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Over-Coming With Excellence

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Every Beleiver will eventually have to handle adversity. But how we handle it all so determines how we come out of it.

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Overcoming With Excellence:

Daniel 6:1–28 AV
It pleased Darius to set over the kingdom an hundred and twenty princes, which should be over the whole kingdom; And over these three presidents; of whom Daniel was first: that the princes might give accounts unto them, and the king should have no damage. 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. 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. Then said these men, We shall not find any occasion against this Daniel, except we find it against him concerning the law of his God. Then these presidents and princes assembled together to the king, and said thus unto him, King Darius, live for ever. All the presidents of the kingdom, the governors, and the princes, the counsellors, and the captains, have consulted together to establish a royal statute, and to make a firm decree, that whosoever shall ask a petition of any God or man for thirty days, save of thee, O king, he shall be cast into the den of lions. Now, O king, establish the decree, and sign the writing, that it be not changed, according to the law of the Medes and Persians, which altereth not. Wherefore king Darius signed the writing and the decree. 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. Then these men assembled, and found Daniel praying and making supplication before his God. Then they came near, and spake before the king concerning the king’s decree; Hast thou not signed a decree, that every man that shall ask a petition of any God or man within thirty days, save of thee, O king, shall be cast into the den of lions? The king answered and said, The thing is true, according to the law of the Medes and Persians, which altereth not. Then answered they and said before the king, That Daniel, which is of the children of the captivity of Judah, regardeth not thee, O king, nor the decree that thou hast signed, but maketh his petition three times a day. Then the king, when he heard these words, was sore displeased with himself, and set his heart on Daniel to deliver him: and he laboured till the going down of the sun to deliver him. Then these men assembled unto the king, and said unto the king, Know, O king, that the law of the Medes and Persians is, That no decree nor statute which the king establisheth may be changed. Then the king commanded, and they brought Daniel, and cast him into the den of lions. Now the king spake and said unto Daniel, Thy God whom thou servest continually, he will deliver thee. And a stone was brought, and laid upon the mouth of the den; and the king sealed it with his own signet, and with the signet of his lords; that the purpose might not be changed concerning Daniel. Then the king went to his palace, and passed the night fasting: neither were instruments of musick brought before him: and his sleep went from him. Then the king arose very early in the morning, and went in haste unto the den of lions. 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? Then said Daniel unto the king, O king, live for ever. 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. Then was the king exceeding glad for him, and commanded that they should take Daniel up out of the den. So Daniel was taken up out of the den, and no manner of hurt was found upon him, because he believed in his God. And the king commanded, and they brought those men which had accused Daniel, and they cast them into the den of lions, them, their children, and their wives; and the lions had the mastery of them, and brake all their bones in pieces or ever they came at the bottom of the den. Then king Darius wrote unto all people, nations, and languages, that dwell in all the earth; Peace be multiplied unto you. I make a decree, That in every dominion of my kingdom men tremble and fear before the God of Daniel: for he is the living God, and stedfast for ever, and his kingdom that which shall not be destroyed, and his dominion shall be even unto the end. He delivereth and rescueth, and he worketh signs and wonders in heaven and in earth, who hath delivered Daniel from the power of the lions. So this Daniel prospered in the reign of Darius, and in the reign of Cyrus the Persian.
Daniel 6:
One of things thats most important is to train and teach our family, children the important’s of how to conduct themselves in public even when tragic events occur.
I. Death:
II. Illness:
III. Incarceration:
Because of who you are and who you represent you should keep in mind that always your an example…
Walk With Me In Daniels life:

The Darius of this story may have been Darius I, who ruled over the Persian Empire from 522 to 486 B.C.

he appointed a high officer to rule over each province. 2 The king also chose Daniel and two others as administrators to supervise the high officers and protect the king’s interests. 3 Daniel soon proved himself more capable than all the other administrators and high officers. Because of Daniel’s great ability, the king made plans to place him over the entire empire.

NLT: Describes His Excellent Spirt as a great ability...
Message version: brimming with spirit and intelligence, so completely outclassed the other vice-regents
Complete jewish: extraordinary spirit
extraordinary spirit
Because of Daniels God given spirit the other presidents or vice-regents or administrators and high officers began searching for some fault in the way Daniel was handling government affairs, but they couldn’t find anything to criticize or condemn.

He was faithful, always responsible, and completely trustworthy. 5 So they concluded, “Our only chance of finding grounds for accusing Daniel will be in connection with the rules of his religion.”

and high officers began searching for some fault in the way Daniel was handling government affairs, but they couldn’t find anything to criticize or condemn.
So they manipulated the King
No one can pray to their God for 30 days…and if they do they will be thrown in the lions den.

10 But when Daniel learned that the law had been signed, he went home and knelt down as usual in his upstairs room, with its windows open toward Jerusalem. He prayed three times a day, just as he had always done, giving thanks to his God.

So Watch He overcomes in Excellence....
Daniel had the ear of the king, he could have simply gone to him and revealed how the other presidents didn’t include him, But he didn’t.
He prayed like he usually does.
people that pray often talk & complain less....
praying people develop self control and learn how not to speak unless God has told them too.
real power is being able to keep your mouth shut, while your enemies are running theirs. temperance: (self restraint) gentleness: meekness,” does not mean weakness. Rather, it involves humility and thankfulness toward God, and polite, restrained behavior)
When They Caught him praying and asking God for help, They went to the King, the King was troubled because at that point he realized he had been dupped by those presidents.. But because of the decree The King gave the orders to arrest him and throw him into the lions den.
Notice Daniel hasn’t tried to defend himself (sounds like the spirit of Christ)
Isaiah 53:7 AV
He was oppressed, and he was afflicted, yet he opened not his mouth: he is brought as a lamb to the slaughter, and as a sheep before her shearers is dumb, so he openeth not his mouth.

