About 600 years before the birth of Christ, Daniel experienced the challenge of living in a culture hostile to Godly values. He lived out his convictions and proved the value of a Godly life. Daniel made eight decisions which show how he lived in the Spirit of his God. Consider each carefully, and they will become your joyful experiences as well.
(1). He Purposed: In Daniel 1:8 we read, “But Daniel purposed in his heart that he would not defile himself with the portion of the king's meat, nor with the wine which he drank: therefore he requested of the prince of the eunuchs that he might not defile himself.” This young lad was willing to take a stand against the pressure of the day. Purpose in your heart to live a Godly life regardless of your surroundings. Walk a pleasing path with God, so you can refuse that which is proven to be evil.
(2). He Proved: In Daniel 1:12, 15 we read, “Prove thy servants, I beseech thee, ten days; and let them give us pulse to eat, and water to drink. (15) And at the end of ten days their countenances appeared fairer and fatter in flesh than all the children which did eat the portion of the king's meat." Question, “As a Christian do you prove the things of God, or are you for the most part occupied with the lusts of the world?” Remember, “We are the only Bible our sinner friends may read. Are you walking proof of what God can do with His own?”
(3). He Prospered: In Daniel 1:20 we read, “And in all matters of wisdom and understanding, that the king inquired of them, he found them ten times better than all the magicians and astrologers that were in all his realm." Praise God! When you major in all that is right, and avoid evil, the result is thrilling to behold. Don't let the worldly things chew away your prosperity as a living example of Christianity. Your genuine Godly life will prove you are better off than the most sin-fed sinner.
(4). He Praised: In Daniel 2:20 we read, “…Blessed be the name of God forever and ever: for wisdom and might are his:" Without whimpering about how hard it was to do right, Daniel praised the Lord for allowing him to be on the right side. Let me urge you to never to miss an opportunity for testimony. Stand up and give glory to God for what He has done for you.
(5). He Was Promoted: In Daniel 3:30 we read, “Then the king promoted Shadrach, Meshack, and Abednego, in the providence of Babylon.” God looks for faithfulness under trial, and will bring great reward. He loves to shower His blessings on those who can emerge from testing still in victory, and keep serving the Lord. When you gain His approval there will always be new opportunities waiting.
(6). He Was Preferred: In Daniel 6:3 we read, "Then this Daniel was preferred above the presidents and princes, because an excellent spirit was in him; and the king thought to set him over the whole realm." Daniel had done so well the king wanted to put him in charge of everything in the kingdom.
(7). He Was Persistent: In Daniel 6:4 we read, “Then the presidents and princes sought to find occasion against Daniel concerning the kingdom, but they could find none occasion nor fault; forasmuch as he was faithful, neither was there found any error or fault found in him." In the midst of those who oppose you, remember "God and you are a majority." Daniel proved this daily by his devotion to God, and his testimony toward men.
(8). He Continued Praying: In Daniel 6:10 we read, ''Now when Daniel knew that the writing was signed, he went into his house, and his windows being open in his chamber toward Jerusalem, he kneeled upon his knees three times a day, and prayed, and gave thanks before his God, as he did aforetime." Oh, how we need Godly believers today who will take an unchangeable stand in the time of testing. Daniel knew the decree, and the threat of a den full of lions, but was convinced God could preserve him against all evil.
In these last days it is going to be more and more difficult to do right as we stand among the unrighteous. It is wonderful to know we are not alone. Life is never easy, but always goes better for those who live without compromise and sin. As the song writer wrote, "Dare to be a Daniel." I hope and pray that you, like Daniel, will face the world and the problems it presents, by standing true to the faith of our fathers. God can deliver us from all evil.
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