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    • Where Do You Stand? Lessons on Integrity based on the life of Daniel
    • Daniel 1:8
      • “ But Daniel resolved not to defile himself with the royal food and wine, and he asked the chief official for permission not to defile himself this way.”
    • I. The Power of intention
      • “ But Daniel resolved not to defile himself…”
      • An intention helps you focus
      • An intention can be very powerful
      • An intention can have a massive impact
      • An intention will determine how you will live your future life today
    • I. The Power of intention
      • Daniel’s intention was crystal clear
      • He will live his life with INTEGRITY before his God, nothing more and nothing less.
      • Definition:
      • Having a set of firm qualities that are acted out consistently
    • I. The Power of intention
      • How do you intend to live your life today?
    • II. The Pressure of fitting-in
      • Daniel and his friends were exiles 1:3
      • Daniel and his friends were young 1:4
      • Daniel and his friends were on the king’s list of “who’s who” in his kingdom 1:4
      • The name of the game is how to fit-in
    • II. The Pressure of fitting-in
      • The pressure of compromising his integrity for the sake of…
      • Self-advancement
      • Pleasing people
      • Saving his own neck
      • Integrity is the doing the right thing because it is the right thing
    • II. The Pressure of fitting-in
      • “ Better a poor man whose walk is blameless.” Prov. 19:1
      • “ The righteous man leads a blameless life” Prov. 20:7
      • “ If your right eye causes you to sin, gouge it out and throw it away.” Matt. 5:29
    • III. The Prize of integrity
      • “God had caused the official to show favor and sympathy to Daniel…” v. 1:9
      • “…They looked healthier and better nourished than any of the young men who ate the royal food.” v. 10
      • “God gave knowledge and understanding of all kinds of literature and learning v. 17
    • III. The Prize of integrity
      • “The found them ten times better than all the magicians and enchanters in his whole kingdom.” v.20
      • Important key principles:
      • Integrity looks good to God
      • Integrity makes an impact like no other
      • Integrity will always be rewarded
    • III. The Prize of integrity
      • “ LORD, who may dwell in your sanctuary? Who may live on your holy hill? He whose walk is blameless and who does what is righteous…” Psalm 15:1,2
      • The greatest reward of a life lived with integrity is God him-self
    • What now?
      • Think of one area of your life that needs a massive dose of integrity.
      • Realize how it has affected you and have a powerful resolve of doing something about it today.
      • Bring it before God and ask Him for wisdom for specific action steps.