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STAYING PURE

Daniel 1:8 “But Daniel made up his mind that he would not defile himself with the king’s choice food or with the wine which he drank; so he sought permission from the commander of the officials that he might not defile himself.” 

 IT’S YOUR DECISION

 It is so easy to just go along with the crowd, isn’t it?  When everyone around you is choosing the wrong things, it is easy to get caught up in the moment.  Making the right choice can be frowned upon by society.  Taking a stand for purity is scoffed and made fun of.

Tim Tebow, a famous college and professional athlete, has been mocked because of his decision to remain pure until marriage.  His choice of virginity is virtually unheard of today, especially among men.  But, like Daniel, he has chosen the ways of the Lord over the ways of the world.

TEACHING MOMENT

 Teaching purity to our children begins early.  You can’t start talking about purity when they reach the teen years.  Oh no!  It starts back when they are old enough to start having conversations.  We have to be mindful of what they allow their eyes to see. We have to be careful of outside influences.

And the best way to do this is to ground them in the Word.  That’s what saved Daniel.  It wasn’t his own self-righteousness that kept him pure.  It wasn’t his own self-will that made him choose the right thing. No, he knew God’s Word demanded purity, and he chose that.

What choice have you made? When all the guys at work are joking and laughing at coarse jokes, what do you do? When the ladies in your club continually invite you to events where you know your desire to please God will be challenged, how do you respond?  Taking a stand is hard sometimes.  But God promises to be with us through it all.

Father, thank You for giving me the courage to make a stand on Your principles.  Thank You for allowing me to represent You to the world.  Help me point others to You!

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