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21 Day Daniel Fast Devotional

Jan 14

Daniel Fast Devotion - Day 17

Posted on January 14, 2019 at 10:34 AM by Shiloh Baptist Church

Commitment—Giving to the Church
Sunday, January 20, 2019
Day 17

Key Verse:
“these joined with their brethren, their nobles, and entered into a curse and an oath to walk in God’s Law which was given by Moses the servant of God, and to observe and do all the commandments of the Lord our Lord, and His ordinances and His statutes:” –Nehemiah 10:29 (NKJV)

Key Reflection:
v. 29 The Israelites knew without God they had no chance to make it. So, they got honest with God and renewed their covenant with Him. This is one of the most serious times in Israel’s history. They realized that everything they had belonged to God and the importance of being good stewards of all they had. 

Thought:
W.A. Criswell tells of an ambitious young man who told his pastor he’d promised God a tithe of his income. They prayed for God to bless his career. At that time, he was making $40.00 per week and tithing $4.00. God did just that and in a few years, his income increased and he was tithing $500.00 per week.  He called the pastor to see if he could be released from his tithing promise, it was too costly now. The pastor replied, “I don’t see how you can be released from your promise, but we can ask God to reduce your income to $40.00 a week, then you’d have no problem tithing $4.00.” Does this remind you of anyone you know?

Prayer:
Father, You deserve the best we can give because all we have comes from Your gracious hand.  Help us to give You our tithe, our time, and our talents. 

Questions:
1. What areas of life were affected by their agreement with God?

2. What principles from Israel’s covenant with God are applicable to us today? Why or when am I tempted to hold back my best from God?

Jan 14

Daniel Fast Devotion - Day 16

Posted on January 14, 2019 at 10:21 AM by Shiloh Baptist Church

True Repentance and God’s Faithfulness
Saturday, January 19, 2019
Day 16

Key Verses:
“Then those of Israelite lineage separated themselves from all foreigners; and they stood and confessed their sins and the iniquities of their fathers.” “They refused to obey, and they were not mindful of Your wonders that you did among them. But they hardened their necks, and in their rebellion they appointed a leader To return to their bondage. But You are God, Ready to pardon, Gracious and merciful, Slow to anger, Abundant in kindness, And did not forsake them.” –Nehemiah 9:2, 17 (NKJV)

Key Reflection:
vv.2, 17 The history of God’s dealings with Israel is an epitome of His dealing with us. Fortunate for us it is that we are not represented by our promises and prayers but by Jesus Christ, in whom we are accepted.

Thought:
When we are in a state of sin, it is like riding a bicycle into the wind—God appears to be against us. Yet, like the bicyclist who turns around and finds that the wind is helping him; if we truly repent and change the direction of our lives, we will find God working with us.  God didn’t change—we did, (Green, 2000, p. 340). The Bible declares that, “Jesus Christ is the same, yesterday, today, and forever,” (Hebrews 13:8).

Prayer:
Father, thank You for pursuing us with an everlasting love. Thank You for making us Your children and loving us. We praise You for Your faithfulness and trustworthiness.  Please help us to remain faithful to you.

Questions:
1. How did God repay His people for their unfaithfulness?  In what ways is God’s love different than human love? How has God been faithful to you?
Jan 14

Daniel Fast Devotion - Day 15

Posted on January 14, 2019 at 9:46 AM by Shiloh Baptist Church

Awakening to God’s Word
Friday, January 18, 2019
Day 15

Read: Nehemiah 8

Key Verses:
“And Ezra blessed the Lord, the great God. Then all the people answered, ‘Amen, Amen!’ while lifting up their hands. And they bowed their heads and worshiped the Lord with their faces to the ground.” “So they read distinctly from the book, in the Law of God; and they gave the sense, and help them to understand the reading.”–Nehemiah 8:6, 8 (NKJV)

Key Reflection:
vv.6, 8 Reading the Scripture in religious assemblies is an ordinance of God whereby He is honored and the church edified.  It is to be delivered distinctly, for it is a requisite that those who hear the Word of God should understand it. 

Thought:
A Peanuts cartoon pictured Lucy and Linus looking out the window at a steady downpour of rain. “Boy,” said Lucy, “look at it rain. What if it floods the whole world?” “It will never do that,” Linus replied confidently with understanding of God’s promise. “In the ninth chapter of Genesis, God promised Noah that would never happen again, and the sign of the promise is the rainbow.” “You’ve taken a great load off my mind,” said Lucy with a relieved smile. “Sound theology and understanding,” pontificated Linus, “has a way of doing that!” (Green, 2000, p.113). 

Prayer:
Pray that God will give you understanding of His Word and obedience to use His Word wisely for the benefit of others and for His glory. 

Questions:
1. What statements show the reverence and seriousness of the people as they receive the Word of God (vv. 3-12)?  In verses 12 and 17 it says that the people had great joy. What was the reason? 

2. How do you show the great joy that you have from obeying God’s Word?