This is my story - Daniel & The Lions Den

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Good morning, beauty! Have you seen that the dates for our next Woven Nights has been released?! This fall we will be having TWO Woven Nights, November 7&8! Registration will open on September 27th (pst.- put that date in your calendar!). Start inviting your friends and praying alongside us for God to do mighty mighty things.

This morning we will be reading in Daniel 6. Follow this link for the full story. Below are some key passages:

I.

“Now Daniel so distinguished himself among the administrators and the satraps by his exceptional qualities that the king planned to set him over the whole kingdom. At this, the administrators and the satraps tried to find grounds for charges against Daniel in his conduct of government affairs, but they were unable to do so. They could find no corruption in him, because he was trustworthy and neither corrupt nor negligent.”

Daniel 6:3-4

II.

“Now when Daniel learned that the decree had been published, he went home to his upstairs room where the windows opened toward Jerusalem. Three times a day he got down on his knees and prayed, giving thanks to his God, just as he had done before.” 

Daniel 6:10

III.

“So the king gave the order, and they brought Daniel and threw him into the lions’ den. The king said to Daniel, “May your God, whom you serve continually, rescue you!”’

Daniel 6:16

IV.

“My God sent his angel, and he shut the mouths of the lions. They have not hurt me, because I was found innocent in his sight. Nor have I ever done any wrong before you, Your Majesty.”

Daniel 6:22

At this point in Daniel’s life, he had been tested - tried and true. The Israelites had been in captivity in Babylon under multiple kings, Daniel had interpreted King Nebuchadnezzar’s dreams, been thrown into the fiery furnace, and continued over and over to obey God. At the time Darius received the kingdom, Daniel was in his eighties. There is something incredibly comforting about being in the presence of a seasoned believer- people that have walked through some deep deep valleys, and having chosen obedience, watched God transform their very own pain and suffering into a mountaintop to shout His glory and praise. Daniel is the very essence of obedience. We see, over and over again, his unwavering faith in where God had placed him and he knew that God was using his life as a megaphone to reveal His power.

Although Daniel being cast into a den full of lions wasn’t the first time he was seemingly trapped with no way of escape, we would imagine that it was none the less terrifying. Trials come during all seasons of our lives, we will never reach a point as believers when we are exempt from troubles and heartache. 1 Peter 5:8 says, “Be alert and of sober mind. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour.” Our calling, sisters, is to remain faithful to the very end, no matter the valleys we find ourselves in. Walking through heartache at 25 is just as painful as at 75. But as we walk with the Lord and learn His ways, we can begin to resolve that He always has a plan to use the trials for our good and His glory. Our faith should rise with every battle because we know that He never ‘pauses to catch His breath’ (Isaiah 40:28). He’s always ready to move through our obedience to Him.

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This is a story of obedience and rescue- two key qualities that God wants in all of our walks. He desires our obedience and unwavering devotion, and He wants to rescue us. Learning to set our eyes on Jesus and His rescue plan, opens us to Heaven and all of our Savior’s power. Let’s set out to remain fixed on God’s glory and not on our circumstances.

Take a moment to reflect on past or current trials in your life. Ask the Holy Spirit to increase your vision for the Kingdom and resolve with Him that your obedience knows no bounds.

“Whatever I walk through
Wherever I am
Your Name can move mountains
Wherever I stand

And if ever I walk through
The valley of death
I'll sing through the shadows
My song of ascent” 
- Hillsong United ‘Song of Ascent’

P.s. We’d love to hear from you during this series! If God is stirring something in you, tag us on instagram or facebook and share. We would love to share what God is doing in all of our lives and encourage the women in our world with the ways God is encouraging us!

 
LifestyleMatt McCloghry