Prophecies Concerning Persia and Greece
Daniel 10: 10-14
10 Suddenly, a hand touched me, which made me tremble on my knees and on the palms of my hands. 11 And he said to me, “O Daniel, man greatly beloved, understand the words that I speak to you, and stand upright, for I have now been sent to you.” While he was speaking this word to me, I stood trembling.
12 Then he said to me, “Do not fear, Daniel, for from the first day that you set your heart to understand, and to humble yourself before your God, your words were heard; and I have come because of your words. 13 But the prince of the kingdom of Persia withstood me twenty-one days; and behold, Michael, one of the chief princes, came to help me, for I had been left alone there with the kings of Persia. 14 Now I have come to make you understand what will happen to your people in the latter days, for the vision refers to many days yet to come.”
Michael is a strong angel who protects Israel. He also helps messenger angels to do their mission. Has God used an angel in your life and you did not know. God constantly helps us and we are not usually aware. Thank you God for protecting and providing for us.
[Written by Joe Stowell for Our Daily Bread.]
I will hear what God the LORD will speak, for He will speak peace to His people and to His saints. —Psalm 85:8
Gone are the days when a real person greets you on the other end of a phone call. It seems as though whenever we try to “reach out and touch someone,” we are greeted with a computerized voice.
I’m glad this isn’t true of our Father in heaven. He is always there. No voice-mail boxes, no “press 2 for more grace” and no “call waiting” interruptions. Thankfully, “Call to Me, and I will answer you” (Jeremiah 33:3) has not been replaced by, “All lines are now busy. Your call is important to Me. Please stay on the line.”
Yet I wonder what kind of access He has to us?
Communication with God is a two-way street. He speaks to us through His Word when we come attentively before Him in prayer and through the clear voice of the indwelling Spirit. He paid a great price to keep the lines open so that we can experience the joy of being still long enough to know that He is God (Ps. 46:10). As my grandmother’s favorite hymn “In the Garden” says:
And He walks with me, and He talks with me,
And He tells me I am His own;
And the joy we share as we tarry there,
None other has ever known. —Miles
© Renewal 1940 The Rodeheaver Co.
The joy of hearing His voice is a call you don’t want to miss!
Is God getting through to you?
Miracles Large and Small
From: Our Daily Journey
“Miracles are everywhere,” declared the actress who portrayed Christy Beam in the movie Miracles from Heaven. The film is based on the true life experiences of the Beam family after middle daughter Annabel contracted an incurable intestinal disorder that was inexplicably healed after a death-defying fall. Christy realized that in focusing on the illness, she’d missed other “miracles” the family had encountered before her healing. Although miracles are typically defined only as clearly supernatural interventions, Christy recognized that events that helped her family survive the trial were equally amazing because they revealed God’s hand in the midst of their pain.
The author of Psalm 105 similarly encourages his audience, in light of the history of God’s miraculous faithfulness to His people, to “give thanks to the Lord and proclaim his greatness, [and] let the whole world know what he has done” (Psalm 105:1). Keeping His promise to give Abraham’s descendants the land of Canaan (Psalm 105:11), God preserved the nation by sending Joseph to prepare a place for them in Egypt when famine overtook their land (Psalm 105:17-22). When the Egyptians enslaved the expanding Israelite nation, God sent Moses and Aaron to deliver them with a series of stunning miracles (Psalm 105:24-38). Once out of Egypt, God sustained His people, providing food and water in a barren wilderness, and ultimately leading them successfully into the Promised Land (Psalm 105:39-45).
When we take our eyes off our problems and instead focus on the acts of God in our lives, we will begin to see miracles of His goodness. As we uncover these treasures, may we also sing out in praise to the One who watches over and lovingly cares for us
|August 14, 2017
The One Thing That Always Comforts Me
CHRYSTAL EVANS HURSTFrom: Crosswalk
“Don’t fear, because I am with you; don’t be afraid, for I am your God. I will strengthen you, I will surely help you; I will hold you with my righteous strong hand.” Isaiah 41:10 (CEB)
He was eating a sandwich, and I was with him when it happened.
He hadn’t been feeling well so when he said he was hungry, I made sure he had something to eat and stayed close — just in case he needed anything. I was sitting across from him at the kitchen table and noticed that as he ate, something was different. Something was changing.
Bite and chew.
Bite and chew.
Bite and …
After the next bite, his chewing seemed to grind slowly to a halt. Then, with a mouth full of food, my husband looked at me and said, “I can’t chew my food.”
He seemed to be himself, but not himself at the same time. He was looking at me, but didn’t seem able to see me. He could move, but his movements appeared labored, odd and slow.
I still don’t know quite how I knew what to do next. I guess somewhere in my formal education I took a class or read something that my mind remembered.
I asked my husband to smile.
Only one side of his face lit up.
My husband is having a stroke, right in front of me, I thought.
Right then and there, our lives changed forever.
I got him to the hospital where he was admitted and where we would spend nearly a week so he could be observed, cared for and treated.
I wanted to be with him so I found a way to make the chair next to his bed a home away from home for a while. The nurses and doctors called him lucky. They deemed his stroke to be mild and expected that after a time, he’d be able to return back to his normal life.
Since that day, more days, weeks and months have passed, and we’ve learned the full impact of his stroke and what it would take for him to travel the long road back to his life — to our life — with a new normal.
He is different. I am different. We are different.
The journey has certainly not been easy, and rarely has it been simple.
But I’m so grateful that through each stage of my husband’s health journey (however scary or difficult it may be), I’ve been able to be with him much of the time — for the hospital stay, the doctor’s visits and drives back and forth to therapy.
A few years have passed since the day my husband had that stroke. This journey with my husband also sent me on a new journey in my faith in God. My faith has gotten stronger — not because things have been easy, but because I’ve witnessed how God has been with us, and how He has faithfully been with me.
Today’s key verse gives me comfort: “Don’t fear, because I am with you; don’t be afraid, for I am your God. I will strengthen you, I will surely help you; I will hold you with my righteous strong hand” (Isaiah 41:10).
Over time, I’ve learned what it means to move forward with strength and courage. I’ve learned what it is to be with my husband, walking alongside him during this difficult season and walking with less and less fear in my heart of what tomorrow may bring as I choose to trust and rest in God. I have fought discouragement, reaching often for my Bible to infuse encouragement from God’s Word into my mind and heart.
God has been faithful to bring just the right Scripture verses, songs or encouragement from other believers at the exact time I needed them. He has been faithful to console me, reminding me I have nothing to fear, because no matter where life takes me, He is with me wherever I go.
And the knowledge of God’s constant presence and care is the one thing that always comforts me.
Dear God, life has thrown me some hard curves. But I’m so grateful You have been there, even when it was hard, dark and scary. Thank You for seeing me in every situation and through every season. Thank You for Your constant, caring presence during difficult life circumstances. Help me live my life in a way that illustrates my trust in You. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.