Daniel Fast Day 7

Day 7 | Daniel Fast Devotional
 
Philippians 1:28-30 (NLT) Don’t be intimidated in any way by your enemies. This will be a sign to them that they are going to be destroyed, but that you are going to be saved, even by God himself. 29 For you have been given not only the privilege of trusting in Christ but also the privilege of suffering for him. 30 We are in this struggle together. You have seen my struggle in the past, and you know that I am still in the midst of it.
 
When we realize that we are citizens of heaven, it enables us to be set free from the intimidation of the world. We live in a world that is becoming more and more hostile toward faith, and especially towards Christianity. It is true that in some arenas we, as Christ followers, have failed, and the criticism that we receive is just, nevertheless we see a continual onslaught against the values that we uphold as Christ followers. 
 
We live in a canceling society where everything and everybody is subjected to scrutiny and judgments, especially when we do not agree with the values and belief systems of the world. That could be very intimidating! The spirit that is in the world is the spirit of the antichrist, and it is hell-bent on making sure that we do not represent God’s kingdom well. Whether it is done by causing us to fight one another, or by not reflecting the true identity of Christ, or by simply intimidating us to the point of silence. All of it is to cause us to shrink back in fear, and to not do or say what needs to be said!
 
We, as the church, must continue to speak up for the ways and values of Christ regardless of the cost. Yes, we might have to suffer for the sake of Christ. But Paul says, when we suffer for the right reasons, we must count it as a privilege. We might be labeled, dismissed, and called all kinds of names, but all of that is to intimidate us so that we would acquiesce and give in to the spirit of the world.
 
Don’t allow the potential suffering or the weight of intimidation cause you not to do and say what Christ requires of you. Paul reminds us we are not standing alone and that in the end it is God who will bring the final verdict on all lives. If you stand up for God and through the grace of the Holy Spirit, life and more life is your portion. Your Father will ultimately set all things right and you will be rewarded for any and all suffering you endured for His sake! Remember, suffering endured for His sake, not because of your foolishness; there is a difference…
 
So speak boldly, love deeply, embrace the truth daily, and allow the Holy Spirit to use you as His vessel for righteousness’ sake. Be bold in the midst of the noise!
 
Prayer:
  • Pray that the Lord will set you free from a spirit of fear and intimidation.
  • Ask the Lord to give you the courage to pay whatever price necessary to fulfill His purpose.
  • Ask the Lord to change the way you see suffering for Him; from, “Why me?” to, “It’s a privilege.”
  • Pray for your fellow believers who are struggling, especially those who are suffering for their faith around the world.