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Daniel’s Words

The clearest picture we have of a satanic principality ruling over a nation is found in the ninth and tenth chapters of the book of Daniel. These chapter’s describe what happened after the Prophet Daniel set himself to fast and pray until he received revelation concerning the prophetic future of the nation of Israel (which was being held captive by the nation of Persia).

Daniel’s Season of Prayer & Fasting:

After twenty-one days of seeking the Lord, an angel approached Daniel and explained why it took so long for his prayers to be answered. The angel comes to respond to Daniel’s heart, “Fear not, Daniel; for from the first day that thou didst set thine heart to understand… thy words were heard, and I am come for thy words. But the prince of the kingdom of Persia withstood me one and twenty days; but, lo, Michael, one of the chief princes, came to help me; and I remained there with the kings of Persia” (Dan. 10:12-13).

  1. Notice, the angel was sent to answer Daniel’s prayer on the first day of his fast, but he was hindered in his journey by the prince of the kingdom of Persia.
  2. Notice also the mention of the word “prince” in this verse. Both times they are translated from the Hebrew “sar”, which means a chief ruler, leader or commander over an army.

Since the earthly ruler of Persia could not hinder an angel from completing his assignment, and the chief prince Michael is commonly known to be an angel of the highest order, the term “prince of Persia” must refer to the satanic ruler of the spiritual kingdom of darkness that operated over the physical nation of Persia.

Princes & Principalities:

There are principalities that rule in the realm of the spirit over cities, regions, nations and governments. Some of these spiritual powers are good, and some are evil. Revelation 12:7 tells us, “And there was a war in heaven (ouranos – the abode of God, also the spirit realm); Michael and his angels fought against the dragon (satan); and the dragon fought and his angels, and prevailed not…” Angelic forces are doing battle in the heavenly realm even as you read this, fighting one another to gain control over the regions of the earth.

A messenger angel was dispatched to bring Daniel revelation from God concerning the prophetic future of the nation of Israel; but he did not possess enough power or authority to break through the forces of darkness that were controlling the spiritual regions above Persia. Michael is one of the chief princes of heaven. Everytime you find him mentioned in Scripture, he is doing battle with the spiritual forces of darkness. So, Michael was sent to engage the forces of darkness and to open up a highway for the lesser angel to pass through and deliver God’s message to Daniel. The last part of verse thirteen says, “…I remained there with the kings of Persia”, indicating that the messenger angel was restricted by the forces of darkness until Michael set him free, allowing him to resume his journey.

Then, after he delivered his message, the angel said, “…and now will I return to fight with the prince of Persia; and when I am gone forth, lo, the prince of Grecia shall come” (Dan. 10:20). The angel had to fight his way back out of the earthly kingdom by doing battle, once again, with the satanic principality that ruled over Persia.

Daniel’s Words:

It’s important for us to realize that Daniel’s prayers were the catalyst that released the angelic forces of God to break the stronghold the prince of darkness had over the nation of Persia. Once the satanic principality was broken, the earthly kingdom of Persia was finished as a world power. History tells us that the kingdom of Greece rose to greatness in 334 B.C. and destroyed the Persian empire. The prince of Grecia, which refers to the satanic principality that governed over the Grecian Empire, empowered Alexander the Great and his armies to conquer much of the world.

Dominion Reality:

I have heard the critics speak negatively about the theology of dominions, but this story clearly indicates the power and authority that angelic principalities have over nations and regions of the earth. It also tells us the important role that our prayers have in releasing the forces of God to break the devil’s stronghold. The angel told Daniel, “… I am come for thy words”. In other words, Daniel’s prayers were the active agent that precipitated a change in the heavenly realm over Persia.

In Matthew 6:10, Jesus told us to pray, “Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven” (“ouranos” – the dwelling place of God, and the abode of angels). God’s will is not automatically worked in the earth or in your life; it must be prayed through. Today, I encourage you to begin to value your words in prayer. Don’t let them fall upon the ground without expecting something… see spiritually and engage your faith to believe that angels are ready to lift your needs into the sphere of God’s hearing.

Its possible that your neighbor, your city or an entire nation is counting on your words!

Discerning Seasons

“Then, being divinely warned in a dream that they should not return to Herod, they departed for their own country another way.” (Mt. 2:12)

Things in life can shift so quickly that we must stay tuned into Christ and listen for the voice of the Holy Spirit at all times. God works in seasons and when a new season is before us we often need a new mindset to respond accurately to the new information and the unfamiliar environment. Most of our greatest victories are seen emerging out of seasons where we were quick to respond to life… trusting God and obeying His voice!

Remind yourself: God is always in the new season before you!

A powerful example of this is when the Magi followed a star to find the infant King Jesus. King Herod feels the challenge of a new king in his kingdom and eventually calls for the death of all the infants in the region. This enormous reaction would create a disturbance in the natural realm and yet Heaven itself was unmoved, because God was already at work in the new season. God warns the Magi; in a dream, to return to their own country by a different path. God also releases an angel to speak with Joseph in a dream about gathering his little family and going to Egypt for a while.

We must recognize the significance of the Spirit’s voice in seasons like this, because it can become an issue of life and death.

