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A Spiritual Growth Plan (Daniel 1:1-8)
Kyle Austin, January 13, 2016
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How can I stay connected in my faith in a world that is always trying break you? What ways can I keep my faith and grow while so busy with school, work, etc.? The Bible has much to say about knowing the Lord Jesus Christ and growing in our faith. God desires that we move from babies to mature believers in our faith life.

Daniel and his three friends were taken from their home country and forced to move to Babylon. There they would attend BSU, Babylon State University, to earn a three year degree in the learning of the Chaldeans. For three plus years, these four young adults would see, listen, learn, and take-in all the teachings. Will Daniel and his three friends forsake their faith, conform to the Babylonian way of life and thought, or stay strong in their faith continually growing?

Daniel 1:1-8

1In the third year of the reign of Jehoiakim king of Judah came Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon unto Jerusalem, and besieged it. 2And the Lord gave Jehoiakim king of Judah into his hand, with part of the vessels of the house of God: which he carried into the land of Shinar to the house of his god; and he brought the vessels into the treasure house of his god. 3And the king spake unto Ashpenaz the master of his eunuchs, that he should bring certain of the children of Israel, and of the king's seed, and of the princes; 4Children in whom was no blemish, but well favoured, and skilful in all wisdom, and cunning in knowledge, and understanding science, and such as had ability in them to stand in the king's palace, and whom they might teach the learning and the tongue of the Chaldeans. 5And the king appointed them a daily provision of the king's meat, and of the wine which he drank: so nourishing them three years, that at the end thereof they might stand before the king. 6Now among these were of the children of Judah, Daniel, Hananiah, Mishael, and Azariah: 7Unto whom the prince of the eunuchs gave names: for he gave unto Daniel the name of Belteshazzar; and to Hananiah, of Shadrach; and to Mishael, of Meshach; and to Azariah, of Abed-nego. 8But Daniel purposed in his heart that he would not defile himself with the portion of the king's meat, nor with the wine which he drank: therefore he requested of the prince of the eunuchs that he might not defile himself. (KJV)

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