ADVERSITY IS AN OPPORTUNITY FOR PROSPERITY

Posted: September 8, 2012 in Books, Christianity, Education, Family, History, Life, Lifestyle, News, Parenting, Quotes, Uncategorized
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“No discipline seems pleasant at the time, but painful. Later on, however, it produces a harvest of righteousness and peace for those who have been trained by it.”

Hebrews 12:11 NIV

The story of Daniel opens with Israel being taken into captivity by Babylonia. King Nebuchadnezzar, ruler of Babylonia, seeks to infiltrate Israel by training the finest of Israel to learn the literature and culture of Babylonia, over a 3 year period, to become servants of Babylonia. Daniel’s extraordinary encounter in his faith walk with God begins with a request to abstain from the ration of food and wine from the king’s table provided by Nebuchadnezzar’s officials. Daniel resolves not to participate in the process of becoming influenced by what was going on around him that positioned him to become useful to God to influence others to demonstrate a relentless attitude of devotion as he did. Daniel’s obedience allowed him, and the 3 Hebrew boys to prosper despite being in a season of captivity.

I have received insight from reading the story of Daniel that can interpret Daniel’s life experience like one who goes off to college. Daniel goes off to the University of Babylonia and, as he remains faithful to God in his faith walk, God blesses Daniel through what he has learned to become successful in his career after his 3 years of study. My brother received insight that Daniel was a government worker who was favored by God to ascend to a high position in the government. However you see Daniel, you cannot miss the significance of his willingness to deny himself, adhere to God’s ways and the fulfillment of being obedient. Every blessing, positive outcome, Daniel encountered was a result of his initial act of resolving to be relentless in his faith walk over succumbing to the desires enticed by what was being offered from the king’s table (food and wine). First, the issue of being taken into captivity, then having to resist what was tempting. Thirdly, the request of denying what was required that could have resulted in punishment, persecution, or death, positioned Daniel for a season in life that would become more grand than what was being offered at the king’s table.

“He who pursues righteousness and love finds life, prosperity and honor.” – Proverbs 21:21 NIV Faith in Christ allows me to transcend the reality of the captivity of sin, the influence of the world and the temptations of the desires of the flesh to experience the extraordinary encounter of walking with God by faith. In every aspect of life (spiritual, emotional, mental, physical, financial, relational and professional) God desires to bless me and grant me favor to help me experience the fullness of life Christ came for us to have!

May God bless you and help you to remain focused, passionate and relentless in your faith walk so you may experience the fullness of life Christ came for us to have.

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