Daniel 2013: Day

Speaking truth means speaking life

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Today's Text: Daniel 4:1-27, Ephesians 4:15

Text: Daniel 4:1-27, Ephesians 4:15

Have you ever had to speak Truth to someone you weren’t sure was prepared to hear it? Or maybe you feel the call to shake up someone’s world in a way that you don’t feel qualified or well-positioned to, be it based on age, authority or social boundaries. What if he or she despises you, shuns you or maybe even fires you?

There’s a reason we call these discussions “come to Jesus” talks. God has brought the people involved to a place where they have no choice but to acknowledge God and who He is. And Daniel, in revealing Nebuchadnezzar’s dream of a tree, is called to have the ultimate in “come to Jesus” talks. He has to bring the Message to a king, and a king who has proven he’s not afraid to threaten or kill!

Like Daniel, we may hesitate when we are placed in these positions. Like Daniel, we may be flat out terrified. And it’s understandable — as hard as it is for some to receive the Gospel, it can be equally hard to give. However, we cannot control how others will respond to our calling to speak the truth in love; we can only obey His call. We can pray for strength to do the hard things. We can pray for His reminder that speaking truth into difficult situations means speaking life into them as well.

God, grant us your strength to speak life into situations and to people that cry out for you. Hold us up. Speak through us. Grant us your wisdom and your grace. And thank you, Lord, for the great opportunity and privilege to praise You and to help others live in Your Light and Your Glory. Amen.

  • I work at a pregnancy center where we help young women who are at risk for having abortions. This passage and devotion really reminded me of the truth and news I have to announce during their appointments. Telling someone the results of a pregnancy test is a heavy load of information and you have to be ready for the tears, disbelief, joy or any other emotion that can come from sharing that news. I love the first line of this prayer, ‘speak LIFE into situations and to people who cry out for You.’ Speaking life without judging or trying to sway the woman into choosing life instead of abortion for her child is a struggle but trust in God is what I rely on!

  • Samantha

    I have been on both the receiving end and giving end of Truth lately.
    Speaking Truth to a friend who helped me in my darkest moments and explaining how He changed me and watching her eyes light up as she realised this could be her too.

    You lovely ladies have spoken God's Love to me for over a year now and most recently in the midst of depression resurfacing and applying for a promotion, the Love that you all have smoothed over me has been overwhelming.
    I got word today that I got my promotion and you know what the very first thing I did was? I left that office and I fell to my knees. I was all ready to praise God in the disappointment of NOT getting the job that when I hit my knees, I was lost for words. Tears slid down my face as I sobbed Habukkuk 2:3 again and again. "…For it will SURELY take place. It will not be late by a SINGLE day."

  • I gv ma life 2 christ early last year whle I ws stl in d University;n its bn so grt tl date;I’ve graduated bt I find it hard leaving d state cos of I’ve cm 2 luv d brethen..we do evrythn 2geda;Soul winning;encourage each oda;Pray 2geda;We run a cell meeting/Fellowshp n its growing rapidly;My spirit wnts 2 b part of dis;Cos I luv wht am doin 4 God..See God brght me out frm d miry clay n set ma feet upon a rock..n I alwz wanna b in his presence..bt i’ve been away frm home 4 almst 3mnths nw;n ma parents are complaining n vry angry;dey want me 2 leave n come bk home doin nothn..I luv dem so mch;bt I thnk I hv a calling wit God..I really dun knw wht 2 do;cos its nw an issue 4 me;dunno wht 2 do…I’ve alwz askd God 2 come tk charge ere n tell me wht 2 do…#SRT is a great inspiration;it helps me as a woman;am vry grateful 4 being a part of dis body;I cnt wait 2 receive d daily devotion evryday…thank God 4 bn so faithful 2 me..

  • Anna Mills

    This is my first time reading this blog and I loved it! It was exactly what I needed today! The Lord is doing some amazing work here! I am so happy I found this site and a group of women who love The Lord!

  • charmaine fritz

    Misce I pray that God did just what you asked for you and your father.But remember it may not be you that will bring your dad to Christ. He may only want you to planet the seeds. So be obedient to that and trust God to do the rest.

