TODAY'S WORD FOR Friday, October 05, 2018:
A man of purpose, prayer, power and faith.
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.
KNOWLEDGE AND EXPERIENCE:
Daniel was a man of strong faith and godly character. Our goal in life should be to have a godly character like Daniel had so that others may say about us what was said about Daniel in verse 4 (above). Daniel was so faithful and upright that no fault could be found in him. As we look into the scriptures and read about Daniel we can learn many things from his life that can help us understand what it means to be faithful to God and the importance of having a godly character.
If Daniel had a flaw in his character it has not been revealed to us in the scriptures. The scriptures do give us four character traits of Daniel that we can apply to our lives.
First of all, Daniel was a man of purpose. In Daniel 1:8 we read that Daniel purposed in his heart that he would not defile himself with the portion of the king’s delicacies, or with the wine which he drank. Although Daniel was living in exile as a captive of Babylon, he had found favor with the king and was offered the privilege of eating from the king’s table. He would not allow himself to be tempted with the meat and wine of the king, because he was aware that it had first been given as an offering to Babylon’s false gods and Daniel knew that to eat the meat and drink the wine would be to disobey God.
The food and wine were tempting but God gave him wisdom and strength to say “NO” and Daniel refused to partake of the food and wine. Daniel had resolved to stay true to his convictions and always faithful to God. We need to learn to say no to all of the temptations to do evil that Satan will present to us in order to draw us away from the Lord.
Secondly, Daniel was a man of prayer. He recognized the importance of having communication with God. Daniel had been taken captive to Babylon and even though he lived in a pagan country he never strayed from his faith in God. He continued to pray to his Lord, as he always had, even when the King had agreed to sign a law to forbid any one to pray to God and the punishment for breaking the law was death. Daniel didn’t just pray when he was in danger but he had a pattern of prayer, praying three times a day. We need to develop that kind of prayer pattern because we need daily communication with God.
Thirdly, Daniel was a man of power. King Nebuchadnezzar bestowed honor, gifts and great power on Daniel. Daniel received power from the king, but Daniel knew that his real source of power came from God, and he continually gave God the glory in all that he did and always put his total trust in God’s power not his own. If we want to be men and women of power that God can use we need to follow Daniel’s example.
Finally, Daniel was a man of faith. He showed his faith in God in his times of great distress and anxiety. For example, when Daniel continued to pray to God breaking the King’s law he was forced to spend a night in a den of hungry lions because of his loyalty and trust in God. The scriptures tell us in Daniel 6:23 that King Darius came to the den in the morning, after Daniel’s night in the lion’s den, and found Daniel alive and well, “and no injury whatever was found on him”, because God sent His angel and shut the mouths of the lions. When we are faithful to God and put our trust in Him, God will be with us as we go through our times of difficulty and despair.
We all can learn from the life of Daniel. God wants us to live our lives like Daniel lived his always being faithful to God and living by His commandments. If we do God will work miracles in our life just as He did in the life of Daniel.
There is an old hymn written by Philip P. Bliss in 1873. We sang it in Sunday school, maybe some of you did as well. The words to the chorus are:
Dare to be a Daniel,
Dare to stand alone,
Dare to have a purpose firm,
Dare to make it known.
Our memory verse for this week is found in Proverbs 22:6.
Train up a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not depart from it.
Thank You for the standard of godly commitment that has been given to us through the life of Daniel. May my life and the lives of my family be lives of purpose, prayer, power and faith like that of Daniel. Keep us from being tempted by things that would defile us and separate us from fellowship with our Savior.
These Family Devotional thoughts are written by Dr. Ken Phillips, Executive Director of America's Hunger
Solution, and his wife Dottie. Ken has had ministry positions
with The Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, World Vision, Youth For Christ, World Opportunities International,
and World Bible Society. He also has consulted for more than 30 Christian ministries in management and stewardship
development. They have published a book called No Problems Only Situations that discusses the journey of their family.
Ken and Dottie have been married for 60 years, and have 6 children, 20 grandchildren, and 3 great grandchildren. Their
second book, TODAY'S WORD, includes 365 daily
devotionals and is now available for only $10.
Ken & Dottie Phillips
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