Daniel

Daniel: A Man Of True Desire, Pastor Phil Sessa

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Daniel 1:8, “But Daniel purposed in his heart that he would not defile himself with the portion of the king’s meat, nor with the wine which he drank: therefore he requested of the prince of the eunuchs that he might not defile himself.” 

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As a Christian we certainly want to live in victory, but as you have found out there are times of temptations which test your resolve in the Lord. From the moment Daniel and his friends are taken captive and exiled, they are required to immerse themselves in the language and literature of the Babylonians (1:4), with its focus on sorcery, astrology and polytheism. This was an alien atmosphere and culture to these displaced Hebrew boys.

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God Can Give You Favor With The Ungodly, Pastor Phil Sessa

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Colossians 3:22, “Slaves, obey your earthly masters in everything; and do it, not only when their eye is on you and to win their favor, but with sincerity of heart and reverence for the Lord”

We all desire to be liked by others. As you look through God’s Word you will certainly see that God’s people especially His leaders, were not always given positive treatment as some were mocked, threatened, beaten, and even killed. Read the rest of this entry »

Preach The Word In Season Or Out Of Season, Part 3of3, Pastor Phil Sessa

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Daniel 5:26-27, “26This is the interpretation of the matter: Mene, God has numbered the days of your kingdom and brought it to an end; 27Tekel, you have been weighed in the balances and found wanting; Peres, your kingdom is divided and given to the Medes and Persians”

Proclamation of what was written. Daniel who had the spirit of God within, was the only one known to be able to interpret this “strange message”, foreign to the Babylonians, but not to the prophet Daniel. The Apostle Paul reminds us, “… the carnal mind is enmity against God; for it is not subject to the law of God, nor indeed can be.” This king could not understand the Word of God, but Daniel was a diligent able to rightly divide the word of truth. Daniel was always ready to preach the Word of God in season and about of season. He would preach the truth no matter the circumstances, later in in Daniel, the well-known lion’s Den episode would display how he would not forsake his regular and active prayer life, even though it was more than politically incorrect, it was against the law of the land. This is the type of follower of God that he was. Where are the Daniel’s of today? Read the rest of this entry »

Preach The Word In Season Or Out Of Season, Part 2of3, Pastor Phil Sessa

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Daniel 5:26-27, “26This is the interpretation of the matter: Mene, God has numbered the days of your kingdom and brought it to an end; 27Tekel, you have been weighed in the balances and found wanting; Peres, your kingdom is divided and given to the Medes and Persians”

The pride of an empire before a fall. Recall the prideful puffed out chest of the land of Egypt during the time of the exodus. God would reign down his judgments on this idolatrous land. What causes the demise or end of an empire. What brings about something as great and magnificent, as wealthy and as far reaching, as militarily mighty as the Babylonian Empire to fall? This is a crucial question to ask, God stands sovereign over nations. I think of the United States with its idolatry, celebrating ungodly lifestyles and calling it diversity, murdering children in its “abortuaries” and calling it choice, a place of wealth and military power, and raising up heretical preachers (false prophets) which simply “Christianize” the American dream. It looks like there are many comparisons between the heart of Babylon and the heart of America. Will God bring this nation to its knees (like a repentant Nineveh) or to its destruction like fallen prideful Babylon? Read the rest of this entry »

Preach The Word In Season Or Out Of Season, Part 1of3, Pastor Phil Sessa

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Daniel 5:26-27, “26This is the interpretation of the matter: Mene, God has numbered the days of your kingdom and brought it to an end; 27Tekel, you have been weighed in the balances and found wanting; Peres, your kingdom is divided and given to the Medes and Persians”

The Apostle Paul wrote to Timothy, “Preach the word; be ready in season and out of season; reprove, rebuke, and exhort, with complete patience and teaching (2 Tim 4:2).” Ray Comfort says there are only two times to preach the Word of God, in season and out of season! That constitutes all times. In the book of Daniel, The prophet Daniel was summoned because the king, Belshazzar, was told by the queen that “There is a man in your kingdom in whom is the spirit of the holy gods (5:11).” Daniel means “God is my judge,” but was changed to Belteshazzar, or “Bel protect the king. This king, whose name (similar to Daniel’s, cf. 4:8) means “Bel, protect the king,” is about to be conquered by the Medo-Persian army, and is warned as such in the midst of a feast that he threw at his palace. It was in the midst of this feast that Daniel was called upon to preach the Word of God.

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Daniel: Name Change Not Nature Change, Pastor Phil Sessa

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Daniel 1:6-7, “6 Among these were some from Judah: Daniel, Hananiah, Mishael and Azariah. 7 The chief official gave them new names: to Daniel, the name Belteshazzar; to Hananiah, Shadrach; to Mishael, Meshach; and to Azariah, Abednego”

William Shakespeare wrote, “A rose by any other name is still a rose.” When it’s all said and done weather it’s a Hybrid Tea, a Grandiflora, a Floribunda, a Landscape rose, a Climbing rose, a Miniature rose, a Standard Tree Rose, a Patio Tree Roses, a Miniature Tree Rose, or an English rose, “A rose by any other name is still a rose.” Shakespeare’s words ring true in light of trying to change a name, does not equate to an identity change. Read the rest of this entry »

We Fast Because He Is Worthy, Evans Olang

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Zechariah 7:4-5, “4 Then the word of the Lord of hosts came to me, saying, 5 Say to all the people of the land, and to the priests: ‘When you fasted and mourned in the fifth and seventh months during those seventy years, did you really fast for Me—for Me?

By definition, fast means to abstain from food for a period of time. This is a discipline practiced by believers, not as an end in itself (severity), but as a sign of repentance in seeking God. In the Scriptures, people fasted when under chastening, under judgment, to seek God’s will, for victory over the enemy, for deliverance, for purity before the Lord, as part of sorrow for sin. Fasting is connected in scripture with times of distress example, 2Chronicles 20:3-4, “And Jehoshaphat feared, and set himself to seek the LORD, and proclaimed a fast throughout all Judah. 4 So Judah gathered together to ask help from the LORD; and from all the cities of Judah they came to seek the LORD”. While all these is true, I believe they are benefits to fasting. There is a greater reason we should fast as I will share.

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