Transformation Garden - July 4, 2016

July 4

Today’s Text and Thought of Encouragement:

For His divine power has bestowed upon us all things that are requisite to life and godliness, through the full, personal knowledge of Him who called us by and to His own glory and excellent virtue. By means of these He has bestowed on us His precious and exceedingly great promises, so that through them you may escape from the moral decay that is in the world because of covetousness, lust and greed, and become partakers of the divine nature. For this very reason, adding your diligence to the divine promises, employ every effort in exercising your faith.”

II Peter 1: 3-5
Amplified Bible

“’Tis so sweet to trust in Jesus,
Just to take Him at His word;
Just to rest upon His promise,
Just to know, ‘Thus saith the Lord.’
Jesus, Jesus, how I trust Him,
How I’ve proved Him o’er and o’er!
Jesus, Jesus, precious Jesus!
O for grace to trust Him more.”

Louisa M.R. Stead

Exceeding Great and Precious Promises

“As spreads the landscape on the sight,
Green hill and meadow, wood, and stream,
All glowing to the sun’s glad light,
And quickened by His tender beam, -

So spread the promises divine,
And in their grace before us lie;
With luster clear and bright they shine
Upon Faith’s strong and opened eye.”

Canon Bell

“God is the God of promise. He keeps His word, even when that seems impossible, even when the circumstances seem to point to the opposite.”

Colin Urquhart

Today’s Study Text:

“Then said Daniel unto the king, ‘O king, live for ever. My God hath sent His angel, and hath shut the lions’ mouths, that they have not hurt me: forasmuch as before Him innocency was found in me; and also before thee, O king, have I done no hurt.’ Then was the king exceeding glad for him, and commanded that they should take Daniel up out of the den. So Daniel was taken up out of the den, and no manner of hurt was found upon him, because he believed in his God.”

Daniel 6:21-23


“Earthly Power Versus Heavenly Purpose” Part 30

“Deliverance From the Den” Section A

“You are my hiding place, You will protect me from trouble and surround me with songs of deliverance.”

Psalm 32: 7

“You are my hiding place
You always fill my heart
With songs of deliverance
Whenever I am afraid
I will trust in You.

I will trust in You.
Let the weak say,
‘I am strong
In the strength of the Lord.’”


When and how have I witnessed the deliverance of God in my life?

In what ways has trusting in God’s promises made a difference in how I live each day?

“The great need of the present hour is Christians who have learned to sing the song of deliverance on the testing side of trouble.”

David Wilkerson
Right Song, Wrong Side
Sermon, 2009


“Leave it all quietly to God, my soul,
My rescue comes from Him alone;
Rock, rescue, refuge, He is all to me,
Never shall I be overthrown.”

James Moffatt
Old Testament, New Translation
Psalm 62: 1

If I had been King Darius, standing outside the pit of lions, calling out to my friend, “O Daniel, did your Living God rescue you?” I believe I would have held my breath waiting for an answer. Any sign of life, even a faint noise, would have given me hope that indeed Daniel’s God had come to the rescue of his faithful servant.

However, instead of a weak call, the Biblical record conveys the fact that with a statement of honor, which in my personal opinion the king didn’t really deserve, Daniel, ever the gracious ambassador for our Almighty God, returned the king’s question with the greeting, “O king, live for ever.” What thoughtful kindness in the face of the king’s desperation. And so it was, with these few words, King Darius recognized that without a doubt, Daniel’s God was truly a “living” God…an “able” God…and a God of “deliverance.”

There must have been an unbelievable sense of relief as the reality of what had actually occurred swept over Darius. He had hoped with ever fiber of his being that a miracle would occur. There may have ever been a part of the king which thought that Daniel’s release from the lions would be a divine intervention unlike anything he had even personally witnessed.

While it is more than likely that the tale of the “Three Hebrews in the Fiery Furnace” had been turned into a Babylonian legend, Darius hadn’t seen that event with his own eyes. Faced with the need for a supernatural rescue of his trusted advisor, I can only believe that Darius anticipated an unearthly ending to the terrible treatment of Daniel who continuously served the Living God.

As Daniel’s voice and words reassured the king that truly, his God, was an able deliverer, King Darius must have been overcome by the tangible truth of who the God of Daniel was. And as for us, God’s children living in the 21st century, this record left by Daniel’s own pen serves as heavenly encouragement to every one of us who faces times in our lives when the help of human hands is completely inadequate in releasing us from the dead-ends and the death-dens we find ourselves in.

When studying specifically the word “deliver,” I found that over 50 times, the word deliver is found in the Psalms. Time and again David cries out to his God to deliver him – from enemies …from persecutors…from his sins…from the sword…and finally even from death. In one of my favorite Psalms, though short, David gets right to the point with God. He’s in trouble and he needs a Deliverer:

A Psalm of David

“Make haste, O God, to deliver me; make haste to help me, O Lord!  Let them be put to shame and confounded that seek and demand my life; let them be turned backward and brought to confusion and dishonor who desire and delight in my hurt. Let them be turned back and appalled because of their shame and disgrace who say, ‘Aha, aha!’ May all those who seek for You and require You as their vital need rejoice and be glad in You; and may those who love Your salvation (Hebrew: “Your Deliverance) say continually, ‘Let God be magnified. But I am poor and needy; hasten to me, O God! You are my Help and my Deliverer: O Lord, do not tarry!’”

Psalm 70: 1-5
Amplified Bible

If today you long to see the hand of your Almighty Deliverer work on your behalf, no matter the trial you face, then I invite you to call out to Daniel’s God – to David’s God – and to your God:

“I’ve lost it. I’m wasted!
God – quickly, quickly!
Quick to my side,
Quick to my rescue!
God, don’t lose a minute.”

Psalm 70: 5
The Message Bible

Just as our God Almighty, the Living God heard His children of old and moved on their behalf, so He can be counted on to be your Deliverer now – this very minute.

Leave It All Quietly to God
Psalm 62: 1-8

“Leave it all quietly to God, my soul,
my rescue comes from Him alone;
rock, rescue, refuge, He is all to me,
never shall I be overthrown.

How long will you be threatening (me),
You murders all,
as if (I was) a shaky fence,
a tottering wall?

They plan to push me from my place,
delighting in a crafty part;
blessings are on their lips,
and curses in their heart.

Leave it all quietly to God, my soul,
my rescue comes from Him alone:
rock, rescue, refuge, He is all to me,
never shall I be overthrown.”

A Psalm of David
by James Moffatt


God of Our Life
“God of our life, through all the circling years,
We trust in Thee;
In all the past, through all our hopes and fears,
Thy hand we see.
With each new day, when morning lifts the veil,
We own Thy mercies, Lord, which never fail.

God of the past, our times are in Thy hand;
With us abide.
Lead us by faith to hope’s true Promised Land;
Be Thou our guide.
With Thee to bless, the darkness shines as light,
And faith’s fair vision changes into sight.

God of the coming years, through paths unknown
We follow Thee;
When we are strong, Lord, leave us not alone;
Our refuge be.
Be Thou for us in life our Daily Bread,
Our heart’s true Home when all our years have sped.”

Hugh Thomson Kerr

Your friend,

Dorothy Valcàrcel, Author
When A Woman Meets Jesus
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