7 wHe was oppressed, and he was afflicted,

Yet xhe opened not his mouth:

yzHe is brought as a lamb to the slaughter,

And as a sheep before her shearers is dumb,

So he openeth not his mouth.

Isaiah
ii. After all why should he have to defend himself, he is a prayer warrior and His God fights for him.
If i could use my imagination Daniel was probably singing that hynm
victory, victory shall be mine victory, victory shall be mine if i hold my peace and let God fight my battles victory, victory shall be mine
if i walk right, victory shall be mine if i walk right, victory shall be mine if i hold my peace and let God fight my battles victory victory shall be mine
if i walk right, victory shall be mine if i walk right, victory shall be mine if i hold my peace and let God fight my battles victory victory shall be mine
if i pray right, victory shall be mine if i pray right , victory shall be mine if i hold my peace and let God fight my battles victory, victory shall be mine
if i pray right, victory shall be mine if i pray right , victory shall be mine if i hold my peace and let God fight my battles victory, victory shall be mine
if i talk right victory shall be mine if i talk right victory shall be mine if i hold my peace and let God fight my battles victory, victory shall be mine
iii. So they are preparing to throw him into the den, yet he still doesn’t try to defend himself.. and doesn’t beg for help, he isn’t crying..
The Kings is useless
His enemies thank that got the best of him
He has no support no help & no words to speak. As a matter of fact Daniel hasn’t whispered a word yet in this text except too God...
And Bamm he is thrown into the den and the kings yells.. May your God, whom you serve so faithfully, rescue you.. A stone is placed over the mouth of the den.
The king seals the stone so no one could rescue Daniel..
It amazes me when God wants to show off in us so bad he ties the hands of everyone that could help so no one can get the glory but him..
Isaiah 43:18–19 AV
Remember ye not the former things, neither consider the things of old. Behold, I will do a new thing; now it shall spring forth; shall ye not know it? I will even make a way in the wilderness, and rivers in the desert.
Isaiah 43:18

18 oRemember ye not the former things,

Neither consider the things of old.

19 Behold, I will do pa new thing;

Now it shall spring forth; shall ye not know it?

qI will even make a way in the wilderness,

And rrivers in sthe desert.

Tell somebody God is going to make a way for me Some How.. I just know it, i feel it, i sense it..
slap three people high five and tell them hold your peace watch God move...
ALL Night the king is up pacing the floor because he realizes his best dude was set-up and so was he..
Daniel 6:18
Daniel 6:18–20 NLT
Then the king returned to his palace and spent the night fasting. He refused his usual entertainment and couldn’t sleep at all that night. Very early the next morning, the king got up and hurried out to the lions’ den. When he got there, he called out in anguish, “Daniel, servant of the living God! Was your God, whom you serve so faithfully, able to rescue you from the lions?”
Daniel 6:21–22 NLT
Daniel answered, “Long live the king! My God sent his angel to shut the lions’ mouths so that they would not hurt me, for I have been found innocent in his sight. And I have not wronged you, Your Majesty.”
daniel 6:21
And Daniel for the first Time during this whole ordeal speaks up after God show out!!!
Do Me A favor look at your neighbor and tell them before you say a Word.. Let God arise!! and let your enemies be scattered...
See what the text doesn’t reminds us is, Daniel is a prophet, who is anointed to interpret dreams and he is gifted to tell you what you dreamed..
So You got a man of God who prays 3 times a day, God speaks to and thru him prophetically and he has the gift interpreting dreams.. And a bunch of demons plotted & skeemed on him..
and when he found out he kept praying, Im no rocket scientist but i truely believe this was revealed to Daniel way before it happened.
Daniel 6:23 AV
Then was the king exceeding glad for him, and commanded that they should take Daniel up out of the den. So Daniel was taken up out of the den, and no manner of hurt was found upon him, because he believed in his God.

So Daniel was taken up out of the den, and ano manner of hurt was found upon him, bbecause he believed in his God.

See Daniel came out the same why he went it!!!
You Missed that.. The way you start a thing in the Kingdom is the way you end a thing in the kingdom..
Daniel 6:24 NLT
Then the king gave orders to arrest the men who had maliciously accused Daniel. He had them thrown into the lions’ den, along with their wives and children. The lions leaped on them and tore them apart before they even hit the floor of the den.
Daniel 6:24
It’s a dangerous thing to come up against a child of God...
Daniel 6:25–28 NLT
Then King Darius sent this message to the people of every race and nation and language throughout the world: “Peace and prosperity to you! “I decree that everyone throughout my kingdom should tremble with fear before the God of Daniel. For he is the living God, and he will endure forever. His kingdom will never be destroyed, and his rule will never end. He rescues and saves his people; he performs miraculous signs and wonders in the heavens and on earth. He has rescued Daniel from the power of the lions.” So Daniel prospered during the reign of Darius and the reign of Cyrus the Persian.
Daniel 6:25 NLT
Then King Darius sent this message to the people of every race and nation and language throughout the world: “Peace and prosperity to you!
Daniel 6:25-28
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