We're traveling to Michigan later today for ministry this weekend. Looking forward to preaching the morning services at Freedom Christian on Sunday. I'll also have the opportunity to share the vision of the Philly Project!
Yesterday afternoon God gave me a message I'm calling Asleep in Strange Places. Daniel had every reason to be stressed out. He was a political refugee. His co-workers hated him. And once Darius signed the decree they suggested, he faced an impossible choice to either continue praying toward Jerusalem, or face certain death. Yet the contrast in Daniel 6 between Darius and Daniel is amazing.
While Darius is pacing in the palace, Daniel is sleeping in the lion's den. Counter-intuitive indeed.
Contrary to popular opinion, peace is not the absence of trouble. Rather, it's a deep, abiding trust in the grace of God, experienced in the Presence of God. That's why the Bible is full of stories of people sleeping in strange places.
Daniel sleeps with lions.
Peter sleeps in prison (Acts 12.6).
Jesus sleeps in a boat during a violent storm (Mark 4).
If stress affects our bodies negatively so that we can't eat or sleep, supernatural peace sets things right. No matter what you're experiencing today--stop pacing, start praying, and sleep like a baby!