Get ready! Explosion is coming!
This time were going to learn from Daniel. Daniel is an example of someone who out of His wholeheartedness in following his God, God of Israel, Living God, he experienced kingdom ExplosionS in his life. ExplosionS means more than one breakthrough. I believe all of us want to get those breakthroughs in our life, no matter what they’re about. Maybe it’s a family matter, or financial matter, or study matter, or else. But the good news is, GOD is ,MORE THAN EVER, ready to give us explosions to explosions, breakthrough to breakthrough. Yet why is that we still encountered a dull life? Stagnant life?
So we need to learn from Daniel, what are the qualities, or the characteristics of someone who is ready to receive kingdom explosion in his/her life? They are:
- Know who they are (identity) and brave enough to put God first in every situation they face
Daniel 1:6-8 Daniel is an example of a man who know his identity. He refused (along with Sadrach, Mesach, and Abednego) to eat wine and meat, which are prohibited for Jews. they came from Judah land to Babel as exiles, and then the King Nebucadnezzar assembled young Jewish men who are fit, handsome, and in a good shape to serve him.
Why is Daniel mentioned to be brave? Because he faced a risk of being jailed by refusing what King had ordered, not to mention being more languid than others who agreed to ate what King had told them to eat. But Daniel instead of whimpering, he challenged the head servant to test the four of them, and they came out as :
At the end of the ten days they looked healthier and better nourished than any of the young men who ate the royal food.
2. The one who care enough about what happen around them and the one that be aware of opportunities
It came out at that time, the king had a dream that troubled him a lot. Yet while he wanted them to be interpreted, he refused to told the interpreter (magicians, astrologers, etc) about what he had dreamed about. And the result was definite, no one could do that. (strange king, isn’t he?) the king got angry and decreed that all “capable” people to be killed (its no use to have them if they cant even do what the king wants), with Daniel and the three musketeers included (Sadrach, Mesach, Abednego). Yet Daniel didn’t give up,
14 When Arioch, the commander of the king’s guard, had gone out to put to death the wise men of Babylon, Daniel spoke to him with wisdom and tact. 15 He asked the king’s officer, “Why did the king issue such a harsh decree?” Arioch then explained the matter to Daniel. 16 At this, Daniel went in to the king and asked for time, so that he might interpret the dream for him.
He saw opportunities, not calamities
3. The one who knows he has an EVERKNOWING GOD (omniscient)
There is nothing hidden from God if we just ask Him. (have we done so?)
Daniel didn’t come to other capable persons and discussed it with them (oh yes, he went to three musketeers and asked them to pray, but he didn’t ask them the answer), instead he came directly to God
17 Then Daniel returned to his house and explained the matter to his friends Hananiah, Mishael and Azariah. 18 He urged them to plead for mercy from the God of heaven concerning this mystery, so that he and his friends might not be executed with the rest of the wise men of Babylon. 19 During the night the mystery was revealed to Daniel in a vision. Then Daniel praised the God of heaven 20 and said:
“Praise be to the name of God for ever and ever;
wisdom and power are his.
I thank and praise you, God of my ancestors:
You have given me wisdom and power,
you have made known to me what we asked of you,
you have made known to us the dream of the king.”
Have we ever ask God of what we should be doing? Or we thought that we’re smart enough, our plan is brilliant enough?
4.The one who is consistent about what he believes in, even times get rough
The time came when the “strange” king decreed (again) that every single person in his kingdom must bow down to the statue that he made.
4 Then the herald loudly proclaimed, “Nations and peoples of every language, this is what you are commanded to do: 5 As soon as you hear the sound of the horn, flute, zither, lyre, harp, pipe and all kinds of music, you must fall down and worship the image of gold that King Nebuchadnezzar has set up.
But our three musketeers refused to do so, and they are being threatened to plunged down to a furnace of fire
“Is it true, Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego, that you do not serve my gods or worship the image of gold I have set up?
But if you do not worship it, you will be thrown immediately into a blazing furnace. Then what god will be able to rescue you from my hand?
