Text: Daniel 1:8-16
- Daniel 1:8 – Daniel purposed in his heart… would not defile himself
- Check your heart first
- Scriptural convictions will be heard by God
- Desire to please God & keep your conscience pure
- This is not about opinions – “My way” – not about getting your way
- Acts 5:29 Then Peter and the other apostles answered and said, We ought to obey God rather than men.
Respect God’s Order
- Daniel 1:8 – therefore he requested of the prince of the eunuchs that he might not defile himself
- This takes faith because you’ve got to trust that God is truly in control of this thing.
- Daniel didn’t:
- Make threats to Melzar. That would’ve been a disaster.
- Seek to go over Melzar’s head.
- Usurp or undermine anyone’s authority.
- Don’t ask God to bless something while you’re being disobedient to get it done. “Lord I’m going to do something you don’t approve of, but I want the results of this to be blessed though.”
- Never do wrong in order to get a chance to do right.
- Acts 5:37, Judas leads many away in a tax rebellion and he is killed and the people dispersed – why? God won’t bless something that ignores His order of things
Make a humble appeal
- Not an offensive appeal or a demand or ultimatum.
- Daniel 1:12 – I beseech thee…
- Your carnal mind believes that in order to affect change a force of will must be present
Let the consequences be up to God
- Daniel 1:13 – as though seest, deal with thy servants…
- resolve beforehand that if this doesn’t go “my way” I will accept it
- Give God an opportunity to work.
Limit the appeal
- Daniel 1:12 – prove thy servants ten days…
- Figure a time frame to work in and limit your “experiment”
- The idle threat of “never” and “always – , “I’m never going to do it this way again!” or “You’re always doing that!” is just fodder for fighting
- understand where he’s coming from.
- Alternative plan, let’s test it 10 days instead of, “I’m never going to do it this way again!” or “You’ll never get me to do that.”