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Its so awesome that you do this every day, Its encouraging to here Gods word and to hear you relate to it. Thank you very much. Its so comforting to know that God loves us and looks out for us, He truly is our provider.

Today’s Scripture readings have touched me greatly. All of them are as comforting as a warm cloak on a cold winter day!

A few words on Daniel: Chapters 10 – 12 are all related to the same vision and it is the last vision given to Daniel. This is the most comprehensive of all Daniel's visions. Chapter 10 introduces the angel that has come to Daniel to reveal the interpretation of the vision and chapters 11-12 describes and interprets the actual vision. About the delay of delivering the vision for 21 days mentioned in Daniel 10:13-14, we need to remember that God created all angels equally and gave them all equal powers before He created earth and mankind. Satan and the demons were among the angels created by God and they resided in Heaven with God, as did Michael and Gabriel and the other angels. However, they were cast out from Heaven and down to earth when Satan declared their power to be as great as the power of God their creator, but they were not stripped of their powers when God cast them down to earth. We know from our study of Ephesians 6:10-17 that even today there is a constant struggle going on between God’s holy angels and Satan and his unholy demon angels and also between we Christians and Satan and his demons. That’s why Paul instructed us to put on and constantly wear the armor of God to help us escape from the powers of Satan and the demons. Ephesians 6:12 says, “For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.”

Psalms 121 is awesome, beautiful and wonderful! This is a psalm that we would be wise to read often or memorize and carry in our heart.

The verses in 1 John that jumped out at me today are 1 John 3:5-6, “But you know that he appeared so that he might take away our sins. And in him is no sin. No one who lives in him KEEPS ON SINNING. No one who continues to sin has either seen him or known him”. It’s not enough just to repent of our sins but we need to make a conscious effort to turn from our sins.

Hope all of you have been as blessed today as much or more than I have by the reading of God’s Word!

God Bless!
Pat

I am getting a new devotion/At God's Table by Skip Moen & here is yesterdays - revelation for me also:

Sermons We Don't Preach

December 1 December 1 He who turns away his ear from listening to the law, even his prayer is an abomination. Proverbs 28:9

Abomination – Only a few things are identified as abominations. The list is not very pleasant. Idolatry, child sacrifice, marriage to unbelievers, religious activities of the wicked, homosexuality, lying and certain foods make the list. Proverbs 6:16-19 names activities that are hateful to God. You've probably heard a few sermons on some of these topics, but I would be surprised if you ever heard a sermon on Proverbs 28:9. We don't want to know about this form of abomination because it is just too condemning. What it implies sends shivers through the soul. God considers the prayers of those who turn away from His law in the same category as child sacrifice. He hates this kind of hypocrisy. Don't expect Him to answer except with judgment.

Contemporary Christianity wants a friendly and pleasant God. In fact, we insist on it. We want the popular God of love; the One Who forgives our every peccadillo, Who overlooks our deliberate disobedience because He is the aged, kindly grandfather, Who wouldn't dream of punishing His favorite grandchildren. So, we conveniently bypass verses like this one, or we discount it as "Old" Testament. Of course, we have to stop our ears to a lot of Jesus' words about judgment too. But we are more than willing to do so. After all, who wants a God Who actually insists on attentive obedience. That would interfere with my agenda, and God would never want me to do anything I really didn't want to do. Right? With Christmas only a few weeks away, we look forward to all that peace and light and especially, the Santa Claus God.

What utter fools we are! God is not mocked. We have lost sight of the terrifying holiness of God, of the mystery of His being, the power of His majesty. We no longer fear the Lord. It is a big mistake. In this verse, Solomon reminds us that prayers from disobedient children are to'evah – abomination. Why? Because God hates those who would tread on His holiness and insult His character by coming before Him in expectation of favor when their lives oppose His counsel and direction. Does God save the wicked? Of course. He is compassionate. He always acknowledges confession and repentance. Does that mean God answers the prayers of the "saved" but disobedient? Don't count on it. Rescue from death is not the same as continuous favor in life. We are saved in order to obey. If you think salvation guaranteed you favorable treatment, better reconsider. Once rescued, obedience is the name of the game.

Think about that sermon, the one you never heard.

what a load of judgemental nonsense..Attitudes like that are what throws peole struggling with unsaved spouses or homosexuality out of the church.
Why did Jesus command those without sin to throw the first stone at the prostitute as we learnt yesterday, if there are certain sins he doesnt forgive? He certainly answered her wordless prayer despite her sin and he still stands there between us and God interceding on our behalf.God hates unholiness yes. Thats the whole point of Jesus, His blood covers our sin. If you want to be saved by keeping the letter of the law you must keep ALL of it as we also learnt yesterday which is impossible. Of course we should not sin and carry on sinning but neither should we be afraind of our prayers bouncind back off the ceiling because we sin. God is gracious and just to forgive us our sin, knowing that we will sin again tomorrow becuase we are human,
'For it is by grace that we are saved'.

