Daniel's Resolution

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다니엘은 하나님 앞에서 바른 결심을 했고, 실행에 옮겼다. 그 결과 하나님이 그를 보호, 인도하여 주셨다.

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<Introduction >

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When we live in this world, everyone meet difficult things.
How about you?
When you look at your society or nation or world, Didn’t you feel “It is abnormal or unreasonableness (불합리).” ?
Actually, There are many problems around you, but it seems there is no solution.
Especially, it is difficult to solve the problem between the reality and religion.
We may meet the conflict between our faith and reality.
Q. At that time, how should we solve the problem as Christian?
What should we do?
For the answer,
Today, I want to tell the story about Daniel.
You may know Daniel's story.
Since children age, we could have listened about Daniel's story many times.
So many people may think this story is novel.
But... you must know that this story is not novel.
This is a real story. It is history. Do not forget that Daniel is real man.
and.. before seeing this story,
we must understand his situation and circumstance.
At that time,
Daniel was youth age. And He was slave. Daniel’s country was destroyed by Babylon.
so... he became slave. and..
Daniel had many problems.
Q. How could Daniel overcome the situation?
So today, let’s see how Daniel solve his problem.
If you know the answer,
You can apply it to your situation and
you can also overcome your problem.


<Explanation of today's bible story>

Let's see Daniel's story.
First, Let’s see his situation.
Daniel was a person of Israel.
But in the age of Daniel, his nation, Israel, was destroyed by Babylon.
At that time, Babylon took many people as slave.
So, Daniel and his friends became slaves.
At that time, The king of Babylon ordered to his servant.
Daniel 1:3 NIV
Then the king ordered Ashpenaz, chief of his court officials, to bring into the king’s service some of the Israelites from the royal family and the nobility—
"Select some youth from Israel slave.
and.. teach them for three years. After the time, I will test them and they will work for me."
Fortunately, Daniel and his friend were selected by king.
So... they were trained.
The King gave his food to them.
"Give my food to them”
The food and wine are so good and delicious. That is king’s food.
So... the selected boys could be trained and eat the king’s food always.
But Daniel did not want to eat the food.
Because the food came from idol's sacrifice.
and.. He knew that God dislike idol.
So.. Daniel resolved not to eat the food and wine.
1. Daniel knew the will of God.
He told it to his friends.
“My friend.. Do you know .. the food is idol’s food. God dislike us to eat the food.”
“What? really?”
“What should we do?”
“How about not to eat the food?”
“Let us not eat the food.”
So, they all decided not to eat the food.
and then, they went to a chief official and said to him.
"Chief official, I do not want to the food and wine.
because God dislike for us to eat the food.
We don't want to defile ourselves this way.
Give us just vegetable not the food.”
So, Daniel and his friends went to the chief official and said their resolution.
What happened?
10 but the official told Daniel,
“No… If you do not eat the food and then you do not keep your health, the king would kill me because of you”
11 Daniel then said to him.
12 “Please test your servants for ten days: Give us nothing but vegetables to eat and water to drink. 13 Then compare our appearance with that of the young men who eat the royal food, and treat your servants in accordance with what you see.”
14 So he agreed to this and tested them for ten days.
15 At the end of the ten days they looked healthier and better nourished than any of the young men who ate the royal food.
16 So the guard took away their choice food and the wine they were to drink and gave them vegetables instead.
17 To these four young men God gave knowledge and understanding of all kinds of literature and learning. And Daniel could understand visions and dreams of all kinds.
18 At the end of the time set by the king to bring them into his service, the chief official presented them to Nebuchadnezzar. 19 The king talked with them, and he found none equal to Daniel, Hananiah, Mishael and Azariah; so they entered the king’s service. 20 In every matter of wisdom and understanding about which the king questioned them, he found them ten times better than all the magicians and enchanters in his whole kingdom.
This is the story of Daniel.


What lessons can we have from this story?
It is not a novel but a real story.
God is alive and.. He is always same.
Daniel's God is also your God.
God is same.
If you have a behavior like Daniel,
you could also be taken Daniel's blessing from God.
Let's find the secret.
When difficult thing came up,

Q. What did Daniel do?

1. Daniel knew the will of God.

He knew what God dislike.
He may know the Bible.
He may read the Bible and…
He may know the will of God.
So.. He selected to be with God not the king of Babylon.
How about you?
Do you know the will of God?
If not, do you want to know the will of God?
If so, Do you know how we know the will of God?
Yes. God revealed his will in the Bible.
Through the Bible, we can know the will of God.
Do you read the Bible?
If you want to be like Daniel,
Let’s try to read the Bible and know the will of God.
2. Daniel made his resolution before God.

