Dare to be a Daniel

He that is upright in God’s way

is abomination to the wicked

Proverbs 29:27

The fear of human opinion disables;

But trusting in GOD protects us from the things & from the powerful that attempt to disable us.

Many try to get weird dictates passed when they get exalted to leadership Pr. 29:25

John Dalberg-Acton noted

“Power tends to corrupt and absolute power corrupts absolutely”

“but only GOD will give us justice”

Pr. 29:25

Good people can’t stand the sight of deliberate evil;

But wicked people can’t stand the sight of well-chosen goodness

Pr. 29:27

Proverbs 29:25-27 paraphrased

Daniel, an amazing warrior of

living his faith & prayer

refused to surrender & capitulate to

false laws & fake news

Daniel was one of the top politicians of his day

(he was in his 80s at this time)

The presidents & princes sought to find occasion against Daniel.

(There were 120 politicians in this group of nasty probers)

They were all leaders concerning the kingdom;
but they could find no occasion or fault;
in all their examinations of Daniel

He was faithful, “neither was there any error or fault found in him”

They concluded We can’t find any occasion against this Daniel,
except we find it against him concerning the law of his God

Daniel 6:5

So they had to make new laws that defied God’s laws so that keeping God’s law was a crime

These presidents & princes assembled together to the King of the empire & said to him,

King Darius, live forever.

This was all the presidents of the kingdom, the governors & the princes, the counselors & the captains, consulted together to establish a royal statute & to make a firm decree,
that whosoever prayed to any God or man for thirty days, except the king, will be cast into the den of lions.

So King Darius, made a decree and signed the writing, that it be not changed, according to the law of the Medes and Persians, which altereth not

Daniel 6:6-8

This form of punishment was not uncommon then, as weird as it sounds there were lions
dens in use as capital punishment.

Actually in toltarian dictatorship/ governments savage punishment is still common

Now when Daniel knew that the writing was signed

Daniel 6:10

This was a challenge for Daniel’s faithfulness in his relationship to God

It was a strong test to see if he‘d be faithful in his devotion to God in his praying,

Was he going to slack off his prayer life to protect himself from the peril of the lions’ den?

Daniel knew all about the decree.

He knew it was crafted by his enemies to destroy him.

He knew because of his high position in the government

This new decree by the king was proclaimed by royal heralds fake news through the kingdom.

He knew they were spying on him

Daniel went into his house;
He opened his windows in his chamber facing toward Jerusalem,
he kneeled on his knees three times a day & prayed & gave thanks
before his God, as he did before

Daniel 6:10

Faithfulness is consistency.

Daniel prayed “as he did before.”

His political enemies knew his life style choices.

He didn’t hide his faith in prayer

He was open about his trust in the God of who blesses praying perseverance & consistency

For Daniel prayer was a very public priority

This was not just a situation where the scorning mockers called him a religious phony

This was not just a situation where the scorning mockers called him a hypocritical

This was not just a situation where the scorning mockers called him an unscientific nut job

This was not just a situation where he was facing capital punishment by a pack of starving lions

This was an extreme test of faith from God

Keeping the windows open toward Jerusalem meant that Daniel’s praying would be visible
for the enemy.

Daniel wasn’t a secret disciple because of the ridiculous laws & new legislation that made it perilous to pray.

Jesus said,

Whosoever will confess me before men,
him will I confess also before my Father which is in heaven.

But whosoever denies me before men,
him I’ll also deny before my Father which is in heaven

Matthew 10:32, 33

Daniel didn’t care about being fashionable & cool

Christ “kneeled” in prayer in the garden before His arrest

Luke 22:41

Stephen “kneeled” in prayer while they stoned him to death for preaching Jesus

Acts 7:60

Daniel was passionate & bold about praying.

“Three times a day he prayed”

The Psalmist endorsed praying three times a day.

“Evening & morning & at noon, will I pray”

Psalm 55:17

Then these men assembled & found Daniel praying & making supplication before his God

Daniel 6:11

These 120 God hating politicians gathered their swat team, FBI & CIA to arrest Daniel in prayer

Bullet proof vests, guns, shields & big clubs to fight praying to God

They hated Daniel because he didn’t bow to their political games

When I was a totaler my Mom taught me a song

Standing by a purpose true,
Heeding God’s command,
Honor them, the faithful few!
All hail to Daniel’s band!

Dare to be a Daniel,
Dare to stand alone!
Dare to have a purpose firm!
Dare to make it known.

Many mighty men are lost
Daring not to stand,
Who for God had been a host
By joining Daniel’s band.

Many giants, great and tall,
Stalking through the land,
Headlong to the earth would fall,
If met by Daniel’s band.

Hold the Jesus banner high!
On to victory grand!
Satan and his hosts defy,
And shout for Daniel’s band.

Dare to be a Daniel,
Dare to stand alone!
Dare to have a purpose firm!
Dare to make it known.

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