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Scholarship For The Undefiled

Key Verse

“But 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.” Daniel 1:8

Text — Daniel 1:3-8


You must have heard about students who received scholarship; maybe somebody in vour school or very close to you got a scholarship for secondary school education or to the university. Scholarship is a contribution or payment made to support a student’s education, awarded on the basis of academic or other achievements. Scholarship may also refer to academic study, achievement or learning at a high level.

So, whichever way you look at the word, it stands for excellence, success or achievement.
Daniel and his three Hebrew friends were selected to enjoy the scholarship program of the king of Babylon. What a privilege! They were not even citizens but captives in Babylon. The scholarship came with full benefits – education, daily provision of king’s special food and other special provisions.

Incredible! Yet, in the midst of all the tempting privileges, Daniel and his friends remembered who they were and purposed in their hearts to stand for God and not defile themselves with food sacrificed to idols.

The lesson for believers here is that in whatever situation we find ourselves; opportunities or special privileges of life, we must still stand for Jesus and not be defiled. Do not allow the enjoyment of life to make you forget God. God is the giver of all things; therefore, honor Him above all things and He will give you good success.

Further Reading

Deuteronomy 28:1-13

Prayer for today

Dear God, help me to remain faithful to You in all situations of life.

Pastor W.F. Kumuyi
About Author - Pastor W.F. Kumuyi

Listed among “500 most powerful people on the planet” by the Foreign Policy magazine in 2013, Pastor (Dr.) William F. Kumuyi is the founder and General Superintendent of the Deeper Christian Life Ministry (DCLM) headquartered in Lagos, Nigeria. DCLM started in 1973 as a 15-member Bible study group right in Kumuyi’s apartment at University of Lagos where he was a lecturer. His revolutionary Bible teaching on personal holiness and commitment to evangelism soon gained so much traction and resulted in a widespread revival.

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