22nd November 2017
Apostle Grace Lubega
Daniel 1:6-7 (KJV), Now among these were of the children of Judah, Daniel, Hananiah, Mishael, and Azariah: Unto whom the prince of the eunuchs gave names: for he gave unto Daniel the name of Belteshazzar; and to Hananiah, of Shadrach; and to Mishael, of Meshach; and to Azariah, of Abednego.
When the children of Israel were taken into captivity, they were carried to Babylon. However, Babylon is not just a historical place. It is the distinctive representation of the systems of this world.
In Babylon, the prince of the eunuchs changed the names of Daniel and his companions. The Babylonian system will always seek to change your God given identity.
Today, we have many Christians imitating the patterns of the world to define who they are. This explains why believers look like the carnal men of the present world.
They look at the men of this world and admire to be like them. Many of these imitations are done without understanding the spirit behind them.
What makes Daniel different from all his companions is that even though he was given the name Belteshazzar, he never accepted it.
He is largely identified as Daniel while Hannaniah, Mishael and Azariah are mostly identified as Shadrach, Mesach and Abednego.
For this reason, the glory in which he operates is different from that in which his companions operate. His friends are thrown into the fire and do not get burned. But Daniel, even though he did not bow to the statue, did not get to test that fire(Daniel 3).
That is the glory of a man who understands his identity in God. God Himself hides him. Hallelujah!
FURTHER STUDY: 1 Peter 2:9, Ephesians 3:14-15
The glory of the man who understands his identity in God is that God Himself hides him.
PRAYER: Father, I thank you for who I am in you. I am of a peculiar nation, a royal priesthood. I carry your name and identity. Nothing in this world defines me but you my God. I am different, I am special, I am unpredictable. In Jesus’ name. Amen.