Belshazzar is desperate to know what is written on the wall. Daniel can interpret it but is Belshazzar desperate enough to change? Will it make a difference in his life? Listen to find out how the character of each man is demonstrated in a stressful time. Daniel 5:1-31
Pastor Tom continues the teaching on the text from Daniel 2. We see that not only does Daniel begin to pray in a stressful situation, but he asks others to pray with him. God is a God of rescue but often He works through humans. God wants us to pray for others and when we see the answers, then it build up the faith of all who were praying. The kingdom grows this way.
How do we remain calm in stressful times? In our text, Daniel 2, officials come to tell Daniel that he is to be executed. Immediately Daniel begins to pray. What would happen if instead of worrying, we would take time to pray? Pastor Tom explores what that possibility might look like. How can we let the kingdom of God into our chaotic situtations?
What we build on in this life determines what reward we’ll receive in the next. If you’ve trusted in Christ as your Savior, your eternal destination is secure, but Scripture clearly shows God will reward us for what we’ve done with what He’s given us here on earth. Today Pastor Tom teaches that if we build our own kingdom, it’s like building out of straw and in the end, it will burn up and there’ll be nothing left. Reevaluate your life today-how are you investing what God has given you here?
Have we become so absorbed in the world that we’ve forgotten who we are in Christ? In today’s passage, Paul reminds the Corinthians who they are and encourages them to look up and focus on Christ. When we do this, it humbles us and brings us to repentance, as we’ll hear from Pastor Tom today. If we remain immature spiritually, we only build our kingdom, but when we become mature in the faith, we start building God’s kingdom. Is your life characterized by a desire for worship, reading God’s Word and prayer?