Keep the Faith

The last half of the book of Daniel is weighty material that deals with prophecy. Some has been fulfilled and some is still awaiting God’s timing. As our study group waded through the lesson each week, we tried to keep our focus on the Lord. In the end God will win, and along with him, all believers who remain faithful as Daniel did. Throughout his life, Daniel continually sought the Lord’s presence through his prayers and meditations. He kept his eyes on the Lord, giving us an example worth emulating.

It’s easy to get sidetracked by the troubles that surround us and occur daily in our world. Fear creeps in, bringing despair and a sense of hopelessness. In John 15:5 (NLT) Jesus gave this promise: “…I am the vine and you are the branches. Those who remain in me, and I in them, will produce much fruit. For apart from me you can do nothing.” A few years back I penned these thoughts about this verse.

“Remain in me,” the Savior said. “Remain and I’ll be with you. Through your sorrow and your pain, stay close and I’ll uphold you.” To remain means simply to be with him—to read his word and spend time in prayer, alone and with other believers. Grasp hold of him, and he will make you strong. As you grow in faith and trust, you will become more like him in all your ways: kind and loving, patient and gentle, willing to serve rather than be served.

So cling to Christ and let his life-giving blood flow through you. He’ll give you what you need to live your life in humble obedience to his will. He promised long ago, “Remain in my love and I’ll never let go of you. Put your hand in mine and let me lead you. Then you will have peace in your soul.”

The Bible’s words and messages never grow old. They are timeless, speaking to us today just like they did to the prophets who uttered words given to them by God, even though they did not always understand them. Although much of Old Testament prophecy has already been fulfilled, we know the best is yet to come. Christ will return to gather his beloved followers to himself, and he will reward us for our faithfulness to him.

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