Summary: This is a series of messages on Bible Characters and how we can apply their experiences to our Christian lives today.
a. Daniel’s Amazing Book
1. A book of adventures in faith.
2. A book that previews the future.
b. Daniel’s Amazing Life
1. Taken captive from Judah to Babylon.
2. Chosen as one of four to serve Nebuchadnezzar.
3. Shown God’s plan for the future
c. In this study we’ll be looking at why God shared his secrets with Daniel
II. DANIEL’S CLEAN HEART--8
a. “Daniel purposed in his heart”
1. Influenced Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego.
2. Purposed to keep their hearts clean for the Lord.
b. Daniel’s decision required faith and courage.
1. “The secret of the Lord is with them that fear Him;” Psalm 25:14
2. God reveals His secrets to those who trust Him.
c. David also came to desire a clean heart. (Psalm 51:10)
d. Daniel’s decision affected his choices in life.
1. He would refuse the king’s wine and meat.
2. He would live differently than his captors.
III. DANIEL’S CONSISTENT LIFE—8-10
a. It is not far from resolution to reality.
1. Testing is sure to follow testimony.
2. Melzar arrived with the king’s meat and wine.
b. Daniel requested to be excused from taking this food and drink.
1. He respectfully stated his convictions.
2. His consistent life affected Melzar and moved him to agree.
c. Daniel’s example of courage and faith overcame Melzar’s fears.
IV. DANIEL’S CONFIDENCE IN GOD—11-16
a. The test of faith: “Prove thy servants”
b. Living lean in a land of plenty.
1. Vegetable soup tasted better than wine and meat.
2. Obedience to God makes life sweet.
c. Results of this test of faith and obedience:
1. Daniel and his friends were healthier than the others.
2. Even the unbelievers saw the difference.
A. Those who live close to God learn His secrets.
1. God gave those four young men knowledge, skill in learning and wisdom.
2. Daniel was given an understanding of the secrets of God.
3. Charles Spurgeon said, “Saints can understand Heavenly mysteries. They have been initiated into the fellowship of the skies.”
4. How close to God are you?