Resolve means to “decide firmly on a course of action.” Defile means “to make physically unclean especially with something unpleasant or contaminating.” So Daniel decided firmly that he would not make himself physically unclean with the king’s meat and wine.
Daniel 1:8-9 8 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. 9 Now God had brought Daniel into favour and tender love with the prince of the eunuchs.
How significant and profound is this? You’ve read and studied Daniel 1, Daniel 10, and James 4 now for at least one night. There are powerful lessons in these passages; these lessons will help us persevere through the first week of the fast. You will begin to see the fruit of the spirit, self-control develop in you. Glory to God!
It is important to note how Daniel arrived at the palace. King Nebechudnezzar besieged and overtook Judah. Then the king had his chief official to bring Daniel, who is in captivity, to the palace. This is amazing isn’t it? That even though Daniel was in captivity by the king, he refuses to relinquish his beliefs. He refuses to go against his resolve for God. He didn’t allow fear or even honor of a king influence his fear and reverence of God. Daniel realizes that friendship with the world is enmity with God. Daniel decides to remain pure.
This week, resolve not to defile yourselves with meat, wine, sexual sins against your bodies, pornography, worldly T.V. shows, the news, worldly music, profane language, doubt, fear, discontent, double-mindedness or any other sin. Stay pure in your heart, mind, and actions. After Daniel resolved not to defile himself, “Now God” had brought Daniel into favour and tender love with the prince (the chief official of the king). God blessed Daniel for his resolve and obedience. God can cause you to have favor with men, even in unfavorable circumstances. And sometimes circumstances that seem unfavorable, God allowed them just to elevate you for the kingdom (see verses 1-4).
Speak these words out of your mouth today, “I resolve not to defile myself.” God bless you. Dr.J.
Reflection Question: How do you know your vision came from God?
Memory Verses: Week 1
Ephesians 6:10-12 KJV “Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might. Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.”
2 Corinthians 10:3-5 KJV “For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war after the flesh: (For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds;) Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ;”
 Merriam-Webster, s.v. “resolve”
 Merriam-Webster, s.v. “defile”