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Holiness Gives Deliverance and Protection to the Righteous



TEXT: DANIEL 6:16- 26 16. Then the king commanded, and they brought Daniel, and cast him into the den of lions. Now the king spake and said unto Daniel, Thy God whom thou servest continually, He will deliver thee

.17. And a stone was brought, and laid upon the mouth of the den; and the king sealed it with his own signet, and with the signet of his lords; that the purpose might not be changed concerning Daniel.

18. Then the king went to his palace, and passed the night fasting: neither were instruments of musick brought before him: and his sleep went from him.

19. Then the king arose very early in the morning, and went in haste unto the den of lions.

20. And when he came to the den, he cried with a lamentable voice unto Daniel: and the king spake and said to Daniel, O Daniel, servant of the living God, is thy God, whom thou servest continually, able to deliver thee from the lions?

21. Then said Daniel unto the king, O king, live for ever.

22. My God hath sent His angel, and hath shut the lions’ mouths, that they have not hurt me: forasmuch as before Him innocency was found in me; and also before thee, O king, have I done no hurt.

23. Then was the king exceeding glad for him, and commanded that they should take Daniel up out of the den. So Daniel was taken up out of the den, and no manner of hurt was found upon him, because he believed in his God.

24. And the king commanded, and they brought those men which had accused Daniel, and they cast them into the den of lions, them, their children, and their wives; and the lions had the mastery of them, and brake all their bones in pieces or ever they came at the bottom of the den.

25. Then king Darius wrote unto all people, nations, and languages, that dwell in all the earth; Peace be multiplied unto you.

26. I make a decree, That in every dominion of my kingdom men tremble and fear before the God of Daniel: for He is the living God, and stedfast for ever, and His kingdom that which shall not be destroyed, and His dominion shall be even unto the end.

KEY VERSE: DANIEL 6:18 “Then the king went to his palace and passed the night fasting; neither were instruments of music brought before him and his sleep went from him.”

Holiness gives deliverance and protection to the righteous from the schemes of men and wiles of the devil. By holiness you will be protected. Suppose Daniel was a hypocrite and only convinced this king that he was a man of God, will the prayer of the king be answered? No! God will not deliver a hypocrite. The king would have been confused. “Ah! God did not save this man despite the way he served God?” Many professing Christians confuse people and give a wrong image of God to people who are not aware of their hypocrisy and insincerity. You are not on the highway of holiness but you pretend to be and the people think really you are. When mishaps come upon you, they begin to wonder why. Why is God like that? But Daniel was sincere so the king’s prayer really came to pass.Take note of word, ‘continually’ in our text. Not intermittently because some of you are not consistent. You are there today but you are not there tomorrow. Daniel served God continually, in sunshine and in rain. The holy life is at every circumstance. Not only when it is convenient; do not say it is too difficult, let me lie here. No! Even to the point of death. By the way who has the key of death? God has it. If he wants you to die, then die. Paul said, if I have done anything worthy of death, I refuse not to die. Otherwise, the Hebrews children said, “God is able to deliver us from your hand, O king.” God delivered them from death as they continued in righteousness. God saved Daniel by closing up the mouths of the lions. He sent an angel to care for him. That is what the Lord will do for a holy and righteous man. Holiness is a highway that ravenous beasts do not disturb the people on that way. The lions shall not roar there to disturb the people walking on that way because it is the way of God.

Thought for the day: Holiness delivers the righteous from schemes of men and Satan

Song for the day: We are victorious, yes, we are victorious…

Bible reading for the day: Psalms 81-88

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