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I’ve started reading a new book called, The Story of Daniel the Prophet by Stephen N. Haskell. It’s been collecting dust for several years, but I’ve finally found the time and motivation to really dig deeper in the prophecies of the book of Daniel. I did read the Daniel once through a couple of months ago, while reading some other commentaries, but this book is a bit more exhaustive and Stephen Haskell is an author I have really enjoyed in his book, The Cross and it’s Shadow, available also online.

Anyway, I started it this morning and I wanted to outline some points that were very beautiful to read. These portions were found in the Introduction.

 

p. 5 paragraph 2:

“The prophecy of Daniel is no exception. This book has lessons for all classes. Because the magnitude of the filed of his vision is unlimited in extent, it may be studied from pints of view which no man can number. The historian feasts upon his records. The chronologist delights in calculating his periods. The lover of the Messiah rejoices in the contemplation of the times and events that led to his first advent, and demonstrated his Messiahship. And the friend of God traces with pleasure the providential movements by which the course of events has been controlled, and men have been put up, and cast down, just according as they have been instruments in God’s hands to carry out his beneficent designs and purposes.”

The above bolded portion really stuck out to me as I’ve experienced God’s providence in my own life. It was only a few months ago, not even a whole year ago that I finally asked God to show me how He can work through coincidences. To show me His providence. He has not let me down or left me disappointment in even the slightest degree. I intend to write several of these larger experiences down at some point, because they are most assuredly worth remembering and sharing with others. We truly can be a ‘friend of God’. He wants to show us all sorts of things, if only we ask Him.

p. 8 paragraph 1:

“Will anyone now raise the query, Does the Lord hear prayer? Is he attentive to the wants of his people? In view of this narrative, how can we harbor the least vestige of doubt? No sooner does Daniel’s prayer begin to ascend to the throne than instruction comes forth from God to Gabriel, to go down to the earth and complete his mission to the prophet. With alacrity he obeys And the prophet says of him, “Being caused to fly swiftly.” From the beginning of Daniel’s prayer, as recorded in Daniel 9, to that point in the prayer when Gabriel appeared upon the scene (verse 20), could not have been over three minutes and a half, at the ordinary rate of speech. In this brief space of time the prophets prayer ascended to heaven, it was heard, decision made, and the anser came. There is not loitering in heaven. The first faint whisper of want by the child¬† of God, is instantly lodged upon the throne. The command to answer is given,¬† and the return messenger is at once by the side of the prophet, with the response of comfort and joy. No earthly “rapid transit” can equal this. What a glimpse does this give us into the inner courts of the heavenly world! What a view of the divine telegraphy there employed, and waiting at the court’s command! What assurance, encouragement, and comfort must these great facts impart to every true and trusting servant in the vineyard of the Lord!”

This section is so powerful. How loving and marvelous that God is ever listening, and deeply concerned with the cares of our heart. The instant we breath a prayer, it is heard. And God answers us always, with a yes, or no, or perhaps a wait, or even with simple comfort or joy. What a loving God. How privileged we are to be His children. And how silly my worries seem to be.

p. 11 paragraph 1

“Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things that God hath prepared for them that love him.” 1 Cor. 2:9. That is, the boldest flight of the imaginations, the most intense conception of the unseen glories of the heavenly world, have never formed, and can not form, in the human minds ay tangible idea of what Dos has prepared and has in store for his people. “But God,” the apostle continues, “hath revealed them unto us by his Spirit.” Yes, the Spirit has revealed these things to those who are filled with that Spirit, and have received the Holy Ghost.

What a promise indeed. Even the most creative and imaginative person, cannot fathom the glories that Gos has planned for us. What a testimony to my life. With my own impending job placement, I am reminded of this. When I know God has been leading me, I think back and say, “Never, would I have guessed. Thank you God, you know what is best for me and have such good plans.” I’m so glad that there is a plan beyond my own. With the help of the Holy Spirit we can follow God and His plans for us. We only need to ask for it. We need to be careful however, because there are many conterfits and things claiming to give and have the Holy Spirit. We must remember the fruits of the spirit, which are according to Galatians 5:22-23 are, Love, Joy, Peace, Longsuffering (Patience), Kindness, Goodness, Faithfulness, Gentleness, and Self Control. If something claims to be of the Holy Spirit and is lacking any of these, then we should beware for The enemy is ever trying to trick us and lead us from God.

“If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to those who ask Him!” Luke 11:13

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