CONSTANTLY SERVING

O my God, constantly serving You means to reside in You, to dwell in You enduringly, permanently, constantly, and continually. It is to constantly worship and minister to You.

[SW098] 06/23/2013 message notes by Rev. Susan J. Wynn ©2013
“Constantly Serving”

Father, You have asked me to speak this message as a prayer to You.

Your Spirit made me pause at this verse:

Daniel 6:16   Then the king gave orders, and Daniel was brought in and  cast into the lions’ den. The king spoke and said to Daniel, “  Your God whom you constantly serve will Himself deliver you.”

According to the prompting of the Holy Spirit, I have explored it.

I was drawn by Your Spirit to the phrase, “Constantly (8411) serve (6399).”

[The Aramaic word “constantly” comes from from another word, 1753, to reside, to dwell —  in the original sense of enduring; permanence, i.e. (adverb) constantly:—continually.]

Constantly serving You means to reside in You,
to dwell in You enduringly, permanently, constantly and continually.
It is to constantly worship and minister to You.

You showed me that Daniel’s integrity could not be questioned —
he was honest and faithful in serving a pagan king
whom You appointed to take your wayward people into captivity
and rule over them.

And Daniel’s opponents (just like Satan)
knew there was one area of Daniel’s life that they could use against him:
he constantly served You.

So they convinced Darius, King of the Medo-Persian empire
and ruler of Babylon later in Daniel’s life,
to sign a law that for thirty days,
no one could petition to any other god but Darius
OR they would face the lions’ den (6:7-8).

They knew Daniel constantly served You and You only, Father.

He resided in You, he dwelled in You,
enduringly, permanently, constantly and continually.
He constantly worshiped and ministered to You.

How did they know? You showed me that Daniel had a reputation for constantly serving:

Daniel set upon his heart that he would not defile himself with the king’s choice food and wine (1:8).

He refused to partake of what the king (the world) offered,
because it had a spiritual price.

He constantly served You alone, he resided in You, he dwelled in You,
enduringly, permanently, constantly and continually.
He constantly worshiped and ministered to You.

And as a result, You granted Daniel lovingkindness (1:9)
and knowledge and interpretation of dreams (1:17).
He and his friends had wisdom ten times better
than ALL of Nebuchadnezzar’s magicians and conjurers (1:20)!

He sought You for interpretation of Nebuchadnezzar’s dream (2:18),
and gave glory to You who gave him the interpretation (2:28).
He constantly served You!

He resided in You, he dwelled in You,
enduringly, permanently, constantly and continually.
He constantly worshiped and ministered to You.

And as a result, Daniel was exalted by You, through Nebuchadnezzar.

He constantly served You alone!

He refused to accept gifts from Belshazzar (5:17),
and exhorted the king (5:22).
You gave him interpretation of the handwriting on the wall,
and Daniel was exalted by You, through Belshazzar.

He constantly served You alone!

He resided in You, he dwelled in You,
enduringly, permanently, constantly and continually.
He constantly worshiped and ministered to You.

So in Chapter 6, Daniel continued praying to You despite the king’s law,
and was found out and sentenced to the lions’ den.

But this did not please King Darius. He tried to rescue Daniel (v. 14) but couldn’t get past his own law — he was trapped by it.

Then he uttered verse 16:

Daniel 6:16   Then the king gave orders, and Daniel was brought in and  cast into the lions’ den. The king spoke and said to Daniel, “  Your God whom you constantly serve will Himself deliver you.”

When the king hurried to the lions’ den, after a sleepless night of fasting, he said:

Daniel 6:20 When he had come near the den to Daniel, he cried out with a troubled voice. The king spoke and said to Daniel, “Daniel, servant of the living God, has  your God, whom you constantly serve, been  able to deliver you from the lions?”

Daniel was indeed delivered by his God,
who sent an angel to shut the lions’ mouths.

And as for those who had “eaten the pieces of” Daniel?
(That’s literal translation of “maliciously accused” in the NASB.)
They were thrown to the lions,
who ate the pieces of them!

And You gave great revelations of the distant future to Daniel, even of the coming of the Messiah, Your Son, Jesus Christ (9:24 and onward).

And because Daniel constantly served You —
because he resided in You, he dwelled in You,
enduringly, permanently, constantly and continually,
worshiping and ministering to You —
You showed him the timing of Israel’s Babylonian captivity                     while he was reading Jeremiah 25:11 (Daniel 9:2).

Daniel, like all those who constantly served You alone,
by interceding for Israel in Daniel Chapter 9.

That is what I do now for today’s church, for You have shown me that:

–Many in today’s church have partaken of the world’s choice things.

–Many in today’s church have not sought You
and have not given You and Your Son the glory for what they do,
but rather have gloried in themselves.

Many have accepted gifts from a world that dishonors and scoffs at You
and at Your Son, Jesus Christ.

Many do not constantly serve You, residing in You, dwelling in You
enduringly, permanently, constantly and continually,
constantly worshiping and ministering to You.

Father, I set my face to You, and pray with Daniel! (And I pray aloud 9:4-19).

Thank You for showing me how to speak this message.

I ask this in the name of Your Son, Jesus Christ,
as His representative,
bearing His likeness and His divine nature.
I am what I am by Your grace.

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Author: Susan Wynn, servant of Jesus Christ

Healed by Jesus Christ of MS in 2001, in the middle of the night! Proclaiming His gospel, His healing, His heart. Author of From Death To Life--A True Story of Healing, Hope and Being Set Free. Our ministry: My Father's Place, a ministry without walls, proclaiming Jesus Christ to the world.

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