What are you made of? (Daniel 5-6)

11 There is a man in your kingdom in whom is the spirit of the holy gods.[d] In the days of your father, light and understanding and wisdom like the wisdom of the gods were found in him, and King Nebuchadnezzar, your father—your father the king—made him chief of the magicians, enchanters, Chaldeans, and astrologers, Daniel 5:11

“In times of crisis values are not formed they are revealed,”  John Maxwell

Brothers and sisters this is so true in our day.  When times are easy one can seem to have life all together but when crisis comes what is on the inside comes out.

Question:  Are you ok with what is being revealed in your life during these times of crisis?

In the days of the prophet Daniel, his values were brought to light as he endured exile in a foreign land.  Daniel lived his life on display before a violent world that followed the leadership of an enemy that always wanted his destruction.  We see this in Daniel 6.

However, a few years earlier (Daniel 5) we see Daniel in one of his finest moments.  Most believe Daniel was probably 80 years old by the time of chapter 5.  He probably was living in retirement from his work in the government of King Nebuchadnezzar.  The kings grandson is in his last hours of rule because the Medes were about to take the kingdom.

On the very night when the king would die, he sees a hand that appears on the palace wall.  This hand writes a message in a language that the king nor his wise men could read.  We know the message simple says, it’s over!!!

Daniel is called to stand before the king for one reason.  The reason is because of what he is made of.  This prophet had lived before the nation led by the Spirit of God.  This prophet had been a light to all in the nation who would follow His God.  This prophet had given forth wisdom and understanding from God to all who would listen.

Now in the midst of crisis, he was called on once again.

Brothers and sisters, ours is a day of crisis.  I wonder, is God calling you and I into service during these days?  I believe with all my heart this is the case.  God is looking for Christians who have the following within them:

  1. The Spirit of the living God is at work, II Cor. 10:3-5.
  2. The Word of God is the road map you follow, II Tim. 3:16-17.
  3. The Word of God is guiding your answers for this day, Matt. 5:16.

I believe God’s people are standing up all over this country.  I challenge you personally to stand up, because this will be our finest hour.

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