To have an unusal ability – Daniel was able to exemplary master the competencies he needed and even does brilliant things that others could not do. 1. He was weaned in the Lord. Though young he was taught how to feed on his own.Genesis 21:8 I think everyone celebrates a little when a child is weaned.Daniel though young had to spiritually stand on his own. He couldn’t rely on others to lead him. Most of us will encounter a time in our life where we will be faced with a similar situation. You have to stand on your own. You have to be weaned from bottle feeding and stand for the Lord. Daniel did and you should to.
2. He had a hunger for knowledge. Dan 1:3,4Some people only want to know enough to get by.Study to show thyself approved.As newborn babes desire the sincere milk of the word. 1 Peter 2:2Desire the milk of the word!... that you may grow thereby.3. He made a decision not to be defiled by the world. Daniel 1:8Job made a covenant with his eyes, (Job 31:1) and David said he would set no wicked thing before his eyes. (Ps 101:3)4. He had an outstanding walk before the Lord and was well liked by others outside the kingdom. Daniel 1:9Grew in favor with God and man, as did Samuel, and Jesus.
5. He openly declared and lived his faith. Daniel 1:9-136. God gave him favor. Daniel 1:18-20All that Daniel had, God gave more to. To him that hath will more be given. 7. Not only did he have a hunger for knowledge, he had a hunger for God.Evidenced in his holy commitment, and in his committing things to prayer, and his openness to spiritual gifts.
Daniel sets before us an example of God’s kind of man, let us endeaver to follow him even as he followed the leading of God in his life. How many men, by a show of hands, would say, "Pastor, I want to be a man in whom is an excellent spirit."
The word EXCELLENT by definition means Extremely Good. Excellent describes someone or something as exceptional or of high quality.
He has an unusual ability and is wise and skillful in interpreting dreams, solving riddles, and explaining mysteries, so send for this man Daniel, whom the king named Belteshazzar, and he will tell you what all this means.
I. We can be excellent if we desire to be one. A. To be excellent is to be set apart to gain wisdom. B. To be excellent one should have discipline in all aspects of life. (morally, spiritually, physically,financially)
II. We can be excellent if we will have to continually improve. A. Improve knowledge, skills and attitude. B. Improve decision making- having right choices in life.
III. We can be excellent if we do things for the greater glory of our Lord God. A. In all the things that we do, we should do it for the glory of God. 1st Corinthians 10:31
Matt 25:13-20 13 "Therefore keep watch, because you do not know the day or the hour. 14 "Again, it will be like a man going on a journey, who called his servants and entrusted his property to them. 15 To one he gave five talents a of money, to another two talents, and to another one talent, each according to his ability. Then he went on his journey. 16 The man who had received the five talents went at once and put his money to work and gained five more. 17 So also, the one with the two talents gained two more. 18 But the man who had received the one talent went off, dug a hole in the ground and hid his masters money. 19 "After a long time the master of those servants returned and settled accounts with them. 20 The man who had received the five talents brought the other five. Master, he said, you entrusted me with five NIV
21 "His master replied, Well done, good and faithful servant! You have been faithful with a few things; I will put you in charge of many things. Come and share your masters happiness! 22 "The man with the two talents also came. Master, he said, you entrusted me with two talents; see, I have gained two more. 23 "His master replied, Well done, good and faithful servant! You have been faithful with a few things; I will put you in charge of many things. Come and share your masters happiness! 24 "Then the man who had received the one talent came. Master, he said, I knew that you are a hard man, harvesting where you have not sown and gathering where you have not scattered seed. 25 So I was afraid and went out and hid your talent in the ground. See, here is what belongs to you. 26 "His master replied, You wicked, lazy servant! So you knew that I harvest where I have not sown and gather where I have not scattered seed? 27 Well then, you should have put my money on deposit with the bankers, so that when I returned I would have received it back with interest. 28 "Take the talent from him and give it to the one who has the ten talents. 29 For everyone who has will be given more, and he will have an abundance. Whoever does not have, even what he has will be taken from him. 30 And throw that worthless servant outside, into the darkness, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth. 31 "When the Son of Man comes in his glory, and all the angels with him, he will sit on his throne in heavenly glory. 32 All the nations will be gathered before him, and he will separate the people one from another as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats. 33 He will put the sheep on his right and the goats on his left. NIV
Phil 4:8-9 8 Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable — if anything is excellent or praiseworthy — think about such things. 9 Whatever you have learned or received or heard from me, or seen in me — put it into practice. And the God of peace will be with you. NIV