Daniel 6:1-5

Daniel 6:1-5

Daniel 6:4Vintage message from December 7, 1997.

How many of us in here can say that there is no corruptness in us? [Daniel] was found trustworthy. How many of us in here can say that we, if someone examined our lives today, would find us trustworthy? You know what? I can tell you. Most of us in here could actually say that, yes, we’re trustworthy — for the most part. You know what? I’m trustworthy — for the most part. I’m not corrupt — for the most part. And, I’m not negligent — for the most part. And, you know, I would venture to say that most of us in here find ourselves in that same place… We all have struggles in our lives… We all have our limits. We all have those times when we are challenged. But you know what? We don’t have to respond to the corruption that is brought to us. We don’t have to respond…

We, as Christians today, all too often allow for the Christian radio, the Christian television, the Christian media, the Christian books, tapes, you name it, we’ve got CDs out the wazoo — we allow those things to be our source of strength through the day… We begin to worship the very thing that’s supposed to be honoring God, and we begin to worship it rather than setting it aside and going straight to the Source Itself…

I have struggles in my life, and you know what? It doesn’t change if I’m only going to give God fifteen minutes of my day… When I open up my Bible it’s going to be so that I can grow stronger, that I can become closer, that I can give my life in a more real way over to the God Who is my source of power, my source of strength. That I wouldn’t just give Him fifteen minutes in the morning…fifteen minutes isn’t enough…but I can increase my time more and more before God, for your sake, for my sake. And can you imagine if each one of us even added five minutes this next week, to give that over to the Lord, to be genuine in our lives before God and say, “Make me who Daniel was.” If we just added five minutes this week, can you imagine that with all of us adding that five minutes together, the difference that it would make in the lives of the people in just this fellowship?… I don’t believe we’re going to change the world, but we can sure be a source of strength for each other.

Pastor Dave Elkins