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Psalm 4; Daniel 10:2–19; 1 John 2:26–28

Relationships are very important to us. Sometimes relationships can seem to be invisible or even not related to us. The invisible and “unrelated” ones will often have impacts beyond our imaginings or expectations.

Daniel had a relationship with God. It was very solid and sound. Daniel trusted God implicitly and explicitly. God provided wisdom and mystical s to Daniel.

Some of those s were…unsettling. Daniel often struggled with those he received. He even needed supernatural support to recover, at least this time.

Daniel had times where he had to choose God or ease, and chose God. Daniel was secure in God.

Daniel’s relationship is often called, “anointed.” John refers to anointing, well. While it may seem to be different, it is not, and yet is.

It is the same insofar as the emed Daniel, just as the ems us. It is different insofar as most of us don’t have the gifts of wisdom and mystical s. There are some that have one or the other, but very rarely both.

Our emment by the is also not limited to that. Think about that. What we know of Daniel is beyond imagining. We are not limited to Daniel. The church—The Bride of Christ—is not so limited.


Do you think the church is limited? Do you think you are limited? What does being emed by the mean to you?


Lord, give us your to do your will in honor, grace, truth, and love. Amen.

By Pastor Ian

Ian is an ordained Elder in The Church of the Nazarene, and is currently serving as the Online Campus Pastor at Generations Community Church in Marysville, WA, USA.