“This man Daniel, whom the king called Belteshazzar, was found to have a keen mind and knowledge and understanding, and also the ability to interpret dreams, explain riddles and solve difficult problems…he will tell you what the writing means.” [Daniel 5:12]
Living in a wicked nation is just the place for testing the heart of every man—Daniel from a lad had lived among idolaters—they had even changed his name from Daniel, meaning judge of God to one representing a Babylonian king. But the circumstances had not changed Daniel.
Those who were his captives had schooled him in the things of Babylon, but that did not change the way Daniel thought—his mind was sharp and his gifting known to everyone.
Here’s an example of someone very often found in dire circumstances, but he never lost his true identity. Daniel never played the blame game, he never manipulated the odds—he never disguised who he was, he let it be known and trusted God!
When the leaders were counting and celebrating their gold and silver God intervened and Daniel was called for. Just so into every life the moment comes when opportunity is given and a choice made. Witness is for times of peril and gifting for the purposes of God, but the decision remains in man’s hands. Therefore, ”Be strong. Take courage…God is striding ahead of you. He’s right there with you. He won’t let you down; he won’t leave you. Don’t be intimidated. Don’t worry.” [Deuteronomy 31:7-8 The Message]
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For the past 30 years, Diane has served as evangelist, trainer, teacher, mentor, and consultant for churches of many denominations.