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Daniel 5:1-31

The following verses caught my eye and attention,

But when his heart was lifted up and his mind and spirit were hardened so that he dealt proudly, he was deposed from his kingly throne and his glory was taken from him; He was driven from among men, and his heart or mind was made like the beasts, and his dwelling was with the wild asses. He was fed with grass like oxen, and his body was wet with the dew of the heavens until he learned and knew that the Most High God rules in the kingdom of men and that He appoints and sets over it whomever He will. And you his son, O Belshazzar, have not humbled your heart and mind, though you knew all this [knew it and were defiant]. (Daniel 5:20-22 AMP)

We are always held accountable for the information we have even if we want to pass the buck and say, “I didn’t know.” That is a sobering thought. Daily we come to this site and read what is available to us. Some may only read Mike’s comments and not click on the passages for the day but we still will be held accountable for the Words that elicited those comments. Cleary Belshazzar had access to the same information his predecessor even if not by personal experience What God, the true God, had done before was clearly seen. His works could not be confused with the works of the gods of Babylon except if one chose to attribute them to these gods. We serve our choices.

Interesting in the Daniel passage we see the consequences of today’s goings on in the 2nd Peter passage.

2 Peter 2:1-22

But false prophets arose among the people, just as there will be false teachers among you. These false teachers will infiltrate your midst with destructive heresies, even to the point of denying the Master who bought them. As a result, they will bring swift destruction on themselves. And many will follow their debauched lifestyles. Because of these false teachers, the way of truth will be slandered. And in their greed they will exploit you with deceptive words. Their condemnation pronounced long ago is not sitting idly by; their destruction is not asleep. (2 Peter 2:1-3 NET.)


Having information about God and choosing to ignore the truth and believe the false is deadly. If we say we were only following the prophet/teacher we are giving reasons for our disobedience but not excuses God will accept.

That night, under cover of darkness, their friends got Paul and Silas out of town as fast as they could. They sent them to Berea, where they again met with the Jewish community. They were treated a lot better there than in Thessalonica. The Jews received Paul's message with enthusiasm and met with him daily, examining the Scriptures to see if they supported what he said. (Acts 17:10-11 MSG)

The countering of false prophets/teachers is studying what is Written. Our study should not only be to see if the quote is correct (the devil correctly quoted the scriptures to Jesus) but to see the context of the quote and its application. However, once we have the information we must use it or else we are in BIG TROUBLE.

For if, after they have escaped the pollutions of the world through [the full, personal] knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, they again become entangled in them and are overcome, their last condition is worse [for them] than the first. For never to have obtained a [full, personal] knowledge of the way of righteousness would have been better for them than, having obtained [such knowledge], to turn back from the holy commandment which was [verbally] delivered to them.
(2 Peter 2:20-21 AMP)


Psalm 119:113-128
114
You are my refuge and my shield;
your word is my only source of hope.

115
Get out of my life, you evil-minded people,
for I intend to obey the commands of my God.

God’s Word is our only source of hope. That is a sobering thought for me. When “stuff” comes my way the tendency is to call up folks on my frequently call list instead of calling up God. Yet the writer says the God is his only source of hope and it is “evil-minded” people who try to steer us toward something other than the commands of God. Clearly WWJD is something to think about when I am in my “stuff.”


Proverbs 28:19-20
The nineteenth verse is intriguing, especially when read from the King James version.

He that tilleth his land shall have plenty of bread: but he that followeth after vain persons shall have poverty enough. (Proverbs 28:19 KJV)

If we “followeth after vain persons,” then we are following after someone else’s dreams and visions, we are working someone else’s’ land.

My question is, “How do we get people to find out where the boundaries of their “land” is and how do we encourage them to work it?” This verse has really caught my imagination.

Grace and peace,
Ramona

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