LIKE DANIEL, REFUSE TO DEFILE YOURSELF
Daniel was living in a foreign land, surrounded by people who did not know God. They were corrupted unrighteous people, which was a direct opposite to what Daniel was. Daniel therefore became a threat to them as he was going to expose their evil works.
Despite it all Daniel did not allow the situation to discourage him to stand for what he believed in. He excelled and distinguished himself amongst them. This all happened because he had an excellent spirit inside him. The spirit inside him determined what he did and directed how he did things. He did not allow the surrounding circumstances to control his way of living.
Many people depend on the surrounding circumstances when it comes to making decisions concerning their lives. When you have the excellent spirit within yourself, you will not be controlled by what is going on around you. The spirit will lead you into doing the right thing all the time.
Daniel lived in a very hostile environment, unfamiliar to what he was used to, but he never doubted that God was with him. He continued being a true worshipper of God. That is why his actions were being controlled by the spirit of excellence. When they brought the delicacies of the king’s table he refused to eat He refused to defile himself. He was a disciplined young with a purpose regarding his life.
For a person that you are, you need to find a purpose for your existence. It will help to determine how you are supposed to live your life. You will then be able to refuse to participate in ungodly practices, even when everyone around you is participating. This purpose has to be found in you.
When you are a child of God, be distinguished from others. The way you conduct yourself should speak for itself that you are a child of God filled with the spirit of excellence.
Your diligence should make your peers to take notice of you that you are a well behaved Christian with a purpose in life. As a child of God you need to know that laziness is not your portion. Laziness will lead to corruption because excellence and laziness do not go hand in hand.
My brethren, my prayer is for you to excel in anything you put your hands on in 2017!
HAVE THE SPIRIT OF EXCELLENCE LIKE DANIEL
Scripture reading: Daniel 6:1-13 "It pleased Darius to set over the kingdom one hundred and twenty satraps, to be over the whole kingdom; 2 and over these, three governors, of whom Daniel was one, that the satraps might give account to them, so that the king would suffer no loss. 3 Then this Daniel distinguished himself above the governors and satraps, because an excellent spirit was in him; and the king gave thought to setting him over the whole realm. 4 So the governors and satraps sought to find some charge against Daniel concerning the kingdom; but they could find no charge or fault, because he was faithful; nor was there any error or fault found in him. 5 Then these men said, “We shall not find any charge against this Daniel unless we find it against him concerning the law of his God.”… NKJV
Daniel was exiled in Babylon and served as a slave of king Darius. He was forced to live far from home, the land that the Lord had promised him through Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. Here we learn about how to serve God faithfully in the middle of an ungodly world and how to persevere in hope even with no immediate solution to the problems that get us down.
Daniel was a distinguished young man filled with the spirit of God. He lived with a purpose and determination. The spirit he had inside him determined what he did and it was the spirit of excellence. His works made him to be noticed by the king of Babylon. The king saw that he was a faithful young man with integrity.
As young as he was, he was trusted and chosen to be one of the three chief commissioners set over the kingdom of Babylon. He was given a responsibility with 120 satraps serving under him.
The king had chosen him so that he should suffer no loss from disloyalty and corruption over his possessions. Daniel was later promoted to be a second in command to the king through his good works.
My brethren, my prayer for you is that, like in the case of Daniel, may your rivals find nothing in you which is below excellence. May the Spirit of God pour His grace upon you to excel in all that you do this year.