The story of Daniel is very commonly read. Many of us have gotten so used to it we no longer realise the challenge it carries for us. However, the word of God can never become stale, it still carries power irrespective of how worn out we think of it to be. Daniel chapter 2 speaks of a ‘spoilt’ king, he had only spent over a year on the throne, yet had some impossible request to make of his ‘wise men’. It is normal for a king to demand the ‘demanding’ but not the impossible! However, a closer look at the bible reveals he didn’t even see the task as impossible, he thought the men were connived against him (verse 8-9). The king had so much belief in the wise men that they could reveal anything; how often people run after men like them looking for the impossible, things only God can give.
When Daniel heard what the king decreed, he didn’t question the king on why he made such a demand in the first place, he simply went, confidently, to tell the king he was a solution carrier (verse 14-16). You don’t need to ask the devil why he’s trying to torment you, he’s aware of your dominion but still wants to see how you exercise it. Daniel did not resign to fate, he stood his ground. He could have simply called on God and questioned “why must we die like this?!”, he could have also asked God to change Nebuchadnezzer’s mind. But he didn’t, He knew who he was! Several times we have asked God to do things we’re supposed to do. In Genesis 1:28, he said “have dominion”, not “I’ll give you dominion”. Until we realise this, we’ll remain subservient to the devil and his cohorts.
So, Daniel went to the king, fully persuaded the King of kings cannot fail and the Revealer of secrets was exalted. God wants to be glorified, but more than that, He wants to be glorified in His children. Take your stand today to take charge like Daniel, no believer is meant to be any less (Mark 16:17-18).
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Dictionary meanings of ‘grace’ and ‘righteous’ have one thing in common (in this context), sin. One clearly defines grace as ‘uncommon favour especially from God’ and also ‘Divine assistance in resisting sin’ while ‘righteous’ was defined as being ‘free from sin or guilt’. Initially, I had a sense of surprise about finding these meanings in an everyday dictionary; the usual reference to God, His divinity and sin were the major standouts; but it would not matter since God is passing a message across.
Man is a being enveloped by flesh; his flesh remains a constant supply of sinful act for him; especially when not curbed. Flesh enjoys comfort and nothing of stress, it prefers the comfort zone always and this can easily be noted in human behaviour. Man would constantly seek total comfort, even you, your sitting position while reading this article may change if you feel you are no longer comfortable. This inevitable aspect of our lives has included sin in our nature and so, it is natural for man to sin.
Can Man be Righteous?
This question has often raised arguments even among Christian, anyway, from the scriptures, the answer is yes. Job (Job 1:8) was testified of God as being an upright man and the bible also asked us to be righteous as our father in heaven (Matthew 5:48). Come to think of this, since ‘…the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God’ (I Corinthians 6:9), this means God still expects some who are righteous to inherit this kingdom; those people are meant to be you and I.
The law was in operation, then, Jesus Christ came and established grace that we might be free from the flesh and can live to the truth. Romans 6:14; ‘For sin shall not have dominion over you: for ye are not under law, but under grace‘. Extensively, Paul spoke about grace in his letters; Romans 5:21; ‘that, as sin reigned in death, even so might grace reign through righteousness unto eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord’. He was made to realize in II Corinthians 12:9 that even though man is weak, God manifests His strength in him by grace. Righteousness is achievable through the grace of the righteous one.
If you now believe that righteousness is possible, and you know you can achieve it through grace, the next step is actualising what you have learnt and you believe. Romans 6:1; ‘What shall we say then? Shall we continue in sin, that grace may abound?’ No, verses 11 and 12 state ‘Likewise reckon ye also yourselves to be dead indeed unto sin, but alive unto God through Jesus Christ our Lord. Let not sin therefore reign in your mortal body, that ye should obey it in the lusts thereof’. Sin has no dominion in the presence of grace! (verse 14). We often render grace seemingly impotent, why? We have turned it to be an ordinary slogan, a mere means of agitating words. “by God’s grace…” is so much common a phrase people no longer consider its gravity. If you are under grace, let it work to its full potential. To make grace work, we need to ‘reckon’ that we are dead to sin and that we are alive to a being new man. Renew this grace daily by connecting to the Holy Spirit who is your true source. Don’t let the devil ridicule your weakness again, God’s strength is made perfect in weakness (II Corinthians 12:9). It is impossible to be righteous without faith.
Talk to God:
Give me the grace to continue in the right path and to flee from all wrongdoings, amen.