HOW TO HAVE FAVOUR WITH GOD AND MAN
Daniel purposed in his heart that he would not defile Himself with the
portion of the Kings meat, nor with the wine which he drank; therefore
he requested the prince of eunuchs that he might not defile himself. Now
God has brought Daniel favour ... “
Jesus increased in wisdom and stature, and in favour with God and man (Luke
these last days when circumstances around us are rapidly changing
towards the negative in fulfilment of "perilous times shall come"
written in 2 Tim. 3:1, all we need is favour - favour with God and man -
for us to walk with our heads up. Apart from Jesus, Daniel- a man of
like passions like ourselves found favour with God and with Man. God
gave him revelations, not only for His day but far into the future as
well. Daniel predicted the fall of Roman Empire and the birth of
Alexander the Great, and when anti-Christ would come. He even predicted
when Jesus would be born, right down to the very day. In a foreign land
where he was taken captive, King Belshazzar made him the Third ruler in
his kingdom (Dan. 5:29). Even when Daniel was thrown into the den of
lions, God gave him favour.
the prevailing circumstances around you now, God can still give you
favour. Don't loose hope. We shall be looking at the life of Daniel and
see how we can obtain this favour.
17 years old when he was taken captive. He was in Jerusalem when one
day, Nebuchadnezzar besieged the city and hauled off hundreds of
thousands of Jews as slave into Babylon.
woke up a few days later tired, exhausted, dirty, confused and separated
from his family, his friends and his beloved city of Jerusalem. Then
something wonderful started happening in his life. The wisdom that
resulted caused this man, over a 700years period of time to become the
most prominent and powerful world leader of that day.
under four world leaders and on two occasions rejected their orders to
their faces and lived to tell about it. All because he had proposed in
his heart that he would not defile himself. He wanted favour with God;
God gave him just that, and favour with man at the same time.
not the only captive brought from Jerusalem. There were hundreds of
thousands, but we see Daniel rising above them all like a bright star.
The spotlight of prophecy from heaven shone down on this man because he
purposed in his heart not to defile himself.
not eat the King's Meat. Why? Ye knew that the Word of God said in
Leviticus 3: 17, 7:26 that it was defiled meat. It was offered to idols.
Daniel made up his mind that he would not enter into covenant with idol
difference in men who succeed and fail is their ability to handle
pressure. Decision always translates into energy. We retain our
integrity in the face of temptation and therefore sin not against God.
honour the Word of God, God in return will honour you (1 Sam 2:30) God
blessed Daniel physically, mentally, spiritually, and he could stand all
of his enemies.
means: “God is judge” Daniel believed that, in a word of injustice, if
you stand for God, you will experience rejection. Some people will not
like you, but ultimately you will win. God is judge and He is just. You
will always live to be the level of your faith. Courage makes it
possible to be a hero. We need courage to face reality in life. So
Daniel would not accept his heathen name. When you submit yourself to
the lordship of an ungodly world you become like it. Daniel was in a
power struggle between a world that was trying to press him into its
mold and a God who asked. "Do you want favour with me, or with Baal?"
Daniel chose favour with God.
TO STAND ALONE
A lot of
people do not understand the importance of winds of adversity. When
persecution comes, when frustration comes, when difficulties come, we do
not known how to use adversity for advantage. Therefore, many times, we
are beaten by the winds of adversity.
faint in the day of adversity, thy strength is small" (proverb 24: 10)
everyone has stress in their lives. The Bible asks us what our response
will be to diversity. The Word "Faint" means "TO BE WEAK OR SLOTHFUL" So
if you are weak or slothful in a time of stress, your strength is small
God is telling us that He wants to give us His strength; Daniel knew his
God was strong. What is your response to adversity.? God says we should
be strong and not slothful. Therefore our response to adversity should
NOT PANIC: The
cares of the world are our adversities. Every man has plans, goals,
projects, friends, but he can be wrecked by the cares of the world. When
this happen, God is waiting to help you.
CONQUER PRIDE: When
you are up against adversity, realize that it is an opportunity to
humble yourself. God says he resists the proud but gives grace to the
humble. When you humble yourself you are conquering pride.
RE-EXAMINE YOUR SOURCE: There
may be idols in your life that can cause you to panic. These weaknesses
will destroy you in a time of testing.
