What if we, as God’s blood-bought sons and daughters, instead of praying against our leaders we don’t like and hoping they will fail, became a positive Kingdom influence on them that changed our world?
You see, you don’t need to be a leader to affect your culture or the world you live in. You just need to have a heart like Daniel’s, knowing who you are in God, even in the midst of a wicked and perverse generation.
Let’s put ourselves in Daniel’s shoes…
How would we respond if a law was suddenly passed that tonight all far left leaning liberal politicians, radical atheist college professors, along with all those who practice witchcraft and new age (add whoever else you want), be thrown into prison? Would we celebrate because our prayers for God’s judgment on them has finally been answered? Finally, everyone we’ve been praying against are getting what they deserve…in one night! Praise God!
Or would we be like Daniel and seek to save these people from such a decree? (see Daniel 2).
Nebuchadnezzar, king of Babylon, was probably the most wicked leader that ever existed. Yet, not only did he come to the Lord through Daniel’s influence, one of his letters got in the Bible! (See Daniel 4)
On that note, what if the most wicked political leader on the earth today said the following because of your influence in his or her life?
“To all peoples, nations, and languages
that dwell in all the earth:
Peace be multiplied to you.
I thought it good to declare the signs
and wonders that the Most High God has worked for me.
How great are His signs,
And how mighty His wonders!
His kingdom is an everlasting kingdom,
And His dominion is from generation to generation.” (Dan. 4:1-3 NKJV)
Perhaps, our traditional, fear-based view of evangelism and our role in this world needs some adjustment. Just a thought…
Rod Marquette was spoke at our church a couple of Sundays ago. He shared some powerful insights into Daniel’s life and background, and from this, showing how he is a forerunner for our generation.
He shared four things about Daniel’s life that are very relevant to us today.
1. Daniel never lost His identity as a prince in the royal house of Jehoiakim king of Judah, even after being captured, made a eunuch, and brought into Nebuchadnezzar’s house to be reprogrammed in Babylonian culture.
2. Daniel honored this wicked king. He had no fear, and when you have no fear, you can honor wicked people in whatever realm of influence you find yourself in.
3. Daniel walked in the supernatural (dreams, visions). And because of this, he became Nebuchadnezzar’s number one adviser. The king put him in charge of the magicians, conjurors, and sorcerers, diviners and Chaldeans.
4. Daniel was not afraid of the enemy’s camp. Knowing the Father’s love drives out all our orphan fear. And Daniel’s influence went far beyond his own lifetime. His influence on the Babylonian culture led to the the Magi’s understanding that a King would be born in Israel five centuries later (Daniel 9).
What is this Daniel Generation?
Instead of being against everything, hiding in fear and abdicating our royal role to bring God’s kingdom to the earth today, we’re shaking off our slave mentality and seeing ourselves as sons and daughters of our heavenly Father.
We’re a people walking in God’s love instead of fear, doing great exploits in His name.
One last thought…
What if everyone in leadership—in our local businesses, schools, in our local, state and national governments–had a Daniel who loved them enough and honored them enough, to hear from God for them?
Yup. It would change the world.
God is raising up world-changers in this hour who know who they are in Christ, like Daniel in his generation. A people walking in His love and grace instead of fear and judgment. Beloved child of God’s Royal House, are you one of them?
Here’s an excerpt from Rod’s message. We are living in very exciting times, if we will just open our eyes to it. Listen to this message and get ready for Kingdom upgrade!