Godly Character Series: Influence
Totally Fit 4 Life - Being transformed into the image of Christ mind, body & spirit.
RSS Follow Become a Fan

Delivered by FeedBurner


Recent Posts

End of Week Review 6/23/2017
Char's Chicken Salad
United or Divided: Will We Stand?
Put Your Environment to Work for Your Workout
End of Week Review 6/16/2017

Most Popular Posts

It Begins with to Whom We Belong
Run, Run, Run!
Where did THAT come from?!?!
Lectio Divina: Christian Meditation
End of Week Review 7/17/2015

Categories

athletic wear
aviation
beginning exercise
Christian faith
Christmas
Contest
Devotions
End of Week Review
Events
From the desk of Charlaine
Hard core workout
health
healthy living
healthy low cal recipes
Holiday Tips
life challenges
limited abilities
midlife
New Age & Christianity
New Life
nutrition
Outdoors activities
Pain Reduction
Pastors & Families
pastors and ministry
performance
Personal Experience
Personal Training
Product Review
Purpose
recipes
relationships
self-defense/martial arts
self-image
special diets
special groups
special ocassions
Stress relief
Summer
Travel tips
vacation
weight loss
Winter
Workouts for daily living
Zen and Christianity

Archives

June 2017
May 2017
April 2017
March 2017
February 2017
January 2017
December 2016
November 2016
October 2016
September 2016
August 2016
July 2016
June 2016
May 2016
April 2016
March 2016
February 2016
January 2016
December 2015
November 2015
October 2015
September 2015
August 2015
July 2015
June 2015
May 2015
April 2015
March 2015
February 2015
January 2015
December 2014
November 2014
October 2014
September 2014
August 2014
July 2014
June 2014
May 2014
April 2014
March 2014
December 2013
November 2013
August 2013
June 2013
May 2013

powered by

My Blog

Godly Character Series: Influence

This is the beginning of a series of godly character shown through the examples of God's Bible greats from the Old Testament.

One of my all-time favorite people of the Bible, other than Jesus, is Daniel.  I aspire to take on at least some of his godly qualities, yet fail on my own power.  However, the Holy Spirit keeps working in me.  Someday, I hope to be like Daniel!

Daniel was a young man when he was taken into captivity with the rest of Judah by the Babylonians (Chaldeans in some translations) during the Israelite Exile.  There were other young men taken with him into the King's service indoctrinated with the literature, culture, and even re-named in the Babylonian religious traditions. His Babylonian name, Belteshazzar was after a Babylonian god. