I started a 3 week series in Daniel 1 called Resolute, and I wanted to share my notes that I took out of the sermons. So with that being said, here is week 1 of Resolute.
There are consequences when coming to disobey God -> SIN WILL FIND YOU
Daniel and his friends were taken captive in luxury ; that’s how we want to be usually
In verse 5 is says “to be trained..”
– Literally: “to be made strong, great, wealthy, and important”
Daniel and his friend’s Jewish names were changed into false gods names, when held captive in Babylon
Daniel 1:8 ” But Daniel resolved not to defile himself with the royal food and wine, and he asked the chief official for permission not to defile himself this way.” -> but Daniel resolved not to defile himself…
Big Question: Are you resolved to not defile yourself?
-What does this mean? -> Resolve in Holiness
Daniel resolved and said that nothing is more important than having intimacy and a relationship with God.
I have to follow these Godly rules vs. nothing can compare having intimacy with God
There can’t be anything more beautiful than God, and normally we don’t see the beauty of God because we are distracted.
In our eyes it is just simple food, but I’m Daniel’s eyes it is sin
Standing resolute in Holiness requires:
- unquestionable obedience
- A willingness to do without (We are drawn to sin because we are scared of missing out)
- Trusting God as Lord regardless of the circumstances
1st Peter 3:15 // “But in your hearts revere Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect”
This is how we should resolve ourselves.