Underpinning Our Lives – Part 4

Underpinning Our Lives – Part 4

There is a man in your kingdom who is full of the divine Holy Spirit.

Daniel 5:11

Yesterday we discovered by underpinning their life in God, Daniel and his friends were given a top job.

In fact, when we arrive at Daniel chapter five the king’s grandmother says “why not ask Daniel who has the Spirit of God in him?”. In other words, if you want advice you can do no better than ask Daniel! That is what happens and the result you can find out by reading chapter five.

The point is that Daniel’s gifting was underpinned by the Holy Spirit. Years earlier than Daniel, a young man called Joseph was called before a king in Egypt. The similarity is there for all to see, as this young boy interprets the king’s dream and is promoted from prisoner to second in command of Egypt; that is what I call promotion! The secret was that Joseph too had his life underpinned by God. Joseph, like Daniel, is recorded in scripture as having such faith in God under stressful and trying circumstances which you and I hopefully will never have. 

I come back to it again the secret is Inward (private life) Outward (public life) and Upward (personal life) rooted and grounded in God.

The Inward Life 

The inward life is the direction of our worship which refers to who I am when no one is looking. It’s not really difficult to lift up praises to God when we’re at church or around other Christians. In those environments we’re encouraged, even expected, to do so. But what about when we’re in the privacy of our own homes?

Are we being careful to please God with our private thoughts, with the things we see, with the places we visit? 

Worshipping inwardly by being good is perhaps the litmus test for all of worship. 

Litmus is a dye obtained from certain lichens that is red under acid conditions and blue under alkaline conditions.

Verses to look at John 7:38-39 we need the inward flow of the living water.

The Word of God “exposes our innermost thoughts and desires” 

Hebrews 4:12 NLT

Who are you really? Be honest before God right now. 

Are any of your attitudes or actions offensive to another Christian? 

Do you cheerfully give your money as you feel led by God? 

Be honest and open with God as you go into a time of reflection.

I know I need the inward flow of the living water daily in order to underpin my life and walk with God. The great news I just have to ask, and guess what I receive.

I leave you with Jesus own words to encourage you.

If your children ask for bread, which of you would give them a stone? Or if your children ask for a fish, would you give them a snake? Even though you are bad, you know how to give good gifts to your children. How much more your heavenly Father will give good things to those who ask him! 

Matthew 7-9-11

Keep safe and stay Blessed