Daniel is a significant book for us to study. We can take encouragement from this man who served his God with distinction in the most hostile society imaginable…We may consider our times to uncertain, but our situation was not as grim as the days experienced by Daniel. Yet still he kept his faith in God and he learned that in that darkest day God was on the throne.
“Where is he that is born King of the Jews?”
“These Gospels which, as to size, are mere pamphlets, are the most precious writings in all the world…They are the heart of Divine revelation, because they are the record of the manifestation of God on earth, in the Person of His Son, for the purpose of redemption” (Graham Scroggie)
Now I saw in my dream, that by this time the Pilgrims were got over the Enchanted Ground, and entering into the country of Beulah, whose air was very sweet and pleasant, the way lying directly through it, they solaced themselves there for a season.
As this stage of the journey was descriptive of Bunyan’s ministry, he was indicating that those engaged in public service must be especially on their guard against the consequences of flattery and where it can lead.
This place therefore represents the goal of Christian maturity that we all must aspire to, as we make our journey through the wilderness of this world.
Leaving the path will always led us into despair and doubting. One simple step of disobedience can have catastrophic consequences
The New Testament is the story of Christ’s ministry, his sacrifice and resurrection, the establishment of the Church and the proclamation of the Gospel among the Gentile peoples.
The little that we do is great if the Spirit of God is blessing. It is His power not our might which is the basic requirement of success.
Haggai was called to a good and godly remnant who as a result of discouragement had lost a sense of priority. This same problem has afflicted Christians in every age. We lose our determination and zeal. We become focused on careers, homes and all the other trappings of a materialistic society. We no longer have the interest in the Lord’s Work that once we had. This is not apostasy but a lukewarmness that overtakes the body of the Church. To such a people Haggai was called.