Daniel: a story of promotion and persecution

Part 2

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Daniel 6

New Government and a Promotion

A new King, Darius of the Medes was in power. This is after Daniel had prophesied the downfall of Babylon.  He thought some re-organization of the Kingdom was in order and decided that He wanted one hundred and twenty Governors to rule over his provinces and then placed three Governors for them to report to.  These three Governors then reported to the King.

Daniel did his job so well, that the King decided to place him over the whole kingdom of Babylon.  The King realised that he did not lose anything when Daniel was in charge.  So, he was able to leave the running of the Kingdom up to him.  He was now the Prime Minister in the kingdom, and everyone had to report to him.  However, not everyone was pleased with this and some persons decided that they had to get rid of him come hell or high water. 

However, they needed a plan.

Key thoughts:

Daniel was made Prime Minister because he put God first, operated in wisdom and had an excellent work ethic.  No matter where we are placed, we must ask God for his Grace and wisdom to function and cultivate an excellent spirit.  However, it is important to note that his spiritual gifts made room for him.

These are the days when God is re-establishing the spiritual gifts and taking them not just outside the Church, in the marketplace, but in the realm of Governments so that the Church will be positioned to shift nations and cultures.  The whole of creation is waiting for the manifestation of the children of God to be revealed. (Rom 8:19)  This is not a time to fear, but a time to move forward with courage into the regions and places where God would have us to go, because His light is needed there.

We are not always looking for a promotion, but he does it anyway because we are operating in a manner that pleases him. In the Psalms it says clearly that promotion does not come from the east, west or south, but it comes from God who puts up men and takes them down.  (Psalms 75:6-7) Daniel recognised this earlier in his career with King Nebuchadnezzar.  (Daniel 2:21-22) He was a Jew in the Kingdom of Babylon who had been promoted over all the other men who were there.  Perhaps they thought he did not deserve it.  But unfortunately, not everyone will be happy when you are promoted.  When we are being outwardly blessed, expect persecution. (Mark 10:30) Sometimes it comes from those areas or even persons that you would not expect.  We are required to rejoice when we are persecuted.


Published by Sonja

I am a Christian who is a Librarian. I love to encourage and inspire persons no matter where they are in life. I strongly believe that 'with God ALL things are possible.' I also like watching movies, singing and of course I write in my spare time. I hope that you enjoy your time with me as you peruse the website.

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