ALOHA FAMILY AND FRIENDS,  Beloved of God,     Matt.7:13-15

THE LIONS DEN,   “WORTH CONSIDERING”   12/18/19,  (Across my desk this morning.)

Today’s Scripture
“Daniel, servant of the living God! Was your God, whom you serve so faithfully, able to rescue you from the lions?…”
(Daniel 6:20, NLT)
He Is Your Rescuer

Most people won’t ever literally come face to face with a hungry lion, but we’ve all been in situations where we felt as though we are about to be “eaten up” or destroyed. Daniel lived a life of excellence and found favor with the king. The king kept promoting him and giving him more authority, which made the other administrators jealous and angry. They manipulated the king into signing a law that Daniel could not follow. Daniel prayed and still found himself in the lions’ den. How would you respond in that situation? I’m sure Daniel believed that God would deliver him. I’m sure he hoped it would be before he was thrown into that den. Have you ever prayed and prayed for something and things just kept getting worse? Daniel trusted that God was working His plan for His glory. In the end, Daniel was protected and his enemies were destroyed. When it looks as though your friends have turned on you and you are headed for the lions’ den, don’t be discouraged because God has the final say. Keep believing Him; keep trusting Him. He’s promised to never leave you nor forsake you. He’ll shut the mouth of the lion; He’ll silence your accusers; He’ll stand with you in the fire, and He will lead you into victory in every area of your life.

A Prayer for Today
“Prayer: Father in heaven, You are my Light in dark times. I thank You for Your faithfulness and trust that You have a wonderful plan for my life. No matter how things seem, I will put my hope and trust in You. In Jesus’ Name. Amen.”

My Thoughts:
There is a verse that I really lean on when it comes to the lions of this world:   Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ;    6 And having in a readiness to revenge all disobedience, when your obedience is fulfilled.   2 Cor. 10:5-6.    It seems to me that most of our fears are really paper dragons or lions.   They are thoughts like lucifer gave to Eve,  lies.   We get to thinking that we actually know more that GOD as seen in our actions.  And usually the fear takes us out of the Peace of God and onto a road to pain or in hitting a wall.   I really like the promise here that GOD will take my side when I have come into complete obedience.  Now that is a tricky subject as to be completely obedient to GOD I must also know that Holy Scriptures in order to filter out the lies of the world.  In the little book of Jude he covers this very well, especially in verse 12 naming Cain, Balaam and Core as three type of deception that are in the church today.   And of course there is the spirit of Jezebel which is very rampant these day.   Now you probably may know a few more diversions as there are many.   Every tradition of man has to be evaluated as Christ Jesus Taught:   Howbeit in vain do they worship me, teaching for doctrines the commandments of men. ”  Mar 7:7.   and   ”  Making the word of God of none effect through your tradition, which ye have delivered: and many such like things do ye.”  Mark 7:12. 

We are so inclined to follow our emotions like Eve and not be foundational in the scriptures and truth like Jesus.  Our emotions are based on our past experiences and often lead us astray.  Even with people if they remind us of someone in the past that was a problem for us we tend to avoid them even though they have done nothing to offend us.  That is why we are taught,  Be not forgetful to entertain strangers: for thereby some have entertained angels unawares.”  Heb.13:2  (The word angel can also be interpreted as messenger.)  This person may be a messenger of GOD sent from GOD to help us with something important in our eternal life.   YES,  You are created to live forever, of course, like GOD.   But there is the a matter of placement.

We constantly need to be ready to shift our doctrine as the Holy Spirit shares more of God’s loving truth and wisdom with us.   Knowledge is not enough,  we must also gain the wisdom to use it properly.  Our loving Creator would like us to have us learn to seek HIM with all that we have.  He has designed each of us to fit perfectly into the Kingdom that HE is Creating.  Even our Free Will has been totally considered in HIS infinite foreknowledge.  So all of our decisions have already been included in HIS divine plan of the Ages to come.  So if you are reading this, HE already knows what you will do with it.  But it is still your decision to make in this dimension of time.  Like taught by Christ Jesus:  I Jesus have sent mine angel to testify unto you these things in the churches. I am the root and the offspring of David, and the bright and morning star.  17 And the Spirit and the bride say, Come. And let him that heareth say, Come. And let him that is athirst come. And whosoever will, let him take the water of life freely.  Rev. 22:16-17.  So the door to God’s eternity is now open to all but “few there be that find it.” Matt.7:13-15″.

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

There is but ONE CHURCH of Christ Jesus,
and all who truly love and obey HIM are members.

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