“But Daniel purposed in his heart that he would not defile himself with the portion of the king’s meat, nor with the wine which he drank: therefore he requested of the prince of the eunuchs that he might not defile himself.” Daniel 1:8 (KJB)
Four Hebrew youths plus more had been taken from their homeland to captivity in Babylon. I mention only four because the book of Daniel names only these four. There was a very special thing about Daniel, Hananiah, Mishael, and Azariah.
The above verse from Daniel’s prophecy only tells us of Daniel’s purpose. When they were told that they would need to eat “Unclean” meats and drink “Unclean” drinks Daniel was set to thinking. He purposed that he would not defile himself with the unholy foods of their captors. He sought a way to prove the power and wisdom of God in the matter. He did not seek to be rebellious, but wise.
The point that is needing made here is that “Daniel purposed in his heart that he would not defile himself…” O that the people of God in 2018 who call themselves Christian would realize the meaning of that name, and purpose in our hearts to not defile ourselves with the worlds accommodations and vices.
It takes a new and changed heart to have the mind to purpose to not defile one’s self and the name of Jesus Christ. Let us pray like the prophet Isaiah,
“For the Lord GOD will help me; therefore shall I not be confounded: therefore have I set my face like a flint, and I know that I shall not be ashamed.” Isaiah 50:7
Being a faithful Christian involves more mind than feelings. Feelings can and will lead you wrong. With a mind like Christ Jesus (Philippians 2:5-8) you will begin thinking holy, purposeful thoughts.