Devotion: Maintain your Christian Identity

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Daniel 1 : 7-8 “The chief of the eunuchs gave them names: Daniel he called Belteshazzar, Hananiah he called Shadrach, Mishael he called Meshach, and Azariah he called Abednego.

Daniel determined in his heart that he would not defile himself by [eating his portion of] the king’s rich and dainty food or by [drinking] the wine which he drank; therefore he requested of the chief of the eunuchs that he might [be allowed] not to defile himself.”

PrayerFour young men from Israel were changed names.Daniel was called Belteshazzar, Hananiah was called Shadrach, Mishael was called Meshach, and Azariah was called Abednego. However because of Daniel’s decision not to defile himself in the foreign land, his name change didnt have any effect.

He was still called Daniel. He maintained his Hebrew name whereas the rest of the friends were now known by their new foreign names.What we call Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego were given names not their original names. Only Daniel kept his original name.

When you are in a place where there are non believers around, dont lose your Christian identity to suit them. Maintain your Christian values and keep your Christian food which is the word of God.Romans 12 : 2 ” Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect”.

Refuse the defiled filthy stuff of the world that may look attractive. Daniel refused the defiled King’s food and drinks dedicated to idols because his values wouldn’t let him have such food. In John 15:19 the Word tells us that we are not of the world. With that consciousness we should therefore live according to our heavenly culture not to live and compromise our Christian values .

We do what the constitution of the Kingdom says and that constitution is the Word of God. Dont live outside the Word. Let the Word be your standard in everything you do. Do the Word to maintain your Christian identity.

Confession: I am the doer of the Word. I live in the Word and get the results in the Word. I maintain my identity in every situation. I refuse to defile myself in order to be accepted by masses. In Jesus Name. Amen.

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    • But that’s fine. See Hebrews 9, the food laws were for the Jews only and for that given time only. From the end of the flood (Genesis 9) till before Moses, and after Jesus, it has been perfectly OK to eat pork. Also see Matthew 15:17-19, Acts 10 from verse 9 basically till the end of the chapter. Do not be deceived by the lying Hebrew Roots Movement, pork is OK!

  1. Good message!

    And remember folks, being Christian doesn’t mean simply going to a church or doing good deeds or smiling a lot. Jesus didn’t die on the cross so we could “live out best life now” as some fake preachers teach today. Jesus is Lord, and He died on the cross to pay four our sins, to save our sorry souls from Hell!

    If you don’t know 100% for sure if you are going to Heaven when you die, see these verses in the KJV Bible, ideally in this order…

    Romans 3:12 – none does good
    Romans 3:23 – we are ALL sinners
    Isaiah 64:6 – even if you think you do good, your good deeds are nothing because of sin!
    Romans 6:23 – the penalty for sin is death (Hell)
    Revelation 21:8 – death = Hell, lake of fire forever
    Romans 5:7-8 – Jesus died for all of us
    John 3:16 – believe and be saved!
    Romans 10:8-13 – believe and be saved!
    Acts 16:30-31 – believe and be saved!
    Ephesians 2:8-9 – salvation is not by works!
    Romans 4:5 – salvation is by faith alone!

    Romans 10:9 – That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.

    And nothing else! And nobody else!

    John 14:6 – Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.

  2. ndikuphuzila zithu zitatu mwa athu awa ukapolo ulemelelo wakunyumba ya cifumu kupangilidwa ciwembu sizinawasithe comwe Iwo anali anayimabe natsutsana nawo mafumu aphavu omweso ankawasunga sanakopeke ndimaudindo omwe anawanikha sanaophsezedwe ndi kaifa komwe ankaophseza nawo kufikila cipembezo cinasitha mfumu nilamulila kuti aliyese alemekeze mlungu wa Abednego Meshach Shadrach alikuti lelo atumiki angati awa