Hi, God’s word for me today is in Daniel 1:12-15 which says,
“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.
Doctrine (what it meant to them): In these verses Daniel is asking the man who is in charge of him and all the men that the king had brought to him if him and his friends could, instead of defiling themselves by eating what the king had given them, eat vegetables and water. The man then told him that if they didn’t look as good as the others then he would be killed, so Daniel asked the man if they could have a test for 10 days and then see what they looked like compared to the others and Daniel and his friends looked healthier than the others the man gave everyone vegetables and water. God helped Daniel and his friends to be in the king’s service after that.
The Lord had a plan for Daniel and his friends and He helped them in everything they did. The Lord helped Daniel and the Lord helped us by atoning for our sins. The Lord sent an atoning sacrifice that completely atoned for us, and that sacrifice was Jesus. Jesus, the son of God (and God Himself) died for our sins by coming down from heaven and dying on the cross for us, thank you Jesus.
Evangelism (arguments for unbelievers): Daniel and his friends were healthier than the others that were there because the Lord helped them to know that they should eat something other that what was given to them and the Lord made them healthier. As Christians we have a healthier spiritual life than unbelievers, in fact unbelievers are dead in their sins. Everyone is born dead because of their sins, but because of Christ’s sacrifice for us we are now living in Him. It is much better to be alive in Christ who gives you total satisfaction that it is to be dead in sins that make you think they are satisfying.
Exhortation (what we do as believers): As believers we should do something, we should eat of Christ. Of course I’m not talking physically I’m talking spiritually, we should read our Bibles and pray to God and we should thank Him for everything He has done for us. We can’t look at the bread of life when we are hungry believers, think it looks delicious and then just walk away from it, we need to eat the bread of life we need to read our Bibles.
Exaltation (exalting God for what He has done for us): Thank you Jesus for being our bread of life, for giving us life, and for making us have a healthy spiritual life. Thank you for renewing us, you are an amazing God. Thank you for dying on the cross to save us from our sins, thank you for everything you have done for us.
Are you trusting in what Jesus has done for us?
Grace and truth, Charity Cleveland.