Purity

It was the purity of Jesus' understanding that enabled him to utter the words, "The prince of this world cometh, and hath nothing in me." It is this understanding that begets dominion and fearlessness. When God is understood aright, it is seen that His omnipresence and omnipotence constitute all the refuge that is needed by those living in conformity with His law. If purity, honesty, and consecration to God are governing our daily activity, no situation which may present itself can cause us to fear.

Because of the purity of Daniel's understanding, his immortal words have come ringing down the centuries, "And also before thee, O king, have I done no hurt." Daniel's freedom from error enabled him to stand the crucial test which he underwent, and to come through it unharmed. One outstanding factor in this experience was his ability to emerge from it with the gracious words, "O king, live for ever." What assurance his pure thinking gave him—what realization of the powerlessness of evil! No resentment there; no belief that he had an enemy!

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