“Daniel purposed in his heart that he would not defile himself with the king’s delicacies nor with the wine which he drank” (Daniel 1:8 NKJV).
Mankind possesses free will.
Teenager Daniel, handpicked and carried into Babylonian captivity underwent extreme persecution. Travelling the long journey from Jerusalem and arriving a prisoner, his character proved he remembered and adhered to faith in Holy Scriptures. Facing dangers and opportunities, by fortified will, he pledged allegiance to observant Jewish heritage and worshipped only Yahweh.
Freedom restricted, future in hands of others, location and education changed drastically for Daniel. One thing he controlled---his heart. ‘Purposed’ translated [Hebrew] means set previously or fix prior to electing. This young Israelite decided beforehand against partaking of defiling substances and customs.
A bold pre-determination for righteousness laid foundation for Daniel’s entire life spent in foreign exile. Living about eighty years in bondage, his convictions provided courage needed to withstand horrific sufferings.
King Nebuchadnezzar’s chief official changed his name from Daniel to Belteshazzer, but he couldn’t alter his resolved spirit. Advising in courts of four different pagan kings, he remained steadfast. The ‘praying without ceasing’ man exercised devoted commitment to God and survived a den of lions.
Before Joshua died he exhorted the children of Israel to ‘choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve’ (Joshua 24:15). Jesus told His followers ‘I must go to Jerusalem’ (Matthew 16:21), choosing to sacrifice His life that no man could take from Him (John 10:17-18).
Courageous unshakable faith comes from decisions made before temptations arise. Christ-believers’ faith can weather severe trials and emerge victorious through God’s strong guidance.
Most Holy Father, bestow firm steadfastness in hearts. Help us stand fearless in believing Jesus is the only Way, the only Truth and the only Life.
If you died today, are you absolutely certain that you would go to heaven? You can be! TRUST JESUS NOW
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