Thursday, 15 August 2013

DON’T DEFILE YOURSELF

TEXT: DANIEL 1:8-20
Jerusalem was besieged; people and articles were taken to Babylon. Among those that were taken were Daniel, Hananiah, Mishael and Azariah, there names were changed to Belteshazzer, Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego. These boys were to be fed well so that they can be useful and fit for the king’s service. The king ordered that they must be fed with royal food and wine for them to look good as “royal servants.”
Daniel and his friends refused to defile themselves with the royal food, so they told  the guards to be giving them vegetables and water (Daniel 1:8-14). They were tested for ten days eating only vegetables and water. After ten day they came out more nourished and healthier than those that ate the royal food and wine.
These boys deprived themselves because of the love and respect they have for God. They did not stop loving God because of the situation they were in. some people would have given up on God saying “why should God allow me to be taken into captivity in a strange land?” their faithfulness earned them what nobody in the nation had. “To these four men God gave knowledge and understanding of all kinds of literature and learning.” (V: 17) these boys were not the only people taken to Babylon, but because they stood their ground in the lord and refused to defile themselves, God endowed them with an exceptional knowledge and understanding that singled them out for promotion. “At the end of the time set by the king to bring them in, the chief official presented them to Nebuchadnezzar. The king talked with them and he found none equal to Daniel, Hananiah, Mishael, and Azariah, so they entered the king’s service.” (V: 18-19)
The price they paid made them to become household name in the bible, the rest of the people that ate the royal food have long been forgotten, and their names were not even known. If you pay any price because of God; He will reward you bountifully.

Nobody will walk with God and have nothing to show for it, if you deprive yourself from any “unhealthy enjoyment” because you don’t want to sin against God, He will reward you in return. People may think you are not being sensible by refusing that “royal offer” Don’t worry stand your ground and see God blessing you. Daniel and his friends did it and till today we are still talking about them. The heaven will celebrate you as you refuse to defile yourself in Jesus name. Amen.

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