By Frank Pollard
"NO LESS THAN GREAT!"
God gave the Ten Commandments as principles by which
His people could live freely and powerfully. Jesus Christ came
to free us from the consequences and power of sin and from the
limitations of time. "It is for freedom you have been set
free," He said. Why do so many people miss their greatness? A
dream is dreamed of a life of character, achievement and hard
work. Oh, the places we'll go, we think and something happens.
Some evil dream-busting, life-crippling force steals the
vision. Can we know how it happened? Can we do something about
Daniel, a book in a seldom dusted corner of the Old
Testament gives us insights into how the enemy of the good life
takes away our power but it does not have to happen. If it does
happen, you can get it back. You don't have to be less than
Our scripture text tells of four young people who faced
their nation's defeat in a war. They were captured, taken away
to a strange new place. They were Daniel, Hananiah, Mishael and
Azariah. The story begins with war. Nebuchadnezzar, King of
the Babylonian Empire, successfully attacked the little land of
Judah. He captured King Jehoiakim and took over the nation.
Nebuchadnezzar was a very smart king. He had a strong army,
well equipped and prepared. They could fight well and they
could scare people so they fought and won control of Judah and
they scared the people into submission but the King knew you
couldn't keep strong people scared for very long. In the long
run the strong hearts and spirits of God's people are more
powerful than any army. He knew that if he was to keep control,
he would have to change the hearts and minds of the people. He
needed an idea. He had learned that most ideas come when you
think, so he thought about how to make the people of Judah into
the kind of people he could control. As he thought, his idea
came: "I'll change their future leaders," he decided. He called
his main m ...
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