Peace be with you!
If you have some important emails to read, or some important sites to visit, or if you have any important thing to do on the internet, and you think you don’t have time to read an urgent message sent to the children of God today, please don’t continue to read; go to your work in peace, for the following lines are not for you. You need much patience to concentrate on such things…
Maybe you know the story of Daniel. Now I want to concentrate on an important part of that story…
The king Darius appointed 120 satraps (i.e. governors) over his kingdom, and over them three commissioners (of whom Daniel was one). Daniel, having an extraordinary spirit, began distinguishing himself among the commissioners and satraps, and the king planned to appoint him over the entire kingdom. The commissioners and satraps tried to find a ground of accusation against Daniel in regard to government affairs. As they couldn’t find any ground of accusation or evidence of corruption, for he was faithful, so they decided to find a ground of accusation against Daniel with regard to the Law of God. They knew he would be always faithful to God, even if that would cost him his life. So these commissioners and satraps went to the king Darius, and asked him to establish a statute and enforce an injunction that anyone who asks anything from any god or man besides him (i.e. besides the king Darius) for thirty days, shall be cast into the lions’ den.
Before we go any farther, let’s learn from Daniel some important lessons:
1. He was faithful in his worldly work, for he knew it was to the Glory of God that he was doing that job. No corruption in job.
2. He was faithful to God. His enemies knew this.
3. We will see that Daniel didn’t stop his relation with God even for thirty days (the injunction was for thirty days.) A compromising person would ask: “what’s the problem if we stop our relation with God just for one month? We may start again after one month…”
Let’s see what Daniel did:
“Now when Daniel knew that the document was signed, he entered his house (now in his roof chamber he had windows open toward Jerusalem); and he continued kneeling on his knees three times a day, praying and giving thanks before his God, as he had been doing previously.” (Daniel 6:10)
Then they discovered him doing this, and he was cast into the lions’ den. And the Lord saved him from the den.
So Daniel was ALWAYS faithful to God, whatever it costs. He continued to do as previously. He didn’t wait until the thirty days passed…
Now today’s “wise” compromising preachers would advise Daniel with one or two of the following things:
1. Daniel, wait until the thirty days pass. No problem if you don’t pray for one month… (N.B.: this compromising expression “No problem” is doing disasters in today’s Church)
2. Daniel, be wise, and, at least, CLOSE YOUR WINDOWS! (N.B.: today the world and worldly compromising preachers are telling the Christians to be wise and “close their windows”.)
N.B.: God witnesses for Daniel that he WAS wise (Ezekiel 28:3, Daniel 1:19-20,) and wiser than any of those compromising preachers! And yet, he didn’t take care to close his windows or to stop praying just for one month…
If we don’t want to be Christ’s disciples, then let’s listen to those compromising preachers… Thus, we will be sure to do the following things:
1. We will not be faithful in our jobs.
2. We will not be faithful to God, by compromising the truth. We will fear to stand for the truth EVERYWHERE and ALWAYS, because that would make us lose human favors… And thus we do compromise after compromise, a little compromise here and a little compromise there, until we do the big compromise of denying the truth before everyone… Yes, because the truth is a whole: you keep it as a whole, or else you don’t keep it at all.
The evil one knows that we will not be ready to do big compromises at once. So he tries to destroy our immunity by little compromises, and he succeeds if we don’t walk by the Spirit, firm in the truth, faithful to the Lord.
The evil one says: “No problem if you do this little illegal thing. No problem if you cheat. No problem if you lie this little lie! After all, that’s what you need in order not to be cast out of their community! No problem if you compromise this little biblical truth! After all, no one is perfect! You will lose many of your friends if you insist on that! You may lose your job! Be wise and compromise!…”
Next time you hear him say this, choose to listen to him if you want to die soon in a distant desert, away from the Lord…
And if you have done whatever compromises until now, even if you have done big compromises, remember one thing: Jesus loves you and forgives you. Confess your sin to Him, and leave it! “If we confess our sins, He is faithful and righteous to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” (1 John 1:9) “Therefore He is able also to save forever those who draw near to God through Him, since He always lives to make intercession for them.” (Hebrews 7:25)
Remember that He has saved you once for all by Grace through faith (if you repented and believed in Jesus Christ as your personal Lord and Savior): “By this will we have been sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all.” (Hebrews 10:10) “For by one offering He has perfected for all time those who are sanctified.” (Hebrews 10:14)
“AND THEIR SINS AND THEIR LAWLESS DEEDS I WILL REMEMBER NO MORE.” (Hebrews 10:17)
Disciple of Jesus Christ