A Different Kind of Faithfulness
Jealousy is the tribute that mediocrity pays to genius.
3 principles to strengthen and sustain us in the lion dens of life
I. God Can Help You Develop a ________________ of Faithfulness
A. Daniel stood out because of his __________________ – v. 3
Daniel 6:3 - Then this Daniel began distinguishing himself among the commissioners and satraps…
B. He had an excellent ____________ – v. 3
Daniel 6:3 - Then this Daniel began distinguishing himself among the commissioners and satraps because he possessed an extraordinary spirit…
C. He lived in a way that was ___________________ – v. 4
Daniel 6:4 - Then the commissioners and satraps began trying to find a ground of accusation against Daniel in regard to government affairs; but they could find no ground of accusation or evidence of corruption, inasmuch as he was faithful, and no negligence or corruption was to be found in him.
D. He had a firm ____________ in God’s Word – v. 10
Daniel 6:10 - Now when Daniel knew that the document was signed, he entered his house (now in his roof chamber he had windows open toward Jerusalem)…
E. He was faithful in ____________
Daniel 6:10 - Now when Daniel knew that the document was signed, he entered his house (now in his roof chamber he had windows open toward Jerusalem); and he continued kneeling on his knees three times a day, praying and giving thanks before his God, as he had been doing previously.
II. Even Long-Term Faithfulness May Result in Great __________
A. There is a limited sense in which faithfulness to God makes for an ____________ life because living for sin always has significant consequences
Proverbs 13:15 - Good understanding produces favor, but the way of the treacherous is hard.
Proverbs 28:13 - He who conceals his transgressions will not prosper, but he who confesses and forsakes them will find compassion.
Galatians 6:7 - Do not be deceived, God is not mocked; for whatever a man sows, this he will also reap.
B. We each have to get to the place of recognizing that God’s primary purpose for us is not to make our lives trial-free, but to ______________ us to the image of His Son
2 Corinthians 3:18 - But we all, with unveiled face, beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory, just as from the Lord, the Spirit.