Producing Character

Scripture: ”At that time I, Daniel, mourned for three weeks. I ate no choice food; no meat or wine touched my lips; and I used no lotions at all until the three weeks were over.” (Daniel 10:2-14) …and something amazing took place.

Thought for Today: “The Steadfast Spirit”

When I look at the life of Daniel, I see a persevering heart, unshaken by a Babylonian court. He prayed three times a day toward Jerusalem at a time when it could have cost him his life. He interpreted dreams as one who was intimately acquainted with heaven. He spoke of the purposes of God in the face of those with a contrary agenda. And he would not die when thrown into the lion’s den.

The Steadfast Spirit:

It causes me to recognize that the purpose behind our discipline builds character and a steadfast spirit. Daniel was a man known by his character; completely devoted, humble, full of self-control, integrity and courage. These were not spiritual gifts given free for the asking, but fruit… the product of a lifestyle of prayer and fasting. Strength of character emerged from Daniel’s consistent and steadfast spirit. His prayers were powerful, because they came from a heart transformed by the Word of God and the priorities of heaven. He knew God, intimately.

Then he said to me, “Do not fear, Daniel, for from the first day that you set your heart to understand, and to humble yourself before your God, your words were heard; and I have come because of your words.” (Dan 10:12)

Here we see the reward of the steadfast heart. An angel appears before Daniel to say God has heard your prayers and I have come for your words. I cannot help but believe that when we set our hearts to understand, in a posture of prayer and fasting, we attract God’s attention.

Setting the Heart:

Its not just about the posture, its about the steadfast heart. Notice the phrase “set your heart to understand”. The setting of a heart is the posture that lifestyles are created from. To set means to find as one’s single focus. When we set our heart on something it becomes a steadfast, immovable rock or obsession. What Daniel had done was set his heart to understand. What did Daniel understand from his steadfast heart? The Big Picture! More is going on than you can see.

I want to encourage you to persevere in prayer and fasting, because a steadfast spirit will allow you to live in the big picture. More is going on in the heavenly realm than you see with your natural eyes… be part of it!

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