    Years ago I use to do what we called Soul Winning. I would walk some of the most dangerous sheets of Chicago to talk to people about the Lord. Some would give their lives to the Lord right on the spot while others would make promises to attend church to hear more. And their would be some that would walk away and call us names. But something happened in my life that tore me apart from Christ and I walked away from him. I have been trying to get back to that place for what seems like years. I went into a deep dark depression ive been struggling with so many health issues.I have prayed and prayed and asked God to forgive me which I know he has. I have for given myself and am in his word daily.But I cant remember his word like I used to.I wonder at times do I have what it takes to talk to people about Christ? I can tell you what God words says but cant always tell you where to find it. Is that good enough to win souls for Christ? Then God tells me it is…See all he wants is for us to be obedient and allow the Holy Spirit to use us. When he places someone in our path he already knows if that person will hear and/or receive. God just wants us to do what he ask us to do and that is tell the world about him. We can’t be hung up on our own abilities because if he is in us like we profess then its not us or ABOUT us anyway. Oh trust I am so not perfect but I know what I hear God.He has the sweetest voice and mine isnt, he reminds me of whats right and wrong, he makes me stop and think before I speak. I am dealing with so much in my life right now but I know that I am still his child and he is making things work in my favor. So sisters don’t be so concerned about how to talk to people or what to say or being the right person or even being shy. If you know that this is what God has called you to do, just be obedient. Pray and ask God to open the door of opportunity and walk through it. And then allow the Holy Spirit to use you, you will be amazed at what God can do through you.

    Please pray and agree with me that God will give me back all that the devil stole from me and more. That I may be the servant he has called me to be..

    Have a blessed Monday.
    Much Love

  • Ibukun, as always thanks for sharing my wise friend! Peace and blessings to you! :)

  • Love what you said Gail- what a unique way to look at this, to find answers for yourself and where you are, not someone else! Thank you! :)

  • Amen, loved every word of truth.

  • I am sitting here reading this devotion and am so conflicted. I attended a baptism last nit, and as usual was so overwhelmed by the stories and how God transformed their lives. Then after one woman was speaking I felt God telling me you need to go speak to her and introduce to her an opportunity. Almost a year ago I was in a situation where my husband left our family and I was in position of needing to work insane hours to just barely pay the bills. I was exhausted and my body was failing me. I prayed so hard and had promised God in every way where He led I will follow, even if it looked crazy. Unknown to me a believer co-worker was speaking to God and asking Him to put someone in her path that day who needed to hear the opportunity that He had given her. In the break room He answered both our prayers and the promise He was hitting me over the head with in Jeremiah 29:11 was given to me if I trusted Him enough to take it. I did. It has not been an easy walk since then with many other hurdles. But I still try to walk with Christ in all I do, not always successfully. So last night at the baptism I'm given what I feel is a command and now I'm struggling with how do I go to this woman I don't know and say, " Hi I know you don't know me but God told me to come and tell you about this opportunity that will give the resources to provide for your family and continue to be at home with your kids". Seriously that is what I feel being led to say and I am a shy timid person. I am so afraid that satan could be using me to confuse this new Christian, but what if it is Christ, and what if this is what He promised her as he promised me, a year ago. I want to follow Him so much but I fear I will do something to hurt her walk. Satan is so crafty and has confused me in my marriage giving me false hope when God continued to assure me that not for a very long time if ever will He restore my marriage. I am praying for God to make it so clear to me and give me the words and opportunity free from Santana's interference to follow Him and make His way clear.

    • Sue:)

      My dear Sharon, You say that you feel conflicted, and yet you truly do hear God asking you to swallow your fears and approach this woman. Isn't that what God wants us to do ? To leave our comfort zone and be a testimony to His Grace? Look at what was asked of Abraham, Moses, Joshua, Ezekiel, etc., not to mention Mary and Joseph, and all the disciples….to walk in strength and courage, and follow him. And what grace they all were given. "If God is for you, who can be against you?" Romans 8:31. Claim this scripture, claim his Strength and courage that he gives so freely, and then ask for protection from God from the lies of "I'm not enough" that satan so easily throws at us. You are the daughter of a King…you are worthy. He will give you the words and the message that will touch this woman's heart. You need only to take the steps towards her.

      • Catherine_K_L

        Sharon, I agree wholeheartedly with Sue. I find that doing what God asks of me ALWAYS puts me out of my comfort zone. All God asks of us, His servants, is to trust Him and obey. A tall order, I know…..but I also know that when I take those steps and allow myself to go where God is leading me, I am the one who walks away feeling blessed more than anyone. Is really a beautiful thing. Pray about it, and tell God how you feel and ask the Holy Spirit to speak through you as you take this bold step of faith and obedience.

