Daniel Chapter 6
Daniel Chapter 6 is the very familar story of Daniel and the Loins Den. Listen closely and you might learn something new, especially about prayer vs character.
Daniel Chapters 4 & 5
Daniel Chapter 4 is another story of Nebuchadnezzar's dream and its interpretation by Daniel. Nebuchadnezzar was the king of the Babylonian empire in the 6th century BC. Here he dreams of a very large tree that is cut down.
In Daniel Chapter 5 King Belshazzar calls for the gold vessels that Nebuchadnezzar had brought from the Temple in Jerusalem; and then sees the handwriting on the wall.
Daniel Chapter One
Here is the audio of our study of Daniel Chapter One from my Men's Bible Study on July 27, 2014. Daniel is a very inportant book in the Bible as it has a tremendous amount of prophecy that I believe is releveant today.
Even though Daniel and his friends were taken to Babylon as hostages when they were about 15 years old, Daniel made up his mind that he would not defile himself by eating forbidden foods.
A Father’s Prayer
General Douglas MacArthur composed “A Father’s Prayer” in the early
days of World War II while in the Pacific:
“Build me a son, O Lord, who will be strong enough to know when he
is weak, brave enough to face himself when he is afraid, one who will be proud and unbending in honest defeat, and humble and gentle in victory.
Build me a son whose wishes will not take the place of deeds; a son who will know Thee-and that to know himself is the foundation stone of knowledge.
Lead him, I pray, not in the path of ease and comfort, but under the stress and spur of difficulties and challenge. Here let him learn to stand up in the storm; here let him learn compassion for those who fail…”
“Build me a son whose heart will be clear, whose goal will be high; a son who will master himself before he seeks to master other men; one who will reach into the future, yet never forget the past.
And after all these things are his, add, I pray, enough of sense of humor, so that he may always be serious, yet never take himself too seriously.
Give him humility, so that he may always remember the simplicity of true greatness, the open mind of true wisdom, and the meekness of true strength.
Then, I, his father, will dare to whisper, ‘I have not lived in vain.'”
"I'm a part of the fellowship of the unashamed. The die has been cast. I have stepped over the line. The decision has been made.
I'm a disciple of His and I won't look back, let up, slow down, back away, or be still.
My past is redeemed. My present makes sense. My future is secure.
I'm done and finished with low living, sight walking, small planning, smooth knees, colorless dreams, tamed visions, mundane talking, cheap living, and dwarfed goals.
I no longer need preeminence, prosperity, position, promotions, plaudits, or popularity.
I don't have to be right, or first, or tops, or recognized, or praised, or rewarded.
I live by faith, lean on His presence, walk by patience, lift by prayer, and labor by Holy Spirit power.
My face is set. My gait is fast. My goal is heaven.
My road may be narrow, my way rough, my companions few, but my guide is reliable and my mission is clear.
I will not be bought, compromised, detoured, lured away, turned back, deluded or delayed.
I will not flinch in the face of sacrifice or hesitate in the presence of the adversary.
I will not negotiate at the table of the enemy, ponder at the pool of popularity, or meander in the maze of mediocrity.
I won't give up, shut up, or let up until I have stayed up, stored up, prayed up, paid up, and preached up for the cause of Christ.
I am a disciple of Jesus!
I must give until I drop, preach until all know, and work until He comes.
And when He does come for His own, He'll have no problems recognizing me. My colors will be clear!"
Outside of “Jesus is Lord”, this is probably the most important thing I ever learned. Your thoughts control your destiny. Earl Nightingale said it this way, “You become what you think about.” I tell it this way. Your thoughts create your actions, your actions create your habits, your habits create character, and your character creates your destiny.
Actually the Bible says,
“Be careful how you think; your life is shaped by your thoughts”. Proverbs 4:23 (TEV)
Therefore, you must control your thoughts. Immediately dismiss any evil or negative thoughts. Bu the best way to control your thoughts is to control what goes into you mind. Be careful of what you read, what TV shows and movies you watch, and who you spend time with.
Decide who you want to be and then control your mental input. Remember, GIGO, garbage in, garbage out.