CityLight Church’s One Year Bible Reading Plan
Tuesday, November 29th, 2016
2 Peter 3:1-18
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Commentary from Pastor Michael White:
Then these men approached the king, and said to the king, “Know, O king, that it is the law of the Medes and Persians that no decree or statute which the king establishes may be changed.” So the king gave the command, and they brought Daniel and cast him into the den of lions. But the king spoke, saying to Daniel, “Your God, whom you serve continually, He will deliver you.” – Dan 6:15-16
King Darius was trapped by his own words. The leaders convinced him to decree a new law that would sentence Daniel to death. Even though he longed to save Daniel, King Darius was bound by his decree.
The message for us is simple: When being declare-ful, be careful! Be careful what you declare and decree! If you speak death, you will be bound by your own words. Darius spoke death over Daniel without even intending to, and he was forced to keep his word. If, however, you speak life, abundance is inevitable.
Scripture repeatedly reminds us to be careful with our decrees:
But let your ‘Yes’ be ‘Yes,’ and your ‘No,’ ‘No.’ For whatever is more than these is from the evil one. – Matt 5:37
So then, my beloved brethren, let every man be swift to hear, slow to speak… – Jas 1:19
Death and life are in the power of the tongue, and those who love it will eat its fruit. – Prov 18:21
If you have spoken death over yourself instead of life, don’t panic! Here is the best news of all: all it takes to cancel your past negative decrees is a new, positive decree! The king spoke again to Daniel and said, “Your God, whom you serve continually, He will deliver you” (v 16). The king had spoken death; but he reversed the curse by speaking life over Daniel. He spoke, and the outcome changed; and when you speak, your outcome will change too!
Father, help me to be careful when I’m declare-ful. Help me to declare wise decrees, instead of hasty ones. Remind me to speak life over my circumstances, in Jesus’ name!
See commentary from this day in 2014: http://intelligentcharismatic.com/day-333-enemy-intends-evil/
See commentary from this day in 2015: http://intelligentcharismatic.com/day-333-leadership-sabotage/
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