  • Just last night, I was forced to tell a person who used to be incredibly important in my life that we can't talk anymore. After hearing of what they wanted to talk about (they wanted to apologize for things they had done in the past), I cried with relief and reconciliation, but I still felt that God was definitely pushing my heart to just not talk to them right now, or for as long as it takes for Christ to heal and be with both of us. So, I wrote everything God had in my heart for this guy, and after a lot of prayer, I still responded with saying that it is not a good idea that we interact right now.
    The reason I bring all of this up is because in that moment, I was having a hard time believing that God's will for me in that situation was to both reconcile with this person and leave it where it stood, all in one message. How could reconciliation mean not talking? But as I typed it out and sent it, Christ was there, and His spirit was undeniable- I felt huge peace as I told this person that 1) I forgave them 2) I loved them and 3) that we wouldn't talk anymore, and that God's grace would cover it.
    Although I didn't bring anyone to Christ, I made God's love, power and will for my life very known to this person (who is a fellow christian). I woke up feeling a bit disoriented emotionally, and it's hard to wrap my head around, honestly, but I think that speaking the Truth Christ had for me was everything I needed in this season of my life to move on; it was everything I needed to live again, and more freely.
    Thank you, Christ. For speaking truth and love into me with every breath. I praise you.
    Have a good day, Girls!

  • I just love this reminder. There is so much beauty, even in the hard moments, when truth is spoken. I've had people speak truth to me where it stings, but I'm ultimately thankful for it.

  • Thanks Sarah, feeling convicted and praying for the obedience to do what God has called us to do. I need to grow up and speak God's truth to this young lady (20) I've been mentoring. She's heard craftiness from the worlds point of view. I've shared all kinds of biblical "feel good" stuff with her, but I need to now share with her the full gospel, so that she can ponder where her soul is currently before the Lord.

  • Therefore, Your Majesty, be pleased to accept my advice: Renounce your sins by doing what is right, and your wickedness by being kind to the oppressed. It may be that then your prosperity will continue.” (Daniel 4:27 NIV)

    This is the verse that really stuck out for me. I feel like God is telling me how much more I need take what I learn from our prayer and meditation time and DO more. I pray to God all the time to put peace in my heart. He is so faithful sisters and I often times feel very calm after prayer. If you knew me personally you’d know that’s a very big deal. I am a very anxious person. But how many times do I offer someone else peace? Or show love? Or show compassion when I’m frustrated? I need to lead more by example and *show* more of what God does through me.

    I can’t bring people to Christ and showing how good God is if I am not showing them by my behavior what he has done for me. If I want to tell people to trust God then I too need to let go of fear and be calm when things get tough!

    Easier said then done! But for our Good God I’m going to work harder to hold my tongue when people bother me. Or take steps forward even when I’m nervous. And even I’m exhausted I am going to give more without complaining. :)

    Wish me luck sisters!! I’m going to need it!

  • Praying for you and your dad, Misce! Praying The Lord would open his eyes, soften his heart, and the story of the gospel would completely captivate his attention. Praying for you also that you would have the boldness to speak truth and life into him!!

  • i feel like i should be on the receiving end, and not the giving end of the Truth. but if i have an opportunity to share the Truth and to bring someone else closer to him, then let it be His will. give me strength Lord Jesus.

  • amykelly213

    There is a lot of hesitation and fear in sharing God's truth because I do not feel confident that I have all the answers… How do I speak the truth to someone when I don't understand it all?!

    But then, God wouldn't put me in the path of someone who needs all the answers… He will bring me to people who need the truth as I understand it where I am now. I don't need to be able to spout memorized scriptures or know the perfect biblical story to share. I can share MY story. How God has worked His truth in me. And I can be honest and say I am still learning, but that God is perfect and patient and compassionate and He is helping me learn. And maybe when that person sees that God's truth is perfect, even if His people are not, they will find that there is a place for them in His Kingdom as well.

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  • Oh Sweet Jesus, today’s devo is so timely. I’m personal assistant to someone who is pretty much an unbeliever. He’s a nice “good” guy and he’s pretty much content with that. A lot of times he says things that make my ears feel funny but I’m too chicken to speak the truth to him. So thankful that this word is coming this Monday morning. I’ve got more opportunities to speak the truth in love.

    Also, God spoke to me in a different way in today’s devo.

    Nebud. Was unkind to the poor, was sinful and as I felt God tell me in chapter 3, he was probably also insecure in himself and NEEDED to be validated by everyone including the 3 Hebrew men that refused to bow. The only thing he was probably secure in was his wealth and dominion as King and God was taking that away from him to teach him not to trust in his wealth and position.

