Summary: Convictions guide our decisions and determine our character. In order to live a godly life, we must have strong biblical values. With a firm foundation based on God's Word, we're ready to face whatever challenges come our way.

It’s a shame as Christians that we actually need policies at work for us to either stop swearing, stop lying, stop stealing etc etc.

We fear our bosses more than we fear the Lord

King David said Lord I have kept your word within my heart so that I may not sin against you.

Every natural decision you make has spiritual connotation

The enemy will seek to destabilize you, denounce you, degrade you, demean you, demote you and destroy you


Daniel 1:1-6

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Daniel 1

Daniel’s Training in Babylon

1 In the third year of the reign of Jehoiakim king of Judah, Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon came to Jerusalem and besieged it. 2 And the Lord delivered Jehoiakim king of Judah into his hand, along with some of the articles from the temple of God. These he carried off to the temple of his god in Babylonia[a] and put in the treasure house of his god.

3 Then the king ordered Ashpenaz, chief of his court officials, to bring into the king’s service some of the Israelites from the royal family and the nobility— 4 young men without any physical defect, handsome, showing aptitude for every kind of learning, well informed, quick to understand, and qualified to serve in the king’s palace. He was to teach them the language and literature of the Babylonians.[b] 5 The king assigned them a daily amount of food and wine from the king’s table. They were to be trained for three years, and after that they were to enter the king’s service.

6 Among those who were chosen were some from Judah: Daniel, Hananiah, Mishael and Azariah.


Daniel 1:7

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7 The chief official gave them new names: to Daniel, the name Belteshazzar; to Hananiah, Shadrach; to Mishael, Meshach; and to Azariah, Abednego.


c. Among those selected, four are named, and apparently

renamed to honor Babylonian gods

1) Daniel (God is my judge) - Belteshazzar (a servant of Bel)

2) Hananiah (the Lord is gracious) - Shadrach (inspired by the sun god)

3) Mishael (who is what God is?) - Meshach (who is what the moon god is?)

4) Azariah (the Lord helps) - Abed-Nego (servant of Nebo)

- the changing of their names was meant to recondition them

- to redefine them and their purpose thus giving them names that praised pagan gods

- they were desperate not only to brain wash them but to contaminate their beliefs and faith


I often go on Facebook and I see people giving themselves very strange names

Names like:

- Coco

- Butter cup

- Lovesick

- Loose canon

- Midnight stalker


Daniel 1:8

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8 But Daniel resolved not to defile himself with the royal food and wine, and he asked the chief official for permission not to defile himself this way.

Daniel 2:27-28

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27 Daniel replied, “No wise man, enchanter, magician or diviner can explain to the king the mystery he has asked about, 28 but there is a God in heaven who reveals mysteries. He has shown King Nebuchadnezzar what will happen in days to come. Your dream and the visions that passed through your mind as you were lying in bed are these:

Daniel 3:1-7

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Daniel 3

The Image of Gold and the Blazing Furnace

1 King Nebuchadnezzar made an image of gold, sixty cubits high and six cubits wide,[a] and set it up on the plain of Dura in the province of Babylon. 2 He then summoned the satraps, prefects, governors, advisers, treasurers, judges, magistrates and all the other provincial officials to come to the dedication of the image he had set up. 3 So the satraps, prefects, governors, advisers, treasurers, judges, magistrates and all the other provincial officials assembled for the dedication of the image that King Nebuchadnezzar had set up, and they stood before it.

4 Then the herald loudly proclaimed, “Nations and peoples of every language, this is what you are commanded to do: 5 As soon as you hear the sound of the horn, flute, zither, lyre, harp, pipe and all kinds of music, you must fall down and worship the image of gold that King Nebuchadnezzar has set up. 6 Whoever does not fall down and worship will immediately be thrown into a blazing furnace.”

7 Therefore, as soon as they heard the sound of the horn, flute, zither, lyre, harp and all kinds of music, all the nations and peoples of every language fell down and worshiped the image of gold that King Nebuchadnezzar had set up.

Daniel 3:13-17

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