Monday, November 19, 2012

diving into daniel [week 1]

For those of you who are doing the Daniel study with me,
are you ready to dig in?


Let me post a few (or 15) of the points that stood out to me the most:

"The wind of the Holy Spirit blows so hard through some of these Scriptures,
you may have to re-fix your hair." (pg. 11)
Haha, love that Beth Moore.

1.  No greater tragedy could have befallen the people of God than to lose possession
of their God-given land.  He had warned them numerous times that if they turned to the idols of
the surrounding peoples, He would allow them--even appoint them--to be taken captive.
God is faithful to keep His Word even when it's a warning. (pg. 13)
(THIS rings so loudly in my ears of what we're seeing in America today.)

2.  "You have trusted in your wickedness and have said,
'No one sees me.' Your wisdom and knowledge mislead you when you say
to yourself, I am, and there is none besides me."  Isaiah 47:10 
Go read the verses following that one.  Chilling.
May we never let our "wisdom and knowledge" mislead us.

3.  Tragically, their own disrespect and misuse of the holy structure had unknowingly
opened the doors of the temple to the enemy in the years preceding the siege.
I think it is clear that either the people of Israel did not know the Scriptures,
which was to their demise...or they simply ignored what 
it said, which is even more tragic. (pg. 15)
I can see how this directly applies to the Church today.  We don't know Scripture.
Little daily-devos alone give us our daily bread, or so we think.
It's a shame that we don't know the Word, it's a shame that so many ignore
the Old Testament.  It will be to our demise.
We need to BE IN THE WORD!
Dig deep, and learns lots.
Let's do it!

4.  Nothing is more dangerous than friendly captivity. (pg. 14)
For sure.

5.  Godliness is never accidental.  Neither is victory coincidental.  
Both step from up-front, daily resolve. (pg.25)

6.  They read the language of their culture with the lens of God.  Thereby, they became
culturally relevant without becoming spiritually irrelevant.  Against all odds,
they retained a God-centered worldview so that ultimately the world
could view their God.  Amazing. (pg.26)
I love that.


Okay, so what parts of this week's study spoke to you?
(If you watched the video, tell me how you liked that, too.)

Blessings, friends!!


Rebecca said...

I'm lagging way behind. We had a whirlwind of a week with all of our fundraising. I'm still in, but limping along:) ill catch up this week!

Mandie said...

I've been off blogs for a couple weeks but I am going to jump in now and join you. Better to be a week behind then missing all together right!

The Kings said...

Only 1 week in and I am already saying - Wow! I was away all day yesterday and could hardly wait to get up this morning and join in!

One of the biggest things that stood out to me in the video was the statement by Beth, that if we are not deliberately fighting against our cultural worldview then we are being indoctrinated by it. - I think this can really apply to your point #1. I think that we are seeing the results of this and I pray that as God's people we will become very intentional in our pursuit of truth and a Christian worldview.

I would add to #3 that I think the resulting compromise in the church has also greatly impacted our influence in the world. Rather than calling sin, sin and leading people to the Cross, which is the only real answer for it, we wink at it, make excuses for it and allow it to go unchecked in the church week after week. I am thinking of things like gossip, slander, immodesty, inappropriate relationships, poor parenting.....I think when we turn a blind eye to all of these different issues we in a sense are misusing or disrespecting the church and it's intended purpose in our lives. I also think that #6 greatly applies here. We worry too much about offending people and fail to speak truth in love and lead people to freedom - I Know that this is, sadly, very true for myself.

#5. Great point!

I also would like others thoughts on something that Beth talked about on Day 3. She reports that the Hebrew youth were intensely indoctrinated into the Babylonian language and literature from about age 15-18. So my question is - Do you see a correlation when it comes to our children in the public school system? I would challenge that I think many of our children are placed into "Babylonian" training from about age 5 on where the influence and indoctrination is antagonistic to our Christian worldview.

Ok, if we were in a group setting I would soon be the obnoxious one who won't let anyone else speak so I will stop now. :)

Thanks for hosting this Lori!

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