June 18, 2023
Daniel 6:3 (NIV): Now Daniel so distinguished himself among the administrators and the satraps [because] his [excellent spirit] that the king planned to set him over the whole kingdom.
1. Practice a God-first lifestyle.
Daniel 6:10 (NIV): Now when Daniel learned that the decree had been published, he went home to his upstairs room where the windows opened toward Jerusalem. Three times a day he got down on his knees and prayed, giving thanks to his God, just as he had done before.
1 John 5:14 (NIV): This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us.
2. Prioritize character development.
Daniel 6:4–5 (NIV): At this, the administrators and the satraps tried to find grounds for charges against Daniel in his conduct of government affairs, but they were unable to do so. They could find no corruption in him, because he was trustworthy and neither corrupt nor negligent. 5 Finally these men said, “We will never find any basis for charges against this man Daniel unless it has something to do with the law of his God.”
Jeremiah 17:7–8 (NLT): But blessed are those who trust in the Lord and have made the Lord their hope and confidence. 8 They are like trees planted along a riverbank, with roots that reach deep into the water. Such trees are not bothered by the heat or worried by long months of drought. Their leaves stay green, and they never stop producing fruit.
2 Peter 1:5–9 (NLT): In view of all this, make every effort to respond to God’s promises. Supplement your faith with a generous provision of moral excellence, and moral excellence with knowledge, 6 and knowledge with self-control, and self- control with patient endurance, and patient endurance with godliness, 7 and godliness with brotherly affection, and brotherly affection with love for everyone. 8 The more you grow like this, the more productive and useful you will be in your knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. 9 But those who fail to develop in this way are shortsighted or blind, forgetting that they have been cleansed from their old sins.
3. Put others in their place.
Romans 12:18–19 (NIV): If it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone. 19 Do not take revenge, my dear friends, but leave room for God’s wrath, for it is written: “It is mine to avenge; I will repay,” says the Lord.
Proverbs 26:27 (NLT): If you set a trap for others, you will get caught in it yourself. If you roll a boulder down on others, it will crush you instead.
4. Preaching doesn’t need words.
Daniel 6:25–26 (NIV): Then King Darius wrote to all the nations and peoples of every language in all the earth: “May you prosper greatly! 26 “I issue a decree that in every part of my kingdom people must fear and reverence the God of Daniel.”