Daniel 1:1 – Babylon is the world system. It means the world came to the church and besieged it. Babylon (the world) went to Jerusalem (the church) and pulled out the smart and good-looking young people. These are the ones the world is coming to get.
“We are so worried about our bills and our possession that [we don’t notice] the enemy is coming to get our young people.” – Pastor Ferne Sapp
Why Young People?
Young people dictate every culture. During the Civil Rights Movement God used young folk. God called Joseph and David as young people. Young people are critical to the move of God.
Oftentimes we let our children dress like the world and listen to its music. The world is coming for our young people but we need to separate them. Separation is not easy. We become so accustomed to the culture of the world.
The first thing we need to understand is that there are two systems in operation: Babylon and the Kingdom of God. The Kingdom of God is in you. Everywhere you go the Kingdom of God is in you. You have to refuse to be conformed to the world system.
The world system is based upon false beliefs. The enemy comes to steal, kill and destroy. Because this is his activity, he has to have a system by which this is possible. The world says there is a system in operation that comes to steal your ideals and your identity. And the world requires everyone to conform to what it says is right.
Daniel recognized that the Babylonians were trying to change his way of thinking his tastes, trying to force compromise.
How Does Separation Come?
1. Hear the Word of God.
The bible says that faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the Word of God. We must hear the Word.
2. Come to church.
When we come to church we are encouraged in our faith.
3. Have time of devotion. Devotion is not just reading the world but studying the word.