A Word From
The Pastor: Dr. Timothy Nelson
But Daniel purposed (resolved) in his heart
that he would not defile himself with the portion of the king’s
meat, nor with the wine which he drank: Daniel 1:8
It is something most people find difficult to do. To stand alone,
against the pressures of the crowd. It can feel like trying to
resist hurricane-force winds, or block the momentum of an avalanche.
How much easier to do what seems popular. What we are expected to
do. Not to “rock the boat.” But the challenge comes when we feel the
majority is wrong. When we feel compelled to take a different
course. We may be outnumbered. Our motives might be questioned, but
we cannot help but stand on our convictions. We simply cannot
conform or compromise what we believe.
Daniel provides a powerful example of a man willing to stand alone.
It did not matter that the leadership of Babylon insisted on a
particular diet. He knew he was right and that giving in would mean
defiling himself. “But Daniel resolved that he would not defile
himself.” And his resolved to no compromise influenced three other
Hebrews, and these four stood together as together they determined
it did not matter what pressure others applied. They purposed in
their hearts to not compromise their faith! Have you purposed in
your heart to stand for truth and righteousness, even if it means
you stand alone! Dare to be a Daniel.
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