Natasha - I think thee doest protest to much/heartily - the truth always pierces/pricks our hearts where there is darkness in need of the light/truth of scripture & it also shows our maturity level in Christ (we are all at differnt levels of glory in Him).

Mr. Moen only expounds on what is written in God's Word: I John 3:4-10

4.Everyone who sins breaks the law; in fact, sin is lawlessness. 5.But you know that he appeared so that he might take away our sins. And in him is no sin. 6.No one who lives in him keeps on sinning. No one who continues to sin has either seen him or known him.

7.Dear children, do not let anyone lead you astray. He who does what is right is righteous, just as he is righteous. 8.He who does what is sinful is of the devil, because the devil has been sinning from the beginning. The reason the Son of God appeared was to destroy the devil's work. 9.No one who is born of God will continue to sin, because God's seed remains in him; he cannot go on sinning, because he has been born of God. 10.This is how we know who the children of God are and who the children of the devil are: Anyone who does not do what is right is not a child of God; nor is anyone who does not love his brother.

"Rescue from death is not the same as continuous favor in life. We are saved in order to obey. If you think salvation guaranteed you favorable treatment, better reconsider. Once rescued, obedience is the name of the game."

jan

Daniel fasted - not starved but practiced some self-denial before actually having a breakthrough with God. I think that's a good point for all of us to remember around the holidays - which despite the religiousity of them at times tend to foster a lot of self-indulgence. Good reminder to continue in prayer & fasting even in the good times.

Yes I agree with Audrey, it is so nice that you do this everyday with the Old & New Testament and the Psalms and Proverbs with beautiful pics and your commentary relating everything together, it's a great way to go through the Bible. I remember it way better than when I read it on my own. Thank-you so much! And thank-you God for watching over us, even when we sleep! Goodnight!

20 So he said, "Do you know why I have come to you? Soon I will return to fight against the prince of Persia, and when I go, the prince of Greece will come; 21 but first I will tell you what is written in the Book of Truth. (No one supports me against them except Michael, your prince.

~~I am wondering if the Prince of Persia is still controlling Iran and fighting Michael and Gabriel. It would seem that the leader of Iran is controlled by someone other than Our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.

With regard to the discussion about obedience and mercy; I believe the text today addresses that pretty clearly when Daniel is praying in Daniel 9:

17 "Now, our God, hear the prayers and petitions of your servant. For your sake, O Lord, look with favor on your desolate sanctuary. 18 Give ear, O God, and hear; open your eyes and see the desolation of the city that bears your Name. ****We do not make requests of you because we are righteous, but because of your great mercy.**** 19 O Lord, listen! O Lord, forgive! O Lord, hear and act! For your sake, O my God, do not delay, because your city and your people bear your Name."

~~I believe it is our heart that determines how God is going to deal with us; if we are truly repentant, as Daniel surely was, then God will have mercy. If we think, however, that we are pulling "a fast one," on God, then absolutely it is an abomination to God.

Finally, with regard to the "contemporary Christianity wants a friendly and pleasant God" it seems such an indictment is unwarranted, as each of us individually make up "the Church," and each of us bears personal responsibility to seek out God like Daniel did. Daniel did not approach the king(s) of Persia with demands nor scolding them; his humility gave him favor in their eyes, and certainly it was sincere humility--not feigned. I believe if all of us humbled ourselves, and as it says in II Chronicles 7:14

"If my own people will humbly pray and turn back to me and stop sinning, then I will answer them from heaven. I will forgive them and make their land fertile once again."

In truth, I believe when we turn to the Lord the inevitable result is going to be that we will stop sinning. Can we actually sin when we look God in the face (I mean that figuratively, of course)? if we recognize His holiness and can sin, then I think we must question our salvation.

My God is a compassionate, forgiving God. He sent his Son to die for my sins and the sins of the world. It is my duty to serve him and to honor him, but I find that try-as-I-may, I continue to do those things that I would rather not do while neglecting those that I know that I should do. Yet, my God is forgiving and compassionate.

If this is the friendly God...the one of love...so be it. To sinners like me, we are thankful!

1 John 2:23 stood out for me today "No one who denies the Son has the Father; whoever acknowledges the Son has the Father also". Very essential for me ... I had to find the Son in order to find my Father. I can't have one without the other so to speak. Jesus is the central line for me, with God as my savior.

Daniel is amazing and i love 1 John, so much edification. its beautiful and very encouraging!! I love the Psalms too, another Kutless song! =) "I lift my eyes up". a bunch of artists covered it, but i'm a huge kutless fan =))

I had to reread 1 John again..."and we shall see Him as He truely is". wow! i can't believe that day really will arrive!

I too am comforted in the fact i know God is always watching over me. many ppl think i'm brave or not too cautious, especially being a petite female. i am cautious, i dont act recklessly, but i have that peace in me that God is watching over me and when i have that peace in me, i know its safe to step out b'cos the God of the universe is watching me, personally. Its also good, cause wen we are tempted to do wrong, we are aware He is watching too. wow...i cant wait to be with Him!!!!!!!

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