The most high God rules over human kingdoms, Daniel 5.21

“He was driven from human society, his mind was changed to that of an animal, he lived with the wild donkeys, he was fed grass like oxen, and his body became damp with the dew of the sky, until he came to understand that the most high God rules over human kingdoms, and he appoints over them whomever he wishes.”

Daniel 5.21

Daniel told Belshaazar the meaning of the writing on the wall. Before, he reminded the king of what happened to his father Nebuchadnezzar. He failed to learn!

What will it take for us to understand who God is and how he rules? Does my life reflect his sovereignty. Do I seek his Kingdom first in all things?

#votd #Daniel #sovereignty

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(#88) The Proverbs of Solomon 14:28-A Kingdom Divided Against Itself (Matthew 12:25)

Since God Created humans, only God can provide specific understanding of human behavior. God gave Solomon Divine Wisdom (1 Kings Chapters 3 and 10) to explain what and why behavior is as it is, and Proverbs 10:1-24:34 are randomly written, as if they were Solomon’s judgments about individual cases brought to him, or simply God-given explanations about life. New Testament passages may help see the continuation of Wisdom offered through Jesus Christ.

Proverbs 14:28: “In a multitude of people is a king’s honor, But in the lack of people is the downfall of a prince.”

While the Israelites were united under Solomon’s God-blessed rule in their Promised Land, the queen of Sheba said: “Blessed be the LORD your God, who delighted in you, setting you on His throne to be king for the LORD your God! Because your God has loved Israel, to establish them forever, therefore He made you king over them, to do justice and righteousness” (2 Chronicles 9:8). After Solomon died, their kingdom divided when Rehoboam “did not listen to the people” (1 Kings 12:15), then “all Israel saw that the king did not listen to them” (1 Kings 12:16), and they killed his tax collector (1 Kings 12:17-18). When people see their leaders do not listen to them, they try a different government leader, as Israel did with Jeroboam (1 Kings 12:25-33), often with worse consequences! Government leaders should follow the Word of God (Deuteronomy 17:18-20), because “If a ruler pays attention to lies, All his servants become wicked” (Proverbs 29:12). All rulers who believe in their own sovereignty and power have succumbed to their self-deceit, because, as Paul said, “Let every soul be subject to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and the authorities that exist are appointed by God” (Romans 13:1). Without acknowledging God’s authority the government is corrupt. “Like a roaring lion and a charging bear Is a wicked ruler over poor people. A ruler who lacks understanding is a great oppressor, But he who hates covetousness will prolong his days” (Proverbs 28:15-16). Certainly, one should not accept nor be taken in by the rich delicacies offered by the king (Proverbs 23:1-3).

A few ways leaders keep their people in line include: (1) murdering their opponents, (2) constant propaganda of lies, (3) forced labor or (4) limiting the population. Examples of each include: (1) Tyrannies and dictatorships always fear the masses, and often seek to annihilate their opposition within their own land: Egyptian Pharaoh and Israelites (Exodus 1:7-12); Mohammedans/Moslems against Jews, Catholics, and Bible-believers; Roman Catholic Inquisition for hundreds of years; Joseph Stalin in Russia; Benito Mussolini in Italy; Adolph Hitler in Europe; Mao Tse-tung in China; Khmer Rouge in Cambodia; their names are legion, and their victims number in the hundreds of millions. (2) This was done by (1); and today includes the constant mantras of “Global Warming,”  “Evolution,” “World Economy,” “Carbon Footprints,” “Bigger Government Necessity,” “Broken Medical System,” “Radical Right-wingers,” “Crazy Bible-believers,” ad nauseum. (3) Egyptian Pharaoh (Exodus 1:13-15); those mentioned in (1); economic slaves (Proverbs 22:7). (4) Egyptian Pharaoh (Exodus 1:16-22-the God-fearing midwives refused to murder innocent born babies!); the genocide of abortion (including partial abortion); government-backed “euthanasia;” government-controlled medical care; et al.

Countries ruled by a minority, who do not listen to their majority population, will suffer “downfall.”

All Scriptures and comments are based upon the New King James Version, unless otherwise noted.

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Sovereignty I’ve never preached a sermon on sovereignty…

Sovereignty: I’ve never preached a sermon on sovereignty, nor have I heard one. Yet in many religious circles, the sovereignty of God is a major and foundational truth. God is sovereign! “Our God is in heaven; He does whatever He pleases”, Ps 115:3. The question was raised: Is something good and right because God says it is or does God say it because it is good and right? After a little thought, I realized it is a chicken/egg question! “God is light and in Him is no darkness at all”, 1 Jn 1:5. God is light, good, truth, righteous, just; and there is nothing to diminish these. If God speaks, it is in harmony with these, because He is these in person. Likewise, these qualities exist because God exists, reveals and defines them. So God “does whatever He pleases”! A man may voluntarily do something, yet still be under the constraint of fear. He willingly keeps laws, even some that are onerous, because he chooses to avoid the consequences of breaking them. Also a man may choose what is good and right, because he has been taught. His choice is willing but still influenced. But God has no teacher, is under no constraint or influence. He acts entirely and absolutely according to His own pleasure. Thus, since God “does whatever He pleases”, He can forgive whoever He pleases. It has pleased God to declare the bounds and limits of forgiveness: “in Christ”. He has bound Himself by His own declaration and promise. He has bound Himself according to His self-imposed law. Therefore, we may be assured, that what God has said, is said according to His own pleasure and will remain so and unchanged, unaltered and unrevised forever.

#god, #just-a-minute, #sovereign, #sovereignty

Does Prayer Change Anything?

In Eric Rauch’s article, “Does Prayer Change Anything,” Mr. Rauch observes the following:

“One of the best descriptions of the purpose of prayer can be found in Arthur W. Pink’s book, The Sovereignty of God.”

He quotes:

“Prayer is not so much an act as it is an attitude—an attitude of dependency, dependency upon God. Prayer is a confession of creature weakness, yea, of helplessness. Prayer is the acknowledgment of our need and the spreading of it before God.”

Paul said it another way: “Pray without ceasing” (1 Thessalonians 5:17).

#attitude, #confession, #dependency, #description, #prayer, #purpose, #sovereignty, #weakness

God Is In Control

One of the messages that resonate from “The Revelation of Jesus Christ” is that God is in control! Several clever descriptions from the Apocalypse reveal this truth. (Read More)

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