Summary: How to defeat the work of the enemy in our lives.
Daniel in the Lions Den
We’re in a series on the top ten favorite bible stories,
Which you all voted on a few weeks ago.
Today we’re up to number six on the list,
Which is the story of Daniel in the lions den.
If you have your Bible you can flip over to Daniel chapter 6.
I was looking for a good illustration to start off this morning,
and I just couldn’t find anything about a lion,
but I did find something about a cat,
so that’s pretty close.
This is very valuable information,
especially if you’re a cat owner.
Memo: HOW TO BATHE YOUR CAT IN 8 EASY STEPS
1. Thoroughly clean toilet.
2. Lift both lids and add shampoo.
3. Find and soothe cat as you carry him to bathroom.
4. In one swift move, place cat in toilet, close both lids and stand on top, so cat cannot escape. 5. The cat will self agitate and produce ample suds. (Ignore ruckus from inside toilet, cat is enjoying this) 6. Flush toilet 3 or 4 times. This provides power rinse, which is quite effective. 7. Have someone open outside door, stand as far from toilet as possible and quickly lift both lids. 8. Clean cat will rocket out of the toilet and outdoors, where he will air dry.
Now here’s my disclaimer ----
I know somebody’s going to go home and be mad at me, and think,
oh, Pastor Ken hates cats.
That’s not true,
I have a cat named Tiger,
and I love Tiger, even if he has a bad habit of attacking certain people and biting their ankles,
but I would never bathe Tiger that way.
Now on the other hand,
Pastor Chris also has a cat,
and when I shared these 8 steps with him a couple days ago,
he told me he was going straight home to try this on his cat,
so you may want to pray for him.
Lets read this story from Daniel.
This is one of the most well known stories of the bible,
Some of you have heard the story ever since you were a kid in Sunday School,
But its not a children’s story,
it has a lot to say to us today.
Daniel 6:1 NLT
Darius the Mede decided to divide the kingdom into 120 provinces, and he appointed a prince to rule over each province. 2 The king also chose Daniel and two others as administrators to supervise the princes and to watch out for the king’s interests. 3 Daniel soon proved himself more capable than all the other administrators and princes. Because of his great ability, the king made plans to place him over the entire empire. 4 Then the other administrators and princes began searching for some fault in the way Daniel was handling his affairs, but they couldn’t find anything to criticize. He was faithful and honest and always responsible. 5 So they concluded, "Our only chance of finding grounds for accusing Daniel will be in connection with the requirements of his religion."
6 So the administrators and princes went to the king and said, "Long live King Darius! 7 We administrators, prefects, princes, advisers, and other officials have unanimously agreed that Your Majesty should make a law that will be strictly enforced. Give orders that for the next thirty days anyone who prays to anyone, divine or human--except to Your Majesty--will be thrown to the lions. 8 And let Your Majesty issue and sign this law so it cannot be changed, a law of the Medes and Persians, which cannot be revoked." 9 So King Darius signed the law. 10 But when Daniel learned that the law had been signed, he went home and knelt down as usual in his upstairs room, with its windows open toward Jerusalem. He prayed three times a day, just as he had always done, giving thanks to his God. 11 The officials went together to Daniel’s house and found him praying and asking for God’s help. 12 So they went back to the king and reminded him about his law. "Did you not sign a law that for the next thirty days anyone who prays to anyone, divine or human--except to Your Majesty--will be thrown to the lions?"