Daniel Would Not Worship A Statute.

by csnyder 14. December 2011 21:55

Daniel Trusted YHWH (I AM) as a youth and never turned back. Along with the three Hebrew children, Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-Nego, Daniel trusted YHWH in the quiet time and as a result, he also trusted Him in the hard times.

The three Hebrews would not bow to a statue; Daniel would not bow to a statute, (law). Daniel was not defined by rules he kept, but by who he was and who he knew. As a result, God was glorified in the land and Daniel was recognized by the king as knowing and worshiping the one true God,

As you learn to trust God in the quiet times of your life, it will be easy to trust God in the seemingly hard times. Daniel rose from captivity as a youth, taken from Judah to Babylon. He was given more and more responsibility until he was leader of the whole land only under the king.

Many times as people are raised up on the earth others become jealous and want to bring them down. Had Daniel compromised his stand and what he believed there would not have been trouble then. The trouble would have come later and from the same people because what they accused him of was not the real problem.

I said in the paragraphs above that the three young Hebrew rulers would not bow to a statue and worship it. I also said that Daniel would not bow to a statute (decree) and worship it. Both times God intervened and they were not only sparred but their God, YHWH was lifted up and praised as the only true God in all the world.

You May be asking, what is your point here? We would all agree that Jesus is to worshiped and never the law of the land. Well of course, none of us that love Christ would argue that. Jesus is Lord and countries or kings are not, no matter how much we love them. It is of course not only ok to love your country, but it is good.

I believe there can be a correlation made here to loving God and worshiping His law or (rules). Is the law good? Of course it is. I will let 1 Timothy 1:8-10 do my talking. 8 But we know that the law is good, if a man use it lawfully; 9 Knowing this, that the law is not made for a righteous man, but for the lawless and disobedient, for the ungodly and for sinners, for unholy and profane, for murderers of fathers and murderers of mothers, for manslayers, 10 For whoremongers, for them that defile themselves with mankind, for menstealers, for liars, for perjured persons, and if there be any other thing that is contrary to sound doctrine;

Do you see that the law was not for a righteous man. We have been made righteous in Christ, we believe it and receive His righteous as our own because of Jesus' death, burial, and resurrection. It was given at the cross. 2 Cor. 5:21 says, "He made Him who knew no sin to be sin on our behalf, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him." It is all because of Christ and His atoning death on the cross. It was not based in anyway on what man did or on what man worshiped.

The law was given to show men their need for a savior, for someone who would do for them what they could not do for them selves. We needed someone to reconcile us to God the Father, Christ the Son did it, and by the way God the Father did it also in His son. Remember, they are in each other.

Having said all this, we appreciate that the law has done it's job, showing us our need of Him, and now we praise Him that He did His job and we worship and praise Him for it. We don't worship or praise the law, we worship and praise Jesus.

Today, Christians that are caught up in obeying rules are missing the glory of praising a savior who has given Himself not only to us, but in us. He is not only in our life, but He is our life. It is true from the cross and the cross is eternal so it is true from eternity. As far as God is concerned and He is the only one who matters; it is true from before the foundation of the world, Eph. 1:4. My only part is to believe that He did it all and I am trusting Him to live His life in me.

If I have Jesus living His life, which is now my life, in me, why do I need rules. I don't. What I am saying when people choose to try and obey rules rather than trust Christ and His faithfulness for their right standing with Him, they are saying the cross of Christ was not enough.

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Provision, Assurance and Gratefulness Go Together

by csnyder 1. December 2011 21:39

I have been reading a devotional called, Jesus Calling: Seeking Peace by Sarah Young.  It is written as if God were speaking to you and not the author.  I want to share some excerpts from her on thankfulness.

Rest in the deep assurance of My unfailing love.  Let your body, mind, and spirit relax in My presence.  Release into my care anything that is troubling you, so that you can focus your full attention on Me.  Be awed by the vast dimensions of My Love for you; wider, longer, higher, and deeper than anything you know.  Rejoice that this marvelous Love is yours forever! 

The best response to this glorious gift is a life steeped in thankfulness.  Every time you thank Me, you acknowledge that I am your Lord and Provider.  This is the proper stance for a child of God:  receiving with thanksgiving.  Bring me the sacrifice of gratitude, and watch to see how much I bless you.

    1 Peter5:7 Cast all you anxiety on Him because He cares for you.

     Psalm 107:21-22 Let them give thanks to the LORD for His unfailing love and His wonderful deeds for men.  Let them sacrifice thank offerings and tell of His works with songs of joy.

What I am learning is that when I don't have a thankful heart for all things it is an indication I have gotten my eyes off of the unceasing and complete of love of God and onto my circumstances either what I would call good or bad.  In other words, walking according to the flesh.

As I realize that God loves perfectly and completely, that means not only Christ the Son, but God the Father and God the Holy Spirit, and that He is in control, I can walk in the peace and true gratitude that is actually mine given at the cross from eternity past.  I need to know that God knows and that He cares.

I love you, but Christ loves you more, know that.

Craig

 

 

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Craig Snyder has been married to Jonni Gooden Snyder for 37 years.  He has three grown sons and one grown daughter.  He has eight grandchildren.

Craig has been in full time ministry since 1974, having been on staff with Campus Crusade for Christ, Fellowship of Christian Athletes and has pastored for over 25 years.

Craig has ministered  with Grace Walk Ministries since 2001 and serves as Director of Missions and also pastors a home church.  He travels extensively in Latin America, and the U.S. and Canada sharing the Grace Walk of our Lord Jesus Christ.