Light Up The Sky

Remember, our next book is 1 Timothy. The series is entitled — It's Time To Clean Up The Church. So get ready and get your journal in hand. Our text today is from Daniel 12:3. This is the last word from Gabriel as he concludes explaining the vision. And it reads:

And those who are wise shall shine like the brightness of the sky above; and those who turn many to righteousness, like the stars forever and ever. — Daniel 12:3

So what does this mean?

Well, Gabriel is telling Daniel that beyond tribulation, there's hope. He is telling him and us that while the world is going to grow increasingly dim till the time is done, on the other side, there is light.

Fellas, this is pretty easy to predict, but the world will grow increasingly dim over the coming years. It's going to get progressively darker. That's the general theme of this entire prophecy. We will be darkened by persecution, trials, and suffering because Lucifer and the people who do his bidding will be driven by sin and selfishness. They have dominion over this present world and the present time. But eventually, this will come to an end. And when it does, we will not be forgotten. When the final war is fought, this time will end, and God will claim victory. And when that happens, we will shine like stars forever.

Fellas, no matter how oppressed and down you are today, you must continue putting your faith in Jesus and his ultimate victory. Sometimes this will be the only way you can get through your challenges. So tuck away in the back of your mind that we will light up the sky one day. And this is not the power of positive self-talk mustered by mental effort to negate negative realities so we can get through a present challenge. If you want that, listen to Tony Robbins. Which, by the way, doesn't work because you cannot wish away the problems of the present by pretending they don't exist. What you can do, however, is embrace suffering clinging to future victory based on the promises given to us in Daniel by God through the angel Gabriel. So in your troubles today, anchor yourself in the truth that victory is coming when the present feels dark. And let's cling to the fact that we, along with Daniel, will light up the sky in eternity.

ASK THIS: In what part of your life do you need to cling to God's victory?

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PRAY THIS: God, I am ready to see your victory, and till then, I cling to it, till the end of time.

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9 thoughts on “Light Up The Sky

  1. Michael Carle says:

    I was provided this link by a member of our church. I look forward to the daily devotional.

  2. Tom Waller says:

    This morning in our bible study we were in Chapter 3 of Mindset for Men: The light of the Mind. I want to be among those shinning stars in the sky.

  3. Dennis James says:

    Awesome devotional Vince. We must keep our focus on Yeshua. Two scriptures come to mind:
    Romans 12:12 rejoicing in hope, patient in tribulation,continuing steadfastly in prayer
    Proverbs 24:10 If you faint in the day of adversity , your strength is small.
    We must stand steadfast and not let the distractions of the enemy take our focus off of what God is going to accomplish.

  4. Trent says:

    I need to cling to victory in raising children. God’s victory. To take the pressure off of me. To know that in the bitter end of it all, I have not the power to save them. Not their sole. Not their life. And not from struggles. That is between then and God.
    Proverbs 22:6 says Train up a child in the way that he should go, and when he is old he will not depart from it.
    Not teach them and tomorrow they have it down pat. Train them. Training takes time and experience not just pointing out facts. When they are old they will not depart. Not teach today and no worries the rest of this life. Lord grant me patience and a sense of privilege in training your children. I pray that I would not see it as a punishment or sentence but as a job entrusted to me to see through.

    • Tim M. says:

      Praying that you will be encouraged today in raising your children and that at some point they will take on faith in God as their own.

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