I learned something very valuable today. I am still doing the Beth Moore bible study, Daniel. The first six weeks of the study were about living with integrity. I really enjoyed that part of the study. I would like to believe I learned a great deal about what's really important in life. It taught that we are basically living in a modern day Babylon, especially here in America. The study challenged me to really take a look at what I "value" - is it money? Possessions? Fame? Or is it living a life I can be proud of? Living in a way that would glorify Jesus in all that I do? Things, money, fame are not whats important in this life. What is important is living for the Kingdom. The eternal kingdom with Jesus.
So fast forward to the second half of the study. Almost right off the bat, she lost me. I just can't wrap my mind around prophesy and the end times. It really hurts my head. So I decided to "skim" the days homework, and just participate in the video portion of the study. So today, I go to watch the video and I was just blown away. The things she taught me were priceless. It was all about how God is a god of time. He holds all time in His hands. In the book of Daniel, it talks about "the Anointed One" and His time on earth. The "kingdom calendar" was presented to us, and it blew my mind. The book talks about time and it predicted exactly when Jesus would reign. The thought that God orchestrated all time and told Daniel almost 500 years earlier that an "Anointed One" was coming. Amazing.
I committed right then and there to go back a week in my study and really dig deep. The things that I don't understand, pray over it, research it, until I do. Ask God for supernatural understanding instead of accepting defeat. Well, I did that this afternoon. I sat down in the quiet (a God given gift, in and of itself) of my living room and studied. Want to know something amazing? As I read the very text that I read this past week, that I just didn't get, I had a complete understanding this time. It was amazing. I learned so much about the prophesy in Daniel chapters 8 and 9. He speaks of the Antichrist and his reign. I will share more about what I learned next time, but I am so excited that I didn't give up. I am so excited God gave me fresh insight today.
What an encouraging study. You know what I learned first and foremost? The very God that holds all time in His Hands, the very God that spoke the future to Daniel 500 years earlier than it would actually happen, is the VERY God that holds me. The very God that has my life in His Hands! To God be the GLORY! Thank you, Father!