Here are some of my thoughts that I have had while I was reading the book of Daniel.
When you make a commitment, stick with it.
Decide what you will do in a situation before it occurs.
Give God the glory/honor first.
Daniel 3:17 & 18 - If we are thrown into the blazing furnace, the God whom we serve is able to save us. He will rescue us from your power, Your Majesty. But even if he doesn’t, we want to make it clear to you, Your Majesty, that we will never serve your gods or worship the gold statue you have set up.” - Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego were so sure of their faith that they didn't hesitate in their response. They were even willing to risk death. Once again, honor and commitment won out. I wonder if the 3 of them had any doubts about was going to happen. No matter what, they were going to stick with it, even if it meant death.
Daniel 3:28b - They defied the king’s command and were willing to die rather than serve or worship any god except their own God. - Willingness to die for God rather than live and defy Him.
Daniel 5:17 - Daniel answered the king, “Keep your gifts or give them to someone else, but I will tell you what the writing means. - Daniel did what he was asked because he was asked, not for the benefits he would receive.
Only acknowledge your guilt.
Admit that you rebelled against the Lord your God and committed adultery against him by worshiping idols under every green tree.
Confess that you refused to listen to my voice.
I, the Lord, have spoken!
In the previous verses, God is speaking through Jeremiah to the people of Israel and Judah, telling them to turn back to Him. The part I was focused on was "Only acknowledge your guilt." God was willing to accept his people as his own again, but only after they admitted they were wrong.
How many times do we want to be closer to God, closer to a friend, or a family member and we find there is a separation there?? I know I have been in that place before and will find myself there again. Maybe the only thing needed to bridge that gap is to apologize and ADMIT our guilt. I know, that is easier said than done. As humans, we don't want to admit we are wrong, or not perfect, but the truth is we aren't any of those things. We let pride get in our way, saying things like, "It was there fault. Why should I apologize?" or "They wronged me."
The point is, we need to apologize and admit we were wrong, even if we don't think we were wrong. And it needs to be heartfelt, not sarcastic and thrown out there to say we did it. It might be hard, but it needs to be done. And trust me, I'm working on this too.
Last night was a mixture of the worst night of my life as well as the best but now my heart is so broken. Last night, someone I trusted used someone else's (someone else I still trust) phone to trick me into telling the guy I like, I like him. When it was discovered what they had done, everyone was ticked off and upset. The worse part, I was at my house and they were all in Seattle on a mission trip. Now, I still care for him and am glad he knows but I am so upset. He just wants to be friends right now which is fine with me. I'd rather be friends than be enemies. I just.....(sigh)..... wonder why the one guy thought it was so funny to play with my emotions. My heart was soooo crushed and he thought it was was funny. What compels anyone to do that?????
So now my heart is still in love with this guy but also mad at the other jerk who I considered one of my friends.
Edited: Both guys who played the prank on me have apologized but what they did made me realize that this guy and I weren't not for each other(at least as of right now). We are all still friends which is good.
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