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Excellence will always have an audience (Prov 18:16, 22:29) but it's reason and it's purpose must be the same or it will end in vanity. Daniel shows us why to be excellent and what to do with it when it is recognized.

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Last week we asked: "What things make it difficult to serve God and make Him known in school (or any public arena)?"

Last week we asked: "What things make it difficult to serve God and make Him known in school (or any public arena)?"

Discussion Question-Last week: "What things make it difficult to serve God and make Him known in school (or any public arena)?"
Discussion Question-This week: "What might make it easier to serve God and make Him known in school (or any pubic arena)?"
Help from Afar: email from Ray Rubi
I got saved at 18 but I was already a year out of high school, Fred and Richard spent their Senior year as Christians (Fred did a do-over). They were saved at the end of the previous school year, they got fired-up over the summer and were determined to leave their mark on Tucson High in their last year there. They had the benefit of doing it together but they were aggressive from Day One. Witnessing at lunch, preaching after school, they even got permission from a rather passive principal to have a full blown concert in the auditorium after school once.
What sustained them was a fervent prayer life. Many of their friends got saved. If there is a parallel between them and Daniel, Hananiah, Mishael and Azariah at “Babylon High” it would be that they were the aggressors. Daniel was proactive in making a stand and in requesting what he wanted from the authorities. Also, what gave them favor was their spirit of excellence in how they went about their daily business.
My advice to kids heading back to school is make morning prayer the cornerstone of your daily life, stick together, throw the first punch and have a blast.
Alphabet of Daniel’s Principles (by Pastor Mauldin) Can you identify them?
A. Be the AGGRESSOR
A. Be the AGGRESSOR
B. BLESSING comes to those that BLESS
C. COMFORT comes from CONFIDENCE and CONFIDENCE comes from being CONVINCED about your God.
. The King is discontented by a dream and so wants a true interpretation that he is not going to allow the slickness that often coincides with “soothsaying”, so he demands that an interpretation be given by his wisemen without first being told the dream
D. Desire DISTINCTION
E. EXCELLENCE provides ENTRY
F. Choose God-FEARING FRIENDS
G. remember that GOD GIVES GRACE
H. HUMILITY receives GRACE and is displayed in Honor and Respect for others
displayed in Honor and Respect for others
“10x” () by M.W. Mauldin
I. Imagining Greatness ()
Principle E: EXCELLENCE provides ENTRY
Jerry Rice-records for mist records but still not ten times better than second place
A. How Would your Parents Feel?
B. What Would You do With That Greatness?
C. When is Greatness is Most Appreciated? When it is least expected
Cross References:
II. What Created This Greatness/Excellence? ()
Daniel's Determination & Discipline
A. "Resolved" (often purposed or decided within his heart)
B. "Not to Defile"
Principle D: DESIRE DISTINCTION
Jerry Rice's secret #1: create separation by running good routes
To Daniel, being "defiled" meant two things:
dishonoring the commands of his God and
being like everyone else
In what ways can you be “undefiled” in your generation?
C. "He asked" (and respectfully)
proactive
Principle A
He was confident
Principle C (will discuss later)
He was respectful in asking
Principle H
He received respect in return (, , )
D. He involved like-minded friends ()
Principle F: Choose God-FEARING FRIENDS
III. The X Factor (10X) (, , , )
Jerry Rice: secret #2: even better separation happens when you are not tired and your opponent is.
Both their determination and their multiplied greatness had a source of limitless power.
Daniel and his friends were praised for (amongst other things) their wisdom.
Solomon was said to be the wisest man that ever lived. But he describes a very depressing, and very unmotivated time in his backslidden life ()
Ecclesiastes 1:16–2:11 ESV
I said in my heart, “I have acquired great wisdom, surpassing all who were over Jerusalem before me, and my heart has had great experience of wisdom and knowledge.” And I applied my heart to know wisdom and to know madness and folly. I perceived that this also is but a striving after wind. For in much wisdom is much vexation, and he who increases knowledge increases sorrow. I said in my heart, “Come now, I will test you with pleasure; enjoy yourself.” But behold, this also was vanity. I said of laughter, “It is mad,” and of pleasure, “What use is it?” I searched with my heart how to cheer my body with wine—my heart still guiding me with wisdom—and how to lay hold on folly, till I might see what was good for the children of man to do under heaven during the few days of their life. I made great works. I built houses and planted vineyards for myself. I made myself gardens and parks, and planted in them all kinds of fruit trees. I made myself pools from which to water the forest of growing trees. I bought male and female slaves, and had slaves who were born in my house. I had also great possessions of herds and flocks, more than any who had been before me in Jerusalem. I also gathered for myself silver and gold and the treasure of kings and provinces. I got singers, both men and women, and many concubines, the delight of the sons of man. So I became great and surpassed all who were before me in Jerusalem. Also my wisdom remained with me. And whatever my eyes desired I did not keep from them. I kept my heart from no pleasure, for my heart found pleasure in all my toil, and this was my reward for all my toil. Then I considered all that my hands had done and the toil I had expended in doing it, and behold, all was vanity and a striving after wind, and there was nothing to be gained under the sun.
Those that have accomplished great things (most notable, athletes) have described a wall that they hit that they would never have been able to pass on their own. They describe a necessary transcendence that propelled them and it often was the sight of others that believed in and invested them, others (perhaps a future generation of athletes) that were inspired by them etc. (from the book Peak Performance)
What is most worth it? What is most enduring and transcendent? In fact this is the reason that I asked you what you would do if you were to be recognized for your great achievements?
What Solomon finally concluded at the end of such a depressing book was () The Bible shows us the greatest motive for anything
; ;
Colossians 3:17 ESV
And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.
1 Corinthians 10:31 ESV
So, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.
Daniel 12:3 ESV
And those who are wise shall shine like the brightness of the sky above; and those who turn many to righteousness, like the stars forever and ever.
1 Corinthians 10:31 ESV
So, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.
1 Corinthians 10:31 ESV
So, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.
Colossians 3:17 ESV
And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.
Colossians 3:17 ESV
And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.
A. "But" (perhaps the most important word in all of the book)
Colossians 3:23–24 ESV
Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men, knowing that from the Lord you will receive the inheritance as your reward. You are serving the Lord Christ.
Colossians 3:23–24 ESV
Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men, knowing that from the Lord you will receive the inheritance as your reward. You are serving the Lord Christ.
A. "But" (perhaps the most important word in all of the book)
A. "But" (perhaps the most important word in all of the book)
The word "but" is a conjunction used as a bridge and it means to unite to contrasting ideas
The king believed that Israel's God was no better than his god so the vessels of worship would be better in the house of his god etc. He placed all of the vessels (consecrated) from the house of God in the house of his gods ()
The king believed that Israel was just like every other nation he conquered, meant to serve him ()
Thus he stripped these young men of their culture and forced attempted to brainwash them into his service…BUT
B. Convinced:
Able to Convince because He was convinced himself
Principle C:
COMFORT comes from CONFIDENCE and CONFIDENCE comes from being CONVINCED about your God.
God God His front: "favor and compassion" ()
God God His front: "favor and compassion" () God got His back: ()
God got His back: ()
C. The X Factor is God
God's Mission: Natural increase of Momentum, Transcendence (others may follow)
God's Power: Supernatural () Principle G: Remember God Gives Graceseen in favor received () seen in health () seen in multiplied excellence ()
God's Presence: Convergence of Enjoying God ()
Mika Rae's question: Answer: You may enjoy the praise of others bet never more than you enjoy seeing them praise God. That is your end motivation and you will be tempted to be distracted from it.
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