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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