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Daniel | Refusing Defilement

Dr. Stephen Phinney



Daniel #03 | Refusing Defilement


Now God granted Daniel favor and compassion in the sight of the commander of the officials, and the commander of the officials said to Daniel, ‘I am afraid of my lord the king, who has appointed your food and your drink; for why should he see your faces looking more haggard than the youths who are your own age? Then you would make me forfeit my head to the king.’” (Daniel 1:9-10).

OVERVIEW


Daniel’s captivity was not a shock to God. It was part of the Lord’s mission to discipline the Hebrew people and redirect them back to the individualized and collective worship of God Himself. God knew He needed an extraordinary man to accomplish this. The Lord also knew that it would require a man of absolute integrity who would deny defilement at all costs. Finally, the chosen man had to embrace the mandate of NOT fellowshipping with idolatrized nations. This man was Daniel, with the support of his friends. While Daniel was clueless about the future of his calling as a young man, God’s ability to maintain the present by knowing the future cemented Daniel’s upward calling. As a result, prophecies were born.

 

THE INTRODUCTION


I have been teaching and preaching the prophecies of the Old and New Testaments for many years. I’ve come to realize one point: many times it is fruitless to teach people the profound elements of the Lord’s prophecies if they do not have the indwelling life of Christ. Unsaved people only scratch their heads after hearing these not-so-hidden Biblical truths, and they quickly default to: “Well, that’s your opinion.” The fact is, to authentically understand prophecies, one must be in Christ.


Christianity 101 reveals that unless the Holy Spirit resides in the believer, a human cannot connect the dots of prophecy from the Old Testament to the life of Christ in the New and then on to the final act played out in Revelation’s book—it’s impossible. I call this “preaching to a dead man walking.” Well, that spurs on the question of, “why preach, then?” We preach because we do not know who is authentically saved or not. Secondly, many times our preaching leads others to the personal discovery of indwelling sal