Yet our three musketeers are truly heroes, weren’t they? For they said:16 Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego replied to him, “King Nebuchadnezzar, we do not need to defend ourselves before you in this matter. 17 If we are thrown into the blazing furnace, the God we serve is able to deliver us from it, and he will deliver us[c] from Your Majesty’s hand. 18 But even if he does not, we want you to know, Your Majesty, that we will not serve your gods or worship the image of gold you have set up.”
in the end, God saved them, none of them get burned in that furnace, and that what made king bewildered…
Can we say that also? Or we say to God
If You bless me
If You give me what I want
If You give me the job that I need
If You…. Then I will praise You, then I will put my life as an offering.
If NOT? well, goodbye, Sayonara…
Do you really want people to know how great is your God? How can you witness it to them when in the face of trials and troubles you just whimper and getting worried all over? Can you be still and know that He is God, no matter things looked like now
5. The one who has the “spirit of excellence”
This is a different spirit, the one that makes people say “wow”
Daniel is one of them, for it has been said
11 There is a man in your kingdom who has the spirit of the holy gods in him. In the time of your father he was found to have insight and intelligence and wisdom like that of the gods. Your father, King Nebuchadnezzar, appointed him chief of the magicians, enchanters, astrologers and diviners. 12 He did this because Daniel, whom the king called Belteshazzar, was found to have a keen mind and knowledge and understanding, and also the ability to interpret dreams, explain riddles and solve difficult problems.
When Daniel came to meet Nebucadnezzar’s son, Belsyazar mocked him, saying: “Are you Daniel, one of the exiles my father the king brought from Judah? 14 I have heard that the spirit of the gods is in you and that you have insight, intelligence and outstanding wisdom. 15 The wise men and enchanters were brought before me to read this writing and tell me what it means, but they could not explain it. 16 Now I have heard that you are able to give interpretations and to solve difficult problems. If you can read this writing and tell me what it means, you will be clothed in purple and have a gold chain placed around your neck, and you will be made the third highest ruler in the kingdom.”
A spirit of excellence doesn’t focus on what others say about him, but his principle is:
If this is what God wants me to do, then I don’t care about people mocking me, neither about people praising me. I know that I am here to do what He tell me to do, other than that is not my concern.
“You may keep your gifts for yourself and give your rewards to someone else. Nevertheless, I will read the writing for the king and tell him what it means.
Practically Daniel said: I just came here because God told me to tell the meaning of those writings, you can keep your gifts (and I also don’t care about your mockery)
6. The one who always seeks God first and foremost whenever he face problems (He who depends on God not on connection with human eg: boss, president, king, etc)
It makes no difference whether Daniel is still an exile or when he had been a third ruler of the country. Daniel, being a trustworthy person to the king, living in the palace, may have a very good relationship with the king? Wouldn’t you agree?
[a]It pleased Darius to appoint 120 satraps to rule throughout the kingdom, 2 with three administrators over them, one of whom was Daniel.
Whenever we receive a promotion, there will always be people who are envious, jealous, and playing dirty tricks to bring us down. But from Daniel we saw, we shouldn’t be worried about these kinds of people when we know we are in the right standing with God.
4 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. 5 Finally these men said, “We will never find any basis for charges against this man Daniel unless it has something to do with the law of his God.”
Read Daniel 6
13 Then they said to the king, “Daniel, who is one of the exiles from Judah, pays no attention to you, Your Majesty, or to the decree you put in writing. He still prays three times a day.”14 When the king heard this, he was greatly distressed; he was determined to rescue Daniel and made every effort until sundown to save him.
16 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!”
Usually when we feel that we have a good connection with a nobleman, officers, etc etc, we try to manipulate them, or at least we try to ask their favor to make things works for us, right?
As for Daniel, he gained favor from the king darius, and from above we can see that king darius was really eager to save Daniel, but he’d been cornered by the decree he made. Why didn’t Daniel run first to the king and ask for his favor? Instead of run to God and “do what he always does” praying 3 times a day
10 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 set us an example of someone who are confident being in a right standing with God, he know that he only does what God wants, and no matter the situation has become, God is still in control
As According to Romans 8:28
Something is HAPPENING FOR YOU (its for your good), not HAPPENING TO YOU (like something bad is befall on you)