Text: Daniel 9
Title: How to receive a blessing from God
“In the first year of Darius…who was made ruler over the Babylonian kingdom-in the first year of his reign, I, Daniel, understood from the Scriptures, according to the word of the Lord given to Jeremiah the prophet, that the desolation of Jerusalem would last seventy years. So I turned to the Lord God and pleaded with him in prayer and petition, in fasting, and in sackcloth and ashes.” (1-3)
One day as Daniel is reading the Bible (the book of Jeremiah) he comes across a promise from God found in…
“When seventy years are completed for Babylon, I will come to you and fulfill my gracious promise to bring you back to this place. For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”
Daniel is so excited about this promise of God found in Jeremiah 29:10-11 that his response is …
“So I turned to the Lord God and pleaded with him in prayer and petition, in fasting, and in sackcloth and ashes.”
Notice again his response to the promise of God.
•He turned to the Lord
•He pleaded with the Lord in prayer and petition
•He put on sackcloth and ashes
What caused Daniel to do all these 4 things?
The only answer I could think of is this;
More than anything else he wanted to see the promise of God come to pass.
Consider for a moment this thought;
God has promises throughout the Bible for every one of us
“For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” (Jeremiah 29v11)
It’s not a question of, “Does God really have a plan to bless my life?” It’s more a question of “Do I really want God to bless my life.”
I believe I speak for everyone here when I say that all of us want God to bless our life.We came to church this morning because we want God to bless our life.So how do we receive a blessing from God?
We can take one of two approaches to receiving God’s blessings
Approach #1: I can just sit back and wait for God’s blessings to come to me.
The really sad part is this -lots of people believe that the Bible actually teaches this approach.
They believe that sitting back and waiting for a blessing from God is the Bible’s way of living by faith.That living by faith means I sit back and wait for God’s blessings to come to me
The devil loves this kind of living by faith. The devil loves it when we take this kind of approach to the blessings of God.Why?
Because as we will see later- this approach guarantees that we will receive very few of the blessings of God.
There is a second approach we can take to receiving God’s blessings
Here is approach #2: If I am to receive a blessing from God then I must chase after the blessings of God
I’m calling approach #2 Doing it the Daniel Way