knowing You’ve got this. I declare that there is no God like You. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.”

Ken’s Thoughts:
Daniel was/is a uniquely single minded and devoted man like Moses, Abraham Jesus and John.  But were they given more talents and blessings than are available to us,  I don’t think so.  My feeling is that any one of us may have that same potential.  The problem is that we also have a steady diet of the world, flesh and devil coming at us all the time.  And we are lied to by the enemy so much that we begin to believe the lies.  Our fist impression about good or bad is usually the best one.   But then we still listen and after the sales pitch buy into it like Eve.  In the beginning she had it wired, in fact,  she even added “Not to Touch” which is not in the original statement of God.  But the rational of lucifer was so eloquent that it got her attention to the fruit as really good to eat, (that fruit was better tasting than any thing else.)   Wonderful looking,   Could make you as wise as God Himself.  And after all, God really does not love you as HE is keeping the best for HIMSELF.  And even today we find that false advertising has not changed much.  We are bombarded every day with,  looks good, tastes good, make you look sharp.  You got to take care of yourself, GOD really does not care,  Look at the mess of the world.   And little do we realize that we are the one’s who have created the mess.  We have a free well and it is what it is because of the lies of false publicity that we obey most are broke and the world is a mess.  The average family now has about $10,000. in credit card debt. with a monthly interest tag of $125.+   Which is about what is left over from the months wages after paying off all of the things needed to survive.   And for many that leaves -0- or less for unknowns.  And many things bought have by then even ceased to exist.   It is easy for me to say no,  as I was brought up in the Great Depression when the nation went bankrupt in 1929 and the banks went on a holiday in 1932.   The same conditions exist today for a bigger bankruptcy in the U.S.   Can it get worse, yes.  Can you survive????

So is it possible for us to become unique like Daniel,  YES.   Christ Jesus has paved the way for us to elect to become like HIM and has given us the power of faith to do so by HIS grace.  John 17:18-26  This is the original intent of our Creator God.   He wants to help us to change into HIS image and likeness,  like Jesus.  The problem is in having us trade or comfortable lazy Adamic nature for the nature of God.  We really have been brain washed by the enemy that it can not happen.  We are told it is not possible.  We are told that it would not be any fun.  We are told that we would loose all of our friends.  We are sold a bill of goods that GOD is not trustworthy but is a ripe off artist.  And you know the line………….. But Jesus prayed for us: 

Just as You sent Me into the world, I also have sent them into the   world.19 And so for their sake and on their behalf I sanctify (dedicate, consecrate) Myself, that they als  o may be sanctified (dedicated, consecrated, made holy) in the Truth.20 Neither for these alone do I pray [it is not for their sake only that I make this request], but also for all those who will ever come to believe in (trust in, cling to, rely on) Me through their word and teaching,21 That they all may be one, [just] as You, Father, are in Me and I in You, that they also may be one in Us, so that the world may believe and be convinced that You have sent Me.22 I have given to them the glory and honor which You have given Me, that they may be one [even] as We are one:23 I in them and You in Me, in order that they may become one and perfectly united, that the world may know and [definitely] recognize that You sent Me and that You have loved them [even] as You have loved Me.24 Father, I desire that they also whom You have entrusted to Me [as Your gift to Me] may be with Me where I am, so that they may see My glory, which You have given Me [Your love gift to Me]; for You loved Me before the foundation of the world.25 O just and righteous Father, although the world has not known You and has failed to recognize You and has never acknowledged You, I have known You [continually]; and these men understand and know that You have sent Me.26 I have made Your Name known to them and revealed Your character and Your very [a]Self, and I will continue to make [You] known, that the love which You have bestowed upon Me may be in them [felt in their hearts] and that I [Myself] may be in them.  John 17:18-26     (Will God answer this prayer?)    You bet that HE will as HE always did.

And we know (understand, recognize, are conscious of, by observation and by experience) and believe (adhere to and put faith in and rely on) the love God cherishes for us. God is love, and he who dwells and continues in love dwells and continues in God, and God dwells and continues in him.17 In this [union and communion with Him] love is brought to completion and attains perfection with us, that we may have confidence for the day of judgment [with assurance and boldness to face Him], because as He is, so are we in this world.18 There is no fear in love [dread does not exist], but full-grown (complete, perfect) love [a]turns fear out of doors and expels every trace of terror! For fear [b]brings with it the thought of punishment, and [so] he who is afraid has not reached the full maturity of love [is not yet grown into love’s complete perfection]. 1 John 4:16-18

Yours in HIS great love and wonderful grace and mercy,   Ken<><

Christian News  (Except for God’s Grace this could happen here.)
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