KEY SCRIPTURE: Daniel 1:8 ” But Daniel purposed in his heart that he would not defile himself with the portion of the king’s meat, nor with the wine which he drank: therefore he requested of the prince of the eunuchs that he might not defile himself”.
One example in the bible about being a light in the world is Daniel. We would consider what made Daniel to be so unique in manifesting the glory of God, even in a foreign land.
Daniel was doggedly devoted to the Lord. In our key scripture the bible said “He purposed in His heart not to defile Himself with the portion of the king’s meat”. You cannot shine for God without God’s commitment to you. Holiness of life is the glue that attracts the presence of God to a man. (Matthew 5:8. “Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God”). It always takes the power of God upon the life of an individual to make him or her do amazing things.
GET DEVOTED TO GOD AND GOD WOULD BE DEVOTED TO YOU.
- A MIND TO EXCEL.
Daniel was not only devoted to God by prayer, holiness of life, he had a mind to excel. Daniel 6:3 reveals that, “then this Daniel was preferred above the presidents and princes, because an excellent Spirit was in him….. “. To have an excellent spirit ,is not just to have the Holy Spirit, but to have an attitude of excellence. To be disciplined and committed to details. Doing things right every time. Listen to what his detractors said about him in chapter 6 vrs 5″. Then said these men, we shall not find any occasion against this Daniel except we find it against him concerning the law of his God”. They could not find any occasion of error. Daniel was punctual. He did not cut corners or falsify figures, neither did he give bribes.. He never compromised on any grounds. His work was simply excellent. You cannot shine, if you are not positively different from the rest . Decide to excel by being positively different .
- A MAN OF FAITH IN GOD.
Faith in God is always the means to greater works. It is this greater works that make you stand out (John 14:12). Daniel’s faith in His God was unflinching even at the peril of His life. Daniel 6:10 reveals to us that, although Daniel knew that the decree had been signed that, anyone who asked a request from any other God, would be thrown into the lion’s den, he went ahead and prayed. He was thrown into the lions’ den, yet God honoured his faith by saving him..
God would honour your faith to show His glory.
By Daniel example, I commit my life to revealing the glory of God in my day. The Spirit of the Lord is actively working through me, I am making a great impact on this world.
John 14:12 “Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me, the works that I do shall he do also; and greater works than these shall he do; because I go unto my Father”.
Matthew 5:16 ” Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven”.
The bible in one year.
Deuteronomy 23:1-25:19, Luke 10:13-37, Psalm 75:1-10, Proverbs 12:12-14