TOPIC: Lessons from the Life of Daniel (1)
Daniel 1:8 – “But Daniel purposed in his heart that he would not defile himself with the portion of the king’s meat …”
The Holy Bible records several individuals who, at one time or the other, excellently carried out the assignment that God gave them. They took the heavenly assignment with utmost seriousness and reverence, even at the point of death.
One of these people was Daniel. The account of the life of Daniel, his encounter with God and visions were recorded in the book of Daniel and some other books of the Bible The Bible gave account of how he and others were taken captive by the cruel Babylonian soldiers to a strange land as slaves. One thing that is so special about Daniel is that he carried God in his heart everywhere he went.
Despite the fact that he was a slave in a strange land where he could give excuses for not serving God the right way, as most of us would do, he stood firmly to defend his faith in God with his life. He influenced his three friends to uphold and ”earnestly contend for the faith which was once delivered unto the saints” (Jude 1:3).
There was no Pastor, House fellowship or group leader to mentor him in a strange land, still Daniel wasn’t willing to compromise his standards. He purposed in his heart that he would not defile himself (Daniel 1:8). His life of discipline made him ten times better than all the wise men and magicians in Babylon.
If we let our desires lead our decisions, our lives (and our bodies) can quickly spin out of control. Selfcontrol is a discipline that God grows in us when we continually choose to die to our flesh and live in Him Another lesson to learn from the life of Daniel is that he did not waver when hardship arose. That we are God’s children is not a reason to be free from life’s challenges.
God sometimes allows us go through some life’s challenges or experiences to prove to us that He has the power to deliver us out of all troubles. Just as the Bible says, ”There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it” (1 Corinthians 10:13).
If you yield your life in total commitment to God as Daniel did, you will prosper everywhere you find yourself.
Self control grows in us when we continually choose to die to our flesh and live in Him.
Heaven will make you a Daniel in this generation, in the name of Jesus
When we walk with the Lord in the light of His Word
When we walk with the Lord in the light of His Word,
What a glory He sheds on our way!
While we do His good will He abides with us still,
And with all who will trust and obey.
Trust and obey, for there’s no other way
To be happy in Jesus, But to trust and obey.
Not a shadow can rise, not a cloud in the skies,
But His smile quickly drives it away;
Not a doubt nor a fear, not a sigh nor a tear,
Can abide while we trust and obey.
Not a burden we bear, not a sorrow we share,
But our toil He doth richly repay;
Not a grief nor a loss, not a frown nor a cross,
But is blest if we trust and obey
1. I will not compromise my faith in Christ. Help me Lord, in the name of Jesus.
2. Lord, give me power for self discipline, in the name of Jesus.
3. O Lord, help me in this strange world, in the name of Jesus.
4. I receive the grace to live above sin and corr uption in my generation, in the name of Jesus.
5. Father, make me a man of excellent spirit like Daniel, in the name of Jesus.
6. My Father, make me a man of prayer and intimate relationship with you, in the name of Jesus.
7. Father, like Daniel, let my problem become my promotion, in the name of Jesus.
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MFM Daily Devotional 12th May 2021. The Mountain of Fire and Miracles Ministries (MFM) is a Pentecostal denomination founded in Yaba, Lagos, Lagos State, Nigeria in 1989, now with churches in several countries. It was founded by Daniel Kolawole Olukoya.