September 11, 2017 – Drawing The Line – Pr. Jerri Dizol

But Daniel was determined not to defile himself by eating the food and wine given to them by the king. He asked the chief of staff for permission not to eat these unacceptable foods. Now God had given the chief of staff both respect and affection for Daniel. But he responded, “I am afraid of my lord the king, who has ordered that you eat this food and wine. If you become pale and thin compared to the other youths your age, I am afraid the king will have me beheaded”. – Daniel 1:8-10

Daniel knew he was among people who did not honor God, but he chose not to fall into that same mindset. He was not about to compromise his beliefs and obedience to his God just because of the pressures around him. It seems that the simplicity of wanting God’s will and ways in our life is not enough to stand against temptation however, our obedience and faithfulness is.

It would be easier to resist temptation if we think about the convictions before that happens. Daniel made the decision to be obedient (faithful) to the laws of God before facing this situation, therefore refusing to eat the foods before him was easy.

I have been faced with many temptations in my life and have not always come out of them a winner in God’s eyes. It’s that sin nature that sneaks in and gets me in trouble. Some of those temptations were big and some of them were small, but ALL of them caused me to become disobedient to God. My thinking was not in line with God’s thinking. I allowed the pressure around me to take precedence over my obedience to God.

Today, I am in a better place because of the many temptations I have faced. The painful lessons learned have become a testimony to encourage others who deal with temptation, especially my children. I believe that because I have chosen to go deeper in my relationship with God, and to know His promises for me, I can be better prepared to deal with them. 1 Corinthians 10:13 says:

The temptations in your life are no different from what others experience. And God is faithful, He will not allow the temptation to be more than you can stand. When you are tempted, he will show you a way out so that you can endure. (NLT)

We serve a God who loves and cherishes His children. We don’t have to ever question that. Temptations will come, and they are very real, but God is bigger than that. We must chose to be a “Daniel” and stand on top of the temptation instead of allowing it to stand over us. Re-evaluate our commitment to God so that we know where to draw the line and keep temptation away from us.

Father, thank you for Daniel and the lessons you give me through him. Thank for your promises that help me to deal with the many situations in life. Help me Lord to continue drawing the line so that the temptations of the world stay far from me. I pray that my convictions will become a testimony for others. Thank you that Your grace and mercies  for me are new each day and that your love for me is never compromised.

In Jesus Name, Amen