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3 Amazing Keys You Need to Activate God’s Supernatural Power

Daniel 1:8-9; 17

But Daniel purposed in his heart that he would not defile himself with the portion of the king’s meat, nor with the wine which he drank: therefore he requested of the prince of the eunuchs that he might not defile himself. Now God had brought Daniel into favour and tender love with the prince of the eunuchs….As for these four children, God gave them knowledge and skill in all learning and wisdom: and Daniel had understanding in all visions and dreams.

We’ve entered a time of year when many churches and believers are participating in various fasting and consecration activities. While some Christians see this as a time to become more spiritually disciplined, God uses this practice to accomplish much more in the life of the believer.

When God sees a heart surrendered to Him in fasting and prayer, He sees a person that is ready to receive His supernatural power to carry forward His vision and purpose.

This was true for the Old Testament prophet Daniel. Through the study of Daniel’s life, you can find 3 amazing keys to activate God’s supernatural power in your life.

1.  Develop A Determined Heart

Daniel was kidnapped from Israel and taken into Babylonian captivity at the young age of 15. The wicked Babylonian King Nebuchadnezzar had created a wartime strategy to assimilate all prisoners of war, thereby eradicating the Jewish culture.

It was risky to defy the king. And certainly, at such a young age, no one would have faulted Daniel for hastily embracing the tradition of Babylon. Yet, Daniel did the unexpected. He made a determination within himself to do something different than what was culturally acceptable.

The bible says,

But Daniel purposed in his heart that he would not defile himself with the portion of the king’s meat, nor with the wine which he drank: therefore he requested of the prince of the eunuchs that he might not defile himself.” (Daniel 1:8)

Daniel was determined not to do what everyone else was doing. He wanted to keep himself clean for God.

Even Moses faced a similar temptation to adopt the Egyptian culture. Although he was a Hebrew man raised in an Egyptian household, the bible records that he chose, “… to suffer affliction with the people of God, [rather] than to enjoy the pleasures of sin for a season; (Hebrews 11:25)

Similarly, you will encounter many cultural practices that are legal and even socially acceptable, but they’re not pleasing to God. What do you need to reject so that you can unlock God’s power?

2.  Develop A Prepared Heart

Although Daniel was a prisoner in a foreign country, he never abandoned His faith. He was prepared and committed to pleasing God.

Daniel’s captors were insistent that he stick to the king’s orders to nourish himself with the diet instituted by the king. Instead of worrying about the outcome, Daniel fixed his eyes of faith on the Lord.

He believed that God would keep him in the midst of trouble. He even challenged the leader of his captors saying,

“Please test your servants for ten days, and let them give us vegetables to eat and water to drink.” (Daniel 1:12, NKJV)

Daniel fixed his heart on obeying God, not on the consequences. Likewise, you shouldn’t worry about how things will turn out if you obey God. Instead, follow God’s promises. The prophet Isaiah says,

“You keep him in perfect peace whose mind is stayed on you, because he trusts in you.” (Isaiah 26:3, ESV)

If you are not living in peace, it means that God is not the center of your focus. What areas of your life do you need to completely turn over to God so that you can walk in His power?

3.  Develop A Reconciled Heart  

When Daniel determined he would not obey the king’s command, he wasn’t testing God. He had already

reconciled within himself that he would be obedient to God, no matter how long it took. The eunuch set the time period of ten days, but in reality, Daniel had already reconciled within himself that his defiance was a lifetime commitment to live according to God’s standard. Consequently, Daniel’s faith was rewarded. The bible records,

“And at the end of ten days their countenances appeared fairer and fatter in flesh than all the children which did eat the portion of the king’s meat.” (Daniel 1:15)

Daniel believed that no matter what, he needed to keep himself holy before God. Even as a

teenager, Daniel demonstrated what it looks like to make God your priority. When Daniel set his heart on pleasing God, he became a person that God could use.

God supernaturally poured out His power on Daniel.

“As for these four children, God gave them knowledge and skill in all learning and wisdom: and Daniel had understanding in all visions and dreams….And in all matters of wisdom and understanding, that the king enquired of them, he found them ten times better than all the magicians and astrologers that were in all his realm.” (Daniel 1:17;20)

Without any money, influence, or educational advantages God promoted him from a child captive to a national leader.

In the same way, God wants to make you a leader in your generation. He is making you for a specific purpose and task. Daniel lived in a dark time when his people needed hope and a vision.

The same is true today. There are people all around you who need a word of encouragement and a fresh vision for the future. The bible says “Where there is no vision, the people perish.” (Proverbs 29:18)

God wants to use you to reveal His vision for the world to your family, your friends, and your community. All Daniel wanted to do was please God, but God’s plan for Daniel was much greater.

