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I LOVE Daniel 6! What an incredible chapter! So much to learn from it!
Daniel was a leader (v.3)
Daniel began distinguishing himself among the commissioners and satraps…
Daniel is a teenager – most believe between 17-19 years old. God’s hand was on him in incredible ways. He must have had great parents who instilled the Bible into him and taught him how to stand up for what is right.
Jealousy is real (v.4)
People don’t like it when our righteous lifestyle convicts them of their sinful one. This is true of lost and saved friends. Jesus told us:
Blessed are those who have been persecuted for the sake of righteousness, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Blessed are you when people insult you and persecute you, and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of Me. Rejoice and be glad, for your reward in heaven is great; for in the same way they persecuted the prophets who were before you. Matthew 5:10-12
Daniel was committed to God regardless of the cost (v.10)
When Daniel knew that the document was signed – the document that would send him into the den of hungry lions for not worshipping the king – he prayed anyway! With his windows open for all to see – just like he did every day.
He was NOT going to let this stop him from worshipping and crying out to God.
God is a faithful Father (v.22)
God protected Him. This was a major witness to a lost king and a watching world.
God is still the same… Be a leader – make a difference in your job or your school or in your neighborhood. Jealousy is real – people may not applaud your efforts – but that’s okay. Be committed to God regardless of the cost. Stay true and faithful to God and His Word because God is a faithful Father and He will protect and bless you.
By: Tim Parsons — Lead Pastor