Scripture Passage: Daniel 7
God placed reminders throughout history that He is above the immediate circumstances. So many times our outlooks and attitudes are tied to our environmental circumstances. But our outlooks and attitudes SHOULD be tied to the anticipation that God will carry out His plan. He is up to something right now!
Every Christ follower can rise above the chaos by understanding three reminders of prophecy in Daniel 7:
1. Crisis is Part of the Plan
God is in control of history–even the difficult history! Belief that God is in control of all of history leads to confidence that He is in control MY history. When we give up trying to control God to orchestrate our plans, we can experience the freedom of allowing God to guide us through our decisions.
2. The King is Still on the Throne
Despite the chaos going on in Daniel 7, verses 9 and 13 give us a glimpse into the throne room to see who is in control.
3. The Kingdom is Forever
God is eternal. He has always been, and His reign and power will never end. When you think of how many earthly powers have risen and fallen, it is empowering to think about the role we can play in God’s eternal Kingdom.
Talk About It
• Is there an area of your life that feels like chaos right now?
• How does the thought that God is still at work and is still in control in the midst of that chaos affect you?
• Take a few seconds to think about the concept of eternity. How does that affect your perspective on your day-to-day life?
The busyness of life tends to keep our schedules full of activities requiring us to be intentional with our time with God. When we encounter a crisis, face a big decision, or simply want to deepen our intimacy with the Lord, fasting is a great response.
Fasting can be defined as denying yourself of something valuable for a period of time to receive something from God or be set free by God.
There are examples of fasting throughout the Scriptures:
And when you fast, do not look gloomy like the hypocrites, for they disfigure their faces that their fasting may be seen by others. Truly, I say to you, they have received their reward. But when you fast, anoint your head and wash your face, that your fasting may not be seen by others but by your Father who is in secret. And your Father who sees in secret will reward you.
While they were worshiping the Lord and fasting, the Holy Spirit said, “Set apart for me Barnabas and Saul for the work to which I have called them.” Then after fasting and praying they laid their hands on them and sent them off.
Benefits of Fasting:
1. Fasting is good for me
2. Fasting strengthens my dependence on God
3. Fasting enlists God’s assistance for great things
Seven Steps to a Successful Fast
1. Make a Plan
2. Pray about your privacy
3. Strategically disconnect
4. Expect a challenge
5. Rest and be still
6. Keep Moving
7. Expect a breakthrough
What are some extra things in your life that capture your attention and time?
Could God be calling you to consider giving something up for a season to set aside extra time to seek the Lord?
For further study on fasting:
Ryan Rush Blog – A Few Thoughts on Fasting