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Sunday Sermon:Daniel,You,Your Job,lions,Enemies and God !

1( First,You get a GREAT JOB ! ) It pleased Darius to appoint 120 satraps to rule throughout the kingdom, 2 with

three administrators over them, one of whom was Daniel. The satraps were made accountable to them so that the king might not suffer loss. 3 Now Daniel so distinguished himself among the administrators and the satraps by his

exceptional qualities that the king planned to set him over the whole kingdom (You are about to be promoted ). 4 At

this, the administrators and the satraps tried to find grounds for charges against Daniel in his conduct of

government affairs, but they were unable to do so. They could find no corruption in him, because he was trustworthy

and neither corrupt nor negligent (they set traps, they check if you have been stealing company money . you are

not.they try and try to get you but they cant ! ). 5 Finally these men said, "We will never find any basis for

charges against this man Daniel unless it has something to do with the law of his God." ( he is a christian o ! he

goes to church but they are not so sure becasue sometimes they see you at the club so the devils within them decide this one is not one of the Jesus I know group so they hatch a plan .in other words they fashon a weapon

against you )
6 So the administrators and the satraps went as a group to the king and said: "O King Darius, live forever! 7 The

royal administrators, prefects, satraps, advisers and governors have all agreed that the king should issue an edict

and enforce the decree that anyone who prays to any god or man during the next thirty days, except to you, O king,

shall be thrown into the lions' den. 8 Now, O king, issue the decree and put it in writing so that it cannot be

altered—in accordance with the laws of the Medes and Persians, which cannot be repealed." 9 So King Darius put the

decree in writing. (Fact is they just kiss the arse of the boss, your Boss for that matter )

10 Now when Daniel learned that the decree had been published, he went home to his upstairs room where the windows

opened toward Jerusalem.(Did you open your windows when the decree was published ? Daniel saw trouble coming but

rather than sweep it under the carpet he confronted it ! ) Three times a day he got down on his knees and prayed,

giving thanks to his God, just as he had done before.

11 Then these men went as a group and found Daniel praying and asking God for help.(They will come as a group

because they are too cowardly and live by clique mentality the Mob of Corporate organisations)

12 So they went to the king and spoke to him about his royal decree: "Did you not publish a decree that during the

next thirty days anyone who prays to any god or man except to you, O king, would be thrown into the lions' den?"
The king answered, "The decree stands—in accordance with the laws of the Medes and Persians, which cannot be

repealed." (Mr king no double standards He must be Fired ! )
13 Then they said to the king, "Daniel, who is one of the exiles from Judah, pays no attention to you, O king, or

to the decree you put in writing. He still prays three times a day." 14 When the king heard this, he was greatly

distressed; he was determined to rescue Daniel and made every effort until sundown to save him.
(Your Boss might have planned to transferyou to another department or another state to save your Job but then ....)
15 Then the men went as a group to the king and said to him, "Remember, O king, that according to the law of the

Medes and Persians no decree or edict that the king issues can be changed."

16 So the king gave the order, and they brought Daniel and threw him into the lions' den. The king said to Daniel,

"May your God, whom you serve continually, rescue you!"
17 A stone was brought and placed over the mouth of the den, and the king sealed it with his own signet ring and

with the rings of his nobles, so that Daniel's situation might not be changed. 18 Then the king returned to his

palace and spent the night without eating and without any entertainment being brought to him. And he could not

19 At the first light of dawn, the king got up and hurried to the lions' den. 20 When he came near the den, he

called to Daniel in an anguished voice, "Daniel, servant of the living God, has your God, whom you serve

continually, been able to rescue you from the lions?"
21 Daniel answered, "O king, live forever! 22 My God sent his angel, and he shut the mouths of the lions. They have

not hurt me, because I was found innocent in his sight. Nor have I ever done any wrong before you, O king."

(Be wary that your records are clean ... sparkling )
23 The king was overjoyed and gave orders to lift Daniel out of the den. And when Daniel was lifted from the den,

no wound was found on him, because he had trusted in his God.
24 At the king's command, the men who had falsely accused Daniel were brought in and thrown into the lions' den,

along with their wives and children. And before they reached the floor of the den, the lions overpowered them and

crushed all their bones.
25 Then King Darius wrote to all the peoples, nations and men of every language throughout the land:
"May you prosper greatly!
26 "I issue a decree that in every part of my kingdom people must fear and reverence the God of Daniel.
"For he is the living God
and he endures forever;
his kingdom will not be destroyed,
his dominion will never end.
27 He rescues and he saves;
he performs signs and wonders
in the heavens and on the earth.
He has rescued Daniel
from the power of the lions."
28 So Daniel prospered during the reign of Darius and the reign of Cyrus [a] the Persian.

Moral of this Story Do not mess with a praying man tis his right to grab you in his claws and bite you !

No weapon Fashioned against you shall prosper all those who rise up against you shall Fail and Fall into the lions Den ! Amen
Happy Sunday !

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Comment by Foluso Odusanwo on June 30, 2010 at 1:39am
That king could not sleep and I bet Daniel must have slept good. I still marvel anytime the story is told. That is an incredible faith. Thank God for his grace. It is sufficient.
Comment by Samson Bitrus T on June 28, 2010 at 9:38am
May God give us the GRACE to behave like or even greater than Daniel DOES.
My Pastor says that IF YOU WON'T BOW, YOU WON'T BURN.

Comment by Chika Ilonwa on June 28, 2010 at 9:13am
Prayer is the most potent power a Christian possesses.
Comment by Adesope on June 27, 2010 at 11:17pm
inspiring and reflective
Comment by Moses K Tawose on June 27, 2010 at 9:56pm
Thanks for the message because it's he God that fights the battle of the upright......!!!



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