Just yesterday I mentioned a shift in the Heavenly realms to a fellow believer, explaining this very issue with him about his mindset in seasonal changes. In my conversation I warned him to “be very careful”, because reactions are based so much on our heart, our discipline and our sensitivity. Sometimes, bad decisions are made in haste that can effect the rest of our lives. This can happen simply because we find ourselves unable to see the bigger picture and discern seasonal shifts.

About 2 hours later; while he was pondering our words and driving home, he came into a near death experience. An oncoming car tried to pass four other vehicles and forced him into the ditch. As he sat along the side of the road what became real to him was how quickly circumstances change and how responsive a “spiritual person” needs to be. God had given him the opportunity to experience an unwelcome moment… and it was his reaction time that saved his life. It was there that he recognized the value of discernment… most discernment comes out of our discipline. His discipline as a driver became the teaching tool for his spiritual ability to hear and set his mind to understand the serious nature of a seasonal shift.

God often gives us warnings in the midst of seasonal shifts. Grace is released to God’s Servants… so we can make adjustments in our thinking, our behavior and our responses. We need to look for God whenever we come upon surprises… a seasonal shift might be around the corner.

Still Going Deeper

“And he (an Angel) showed me (John) a pure river of (the) water of life, clear as crystal, proceeding from the throne of God and of the Lamb” (Rev. 22:1).

“Then he brought me back to the door of the temple; and there was water, flowing from under the threshold of the temple toward the east, for the front of the temple faced east; the water was flowing from under the right side of the temple, south of the altar” (Ezek. 47:1).

There is a River that flows freely from the throne of God!

This supernatural resource of the Holy Spirit, which runs through the Temple in Jerusalem, also flows through us (1 Cor. 3:16). In the same way that Solomon’s Temple was “filled with the glory of the Lord” (1 Kings 8:10-13), you and I can be filled to overflow with the same manifestation of His Presence in our lives. The Prophet Haggai prophesied about a greater glory coming to the Temple (Hag. 2:1). God intends for that increasing glory to flow through us.

Living in the River:

As believers we are in the River, but we must ask ourselves – how deep are we willing to go? How far will we allow the Holy Spirit to flood our lives? Are we merely standing at a safe depth to accomplish our agendas?

Have you noticed that children love splashing and playing in wading pools where the water is only ankle deep? Our early salvation experience is often like that, we got in up to our ankles and splashed around, suddenly exposed to the amazing things God can do. But are we still in that place, satisfied with surface things when God is calling us to maturity and a deeper commitment? Can we risk losing control or look foolish at His command? Are we willing to go deeper; to move in signs and wonders, believe in miracles, healings or deliverance? Have we ever thought that God would use us to touch people where they are?

Going Deeper:

As we begin to seek God and pray, letting go of agendas in exchange for His purposes in our lives… we go deeper. We ready ourselves to stretch beyond our comfort zones, trusting that He knows what He’s doing in us. And while this is a very good thing, it tests our character and our faith. As the water reaches our waistlines we find that movement is far more difficult. The Holy Spirit wants to change us, exposing pride, selfishness or unforgiveness.

Neck deep in the River, shakes our confidence and calls us to completely identify with Christ (Gal. 2:20). It is at this level that many Christians turn back, because moving is hindered by the deep water. It is at this place where the Holy Spirit begins to ask for more sacrifice and we begin to surrender our future to a higher call. In trusting God’s purposes and risking our own lives, we come to know the abundant resource that flows from His Throne (Heb 4:16). And while it feels as if you can’t go any deeper, I promise you my friend there is much more!

In Over Our Head:

As we go deeper still we must let go of the firm footing beneath our feet, learning that we must swim in order to stay alive. In the River of God we must let go of our security and allow the Spirit to take us where He wants us to go. And while we all like to feel as if we’re in control, its here that we begin to experience the true freedom of the Spirit. Ultimately it is the Holy Spirit who has control and once we know and trust God, we can abandon ourselves to His tender care and mercy. It feels very risky, but it is actually the safest place for the believer to abide.

Its Up To Us:

Where are you in the River of God today? Ankle-deep? Knee-deep? Waist-deep? Neck-deep? Or way over your head? Ezekiel tells us of this river experience, but it’s up to us to determine where we will live. Still going deeper brings healing and joy; but most of all it will release us into the increased Glory of God!

Bless The Lord!

Psalms 34:1-10

I will bless the Lord at all times; His praise shall continually be in my mouth.

My soul will make its boast in the Lord; the humble will hear it and rejoice.

O magnify the Lord with me, and let us exalt His name together.

I sought the Lord, and He answered me, and delivered me from all my fears.

They looked to Him and were radiant, and their faces will never be ashamed.

This poor man cried, and the Lord heard him and saved him out of all his troubles.

The angel of the Lord encamps around those who fear Him, and rescues them.

O taste and see that the Lord is good; how blessed is the man who takes refuge in Him!

O fear the Lord, you His saints; for to those who fear Him there is no want.

The young lions do lack and suffer hunger; but they who seek the Lord shall not be in want of any good thing.

~ BLESS THE LORD!

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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