Daniel is our example of wielding this mighty weapon when faced with a ‘come and dine’ temptation. Daniel 1:5 says, “And the king appointed for them a daily provision of the king’s delicacies and of the wine which he drank…”
Here is Daniel’s stance. Verse 8 says, “But Daniel purposed in his heart that he would not defile himself with the portion of the king’s delicacies, nor with the wine which he drank…”
Daniel had purposed long before he was taken captive and faced with the temptation to be defiled. His purpose was a lifestyle choice. He had trained his heart to resist any temptation.
Proverbs 23:1-3 says, “When you sit down to eat with a ruler, consider carefully what is before you; and put a knife to your throat if you are a man given to appetite. Do not desire his delicacies, for they are deceptive food.”
Let me use gossip as defiling food. Proverbs 26:22 Amplified says, “The words of the whisperer or slanderer are like dainty morsels or words of sport (to some, but to others are like deadly wounds); and they go down into the innermost parts of the body (or the victim’s nature).”
Gossip is deceptive food that will destroy relationships. Gossip is a whisperer that draws us into it like a magnet.The enemy uses this ‘come and dine’ temptation. I had a friend that used to put her fingers in her ears and wag her tongue saying ‘la, la, la’ when someone tried to tell her something ‘juicy’ about another.
This deceptive food can come like this. ‘I just found out that they…we need to pray for them.’ It’s a trap. A gossiper meddles in other’s lives. 1 Peter 4:15 says, “But let none of you suffer…as a busybody in other people’s matter.”
Here is our God-given direction. 1 Peter 1:22 says, “Since you have purified your souls in obeying the truth through the Spirit in sincere love of the brethren, love one another fervently with a pure heart.” Beware of the voice in your ear that says, ‘come and dine.’