Daniel 1:8 But Daniel purposed in his heart that he would not defile himself with the portion of the king’s meat, nor with the wine which he drank: therefore he requested of the prince of the eunuchs that he might not defile himself.
Daniel is a young man. He is placed in a very difficult situation. Tons of pressure is put on him to do things that he has been taught that he shouldnâ€™t do. Talk about peer pressure he is experiencing that and more. His life could be at stake.
Then he does it! He makes a decision that no matter what happens he will not do what is wrong. He is willing to risk his life for his principles. It doesnâ€™t matter to him what others do or do not do! There will be pressure from the authorities in his life and from friends. He has decided.
God wonderfully blessed him as he took a stand. Today you are bombarded on every side to do things that you know are not right. Sex outside of marriage is not right but the pressure is on to look at that as too old fashioned. The use of drugs and alcohol are necessary to fit in and be part of the normal crowd.
The desire for money is at an all time high! We must have money. We must have things. But God has called us to live different lives. Keeping ahead of everyone else or at least keeping up is what life seems to be all about for the majority.
Yet we are the children of God. That is not our lifestyle. You can live differently. You can allow God, His principles, His will to be made manifest in your life.
Daniel simply purposed in his heart. He made a decision. He decided that he would do right.
I call on our young people to decide now not to live the immature selfish lives that are so common among our young people and even our adults. I call on our adults to honor God in your marriage and in your life.
It is as simple as this! Decide now!