Say NO

IMG_6632When confronted with two choices between good and bad, you the one who has the power to say yes or no. Let’s look at Daniel and his friends they could have said “let’s just eat and gain favor at the court”. A simple yet a powerful answer “NO” goes a long way. Sometimes it doesn’t require a supernatural intervention to say NO, it is within our God’s given power and ability to resist temptation. We should train our minds to say no to temptation even how glittery and beautiful it looks, if it’s contrary to the Word of God we don’t have to give a little chance to it. Daniel 6:1-7 Daniel was one of God’s mighty men, a great prophet. A man of intellect and culture. He had no blemish on his character. In fact, this wasn’t his first temptation, many temptations came to him nevertheless he did not yield to any of them. Remember “you cannot stop birds from flying over your head but you can keep them from building a nest in your hair” _ Martin Luther. 1Corinthians 10:13 says; No temptation has over taken you that is not common to man. God is faithful, and he will not let you be tempted beyond your ability, but with the temptation He will also provide the way of escape, they you may be able to endure it.

King Nebuchadnezzar was feared throughout the world that time. He would invade a country and defeat it, then take the most talented and useful people. He would also take beautiful women and the wisest men back to Babylon. It was then a time king Nebuchadnezzar besieged Jerusalem and took Daniel and some of other young men captives to Babylon. He told his lieutenant to pick out several promising young men to be trained for leadership positions. Young men without any physical defect, handsome, showing aptitude for every kind of learning, well informed, quick to understand, and qualified to serve in the king’s palace. And the lieutenant had to teach them the language and literature of the Babylonians. They were to be trained for three years and then after, enter the king’s service. Among those selected were Daniel, Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego. The king assigned them a daily amount of food and wine from the king’s table. So, the meat and wine were set before the young men but they refused to eat nor drink. They stood firm on their ground and said no to temptation. How many of us can stand firm on the Word of God and refuse to yield to temptation that looks pleasing in one’s eyes? They could have said; “let’s just eat a little and then let it go” or “let’s just eat and find favor in the court”.

Don’t give in to pressure that will result to lowering your standard. Daniel 1:8 But Daniel resolved not to defile himself with the royal food and wine, and he asked the chief official for permission not to defile himself this way. They had already purposes in their hearts and made up their minds not to defile themselves with the portion of the king’s meat or the wine. Failure to say no to temptation has broken many relationship, marriages, families etc. Yielding to temptation leading to sins of omission as Christians, failing to pray or spend time with the Lord. Saying no to temptation you will always win. God rewards those who are true to their convictions.

 

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