Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Resolve

Daniel 1:8 But Daniel resolved not to defile himself.

The word “resolve” is translated in different versions as “determined”, “purposed in his heart”, and “made up his mind”. Now you get a picture of what resolve means in this context.

That is the same resolve you and I need, to live in this world. We are in this world but not of this world. We have to determine in our heart that we will not defile ourselves with the things of this world. If Daniel had not resolved, he would have fallen easily into the Babylonian culture. It was that resolve that God honored.

To swim against the flow does not come to us naturally. That is where our resolve or determination comes into play.

When so many bills are waiting to be paid, even before your pay check arrives, if you do not resolve to tithe your first one-tenth to the Lord, it is not going to happen.

Unless you resolve to fast and pray, that is not going to come naturally to us.

Unless you resolve to make a covenant with your eyes like Job (Job 31:1), saying No to ungodly TV shows or other media will not come easily.

My dear friend, do not blend with the world to be cool. We are not called to be cool, but to be like Christ. Stand out for the One who gave his very life for you. Stand up for Jesus, because you were bought with a price and you are not your own.

God honored Daniel’s resolve. There was none equal to Daniel in every matter of wisdom and understanding. God will honor your resolve too.

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