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Fighting Corruption

In today's world, whether it be an organization in business, government or the church, there are those who want to get ahead and those who desire to prevent others from getting ahead of them. What can you do to protect yourself from these people? Daniel lived in such a world and he gives us relevant direction in this effort. Daniel had risen in the Babylonian Kingdom under Nebuchadnezzar and his son Belshazzar. Then, when the Media-Persian Empire overthrew Babylon, King Darius made Daniel one of the three Administrators that controlled the 120 Governors over the provinces. His exceptional qualities caused the King to plan to set him over the entire kingdom but when the other 122 leaders found out about this they sought to destroy him. Daniel's conduct of government affairs was spotless. "They could find no corruption in him, because he was trustworthy and neither corrupt nor negligent." (Daniel 6:4b) So, they had to lie to get a law passed to worship only King Darius a…

Pride in a Life

King Nebuchadnezzar was the most powerful man on the planet and ruled over a great portion of it until God stepped into his life. A dream was given to him by God and Daniel, a young Jew who had been taken into captivity at the downfall of the Southern Kingdom of Judah, was asked to interpret it for the King. It forecast a difficult time for Nebuchadnezzar because of his pride, so Daniel encourage him to renounce his sins, do what was right and be kind to the oppressed, but he did not accept Daniel's advice. "Twelve months later, as the king was walking on the roof of the royal palace of Babylon, he said, 'Is not this the great Babylon I have built as the royal residence, by my mighty power and for the glory of my majesty?'" (Daniel 4:29-30)  At that moment, God removed his royal authority, drove him away from people, and he lived as the wild animals do. He ate grass like cattle. His body was drenched with the dew of heaven. His hair grew like the feathers of an e…