Date: September 6, 2020 ()

Bible Text: Daniel 1:8 |

Gaining Purpose of Heart

Daniel 1:8

Opening Thought: Why did these young men not eat of King’s meat? John Gill (19th century theologian) said: “... though it might be food in itself lawful to be eaten, yet part of it being first offered to their idol "Bel," as was usual, and the whole blessed in his name, it would have been against (Daniel’s) conscience, and a defiling of that, to eat of things offered to, or blessed in the name of, an idol.

”In other words, all the foods Daniel and his friends had been asked to eat had been dedicated to a pagan god and had been sacrificed to honor him. That was enough to make Daniel say, “I’m not eating that.”

  1. Your purpose will be established before the battle is fought
  2. Your purpose must be aimed in a Biblical direction
    • Where our resolve should be? The heart
    • Who the resolve is to? The Lord
  3. Your purpose needs confronted by the world

"But to every man there openeth

A way, and ways, and a way,

And the high soul climbs the high way,

And the low soul gropes thelow;

And in between, on the misty flats,

The rest drift to and fro;

But to every man there openeth

A high way and a low,

And every man decideth

The way his soul shall go."

—The Junior's Friend

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