Thank you for stopping by Restart! Today we will uncover an important characteristic of those who wish to follow Jesus; specifically the habit of routine self-assessment. We join Daniel in this vital activity. After a concentrated season of intentional (and frankly courageous) use of his spiritual warfare toolbox (prayer, supplication, fasting, sackcloth, and ashes) – Daniel describes what he discovered about himself; the things he learned about his spiritual condition. He emerges from his time with God to look flatly at how he is doing from God’s point of view. And like most of us, he may not have expected the results he got.
Key Bible Verse
…we have sinned, committed iniquity, acted wickedly and rebelled, even turning aside from Your commandments and ordinances…
Whoa! I didn’t see that coming!! And yet Chapter 9 of Daniel ranks as the most detailed prayer instruction in the Bible for a reason. To best draw deeply from this chapter those who seek the Jesus Path ought to substitute their own name, their own experiences, their own integrity for Daniel’s as he reveals his findings. If we have done an honest job at prayer, supplication, fasting, sackcloth, and ashes; we ought to be drawing identical conclusions about ourselves!
The beauty of a brave and honest look at ourselves while occupying Bible Ground is the Lord God Almighty approves and empowers us to find the way to healing; to “Get Right with God.”
Key Bible Verse
Therefore repent and return, so that your sins may be wiped away, in order that times of refreshing may come from the presence of the Lord
This lesson seems hard because it is. If we neglect the practice of honest self assessment our spiritual muscles atrophy. And it takes considered effort to focus on what to do about our lax spiritual condition. The following six bullets for getting right with God are gleaned from the conclusion of the message – but of course will pack more punch after listening in.
- Be honest with yourself
- Get off the Throne of your life
- Ask Jesus to be your Captain
- Recognize His authority
- Learn from Him
- Invite others to hear the “good news”
I pray you will take a moment to listen; I know it takes time – and the preaching may seem lame at times (I rarely feel adequate), but the message itself is from the Holy Spirit and time spent with Him will always leave you gifted with something!