Dare to be a Daniel
What does this mean?
Being a Daniel is being a man or woman of God, having great unwavering faith, having the desire, obedience, and commitment to do things God’s way. It’s having a reverence, respect, and an intimate relationship with God the Father as you walk daily with Him. It is a personal time set apart to communicate with God through the reading of His words, listening to His voice, and speaking to Him. It is also a time of worshipping Him in songs and praise, waiting on Him as He establish His purpose and calling for your life, and it’s knowing who you are through Jesus Christ and staying steadfast to that knowledge no matter the temptation, trails or tribulation. Being a Daniel takes courage, to be set apart, stand your ground when everyone else is against you, and knowing without a shadow of a doubt that you will be delivered, taken care of, kept safe, protected against all odds, rejoicing, praising and worshipping God even in the midst of death; as in the case of the 3 Hebrews boys Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego whom God delivered out of the fiery furnace (Daniel 3:14-30).
Being a Daniel you have to be totally sold out to God with a willing heart to obey every word that He says and know that God is always in control, and He’s the Judge of life, and in that you remain faithful to Him; as with Daniel when he was thrown into the Lion’s Den, because he refused to stop praying to his God (Daniel 6: 20-22) . Being a Daniel is a road of sacrifice, keeping yourself Holy and acceptable unto God because your body is the temple of the most high God who lives within you, and He does not dwell in unclean vessels, so therefore you have to undergo a purification process frequently through Fasting and Praying in order to get your desired prayer answered and gain Revelatory knowledge of God.
There is a chorus that I love and remember singing as a young adult, and it goes like this:
Dare to be a Daniel,
there to stand alone!
There to have a purpose firm!
Dare to make it Known.
Brief history of Daniel
In (Daniel chapter 1 – 21) Daniel reign during the time of king Nebuchadnezzar, who was a Babylonian, the king had seized and took over Jerusalem and Judah, taking captive four men into Babylon in order to train them for his royal service: these young men were Daniel, Hananiah, Mishael, and Azariah (better know as Shedrach, Meshach, and Abendnego); they were given Babylonian names after they were abducted by the king. Daniel=Belteshazzar, Hananiah= Shedrach, Mishael=Meshach, and Azariah was called Abednego.
The king usually took the best of the best, good looking, strong, healthy, gifted, well educated, and intelligent men in the area of wisdom, knowledge and good judgment who would be qualified to represent and serve the king in his palace. These young men were to be taught the way of the Babylonians as they were living in the king’s palace, this meant that they had to eat the way the Babylonians did so they were served food and wine that was offered up to idol gods and put on the king’s table.
Daniel was determine to live by his conviction which was the way of God, and he refused to defile himself by eating the food and wine given to idols which was given to him by the king, so instead he asked permission not to eat their food, but to be allowed to eat his way of eating which was a diet of vegetables and water. Daniel issued a diet challenge to the king’s chef for them to see that after10 days of eating all natural food that they would be indeed more healthier and look better than the king’s men who was eating from the king’s table, at the end of ten days Daniel and his friends were the winner and his request was granted to continue eating vegetables and drinking water as their choice meal.
period of 3 years training Daniel and the other 3 young men enter the service of the
king and found favor with the king, he was very impressed with Daniel and his
friends and whenever the king needed counsel in any matter that required wisdom
and judgment he found none greater than these young men, especially in Daniel.
Who is Daniel?
Daniel was called by God as a prophet, a messenger of God, a man through whom God speaks; he was called to deliver the true word from God to individuals of God’s choosing. Daniel prophesies was historically accurate and reliable because his wisdom was of a supernatural one, where God was the revealer of everything to come.
Daniel was a great leader, a man of great courage and conviction as you will see throughout the book of Daniels in the bible. Daniel was greatly skilled in wisdom, knowledge, understanding, and the interpretation of dreams, Daniel was the only one that could interpret the king’s entire dream with accuracy and judgments.
Daniel name means God is my judge and that was his living testimony, he lived the meaning of his name. Daniel did not fear any one except God the Almighty Creator of heaven and earth and all that live there in. Daniel wasn’t concerned about what other men thought about him, all he cared about was what God thought about him because he knew one day he would be standing before the creator to be judged by Him.
What is a Daniel’s Fast?
This is a Fast of Deliverance, it’s a 21 day of consecrated living, this is a fast in which you eat no meat, bread, no type of sugar, nor dairy products; this fast consist of fruits, vegetables, wholegrain, nuts, only 100% pure natural juices and water.
Daniel’s fast is considered a spiritual cleansing, an offering unto God, it is a spiritual fast in which you make God your priority and focus, and it allows you to hear from God on a deeper and higher spiritual level, it keeps you spiritually grounded and connected to God.
Why do we need to fast?
Fasting is a requirement of God’s principle in order for us to accomplish certain tasks in life, fasting empowers you with the anointing and power of God, which is the Holy Spirit; to be able to do the impossible or have the impossible be done, in order for God to be glorified. Fasting is one of the most powerful and effective weapons of spiritual warfare, it is a major weapon in deliverance and healing that God gives us for our daily life. Fasting makes room for God’s power to move and combat things that are on a higher spiritual level such as oppression from demonic attacks. Fasting breaks demonic strongholds, in (Mark 9:28-29) Jesus disciple ask Him “Why could we not cast it (demon) out? And He said to them, “this kind cannot be driven out by anything but prayer and fasting”.
Fasting is a spiritual discipline for seeking God’s intervention, and combine with prayer and the word of God it is the most critical weapon in spiritual warfare, with all three (fasting, prayer, and the word of God) together you are at your strongest through Jesus Christ, (Philippians 4:13) said “I can do all things through Jesus Christ who strengthen me”.
Fasting strengthen your commitment to God, it helps to develop your character and brings you into spiritual maturity of God, it draws you into a closer relationship, it keep you in a right standing with God, it honors God(Matt 6:16-18, Matt 5:6, Luke 2:37, Acts 13:2) ,it keeps you humble (2Chron 7:14-15), it brings discerning and healing (1Corth 11:30, James 5:13-18, Isaiah 59:1-2), it brings about deliverance from bondage (Matt 17:21, Isaiah 58:6-9), it brings Revelation, God’s vision and will for your life (Daniel chapter 9:3,20-21,cp 10:2-13), it brings about Revival (Acts 1:4,14/2:16-21, Joel 2;12-18) and it is for Repentance (Psalm 51, Jer. 29:11-14, James 4:8-10).
Through our consecration to God, He will fight our battles and put an end to all the evil spirits that has gained legal access into our lives by closing these ports of entries. God is a faithful and just God, and He will do all He said in His word, to see the power of God move beyond the natural realm you have to fast, pray, and read the word of God.