...to your Bibles with me to the book of Daniel chapter one.
The book of Daniel chapter one. We’re going to talk about
Daniel tonight. In Daniel chapter one, beginning with verse
eight, it says,
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.
9. Now God had brought Daniel into favour and tender love
with the prince of the eunuchs.
10. And the prince of the eunuchs said unto Daniel, I fear my
lord the king, who hath appointed your meat and your drink:
(where are my intercessors at tonight?) for why should he see
your faces worse liking than the children which are of your
sort? then shall ye make me endanger my head to the king.
11. Then said Daniel to Melzar whom the prince of the
eunuchs had set over Daniel, Hananiah, Mishael, and Azariah,
12. Prove thy servants, I beseech thee, ten days; and let them
give us pulse to eat, and water to drink.
Look at verse fifteen.
15. And at the end of ten days their countenances appeared
fairer and fatter in flesh than all the children which did eat the
portion of the king’s meat.
How would you like to be Daniel? Approximately the age of
sixteen he was taken captive and sent off to live in Babylon,
according to verse four. A place that was foreign to work, to
the work of God, and to be amongst a people that were anti-God in their living.
The world we live in is tuned to the likes of Babylon. A place
that grows foreign to the work of God, and where the people
grow increasingly anti-God or anti-Christian.
And yet it was in Babylon where we see Daniel giving up his
portion of the king’s meat. His testimony of who God was
greater than his appetite.
You see, we’ve all been given an appetite. But as we allow
our appetite (glory to God) to be more than our testimony of
who Jesus is, there becomes a problem. When I allow my
appetite (glory to God) to be more to me than my appetite for
God, it causes and imbalance in my nutrition system. You
don’t hear me tonight.
My spiritual nutrition is so important. It’s worth more than
what the world has to offer. It’s worth more than what
Babylon has to give me. I’m just passing through Babylon.
But Babylon ain’t my home.
Oh, do you dare to be Daniel? On your knees do you stand
that tall? Is your conversation faithful? Do you pray when
your back’s against the wall? Oh, do you dare to be Daniel
tonight, and stand up for the Lord your God?
Daniel stands in God’s Word, as what we’ll call a dare
officer. Giving like testimony of what it is to stand true to
God and to His Word. Daniel’s moto might have been,
“Always do what is right, no matter how much it may cost
You see we put a price on (glory to God) telling the truth. Do
you hear what I’m saying? We’ll tell the truth if it does not
cost us too much. We’ll do the right thing if it won’t cost us
everything. But dare to be Daniel, and do the right thing,
regardless of how much it might cost you.
In Daniel chapter one, verse eighty and nine, the Bible said
that he purposed in his heart not to eat the king’s meat. In
other words, he was determined. In other words, he was
committed. In other words (glory to God), it didn’t matter
what the king’s reward was. Because he had a greater reward
waiting for him in heaven.
It doesn’t matter what the world tries to reward you with.
You got a greater reward in heaven. Glory to God.
He was looking and searching into a sanctified life, a life
(glory to God) that was full of the purpose of the Lord our
God, a life that was set apart and meet for the Master’s use.
He had the understanding that if I place in me that thing that’s
defiled, it’s going to defile me.
We’ve got to get the revelation that if we place in us that
thing that defiles, it’s going to defile us. Those things that we
see, those things that we hear, that enter into these canals.
He purposed in his heart that he would not soil himself. He
purposed that he would not stain himself. He purposed that
he would not pollute himself. I couldn’t be talking to nobody
I’ve got a purpose in my heart that no matter what it looks
like, tastes like, smells like... Oh, you don’t hear me tonight.
Let me get to that feeler. Let me say that again. No matter
what it feels like, I’m not going to defile myself with the
The Bible says in James one and twenty-seven, “Pure and
undefiled religion before God and the Father is this: to visit
orphans and widows in their trouble, and to keep one’s self
unspotted from the world.”
Unspotted, untainted, un-tampered with, not being molested
by those things in the world that would dare to touch a child
He understood his position in God. We’ve got to get the
revelation that we are here, but we’re not from here. My
conversation is up there. My living is up there.
He said, “Give us pulse to eat.” He said, “Don’t worry about
what the king has to offer.” He said, “Give me ten days.”
The number ten is a number of fulness. It’s a number of
completeness. He said, “Give me ten days. And after ten
days I’ll show you who I serve.”
