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Ephesians 6:11-12 (NASB) ‘Put on the full armour of God, so that you will be able to stand firm against the schemes of the devil. For our struggle is.

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2 Ephesians 6:11-12 (NASB) ‘Put on the full armour of God, so that you will be able to stand firm against the schemes of the devil. For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the powers, against the world forces of this darkness, against the spiritual forces of wickedness in the heavenly places.’

3 Daniel 1:1-3 (NLT) ‘During the third year of King Jehoiakim’s reign in Judah, King Nebuchadnezzar of Babylon came to Jerusalem and besieged it. The L ORD gave him victory over King Jehoiakim of Judah and permitted him to take some of the sacred objects from the Temple of God. So Nebuchadnezzar took them back to the land of Babylonia and placed them in the treasure-house of his god. Then the king ordered Ashpenaz, his chief of staff, to bring to the palace some of the young men of Judah's royal family and other noble families, who had been brought to Babylon as captives.’

4 Daniel 1:4-5 (NLT) ‘“Select only strong, healthy, and good-looking young men,” he said. “Make sure they are well versed in every branch of learning, are gifted with knowledge and good judgment, and are suited to serve in the royal palace. Train these young men in the language and literature of Babylon.” The king assigned them a daily ration of food and wine from his own kitchens. They were to be trained for three years, and then they would enter the royal service.’

5 The enemy He is evil He is evil He has plans He has plans He is sometimes allowed by God He is sometimes allowed by God

6 Daniel 1:8-11 (NASB) ‘But Daniel made up his mind that he would not defile himself with the king’s choice food or with the wine which he drank; so he sought permission from the commander of the officials that he might not defile himself. Now God granted Daniel favor and compassion in the sight of the commander of the officials, and the commander of the officials said to Daniel, “I am afraid of my lord the king, who has appointed your food and your drink; for why should he see your faces looking more haggard than the youths who are your own age? Then you would make me forfeit my head to the king.” But Daniel said to the overseer whom the commander of the officials had appointed over Daniel, Hananiah, Mishael and Azariah …’

7 Daniel 1:12-16 (NASB) ‘“Please test your servants for ten days, and let us be given some vegetables to eat and water to drink. “Then let our appearance be observed in your presence and the appearance of the youths who are eating the king’s choice food; and deal with your servants according to what you see.” So he listened to them in this matter and tested them for ten days. At the end of ten days their appearance seemed better and they were fatter than all the youths who had been eating the king’s choice food. So the overseer continued to withhold their choice food and the wine they were to drink, and kept giving them vegetables.’

8 The Ten Day Test The King’s table The King’s table o To make them forget being Israelites and Jehovah o To make them Babylonians and worshipers of Marduk The Daniel fast The Daniel fast o To show the sovereignty of Jehovah

9 Our King’s table? The diet of information and entertainment o Common information without common knowledge o Pleasure without perception “This life’s dim windows of the soul distorts the heavens from pole to pole and leads you to believe a lie when you see with, not through, the eye.” ̶- William Blake

10 Ecclesiastes 2:1-8 (NKJV) ‘I said in my heart, “Come now, I will test you with mirth; therefore enjoy pleasure”… I made my works great, I built myself houses, and planted myself vineyards. I made myself gardens and orchards, and I planted all kinds of fruit trees in them. I made myself water pools from which to water the growing trees of the grove. I acquired male and female servants, and had servants born in my house. Yes, I had greater possessions of herds and flocks than all who were in Jerusalem before me. I also gathered for myself silver and gold and the special treasures of kings and of the provinces. I acquired male and female singers, the delights of the sons of men, and musical instruments of all kinds.’

11 Ecclesiastes 2:9-11 (NKJV) ‘So I became great and excelled more than all who were before me in Jerusalem. Also my wisdom remained with me. Whatever my eyes desired I did not keep from them. I did not withhold my heart from any pleasure, For my heart rejoiced in all my labour; And this was my reward from all my labour. Then I looked on all the works that my hands had done And on the labour in which I had toiled; And indeed all was vanity and grasping for the wind. There was no profit under the sun.’

12 What should our diet be? #1 Refreshment that does not distract, diminish or destroy our final goal. #2 Pleasure that does not jeopardise the sacred right of others. #3 Any pleasure not in balance that will distort reality and destroy appetite. ‘You will show me the path of life; In Your presence is fullness of joy; At Your right hand are pleasures forevermore.’ Psalm 16:11 (NKJV)

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