Picture yourself sitting in the kings elaborately decorated dining room preparing to indulge in a meal fit for a king. Daniel found his self in that same predicament. I’m sure as the mouthwatering spread lay on the table in front of him and the kings guest they dove in forks first. However, Daniel did not partake in eating of the meat and wine provided by King Nebuchadnezzar (Daniel 1:8) despite, possibly facing punishment. Daniel knew that the kingdom of Babylon was a worldly nation, he also understood the importance of the anointing and calling that God placed on his life, therefore he did not allow anything unclean to defile his body or spirit (Daniel 1:12-17).
12 “Please test your servants for ten days: Give us nothing but vegetables to eat and water to drink. 13 Then compare our appearance with that of the young men who eat the royal food, and treat your servants in accordance with what you see.” 14 So he agreed to this and tested them for ten days. 15 At the end of the ten days they looked healthier and better nourished than any of the young men who ate the royal food. 16 So the guard took away their choice food and the wine they were to drink and gave them vegetables instead. 17 To these four young men God gave knowledge and understanding of all kinds of literature and learning. And Daniel could understand visions and dreams of all kinds.
Take a moment to think of what you are feeding your soul daily? Is it clean or unclean?
In order to effectively increase in gaining spiritual wisdom, discernment, hearing the voice of God and truly being available to him. We are to be extremely careful about what we allow into our mind, bodies and souls. Keep in mind that whatever you put into your soul you will get out of it. If you continue to flood your spirit with worldly or temporal things you will pollute your spirit and place separation between you and God. In a sense, you truly are what you eat and that goes for your spiritual appetite as well. Allow the word of God to permeate your soul daily, remain consistent in prayer and make it a habit to incorporate fasting into your spiritual walk.
Will you be like Daniel and not eat the meat of the world? Or will you be like the world and continue to defile your soul?
Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.