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Daniel 5:1-31


22 “You are his successor, O Belshazzar, and you knew all this, yet you have not humbled yourself. 23 For you have proudly defied the Lord of heaven and have had these cups from his Temple brought before you. You and your nobles and your wives and concubines have been drinking wine from them while praising gods of silver, gold, bronze, iron, wood, and stone—gods that neither see nor hear nor know anything at all.

Soooo, we don’t turn to God when there is a manifestation of God’s Presence; we don’t turn to God when we hear about all the mighty things that God has done. I use to say and I’ve heard others say, “Well if there is really a God, why doesn’t He do this and that so I can really believe that He is.” As Daniel has stated, Belshazzar, knew everything that had happened to his father (17-21) and He knew that it was God, the most High God and not the gods of Babylon but he chose, he made a decision NOT to believe.

The Apostle Paul states in the first chapter of the Book of Romans that we change the truth of God into a lie (1:25) and earlier in the chapter, verses 20-23, Paul states:

For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse: Because that, when they knew God, they glorified him not as God, neither were thankful; but became vain in their imaginations, and their foolish heart was darkened. Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools, And changed the glory of the incorruptible God into an image made like to corruptible man, and to birds, and fourfooted beasts, and creeping things. (Rom 1:20-23)

What is it about man, including woman, that causes us to dwell in the land of “lies?” Why do we despise the truth so vehemently? (Both questions are rhetorical.) Anything built on a lie will collapse.

Grace and peace,
Ramona

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