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.”
As a Christian we certainly want to live in victory, but as you have found out there are times of temptations which test your resolve in the Lord. From the moment Daniel and his friends are taken captive and exiled, they are required to immerse themselves in the language and literature of the Babylonians (1:4), with its focus on sorcery, astrology and polytheism. This was an alien atmosphere and culture to these displaced Hebrew boys.
Song of Solomon 7:1–9, “How beautiful your sandaled feet, O prince’s daughter! Your graceful legs are like jewels, the work of a craftsman’s hands. Your navel is a rounded goblet that never lacks blended wine. Your waist is a mound of wheat encircled by lilies. Your breasts are like two fawns, twins of a gazelle. Your neck is like an ivory tower. Your eyes are the pools of Heshbon by the gate of Bath Rabbim. Your nose is like the tower of Lebanon looking toward Damascus Read the rest of this entry »
Psalm 37:4, “Delight Yourself in the Lord and He shall give you the desires of your heart”
What are our desires? What do we most want in life? Do we desire above all things to have a better paying job, a bigger house, thicker carpet, an expensive car and more money? Are we controlled by the lust of the flesh, lust of the eyes and the pride of life? Or have been transformed from the way of this world by the renewing of our mind that that we may prove what is that good, acceptable, and perfect will of God. Romans 12:1-2, Are our desires in line with God’s desires? Read the rest of this entry »