2. Daniel made his resolution before God.

It is so important to make resolution and vision before God.
At first, you should make the resolution.
Next, the resolution leads you to the God.
How about you?
Do you have your resolution before God?
If you do not have any vision or resolution, you will never improve yourself more than now.
Therefore, Make vision and resolution before God.

3. Daniel had done it with his best after making the resolution.

It is not easy.
Many people are just say and just know.
But they do not move. If you do like attitude, there is no change.
Look at Daniel’s situation.
Daniel might be died because of disobedience to the King.
But Daniel decided not to eat the food.
He knew God's will.
He knew What God dislike.
So.. He refused the food.
He had acted through knowing.

<The Response of God>

God is pleased to Daniel's behavior.
God helped to Daniel and his friend.
God gave more health body and wisdom to them.
Look at the Bible
Daniel 1:17 NIV
To these four young men God gave knowledge and understanding of all kinds of literature and learning. And Daniel could understand visions and dreams of all kinds.
17 To these four young men God gave knowledge and understanding of all kinds of literature and learning. And Daniel could understand visions and dreams of all kinds.
God helps those who make his resolution and do it before God.
Likewise, you must make your resolution before God and
Pray continually with all strength, and do it in your life.
God will help you.

<Application II>

How about you?
Do you have vision?
Do you have resolution?
Do you have any problem?
At that time,
How about making your resolution before God just like Daniel did?
How about praying to God just like Daniel did? and
How about acting it just like Daniel did?
God is almighty.
God is same.
He was Daniel’s God and.. also He is your God.
He helped Daniel … Also, He will help you.
Let’s follow to the example of Daniel.
Let’s have same faith, knowledge of God and action.
God will help you.
Let’s pray.


Heavenly Father..
Today, we heard a story of Daniel.
When he had much problem in his life,
He knew Your will and…
He had resolution not to defile his body with the idol food.
He did it.
So.. You gave your wisdom and healthy.
We want to live like Daniel.
We want to know your will in our life. And…
We want to overcome our problem with your power.
Always, Give us your strength and wisdom.
And.. Be with us.
In Jesus name, We prayed Amen.
20 In a large house there are articles not only of gold and silver, but also of wood and clay; some are for special purposes and some for common use.
21 Those who cleanse themselves from the latter will be instruments for special purposes, made holy, useful to the Master and prepared to do any good work.
22 Flee the evil desires of youth and pursue righteousness, faith, love and peace, along with those who call on the Lord out of a pure heart.
Today's bible have another story.
One day, the king had a dream.
His mind was troubled and he could not sleep.
So.. the king summoned the magicians, enchanters, sorcerers and astrologers.
and said.
"I had dream. Who can interpret?"
"Tell me your dream. I will interpret it."
"Can you really interpret the dream?"
"yes.. lord.. tell me .."
"Ok.. If you don't interpret my dream, I will kill you and your family.. OK?"
"Yes.. Tell me.. Lord."
"No. I don't tell my dream to you. Because, If you can interpret my dream, you can say what I had dream. Tell me.. What dream did I have?"
"oh.. King.. This is impossible.. Who can tell your dream? No one can reveal it to the king except the gods?"
So.. the king was so angry and said.
"Kill all the wise man in Babylon."
It is so dangerous to Daniel and his friends.
At that time, Daniel said to king's officer.
"Give me for a moment. I will say the dream."
and.. Daniel returned to his house and...
explained the matter to his friends.
Daniel selected to pray to God with his friends.
Actually, It is impossible to know other's dream.
but... When Daniel was praying to God, God revealed the dream to Daniel.
So.. Daniel said the dream to the king.
and.. interpret the dream.
The king was so astonished.
Let's see the result.
46 Then King Nebuchadnezzar fell prostrate before Daniel and paid him honor and ordered that an offering and incense be presented to him.
47 The king said to Daniel, “Surely your God is the God of gods and the Lord of kings and a revealer of mysteries, for you were able to reveal this mystery.”
48 Then the king placed Daniel in a high position and lavished many gifts on him. He made him ruler over the entire province of Babylon and placed him in charge of all its wise men.
49 Moreover, at Daniel’s request the king appointed Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego administrators over the province of Babylon, while Daniel himself remained at the royal court.
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