But Daniel purposed in his heart that he would not defile himself with the portion of the king’s delicacies.      Daniel 1:8

Would you dare to believe that God, who called you to Himself and equipped you with His Spirit, could work mightily through you? Have you made the connection between the time and place in which you live and God’s call upon you? World events never catch God by surprise. He placed you precisely where you are for a purpose.

Daniel did not let the temptations of his day interfere with his relationship to the Lord. He knew that to make his life useful to God he must be obedient in all things. Regardless of what the most powerful king in the world commanded, Daniel refused to compromise what he knew God required of him.

History is replete with examples of Christian men and women who believed that God would work through them to make a significant difference for His kingdom. God placed Esther strategically in the king’s court at a crucial time when she could save the lives of God’s people (Esther 4:14). God placed Joseph strategically to become the most powerful adviser to the pharaoh in Egypt and to save Jacob and his family from a devastating drought (Gen. 41:39-40).

Are you allowing your surroundings to determine how you invest your life? Or are you letting God use you to make a difference in your generation? Ask God to reveal His purposes for you and His will for your life today.

  1. Thank you for the daily devotions and may God Bless.

  2. January 3

    Lord, reveal your purpose for me and help me see your will for me. Thank you for always being with us and giving us a focus in this crocked and depraved generation.

  3. January 3

    I have read these devotions daily for over 25 years and they still apply every day. Thank you for your messages of faith, healing, and encouragement.

  4. January 3

    The last sentence in this devotional was meant for you and Terri. Keep listening to Him and working with his direct and guidance. Mom

  5. January 4


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