Sunday Preview

October 14, 2010

I want to thank those of you who prayed for me last week when I was fighting a nasty virus and a fever. I’m thankful to be back on my feet and I look forward to being with you at Living Streams this Sunday.
My message this week is called, “The Handwriting on the Wall” from Daniel 5. This is the story of a decadent party thrown by King Belshazzar of Babylon for 1000 of the nobles in the kingdom. To liven up the party, the king pulled out the gold and silver goblets taken from the house of God in Jerusalem sixty-five years earlier. As the revelers praised the gods of materialism, a hand suddenly appeared and began to inscribe a message into the wall.
King Belshazzar was in shock as he watched the fingers carve the message into the wall. He knew it was a message from God, but he couldn’t understand what it meant. None of the so-called wise men of Babylon could interpret the message. Finally at the urging of the queen, Daniel was summoned to interpret the message. He gave a chilling interpretation about the judgment coming on the king which was fulfilled that very night.
God gives each of us messages at critical times in our lives. Sometimes we too need a man of God to help us to interpret what the Lord is saying to us. I’m hoping that we will be able to read the handwriting on the wall when our friends and family are getting messages from the Lord. The crisis that the king of Babylon was facing provided an opportunity for the wisdom of God to be manifest through Daniel. There will be no shortage of crises in any family or group of friends as the years go on. These crises will be opportunities for the wisdom that has been given to you through Jesus Christ to be manifest for the glory of God.

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