Summary: An example from Daniel on the importance of living a consistent life - The result is actually seeing God’s Glory
Daniel in the den of Lions
Stand Fast despite the pressure to sin or partake of wordy things. Dan 1:8-16
Reject compromise of God’s standard – refuse to run with the mulititude Dan 3:12; psalms 1
Live in such a way that no charge ( other than your commitment to God ) can be found against you
Continue to practice righteousness – even when it’s not popular to the world or even the church
See God’s glory as he delivers you! Praise Him and continue to stand
1. Stand Fast despite the pressure to sin or partake of wordy things.
Dan 1:8-9 - 8 But Daniel purposed in his heart that he would not defile himself with the portion of the king’s meat, nor with the wine which he drank: therefore he requested of the prince of the eunuchs that he might not defile himself. 9 Now God had brought Daniel into favour and tender love with the prince of the eunuchs.
2. Reject Compromise Dan 3:12
Refuse to run with he multitude
Dan 3:12 - There are certain Jews whom thou hast set over the affairs of the province of Babylon, Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-nego; these men, O king, have not regarded thee: they serve not thy gods, nor worship the golden image which thou hast set up. KJV
2. Reject Compromise Psalm 1
1:1 Blessed is the man that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor standeth in the way of sinners, nor sitteth in the seat of the scornful. 2 But his delight is in the law of the LORD; and in his law doth he meditate day and night. 3 And he shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that bringeth forth his fruit in his season; his leaf also shall not wither; and whatsoever he doeth shall prosper. 4 The ungodly are not so: but are like the chaff which the wind driveth away. 5 Therefore the ungodly shall not stand in the judgment, nor sinners in the congregation of the righteous.6 For the LORD knoweth the way of the righteous: but the way of the ungodly shall perish.
3. Live in such a way that no charge (except your commitment to faith) can be made against you
Dan 6:3-4 3 Then this Daniel was preferred above the presidents and princes, because an excellent spirit was in him; and the king thought to set him over the whole realm. 4 Then the presidents and princes sought to find occasion against Daniel concerning the kingdom; but they could find none occasion nor fault; forasmuch as he was faithful, neither was there any error or fault found in him.
4. Continue to practice Righteousness
Dan 6:10, “ 10 Now when Daniel knew that the writing was signed, he went into his house; and his windows being open in his chamber toward Jerusalem, he kneeled upon his knees three times a day, and prayed, and gave thanks before his God, as he did aforetime.
5. See God’s Glory as he handles your situation
Dan 6:20-22, “ 20 And when he came to the den, he cried with a lamentable voice unto Daniel: and the king spake and said to Daniel, O Daniel, servant of the living God, is thy God, whom thou servest continually, able to deliver thee from the lions? 21 Then said Daniel unto the king, O king, live for ever. 22 My God hath sent his angel, and hath shut the lions’ mouths, that they have not hurt me: forasmuch as before him innocency was found in me; and also before thee, O king, have I done no hurt.