King Belshazzar Knew, and Still Followed

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Then Daniel answered and said before the king, “Let your gifts be for yourself, and give your rewards to another. Nevertheless, I will read the writing to the king and make known to him the interpretation. O king, the Most High God gave Nebuchadnezzar your father kingship and greatness and glory and majesty. And because of the greatness that he gave him, all peoples, nations, and languages trembled and feared before him. Whom he would, he killed, and whom he would, he kept alive; whom he would, he raised up, and whom he would, he humbled. But when his heart was lifted up and his spirit was hardened so that he dealt proudly, he was brought down from his kingly throne, and his glory was taken from him. He was driven from among the children of mankind, and his mind was made like that of a beast, and his dwelling was with the wild donkeys. He was fed grass like an ox, and his body was wet with the dew of heaven, until he knew that the Most High God rules the kingdom of mankind and sets over it whom he will. And you his son, Belshazzar, have not humbled your heart, though you knew all this, but you have lifted up yourself against the Lord of heaven. And the vessels of his house have been brought in before you, and you and your lords, your wives, and your concubines have drunk wine from them. And you have praised the gods of silver and gold, of bronze, iron, wood, and stone, which do not see or hear or know, but the God in whose hand is your breath, and whose are all your ways, you have not honored. (Daniel 5:17-23)

Have you either walked down a path or through a door that did not lead anywhere but frustration and failure? But a door that every time it comes open you find yourself walking through? The door of pride? The door of porn? The door of going to far with your significant other? There are many other doors but those are only a few, but these doors that we tend to find failure behind we often find our selves coming back to.

Above you read a passage about how King Belshazzar knew about the PRIDEFUL legacy that his father, King Nebuchadnezzar had, which then ended in an humbling of the heart by the Lord. Belshazzar knew these things and the doors that lead to failure for his father, but HE STILL walked the same path as his father. Daniel opens his eyes to this in the beginning of the interpretation of the handwriting on the King’s wall, saying basically this, “what person or God are you following? Are you following the steps and legacy of your father who worshipped idols and became to proud for his own good? Or are you following a God, who GIVES you BREATH of LIFE and who LEADS to SUCCESS in HIM?”

The hard truth to all of this, is that we are King Belshazzar in many ways than not. Personally, I find myself running to the same doors that only lead to sin and death, and an avenue for the enemy to attack. It is not healthy and I do not know why I do it but this is the truth of the matter it DOES NOT DO ANY GOOD! So how do we stop running to the doors that are appetizing deceiving?

1. Worship God WHOLE-FULLY….

Daniel is a prime example of what this means to serve God whole-fully. By reading through Daniel, you will see a man that in EVERY situation good or bad, easy or hard will seek the Lord through it all. He will NOT MOVE until the Lord speaks to him in a way that will move him away from the wrong “doors.”

2. Watch the doors that you walk through or others, and KNOW if they HONOR God or DISHONOR Him…

Belshazzar knew exactly that the path he was walking through or going down was a path that lead no where good, because it was the same dishonoring path as his fathers. Everyone around you on a daily basis walks through doors that will either lead to death or life, if we watch there footsteps and not follow right away, we will learn what to do or not. The enemy is going to make doors that are deceivingly appetizing to you but lead no where, and they might be the same door that someone close to you went through too, lets not be BLIND to what is GOING ON AROUND US and FOLLOW the RIGHT LEGACIES.

This world is going to bring on doors that you get to choose to walk through or not, some leading to death and some leading to life. Some honoring the Lord greatly and some not honoring to God at all, but if you learn from your MISTAKES and FOLLOW the RIGHT legacies, God will show you the right paths. Do not walk through doors that just look pretty and appetizing to the eye, but walk through the doors that will bring you happiness, and honor to the God we serve.

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Impossible Steps of Faith, Bring God to be a God of Possibilities

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“Then Daniel went to his house and made the matter known to Hananiah,Mishael, and Azariah, his companions, 18 and told them to seek mercy from theGod of heaven concerning this mystery, so that Daniel and his companions might not be destroyed with the rest of the wise men of Babylon. 19 Then the mystery was revealed to Daniel in a vision of the night. Then Daniel blessed the God of heaven……The king declared to Daniel, whose name was Belteshazzar, “Are you able to make known to me the dream that I have seen and its interpretation?” 27 Daniel answered the king and said, “No wise men, enchanters, magicians, or astrologers can show to the king the mystery that the king has asked, 28 but there is a God in heaven who reveals mysteries, and he has made known to King Nebuchadnezzar what will be in the latter days.” (Daniel 2:17-19, 26-28)

Life sometimes leads us to a dead end or a path that a decision has to be made or money has to come in for a living to be made, that is when God is on the scene MOST.

Daniel was facing adversities with King Nebuchadnezzar, when he was told that Babylon was going to see a hit of deaths by his hand if his dream was not interpreted. By doing this, Daniel, a man of bold faith stepped out and prayed before God KNOWING and BELIEVING He was going to reveal to him what the dream meant. That is where the first lesson of this passage is found, sometimes we come to Gods throne not believing with BOLDNESS that the Lord is going to do something then and there, but the TRUTH is He ALWAYS wants to do something BIG. Daniel was in broken-ness about what could happen to his people in Babylon, and what the King could do to them. But with FAITH, and a BOLD heart he started to pray. Life sometimes leads us to a dead end or a path that a decision has to be made or money has to come in for a living to be made, that is when God is on the scene MOST. Do you ever think during times of impossible situations and pure adversity, that God wants to HEAR about it, and YOU to believe it?

Daniel had this mentality, and what came was a beautiful praise because the Lord BLESSED his HEART. Before we get to the praise, let me tell you that God blesses and looks at our hearts in EVERYTHING. If your heart is not right (with Him, pure, why you are doing it) then the blessing will or will not come. Daniel’s heart was broken and was needing God to do something incredible, and the Lord saw that and BLESSED IT. What story does your heart tell the Lord? Does it lead to the beautiful praise that came from Daniels lips?

Adverse times lead to songs of praise. Right hearts lead to blessings to come. Boldness and faith lead to God’s ultimate workings.

“Daniel answered and said: “Blessed be the name of God forever and ever, to whom belong wisdom and might. 21 He changes times and seasons; he removes kings and sets up kings; he gives wisdom to the wise and knowledge to those who have understanding; 22 he reveals deep and hidden things; he knows what is in the darkness, and the light dwells with him. 23 To you, O God of my fathers, I give thanks and praise, for you have given me wisdom and might, and have now made known to me what we asked of you, for you have made known to us the king’s matter.”” (Daniel 2:20-23)

Adverse times lead to songs of praise. Right hearts lead to blessings to come. Boldness and faith lead to God’s ultimate workings. All the enchanters, magicians, and everyone else who tried to interpret the dream of the King could not. But the one who could, put his FAITH in GOD or YAHWEH and his KNEES of the GROUND! Let adverse times not seem impossible, but let God be God and let Him work in the most stressful of times.