Author: OldCoot

The Lion’s Den

“Then Daniel said to the king, ‘O king, live forever! My God sent his angel and shut the lions’ mouths, and they have not harmed me, because I was found blameless before him; and also before you, O king, I have done no harm.’ Then the king was exceedingly glad, and commanded that Daniel be taken up out of the den. So Daniel was taken up out of the den, and no kind of harm was found on him, because he had trusted in his God.”
– Daniel 6:21-23


“Not everyone who undergoes religious persecution receives miraculous deliverance like Daniel’s. But, all together, the martyrs have given a witness to a watching world that true faith cannot be stamped out, no matter what the penalty. A miracle spared Danien’s life; an even greater miracle took place in those around him. Stirred by Daniel’s faith, the Persian ruler issued a decree that everyone in his kingdom must fear and reverence ‘the God of Daniel.’ ”
– Philip Yancey

Adopted by God

“In love he predestined us for adoption to himself as sons through Jesus Christ, according to the purpose of his will, to the praise of his glorious grace, with which he has blessed us in the Beloved. In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of his grace, which he lavished upon us, in all wisdom and insight….”
– Ephesians 1:5-8


“Our self image is so contrary to the way God sees us that we miss out on God’s best. God sees us as champions. We see ourselves as dead dogs.
…You need to be bold and claim what belongs to you. It brings God no pleasure for you to live in … poverty, with low self esteem, with that dead-dog mentality.”
– Joel Osteen

Miracle of Obedience

“If anyone loves me, he will keep my word, and my Father will love him, and we will come to him and make our home with him. Whoever does not love me does not keep my words. And the word that you hear is not mine but the Father’s who sent me.”
– John 14:23-24


“When I stand face to face with Jesus Christ and say ‘I will not obey,’ He will never insist. But when I do this, I am backing away from the recreating power of his redemption.”
– Oswald Chambers

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