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The People Who Know Their God

“He shall seduce with flattery those who violate the covenant, but the people who know their God shall stand firm and take action” (Daniel 11:32).

When we watch the news and see what’s happening in the world, we can see that we are living in the last days. Paul shared that in the last days, perilous times would come. The world is enticing the church and pulling people away from God. Daniel saw the good food of Nebuchadnezzar, but chose to sacrifice and would not eat from the King’s table. Daniel and his friends were willing to sacrifice in order to keep the ordinances of God. The spirit of Nebuchadnezzar is present in the world today. The lust of the flesh and the pride of life and people seek enjoyment without considering what will happen if their lives should end.

Daniel and his friend made the decision to test themselves with fruits and vegetables, instead of with meat and wine. “Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect” (Romans 12:2). It is important for us to determine if we have a relationship with God which is intimate. Those who have an intimate relationship with God will trust him and rely on him. For example, our bodies can come under attack, but we know that God is able to heal us.

We have seen the hand of God in our lives before and we know that in the same way, God will continue to deliver us. We develop intimacy with God when we draw nearer to him. “Draw near to God, and he will draw near to you. Cleanse your hands, you sinners, and purify your hearts, you double-minded” (James 4:8). We sometimes make a greater priority for things of the world than the things of God. For example, we make an effort to get to work on time and we ensure that we never miss work. When it comes to attending the house of God, for example, we don’t always make the same effort. Daniel demonstrated diligence and his life converted the King of Babylon, who changed the law to serve the God of Daniel.

The gifts and talents that we have been given are to be used for the kingdom of God. Our lives should transform the people in our places of work. When we work as unto God, this brings transformation and shines a light for others to see. God has called us to serve in his house and to fill in where there are gaps and needs. Sometimes we may pray for a job and after God has blessed us, we become busy and stop having time for the things of God. When God establishes, you are stable and you will bear fruit. We have to trust God so that he can also trust us with his covenants.

We need to grow not only in knowledge, but in our relationship with God. We know that he is able to do great things and he gives us strength in our weakness. It is easy when we are in the presence of God, to make a decision to live for God. The test is when we are not in the presence of God and our minds can change. When God calls, he wants us for a purpose to change lives and to transform the world. When we call upon God and he will respond to us. “Call to me and I will answer you, and will tell you great and hidden things that you have not known” (Jeremiah 33:3).

Pastor Marie-Jean Arku – Eagle House Ministries
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