Blessed Assurances: 4 Powerful Principles You Need to Overcome Uncertainty

Genesis 28: 15-16

And, behold, I am with thee, and will keep thee in all places whither thou goest, and will bring thee again into this land; for I will not leave thee, until I have done that which I have spoken to thee of. And Jacob awakened out of his sleep, and he said, Surely the LORD is in this place; and I knew it not.

You will face times in your life when you are discouraged, frightened, or uncertain. In the book of Ecclesiastes, King Solomon wrote,

“I returned, and saw under the sun, that the race is not to the swift, nor the battle to the strong, neither yet bread to the wise, nor yet riches to men of understanding, nor yet favor to men of skill; but time and chance happeneth to them all.” (Ecclesiastes 9:11)

Mistakes you have made or circumstances beyond your control can cause your future to become unpredictable. This was the case for Abraham’s grandson Jacob. After tricking his brother Esau out of his birthright, he didn’t have any assurances about his future.

When he set out on a 450-mile journey, running from his brother, he didn’t even know if his basic needs would be met. Yet 70 miles into his travels, he laid his weary head on a rock, fell asleep, and the Lord appeared to him in a dream. God knew that Jacob needed peace about his future and so He gave him four principles to help him overcome his uncertainty.

Those same principles apply to you today as you face the ambiguity of 2022.

1.  Remember God’s Promises

The first thing God does for Jacob is to remind him of the promises He made to his father and grandfather saying,

” I am the LORD God of Abraham thy father, and the God of Isaac: the land whereon thou liest, to thee will I give it, and to thy seed; And thy seed shall be as the dust of the earth, and thou shalt spread abroad to the west, and to the east, and to the north, and to the south: and in thee and in thy seed shall all the families of the earth be blessed.” (Genesis 28:13-14)

When you are facing uncertain times, you need to open your bible and rehearse its promises. Whatever you are facing, nothing is too hard for God. Whatever He has promised you through His word, He is able to perform. Paul picked it up saying, “For all the promises of God in him are yea, and in him Amen, unto the glory of God by us.” (2 Corinthians 1:20)

2.  Remember God’s Presence

Jacob was all by himself. He surely felt frightened and alone on His journey, but God encouraged him and assured him by saying,

“And, behold, I am with thee…”  (Genesis 28:15)

Whatever difficulty you encounter, you are not alone.  You serve all-powerful and all-knowing God. This does not mean that you will escape the storms of life, but it does mean that in the midst of trouble, you can have peace and confidence in Christ in the midst of uncertainty. After Jesus’ resurrection, He comforted the disciples with these words promising,

“… lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen.” (Matthew 28:20)

God’s promise to you is the same; in whatever you go through, He is with you.

3.  Remember God’s Protection  

Jacob didn’t know what was going to happen to Him going forward, but God calmed his fears, affirming that He would be his protection.  The Lord said,

“…and will keep thee in all places whither thou goest…” (Genesis 28:15) 

You may not know what will happen to you in 2022, but God offers you the same promise He made Jacob. He will protect you. You don’t need to fear the dangers that may lay ahead of you this year. God has promised to watch over you.  God’s promise is not one to protect you from harm, but He will protect you from hurt.  You may face sickness, troublesome family issues, or worries about your job, but in the end, they will not hurt you!

King David proclaimed in Psalm 116,

“Gracious [is] the LORD, and righteous; yea, our God [is] merciful. The LORD preserveth the simple: I was brought low,and he helped me.  Return unto thy rest, O my soul; for the LORD hath dealt bountifully with thee.  For thou hast delivered my soul from death, mine eyes from tears, [and] my feet from falling.  I will walk before the LORD in the land of the living.”  (Psalm 116: 5-9)

David understood that whatever came against him, God would deliver him. Those same mercies and assurances are yours as God’s child.

4. Remember God’s Provision

When God spoke to Jacob promising to keep him (v.15), He used a Hebrew word, šāmar, which has a two-fold meaning, indicating that God would both protect Jacob and provide for Him in declaring:

“[I] will keep (šāmar) thee in all places whither thou goest, and will bring thee again into this land; for I will not leave thee, until I have done that which I have spoken to thee of.” (Genesis 28:15)

Jacob understood exactly what God meant. He knew that every future need, God would supply.  Similarly, you have a promise from God that He will meet your material needs as you journey with Him. The Apostle Paul encouraged the church at Philippi saying,

“But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus.” (Phil 4:19)