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Integrity where do you stand

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

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