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10/04/2013

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A Person Of Principle


"Now when Daniel learned that the decree had been published, he went home to his upstairs room where the windows opened toward Jerusalem. Three times a day he got down on his knees and prayed, giving thanks to God, just as he had done before" (Dan.6:10).

I have gotten stuck in the Book of Daniel, where there are some important lessons to be learned. The backdrop for today's verse is a sham on the part of the administrators and satraps. They approached King Darius with the proposition that said: "We have all agreed that the king should issue an edict and enforce the decree that anyone who prays to any god or man during the next 30 days, except you, O king, shall be thrown into the lion's den" (Vs 6-7). The king's ego must have been pretty fragile, because he agreed to this. Today's verse is the way that Daniel reacted to this decree... Daniel was a person of principle... He simply would not compromise his principles. He prayed to God at least three times a day and would not be deterred from it... He did much the same thing in refusing to eat from the king's table, as we looked at yesterday. In Dan.5:13-17, he refused gifts from King Belshazzar. Even under the threat of severe persecution, Daniel stuck to his principles... People today admire persons of principle. There may be times when on the outside they may ridicule them, but on the inside they wish that they were so highly principled. When people are looking for someone to carry out an important task, they will always turn to those that they can trust. They will always turn to the persons with high principles. Psalm 15 would be a good one for us to read and meditate upon today. In it, David describes a person with these high principles, and we get an idea about how God feels about them..."O Lord, who may abide in Your tent? Who may dwell on your holy hill? He who walks with integrity, and works with righteousness, and speaks truth in his heart. He who does not slander with his tongue, nor does evil to his neighbor, nor takes up a reproach against his friend; In whose eyes a reprobate is despised. but who honors those who fear the Lord; He keeps his oaths, even when it hurts, and does not change; He does not put out his money at interest, nor does he take a bribe against the innocent, He who does these things will never be shaken" (Psa.15). As we look around us in today's world, we would probably all agree that there is a great need for people with principle... Being led by principle rather than price will make us highly valued both by God and man...

Have a great day... Make a difference... Love mark Phil.4:11

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