When I studied Daniel, something struck me. When Daniel was first taken to Babylon to become a wise man for the king, Daniel chose not to eat the royal food and wine. Why? Because the Babylonian society first offered their choice food and wine to idols. As in, their food was offered to false gods. Daniel would have none of it. The text says this:
“But Daniel resolved not to defile himself with the royal food and wine.” Daniel 1:8
That is a firm word. He didn’t just decide – he resolved. He firmly set. He would not be moved.
No matter what, he would NOT defile himself with the king’s food. As in, if they brought it to him, he would not eat it. Daniel would rather die than to associate himself with false gods.
You see, Daniel knew the true one.
Are we as firm as Daniel? Or are we pliable? Will we crumble when the heat is turned on? Or will we plant our feet firmly when our God is compromised.
Are we resolved?
In the end times, Jesus warns us that “many will fall away” from the faith (Matthew 24:10). Jesus is telling us, many of us will not be resolved.
We can learn a lot from Daniel. When we make a decision, we shouldn’t waver like the waves of the sea, or we will be double minded, unstable in all we do (James 1:6-8).
How many of us waver when we think we hear something from God? Do we rely more on Him or on our friends and family? Do we stick to what we say, or do we doubt ourselves and our purpose?
I read something that impacted me the other day: When you say “yes” to one thing you are saying “no” to at least three other things. And isn’t that the truth? Sometimes we think we are doing the right thing by always saying “yes,” but that is not truth. There will come a time when saying “yes” to everything will leave us worn out and exhausted. There will come a time when we say “yes” to everything, that we will realize we missed what we were really supposed to be doing. We can’t live for what other people think of us. We can’t live for idols. And we are making other people our god, our idol, if we allow them to dictate just where and what your life should look like. We need to ask God. We need Him to direct our “yes” and our “no.”
Because “no” is not a negative word. When you say “no” you may really be saying “yes” to what God really wants you to do. And once you discover His answer – get resolve. Don’t waver. Do not be moved.
Back to the end times. Jesus warns us many “false prophets” will rise “misleading many” (Matthew 24:11). Without resolve we will fall away (Matthew 24:10). The end times aren’t going to be a cake walk. They are going to involve the greatest persecution the church has ever seen (Revelation 6:9-11). In this instance, how do we get resolve?
We have to know the Word.
“If you continue in my Word, then you are truly disciples of Mine.” John 8:31
We must remain in the Word, because the Word is HIM (John 1:14). If you love the Word, you love the WORD (Jesus). If you remain in the Word, you will be a whole lot less likely to be led astray. The Word will give you resolve to stand firm.
“Be on guard. Stand firm in the faith. Be courageous. Be strong.” 1 Corinthians 16:13
We also need a relationship with God. Are we in communication with Him? We can read the Word all day long, but unless we pause, look up, and ask the Spirit for discernment, we can read those words by our own power, not by His. Sometimes we fear “prayer” but we shouldn’t. Prayer is just talking with God. Talk to Him. He wants that relationship. And if you have a relationship with God, you KNOW Him. You will know Him so well that when false shepherds come you will recognize their deception.
“My sheep hear My voice, and I know them, and they follow Me, and no one will snatch them out of my hand.” John 10:27
But unless we know His voice, how will we distinguish His voice from a false prophet’s voice? How will we have resolve?
We must read the Word – it guides us. We must know Him – He leads us. We must follow His voice – because only He knows the way we should walk.
We are in a war, Christian soldiers. Let’s win this thing. Get in the Word. Learn His voice. And be resolved enough to say . . .
My God is the one true God. He is the only Way. He is the only Truth. He grants me Life.
Amen and Amen. Come Quickly Lord Jesus!
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