Daniel 6:22-23 (NKJV) My God sent His angel and shut the lions’ mouths, so that they have not hurt me, because I was found innocent before Him; and also, O king, I have done no wrong before you.” Now the king was exceedingly glad for him, and commanded that they should take Daniel up out of the den. So Daniel was taken up out of the den, and no injury whatever was found on him, because he believed in his God.The world is like a “lions’ den” because it is getting more anti-Christian in its values every day. We may not be persecuted physically but we are facing a barrage of practices that are against our principles and values. We need to learn to lead and live in a lions’ den with the grace of God and show the world that there is a different way.
The family sphere is the most important among the seven spheres of influence because it is the most basic unit of society. When the family unit deteriorates, the whole society is thrown into chaos. Most of us will put a lot of emphasis on our children’s education and their physical development, but sadly we neglect the spiritual aspect of their walk with the Lord such as quiet time, prayer, worship, Christian values, sanctification, and consecration.
1 Peter 5:8 (NKJV) Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour.
The devil wants to kill, steal and destroy our lives like a lion walking around to see whom it can devour. IF we do not teach our children the biblical way, then it is like throwing our children to the lions and letting the lions devour them as they please!
We as parents, need to model our walk with the Lord to our children and teach them not to conform to the world, starting at the formative years of their lives. It is more difficult to change a teenager, although through prayers all things are possible with God.
There are not many characters in the Old Testament who ended well in their lives. Daniel was able to stand up for his faith from when he was 15 years old. Now at the age of 80 years in this passage above, he was still able to hold onto his values despite the pressures he faced in the palace. Daniel must have had very good parents who instilled the importance of the fear of God in his life. May we be encouraged to be like Daniel in the marketplace and also bring up our children with the same attitude, values and outlook on life.
Sermon Series: The Daniels of Today (Part 3)
但以理书 6:22-23 22 我的神差遣使者，封住狮子的口，叫狮子不伤我；因我在神面前无辜，我在王面前也没有行过亏损的事。 23 王就甚喜乐，吩咐人将但以理从坑里系上来。于是但以理从坑里被系上来，身上毫无伤损，因为信靠他的神。
家庭领域是七个影响领域中最重要的领域，因为它是社会的最基本单位。 当家庭单元恶化时，整个社会就会陷入混乱。 我们大多数人都将重点放在孩子们的教育和身体发育上，但可悲的是忽略了他们属灵方面的与上帝同行，例如安静的时间，祈祷，敬拜，基督教价值观，成圣和奉献。
彼得前书 5:8-9 8 务要谨守，警醒。因为你们的仇敌魔鬼，如同吼叫的狮子，遍地游行，寻找可吞吃的人。 9 你们要用坚固的信心抵挡他，因为知道你们在世上的众弟兄也是经历这样的苦难。
讲章系列： 当今时代的但以理 （第三部分）