    I felt God say to me, “Ibukun, if all you have is taken from you, will you still be you? And even if what you fear greatly comes upon you, will you still be you?”

    I probably am not the only one God is dealing with concerning trusting in things I own, insecurity and “and even if” faith so I thought to share.

    • gail

      Thank you Ibukun! We should be asking these question of ourselves every single day…who we ARE NOT is what we have, what we look like, who are friends are or aren't, what we know, what we don't; WE ARE perfectly made and perfectly placed to grow, to share and to walk alongside others, to celebrate, to breathe in deeply every single moment with gratitude—if we are not doing THESE things, then this is where our focus should be…the world and our own egos will always try to convince us that we are LESS than these things, that success and importance defined by the world and believed by our egos is where it's at! And God would have us KNOW that humility, compassion, looking in the mirror less, prioritizing the spending of our money and time on things of long-lasting value and on his people and creation, is truly WHO WE ARE, who God wants us to be, taking different forms in different people, but uniting us in One purpose.

    • Beverly

      Thanks for sharing, ibukun!

  • This devotion today is a confirmation from the Lord. I have been praying for my Dad's salvation for quite a while. I have been praying for an opportunity to share the Gospel to him. Tomorrow is his birthday, and the family decided to celebrate his birthday here at our house (my husband and I's house). I knew it wasn't a coincidence that they have thought of that. And I feel the nudge of the Holy Spirit, that tomorrow is the day that I have been praying for. For some reason I suddenly felt afraid. But God spoke to me today through some verses. One of those is through

    Matthew 9:28-29: "Do you believe I can make you see?" "Yes Lord" they told Him, "we do". Then He touched their eyes and said, "BECAUSE OF YOUR FAITH, IT WILL HAPPEN." Then their eyes were opened, and they could see!"

    God is telling me right now, "DO YOU BELIEVE THAT I CAN MAKE YOUR DAD SEE?" And today I say YES to Him! I hear Him telling me that because of my FAITH it will happen! I love that even Daniel felt that fear "for a time" (Daniel 4:19), and yet He still obeyed the Lord to speak the Truth! Today I am reminded, that I should let my FAITH overcome my fear! This is a "come to Jesus talk" and it is my loved ones eternity which is at stake!

    Sisters, please pray for me to continue to have Faith and Courage as I share the Gospel to my Dad tomorrow. Please also pray that the Lord may prepare his heart to receive Him. Thank you and God bless you all!

    • Ibukun

      Praying that your dad’s heart be open to the gospel and that he comes to know God as his personal Lord and savior, Misce!

    • amykelly213

      Praying, Misce!! I am standing in faith with you and believing that this is the day!! Let us know how God moves! :)

    • amber

      Praying for words of wisdom and love for you and that the Holy Spirit will move on your dad's heart!

      • Rigoberto

        , Lu Xun (right spell?), or even, I would say, Jesus or Moses. Of course, there can be a good dtbaee on the ‘ideal’.2. U students cannot be identified as intellectuals without reservation, it should not be in the past and neither should it be now or in the future.3. Christian student movement could never be momentumized by intellectual capacity, if it means just reflective mind and rational arguments but should be led by a heart for the people/world out there and a zeal for the rightness of the world looked out from the eyes of the gospel.4. Just a clarification: CUFES–fellowship in CU, is never a ‘branch’ or ‘belonged’ or ‘under’ FES Hong Kong. Rather, CUFES contributes to what is FES and is a member fellowship (with voting right) of the bigger indigenous student movement of HK.

    • Brandi

      Praying that God would show Himself thru you! And that your words would be His words! So excited for you and how God is using you! I pray He would bless you with great peace and remind you of His awesome power that is already in you and at work in this situation! Praying He makes the rough places smooth! I pray when your dad sees you tomorrow that he would see Christ!

    • Andrea

      Praying for your Dad and that God may give you words to speak!

    • Teresa

      I have been praying for my husband's salvation for some time as well. He has lived the majority of 68 years on earth as an agnostic. This can be so difficult to overcome, but its not mine to overcome, this is the work of the Lord and as the Christian women in their lives our role is to pray for their salvation and claim it!

      We must be an example of Jesus' love…Show them what its like to walk with the Lord by our actions, words, reactions…I hope things went well at the party, and that you were able to share the Good News!

    • jesusgirl71

      Praying for you and your dad.

    • Pam

      I am praying for your dad…that his heart has fertile soil to receive your words of love. I'm praying for you Misce…that you have courage to share The Lord with your dad. Amen. Xo

    • Clare

      praying for you!!

