Daniel - Developing Godly Habits

 

            Text:  Daniel 1-2, & 6
 

 Courage to make and keep a commitment

                 The world offers much that could distract us:

                        Food                Sex                  Stuff/Money

                        Alcohol            Drugs               Busy-ness

                       

                    Make up your mind ahead of time

                             (see Daniel 1:3-9)
 

Seek God’s Intervention (Pray)

                 Daniel sought to delay the sentence of death to pursue God.

                 Daniel asked his friends to seek God’s compassion and     
                      direction.  

 

            Determine to wait on God’s revelation

    (Wait on the Lord, act only after God has spoken.)

                              (see Daniel 2:1-19 (14-18)

 

Use your opportunities to point others to God
     Daniel offered thanks and praise to God for His kindness

     Daniel boldly testified before the king regarding God’s revelation

 

         Exercise humility to magnify God more greatly

          (Be vocal about the activity of God in any success)

                              (see Daniel 2:20-23,27-30)

 

Actions always flow from our mind

     It is a process, not a destination

     It is created one decision at a time
 

             Be transformed by

      the renewing of your mind
 

Footnotes:

     Romans 12:2    Sow a thought and you reap an action;
 sow an act and you reap a habit; sow a habit and you reap
 a character; sow a character and you reap a destiny.

    Ghandi / Stephen Covey / Ralph Waldo Emerson

 

Character is always evident

         Daniel’s peers could find no fault in him, unless it was
             regarding his devotion to God (6:5)

         After the decree was signed Daniel continued kneeling
             toward Jerusalem three times a day praying and
            giving thanks to his God (6:10)

 

                        Lesson for us in summary:
 

Do what is right until it becomes an unbreakable habit.

Make-up your mind ahead of time

Determine to wait on God’s revelation (incline your ear)

Exercise humility to magnify God more greatly

Do what is right until it becomes an unbreakable habit.

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