STANDING FIRM IN OUR FAITH
During the time of the Medo-Persian empire, God blessed Daniel. Darius the Mede made plans to promote Daniel to rule over the high officials over the entire kingdom because of his exceptional abilities. However, the rest of the high officials and administrations did not like Daniel to rule over them, so they plotted to destroy him. But they couldn't find anything fault to condemn him except his faith in God. Since Daniel prayed to God three times a day, the high officials and the administrators asked the king to make into to law that for the next thirty days, any person who prayed to anyone, divine or human, except to the king, would be thrown into the den of lions. The king signed the new law that the high officials crafted without realizing that it would affect Daniel. As usual, Daniel continued to pray three times a day, knowing that he would be thrown into the lions' den.
When the king found out that Daniel was affected by the new law, he was greatly troubled and tried to save Daniel but couldn't reverse the law he signed. Before Daniel was thrown into the lions' den, the king wished him that the God whom he served would save him. That night, the king couldn't sleep because he cared about Daniel, but early in the morning, the king went to the lions' den to see if Daniel was alive, and he found Daniel alive because the God of Daniel shut the mouth of the lions and did not touch Daniel. The king then ordered all the high officials and administrators that made a plot to destroy Daniel to be thrown in the lions' den, and the moment they were thrown, the lions devoured them immediately. Daniel stood for his faith even if he would lose his life, and he did not give in to his oppositions to deny God in his life.
Like Daniel, we have to stand for our faith in God even if we lose our lives and everything in our possessions. Persecutions against our faith in God is inevitable because Satan, who controls the mind of unbelievers, wants to destroy anything about God, including us. However, a time is coming when God will judge Satan and those who persecute us. In the meantime, we need to stand firm in our faith in God and if we feel or think that we are too weak to stand firm in our faith in God, let us ask our Heavenly Father to empower us to stand firm.
Ask yourself these questions: Am I willing to stand for my faith in God? What should I do when I feel or think that I am too weak to stand for my faith? Why does Satan persecute me?
Write down all the worries that you are facing today and lift them up to God.
Father in Heaven, you are my God, and there is no other God besides you. Please help me to stand firm in my faith in you. Please help me not to compromise but be bold in my faith wherever I am or whatever I am facing. Thank you that I belong to you forever. In the name of Jesus, I pray. Amen.