Thursday, September, 15, 2016 | 11:43 AM | by Pastor Rick
The Daniel Plan
What is the path to blessing in a Pagan culture? It's the path of an uncompromising life, it's the path of virtue, holiness, Godliness and purity.
We are studying the life of Daniel on Sunday mornings at First Baptist Bosque Farms. I believe strongly that Daniel's life portrays what God will do for the person who's faithful and who is unwilling to compromise his or her faith.
I suppose you've heard it said it has been said enough times every man has his price. A person’s price is whatever point they sell out their convictions, their moral standards for some personal gain, some personal fulfillment, some personal desire. Every man has his price. I suppose it's true of the world but it ought not to be true of believers. It ought to be true of us that there is no price which will make us compromise what we know to be true and what we believe to be the divine standard.
There are those who have paid immense prices to stand their ground and not compromise no matter what the cost. We hear all the time on the other hand about people who boast of their moral standards who talk a good game. We like to extol the righteousness of their character, their great set of convictions and yet for some expedient purpose they sell out.
Compromise has become a part of the political process to the point that un-born children in the mother’s womb are not even looked at as human. People say they believe the Bible but stay in churches where it's not taught. People claim convictions about sin and convictions about punishment until that sin is committed by their children. People say they must speak out about dishonesty and they must speak out about corruption until it refers to their boss and they might lose their job. People have high moral standards until they enter into an unholy relationship and then begin to rationalize their compromise.
People are honest until just a little dishonesty might save them a lot of money. Many people will know something to be definitely wrong, but for the sake of peace they will cover it. People won't say what should truly be said if they feel they might lose face. And so goes the compromise.
Listen up! Daniel’s life was amazingly blessed by God. God always takes up the defense of one who stands uncompromisingly for His truth. He or she will fall under God’s divine protection.
Sometimes people will say Pastor Rick "Aren't you worried when you take a strong stand on something?" "No I'm worried when I don't." "Aren't you worried when you speak boldly on something?" "No I'm worried when I don't." "Aren't you afraid what people might think?" "Not at all, what I am afraid of is what God might think."
Now there are lots of Christian people today who would like to have Christians in places of prominence and I think most of them think that to get them there, there has to be compromise. Politics is a craft of compromise. You get there because you sell your soul wherever you need too to achieve what you want and what you end up with then at the pinnacle of the process is a whole bunch of compromisers.
And I would take the very opposite perspective. And say to get them there, there has to be an uncompromising Godliness and a divine purpose on God's part to put them there. But the real challenge today may not be along the line of God's purpose as much as it is along the line of finding an uncompromising man or woman of faith.
We learn from Daniel’s life that you can operate in any trial in total confidence when you know your heart is pure. There is tremendous courage and tremendous boldness out of purity, even a sense of invincibility because you believe God is going to honor and protect the one who is faithful.
What is the path to blessing in a Pagan culture? It's the path of an uncompromising life; it's the path of virtue, holiness, Godliness and purity.
Listen, don’t compromise your faith! Leave the results to God! Let him put you where he wants. Don’t answer your own prayers. What you can never gain by trying, by manipulating, or by compromise God will give you for not compromising and that is the highest place of his holy purpose for your life.
Daniel is a model to us. He was a man who had no price, a man who could not be bought. As a direct result he came to the place where His uncompromising faith resulted in him being in the lion's den and his friends in a fiery furnace and even then there was no compromise and as a result God’s divine protection never left them.
We all have felt the influence of the culture of the world, but if we are faithful to the Lord He will protect us from the lifestyle of the world. We must determine to never go the way of Lot who backslid into spiritual oblivion but readily embrace the life of uncompromising faith that is wild and crazy at times but is always joyful.
Let us desire to live a life that is uncompromised, pure, faithful, and loyal to the truth and to the God of truth. Let us allow the Spirit of truth to lead and guide us into a much deeper and profound relationship with Christ the living truth.