8 But Daniel purposed in his heart that he would not defile himself with the portion of the king’s delicacies, nor with the wine which he drank; therefore he requested of the chief of the eunuchs that he might not defile himself. 9 Now God had brought Daniel into the favor and goodwill of the chief of the eunuchs. 10 And the chief of the eunuchs said to Daniel, “I fear my lord the king, who has appointed your food and drink. For why should he see your faces looking worse than the young men who are your age? Then you would endanger my head before the king.” 11 So Daniel said to the steward[a] whom the chief of the eunuchs had set over Daniel, Hananiah, Mishael, and Azariah, 12 “Please test your servants for ten days, and let them give us vegetables to eat and water to drink. 13 Then let our appearance be examined before you, and the appearance of the young men who eat the portion of the king’s delicacies; and as you see fit, so deal with your servants.” 14 So he consented with them in this matter, and tested them ten days. 15 And at the end of ten days their features appeared better and fatter in flesh than all the young men who ate the portion of the king’s delicacies. 16 Thus the steward took away their portion of delicacies and the wine that they were to drink, and gave them vegetables. 17 As for these four young men, God gave them knowledge and skill in all literature and wisdom; and Daniel had understanding in all visions and dreams.18 Now at the end of the days, when the king had said that they should be brought in, the chief of the eunuchs brought them in before Nebuchadnezzar. 19 Then the king interviewed[b] them, and among them all none was found like Daniel, Hananiah, Mishael, and Azariah; therefore they served before the king. 20 And in all matters of wisdom and understanding about which the king examined them, he found them ten times better than all the magicians and astrologers who were in all his realm. 21 Thus Daniel continued until the first year of King Cyrus.
“Daniel Purposed in his heart” –
* Even though you are captive it does not mean you have to cower
* personal convictions from Gods word must not be compromised just cause you captive
* personal convictions lead to you making personal promises to remain faithful to your personal
Relationship with The Lord
“Now God had brought Daniel into Favor”
* a Purposed heart to faithfully follow will bring the favor of God on your life that even your
Enemy will be impressed with you. (don’t forget about Joseph, too)
“Please test your servants”
* politeness will win more battles then pouting and temper tantrums and rebellion
* your speech with your enemy will determine a lot too
* politeness + a plan = opportunity
“God gave them…”
* God will bless those who keep His commandments even in captivity.
* faithfulness to God brings favor from God and He will bring fruit in your life that others can’t
* the enemy found them to be 10x greater than his own men
David Jeremiah said “conviction + confidence in God = courage”
You have to have courage when you are held captive in a circumstance.
Courage to follow Gods Word.
Courage to trust Gods Word
Courage to prove Gods Word