“And Daniel purposed in his heart that he would not pollute himself with the king’s delicate food, nor with the wine which he drank” (Daniel 1:8).
A good diet is important for our well-being. What we eat impacts our health—one of the top New Year’s resolutions is to eat healthy—and it is the same with our spiritual well-being. Daniel knew the danger of what he was facing, by sitting at the king’s banquets daily and eating the food he was offered. He realized the danger he faced and knew that gradually he might conform to the Babylonian system and would think, speak, act, and stand for what that system represented. So he drew a line of resistance by training his appetite, for an untrained appetite is a downfall for many young Christians. How important is the training of the mind and the discipline of the will to purpose, with the Lord’s help, to spend time in His presence, to read and meditate on His Word and speak to Him in prayer (Psalm 119). It is impossible to live a healthy Christian life without feeding the spirit to nourish the soul.
It is important to have a sense of accountably and to develop good habits to avoid at all costs what seems so pleasant to the eyes and delightful to the flesh. If you do not do this it will render you very ineffective for the cause of Christ. You must protect your mind and your heart from the pollution that will cause you to conform to the ungodly world around you. Dear Christian, time is rushing on, the Lord wants you healthy and holy and He provides all the resources needed, but you need to avail yourself to be trained and committed to read your Bible and pray every day so you can grow and be used for him.
It’s hard to believe this is the 15th year for Toward the Mark. I would like to acknowledge those faithful ones who have been a source of help and encouragement to me: The Lord knows them and He will reward them. Also, I want to thank all of you dear readers for your overwhelming response to the magazine. I trust that you will enjoy this issue, and please keep praying for the Lord’s blessing on Toward the Mark: “Even so, come Lord Jesus.”
Yours in our soon-coming Lord,
Emil S. Nashed
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