Text: Dan. 11:32-35 (KJV)

And such as do wickedly against the covenant shall he corrupt by flatteries: but the people that do know their God shall be strong and do exploits. And they that understand among the people shall instruct many: yet they shall fall by the sword, and by flame, by captivity, and by spoil, many days. Now when they shall fall, they shall be holpen with a little help: but many shall cleave to them with flatteries. And some of them of understanding shall fall, to try them and to purge them, and to make them white, even to the time of the end: because it is yet for a time appointed.”

We need to take cognizance of the fact that we are in the end times. This realization will help us to begin to make necessary adjustments that will align us at the right side of prophecy. This is neither the time to joke with your Christianity nor your relationship with God. Don’t be a ‘religious’ Christian; be a true child of God.

In verse 32 of these scriptures, you will notice that there are two classes of people: those that know their God and those who don’t. Those that do know their God are those that shall be strong and do exploits. A man of God said that every exploit in life is a product of knowledge and I couldn’t agree more. Every exploit in life is actually a product of knowledge. Those who do not know their God shall be corrupted by flatteries; these are those that do wickedly against the covenant. What does it mean ‘to do wickedly against the covenant’?

It is very easy to do wickedly against the covenant. Some translations say those that deal treacherously with the covenant. The covenant is the will of God; it is the word of God, the agreement of God. A covenant is a binding agreement between two or more partners. Your relationship with the word of God is what determines whether you are doing wickedly or compliant with the word. How do you take the word of God? Are there areas of your life where you are not aligned with the word of God one hundred percent? Those that do wickedly with the covenant are those who are selective or partial in obedience to the word of God. I dread such people more that I do unbelievers. Unfortunately there are more of such people in the Church today. Those who are selective in obedience are more difficult to correct because as far as they are concerned they are obedient! Partial obedience is not obedience at all. Partial obedience is tantamount to partial disobedience which is disobedience. The way God views disobedience to his instructions is exactly the same way that the military views disobedience. You dare not disobey a command in the military. It is taken as disloyalty and it can earn you a court martial. This is not the time to play Church. This is not the time to play religion. This is not the time to carry the Bible with one hand and carry other things with the other. I believe that the worst lie anyone can tell is the one you tell yourself. Having come so close to knowing God, for goodness sake why not decide to pursue him one hundred percent and follow him according to his dictates and not according to yours?

Dear Heavenly Father I ask you to graciously help me to be prompt and complete in obedience to your word for the rest of my life in Jesus name. Amen.


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