Posted by: trbccoffeebreak | September 1, 2014

Escaping Compromise

joy“But Daniel resolved not to defile himself with the royal food and wine…” Daniel 1:8a (NIV)

Settling on the edge of compromise – the place where flesh wars with spirit. Been there and wallowed in the revamping of me. Weakened and impaired by the desire to fit in. Accommodated and quieted my voice to squelch discord while my spirit screamed. Amazing how much control, how strong our will is to settle. Unreal how uncontrolled, how weak our will is to stand strong.

Cast into the mold of transforming him into service for the king, Daniel faced the edge of compromise – the place where flesh wars with spirit. Part of the elite, Daniel was handpicked by the king’s official because he was handsome, smart, without physical defect and a quick learner. Without entertaining a thought of revamping himself. Without a moment’s hesitation or desire to fit in. Daniel’s voice screamed quietly from within and he resolved, determined and concluded to stand strong. Denying the royal food and wine would separate him and his three Israelite companions from the rest; but they would be honoring their God – the place where spirit wins over flesh. Favor, blessing and abundant wisdom follow those who choose to stand versus settle. Daniel and the three were healthier, wiser and none equaled them. Their deliberation to conclude that serving God was their top priority spoke volumes.

Ever caved into your gods of compromise? Ever attempted to fit in, be accepted and not rock the boat? Ever laughed or joked in the face of sin? Daniel reveals the secret to flesh versus spirit – absolute devotion to the One true God – the only answer when we’re faced with the edge of compromise.
“Father the temptation to settle, give in and accept what doesn’t please You is strong. Help us to respond with bold conviction and glorify You with our choices.”

For His Glory

Janet Martin
TRBC Coffee Break

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