He purposed in his heart. He was steadfast in what and who
he believed in. He had the terminology or the understanding,
“If I perish, let me perish. I’m not worried about seeing your
king. I’m going to see my King.” Glory to God.
His prayer life, the life he lived, it wasn’t according to man’s
You see, we’ve been trying to live according to man’s
wisdom. And that’s why it won’t work out. We’ve been
trying to live according to standards that man has placed in
the earth. We’ve been trying to gain the knowledge that man
The Bible says for three years they were to partake of the
king’s meat. Can you imagine eating beans for three years?
Can you imagine what kind of discipline and determination he
must have had about his God? Discipline and determination.
Discipline and determination.
We in the body of Christ lack discipline. When we look at the
army, they discipline their soldiers. And they take no
excuses. Because they’re all stink. And in the body of Christ
we are called to be soldiers in the army of the Lord. But we
have an excuse for this and an excuse for that and excuse for
the other thing.
And when the drill sergeant called the pastor gets ready to
discipline us, we become a-w-o-l.
He had discipline. He was disciplined to who he served. He
didn’t allow the conditions around him, Brother John
Michael, to determine or dictate who he was. They even
changed his name. His name (glory to God) is called
Belteshazzar here. But his real name is Daniel.
The world wants to change your name. But don’t let the
world change who you are in Christ Jesus.
Shadrack, Meshack, and Abednego. That is not their names.
Hananiah, Mishael, and Azariah, and Daniel.
Listen. We’ve been allowing the world to dictate who we are.
We allow the situations to dictate our conversation. When the
bill collector gets on the phone, we change into somebody
else. Hello, somebody. And we want to act like they really
owe us something, when we owe them something. Who am I
His integrity with God, it meant something. He was willing
to do whatever it took. Are you willing to do whatever...
Don’t say yeah, because I doubt it. Get to that point where
you can be honest with God. And say, “Lord, this is where I
am. But I desire to be like Daniel, to do whatever it takes,
that my God will be honored and glorified.”
Daniel. Do you dare to be like him? Do you dare to be like
this Old Testament prophet? Do you dare to walk in the faith
that he walked in?
Dear Daniel, we thank you for what you have said, and for
what you did.
In Proverbs twenty-three and verse seven it says, “For as he
thinks in his heart, so is he.”
That’s beginning of it. As he thinks in his heart, so is he. As
you think you are in your heart... If you think you’ll never be
nothing or nobody, so are you. If you think you can’t make it,
you won’t make it.
But I can do all things through Christ that strengthens me. I
don’t have to have confidence in me. But this is a confidence
that I have in Him, that anything I ask according to His will,
He hears me.
Dare tonight to be a Daniel. Dare to change how you’re
doing it right now. Dare to do it. You know where you are. I
know where I am in Christ. But dare to step up a little bit
higher. Dare to step into a place where you know the flame is
going to be ten times greater than it should have been. Do
you hear what I’m saying?
The fire that they stepped into was up ten times greater than
what it should have been. In other words, they stepped out of
where they were and stepped right into the fire. They were
already in the fire, but they went a little deeper into the fire.
You’re already in the fire where you are. But how about
going a little bit deeper into the fire?
They said, “Our God is able to deliver us. But in the event
that He doesn’t, we still won’t bow our knee. Allow Him to
put you inside of the crucible and turn the flame up that much
higher. I guarantee it’ll burn everything out of you that
shouldn’t be there.
If you’ll only dare to be lonelier... Oh, you don’t hear me. If
you’re hungry, dare to be hungrier. Step a little bit deeper
into the fire. It’s going to cause the devil to look into the fire
and see that you’re not in there by yourself.
Daniel. It didn’t matter when they tried to trap him. He
prayed anyway. It didn’t matter what they tried to do to him.
He was loyal to his God. He was loyal to his cause.
Sometimes we get to a place where we memorize the
Scripture so much that it don’t mean nothing to us no more.
And when the preacher preach, we can’t hear it no more,
because we already know that Scripture, because we done
read it a lot. It’s become like a ritual to us. We can quote it
backwards and forwards, but it doesn’t mean anything any
But if you read it over and over again, He’ll give you more
and more revelation about it. Because you may be in the fire
right now. But stop trying to get out. Let Him turn it up a
little bit more. And trust God. Because you’re going to come
out of it. You’re going to come out of it.
Come on. Give God a handclap of praise.