When You are Facing the Lions

Daniel 6 NIV
1 It pleased Darius to appoint 120 satraps to rule
throughout the kingdom,
2 with three administrators over them, one of whom was
Daniel. The satraps were made accountable to them
so that the king might not suffer loss.
3 Now Daniel so distinguished himself among the
administrators and the satraps by his exceptional
qualities that the king planned to set him over the
whole kingdom.
4 At this, the administrators and the satraps tried to find
grounds for charges against Daniel in his conduct of
government affairs, but they were unable to do so.
They could find no corruption in him, because he was
trustworthy and neither corrupt nor negligent.
5 Finally these men said, “We will never find any basis
for charges against this man Daniel unless it has
something to do with the law of his God.”
6 So the administrators and the satraps went as a group
to the king and said: “O King Darius, live forever!
7 The royal administrators, prefects, satraps, advisers and
governors have all agreed that the king should issue
an edict and enforce the decree that anyone who
prays to any god or man during the next thirty days,
except to you, O king, shall be thrown into the lions’
den.
8 Now, O king, issue the decree and put it in writing so
that it cannot be altered–in accordance with the
laws of the Medes and Persians, which cannot be
repealed.”
9 So King Darius put the decree in writing.
10 Now when Daniel learned that the decree had been
published, he went home to his upstairs room where
the windows opened toward Jerusalem. Three times
a day he got down on his knees and prayed, giving
thanks to his God, just as he had done before.
11 Then these men went as a group and found Daniel
praying and asking God for help.
12 So they went to the king and spoke to him about
his royal decree: “Did you not publish a decree that
during the next thirty days anyone who prays to any
god or man except to you, O king, would be thrown
into the lions’ den?” The king answered, “The decree
stands–in accordance with the laws of the Medes and
Persians, which cannot be repealed.”
13 Then they said to the king, “Daniel, who is one of the
exiles from Judah, pays no attention to you, O king,
or to the decree you put in writing. He still prays three
times a day.”
14 When the king heard this, he was greatly distressed;
he was determined to rescue Daniel and made every
effort until sundown to save him.
15 Then the men went as a group to the king and said to
him, “Remember, O king, that according to the law of
the Medes and Persians no decree or edict that the
king issues can be changed.”
16 So the king gave the order, and they brought Daniel
and threw him into the lions’ den. The king said to
Daniel, “May your God, whom you serve continually,
rescue you!”
17 A stone was brought and placed over the mouth of
the den, and the king sealed it with his own signet
ring and with the rings of his nobles, so that Daniel’s
situation might not be changed.
18 Then the king returned to his palace and spent the
night without eating and without any entertainment
being brought to him. And he could not sleep.
19 At the first light of dawn, the king got up and hurried to
the lions’ den.
20 When he came near the den, he called to Daniel in
an anguished voice, “Daniel, servant of the living God,
has your God, whom you serve continually, been able
to rescue you from the lions?”
21 Daniel answered, “O king, live forever!
22 My God sent his angel, and he shut the mouths of the
lions. They have not hurt me, because I was found
innocent in his sight. Nor have I ever done any wrong
before you, O king.”
23 The king was overjoyed and gave orders to lift Daniel
out of the den. And when Daniel was lifted from the
den, no wound was found on him, because he had
trusted in his God.
24 At the king’s command, the men who had falsely
accused Daniel were brought in and thrown into the
lions’ den, along with their wives and children. And
before they reached the floor of the den, the lions
overpowered them and crushed all their bones.
25 Then King Darius wrote to all the peoples, nations and
men of every language throughout the land: “May you
prosper greatly!
26 “I issue a decree that in every part of my kingdom
people must fear and reverence the God of Daniel.
For he is the living God and he endures forever; his
kingdom will not be destroyed, his dominion will never
end.
27 He rescues and he saves; he performs signs and
wonders in the heavens and on the earth. He has
rescued Daniel from the power of the lions.”
28 So Daniel prospered during the reign of Darius and the
reign of Cyrus the Persian.
I. The H___________ Plan (vs. 1-5)
Haters ___________ God’s blessing in your life while
___________ God’s blessings in their own life.
II. The H___________ Man (vs. 6-10)
Ministry that is great is driven by ___________ not
___________, ___________ and not ___________.
Challenges of an authentic Christian
1. P___________ what we don’t practice
2. P___________ what we don’t mean
3. P___________ to do what we don’t do

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