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Prophecies of Daniel 1, Part 6

In Daniel 1:8-14, we see Daniel’s desire to remain faithful to God. In Daniel 1:15-16, we see Daniel actually remaining faithful to God. His desire to remain faithful to God carried him through so that in reality, Daniel was faithful. It all starts with our desire. If we want to be or remain faithful to God, that is more than half the battle and wanting to be/remain faithful will help us get there.

Continue Reading October 20, 2015 at 2:24 PM

Prophecies of Daniel 1, Part 5

This lesson should not go unnoticed by us. Above all things, we should seek to obey God because our obedience from the heart pleases Him greatly. This does not mean that He will give us the ability to understand dreams and visions, but He will bless us with greater discernment and a more solid desire to continue living in a way that pleases Him because our lives will bring Him glory, voluntarily.

In too many ways today, Christians wind up compromising their testimony with the world. We give a little here and give a little there. Before we know it, there is virtually no difference outwardly between the lives of many Christians and many unsaved people. Shouldn’t our lives stand out?

Continue Reading October 17, 2015 at 8:57 AM 1 comment

Prophecies of Daniel 1, Part 4

Let’s also note here that it becomes clear that God gave Daniel this particular ability because God had plans to use Daniel to bring hidden knowledge to us in what would become the twelve chapters of the book of Daniel. Without the ability to receive and discern visions and dreams, we would not have the book of Daniel. We need to comprehend that God gives this type of gift when He sees fit and for His purposes, not for ours.

Discernment is so lacking today among Christians. Too many tend to flit from this latest theological fad (usually connected with Eschatology or prophecy), to that fad, or to that one over there. Instead of studying the Bible for themselves, too many Christians read books about the Bible, attend conferences where other Christians excitedly talk about books they’ve written about the Bible, but those same Christians do not simply study the Bible for themselves.

Continue Reading October 12, 2015 at 8:55 AM 1 comment

Prophecies of Daniel 1, Part 2

What Daniel may not have realized was that by doing things God’s way, he was actually eating a very healthy diet that would allow his food to be digested more fully. This in turn meant that Daniel would be gaining as much protein and nutrition from the food he ate as possible. He would eat less and be more full. Conversely, those who ate the king’s food would not experience those benefit because that food was probably overcooked, heavy in fats and salts.

Continue Reading October 3, 2015 at 7:58 AM 1 comment

Daniel Purposed to Obey God

In the first chapter of Daniel, we learn almost immediately about Daniel’s character. He, along with many others, were carted off to Babylon’s headquarters under King Nebuchadnezzar. Old Neb went back for a total of three separate occasions before he finally had finished pillaging the Temple treasures and burned Jerusalem to the ground.

Once taken captive, Daniel and his friends were part of Nebuchadnezzar’s grand experiment in brainwashing. It included being fed the best food and drink from the king’s storehouse. This was the first problem and the Bible tells us that “…Daniel made up his mind that he would not defile himself with the king’s choice food or with the wine which he drank…” (Daniel 1:8a). The KJV says that Daniel purposed in his heart. We need to stop and really consider this truth. Is it any wonder that Daniel was loved of the Lord? Is it any wonder that God was so gracious to him throughout his entire adult life?

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