Daily D – Daniel 1:17-20
Daniel 1:17-20 To these four young men God gave knowledge and understanding of all kinds of literature and learning. And Daniel could understand visions and dreams of all kinds. At the end of the time set by the king to bring them into his service, the chief official presented them to Nebuchadnezzar. The king talked with them, and he found none equal to Daniel, Hananiah, Mishael and Azariah; so they entered the king’s service. In every matter of wisdom and understanding about which the king questioned them, he found them ten times better than all the magicians and enchanters in his whole kingdom.
A 10X leader does what other leaders will not. Daniel and his three friends honored God spiritually, physically, intellectually, relationally, and emotionally. This benefited the king and blessed the whole kingdom.
Why did they do this? Deuteronomy 6:4, 5 tell us:
The Lord our God, the Lord is one.
Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength.”
Deuteronomy 6:4-5 NIV
“ ‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’
This is the first and greatest commandment.
And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’
All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.”
Matthew 22:37-40 NIV
What is the secret to success, including 10X success? Love God. Love everyone. Lead with love. Seek the highest and best for everyone all the time.
How do we do this? Take a look at Daniel and his friends and how they expressed these truths in their challenges and opportunities in chapters 1-6. They prayed. They took the right lead measures. They left the results to God. They were secure in their faith even if God did not answer their prayers the way they asked them.
Technique and leadership styles will never take you where only faith and character lead. Ponder these chapters. Apply what you learn from Daniel and Friends. Watch God open closed doors, save lost lives, redeem powerful leaders, and show the whole world how good and loving he is.
I will honor God and serve others.
Our Father, I want to live the kind of life you can bless. I want to live a life that is good not only for me, but for everyone. I want to trust you in all things at all times. Thank you for Daniel and his friends and their world-changing success. Amen.
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Psalm 32:7-9 For you are my hiding place; you protect me from trouble. You surround me with songs of victory. Interlude The Lord says, “I will guide you along the best pathway for your life. I will advise you and watch over you. Do not be like a senseless horse or mule that needs a bit and bridle to keep it under control.”
Exodus 39:42, 43 So the people of Israel followed all of the Lord’s instructions to Moses. Then Moses inspected all their work. When he found it had been done just as the Lord had commanded him, he blessed them.
Exodus 33:13 “If it is true that you look favorably on me, let me know your ways so I may understand you more fully and continue to enjoy your favor. And remember that this nation is your very own people.”
Exodus 31:1-5 Then the Lord said to Moses, “Look, I have specifically chosen Bezalel son of Uri, grandson of Hur, of the tribe of Judah. I have filled him with the Spirit of God, giving him great wisdom, ability, and expertise in all kinds of crafts. He is a master craftsman, expert in working with gold, silver, and bronze. He is skilled in engraving and mounting gemstones and in carving wood. He is a master at every craft!”