FOCUS ON UNSEEN SUPERNATURAL POWERS: "For
we wrestle not against flesh and blood .... (Ephesians 6: 12)
RECOGNISE AN OPPORTUNITY TO PURIFY YOUR FAITH
INCREASE YOUR HATRED OF EVIL AND SATAN (Proverbs 8: I 3)
YOUR WORKS: The
Bible says if we judge ourselves, we will not be judged. (1
OUT WHO YOUR TRUE FRIENDS ARE, THOSE WHO WILL LOVE YOU AND STAND WITH
WINDS OF ADVERSITY
says "But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength: they
shall mount up with wings as eagles (Isaiah 40:31)
things you should know about eagles and adversity:
TURBULENT WINDS CAUSE THE EAGLE TO FLY HIGHER
people are not people who do not have pressure; some of the greatest
individuals alive are those who have learnt to use pressure to their
THE EAGLE IS IN TURBULENCE, HE HAS A LARGER VIEW. He sees much more
because of the winds of adversity. He knows how to utilize them to rise
EAGLES LIFT THEMSELVES ABOVE HARASSMENT
eagle is low, he is frustrated. Crows, hawks and smaller birds bother
him all the time. Have you ever had small birds bugging you? Let the
winds of adversity blow, stay in the HoLY GHOST and see yourself rise
WINDS OF VERSITY CREATE LESS EFFORT IN THE EAGLE'S LIFE. BECAUSE HIS
WINGS ARE CREATED FOR GLIDING?
that he is born to fight and born to pressure. When you accepted Christ
and sang the song "Onward Christian Soldiers: you joined a battle
between the forces of darkness and light.
eagle can stay up longer, because he has a thermal draft, Holy Ghost
will make you to stay and energies you.
RESPONDING AS DANIEL DID
things to remember when you experienced adversity:
BELIEVETH WORD OF GOD
RE-FOCUS YOUR ATTENTION ON CHRIST
8:5-13, God tells us to understand that we will have adversity. When we
do, what should we do? Do what Daniel did Daniel understood how to stand
alone. He could not have come out of Jerusalem in chains and rise above
the whole nations, become so mighty and powerful, if he did not. As long
as Daniel sought the Lord, he prospered. You cannot have favour with God
and the devil's crowd at the same time. You will be affected by one or
the other. It is impossible to please both groups. If you try, you will
God give Daniel favour? In seven different ways:
changed the king’s life. The King acknowledged God Almighty.
brought glory to God
became a great man and a respected man
ruled over a nation
received many gifts and favours
ruled over the leadership of that nation (Babylon)
Daniel's brethren were exalted. He was given favour on behalf of those
whom he loved. He was able to save his dear friends with whom he was
brought into captivity.
people would have been filled with bitterness, resentment and anger and
they would want to revert to warring in the flesh, which the Bible says
we are not
of years of revelation was given to Daniel. What a man! Daniel II :32b
says that people who know their God will be strong and do exploits. When
Daniel was about 60 years old, he was wise, and knew many secrets
(Daniel 12:3). He had been walking in favour with God and man,
overcoming and conquering.
PURPOSED IN HIS HEART
brought exaltation to Daniel was as a result of his determination and
his commitment to God and His services in steadfastness? Daniel was
brought in captivity; circumstances were out of his control in the
natural. But he immediately became determined, committed and steadfast.
Daniel could have had his heart stolen easily by the foreign women, by
the magicians, by a hundred different things. But Daniel guarded his
heart. He purposed in his heart. He was determined, committed and
steadfast with his heart. He did not let anyone draw him into an
emotional experience where he could be robbed and defiled. He wanted
favour with God more than favour with man. But he gained favour with man
by first seeking favour with God
fullness of manhood in Christ can only be attained by complete yielding
to the headship of Christ. Remember “male and female” is by birth and to
be a man is by choice. The World needs men, Who can stand for tile Lord,
Whose word is their bond, Who cannot bought with money, Who Possess
opinions and a Will; Who are larger than their vocations, Who do not
hesitate to take chances;, Who treat things, Who will make no compromise
with wrong, Whose ambitions are not Confined to their own selfish
desires; Who are true to their friends through good report and evil
report, in adversity as Well as in prosperity; Who do not believe that
Shrewdness, Cunning and hard headedness are the best qualities for
Winning success: Who are not ashamed or afraid to stand for the truth
When it is unpopular; Who can Say ''NO'' with emphasis, although all
the rest of the World says "YES" that is type of man God wants to use
mightily. You can rise like Daniel because you have the same God and the