  • kristi1521

    I have to say that I am on the other spectrum of this. I have been reaching out to people, mostly strangers, hoping that they speak the truth to me. I crave the knowledge that others seem to have and yet I am on the search for. I ask them how they pray, how do they know what God is telling them to do. How do you tell the difference between God speaking to you, and it not just being you speaking to yourself. I feel kind of silly at times. I'm 32. I went to Sunday school. I should know how to praise God, and yet I feel like a little girl just beginning to learn, and waiting for someone to guide me.

    • amykelly213

      I wish I had some of those answers for you! I can tell you this, God desires for you to know Him far more than you do!! He will put the people you need to guide you in your path. Just continue to pray and He will provide!

      I often wonder about hearing God's voice. I am bad for asking Him to give me a sign… And now give me a sign if that was Your sign… You know what I mean? I don't think there are any easy answers to your questions. But I know that God is not a god of worry or doubt. If it comes from Him, you will be sure and confident. Pray to Him just like you are talking to your earthly father… But give yourself a quiet time and a quiet place so you can listen if He responds. Study His word like you are now, He often will give me the answers I am looking for right here in my devotion time!

      Love you, sister… Hope I've helped a little! I'm praying for you!!

      • Kristi

        Thanks so much for responding! When I really sit and think about it, I know the times that God has really spoken to me. I don’t know how I know, but I do. He has guided me through all the ups and downs in my life. Someone once told me that God is thrilled just by the dialogue that we have about him, and I truly believe that.

    • retha

      amykelly213 gave you a good response.
      Would like to add, privileged position to be in where people do not teach but to learn what our LORD has for you specifically. People can tell you what they know and what they live, and easily that can become methods. Just continue to ask the HOLY SPIRIT to teach you ( as it is written) and respond.
      It is a little to ask a person; teach me what your mother sound like so I can know when she speaks to me. Now, that is difficult. But we can explain how our mother is and people can have some knowledge of her. But only being her daughter can I know her as mother. So with our loving Saviour. Only HE can show us, continue to allow HIM to show you. HE does show HIMSELF as we are looking to find HIM alone.

    • Teresa

      Good Monday morning SRT ladies!

      It has been a trying weekend, since leaving my house on Friday. I had to ask to be excused from my fast, but felt terrible trying to focus on the Lord when I had an epic case of fleshly responses. I am 36 yet feel like a 12 year old when it comes to how I understand God and different ways to worship, praise, and know him.

      In a bible study class I once learned to follow these steps:
      KLORF:
      Know God- 1 John 4:19
      Love God- John 14:15, 21
      Obey Gods Commands- John 15:10
      Remain in God- John 15:4-5
      Fruits can be shared when we abide/remain in God- John 15:4-5

      My prayer for our group today is that God continue to speak to us, and give us the hunger in our belly to know him, in Jesus' name. Amen.

      Have a blessed day,
      Teri

    • Julia

      me too kristi!! you're not alone

    • Kristine

      I could have written this myself! I feel just like this. I want so badly to hear Gods voice and to know for certain that I am on the right path. I hear people tell of God speaking to them and I have to wonder…is he not speaking to me, or am I just so dense that I don't realize it? I often say I wish He would just put it up on a billboard for me so that it will be clear to me. I am sorry I do not have any words of wisdom for you, but to keep praying and listening, and ask Him to help us understand.

    • gail

      Kristi, what a refreshing post to wake up to…You are exactly where you are supposed to be…and asking questions is a wonderful place to stay your whole life…it leaves space for God to "fall in" and for Truth to begin coursing thru your veins…I believe we were set on this planet already knowing the answers that are right for us, sometimes they get clouded or covered by our upbringing and environment…we know they are there and so we begin asking questions when we are no longer bound by our upbringing and environment…ask questions, but stay silent often so that you can hear that voice that sometimes sounds like you-talking-to-you…it is you, from the still small voice that is the biggest part of you, it comes from the one who created you and lives inside you…and it may actually sound different than the answers you are getting from others to the questions you are asking…people have lots of answers for 'how to pray' and 'how they know god is speaking to them'…you don't need to crave the knowledge others have, that knowledge is for them, and let their responses help guide you back to yourself…trust that you already know, you just need time and space and silence to uncover…and always be in service to others, do the uncomfortable-out-of-your-comfort-zone 'projects'—they will always guide you to your true "home within" where your answers wait for you.

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