“Daniel answered, “Long live the king! My God sent his angel to shut the lions’ mouths so that they would not hurt me, for I have been found innocent in his sight. And I have not wronged you, Your Majesty. The king was overjoyed and ordered that Daniel be lifted from the den. Not a scratch was found on him, for he had trusted in his God.” (Daniel 6:21-23)
Daniel had been consistent for 70 years of his life praying faithfully unto the Lord three times a day facing toward Jerusalem. Daniel was also performing with profound excellence his work for King Darius. The government officials (Daniel’s coworkers) were filled with envy toward Daniel because of his success. They tricked King Darius into passing a law to pray to no one but the king, which ultimately led Daniel to be thrown into the lion’s den.
Daniel obeyed God’s word and is now being persecuted for doing so. Have you ever wholeheartedly stepped out to obey the Lord and found yourself being ridiculed? Let me encouage you not to be discouraged. You see, there is a greater lion than the ones we may face in our lion’s den of persecution-the Lion from the tribe of Judah, Jesus. The enemy prowls like a lion seeking to discourage and destroy us, but the Lord has disarmed him at the cross.
(Colossians 2:14-15) “having wiped out the handwriting of requirements that was against us, which was contrary to us. And He has taken it out of the way, having nailed it to the cross. 15 Having disarmed principalities and powers, He made a public spectacle of them, triumphing over them in it.”
The enemy’s mouth has been shut and rendered powerless over us through Christ. Not only that, but when we absorb Christ in our hearts and lives we can be encouraged and infused with that same power of forgiveness and the resurrection spirit of Christ in us. By the Lord imparting to us His righteousness we can be made as bold as a lion. We no longer need to fret, be fearful, or let our hearts be troubled for Christ has overcome the world for us and will see us through times of persecution as well.
“The enemy prowls like a lion. – Never forget that Jesus is the real lion and Jesus gives us the boldness like a lion.”
Heavenly Father, Thank you for your power to overcome the enemy in every aspect of my life. Please forgive me when I allow myself to be persuaded by the difficulty of my circumstances. Fill me with that same powerful Spirit of God that raised Jesus from the dead to make me bold as a lion. In Jesus’ name, Amen
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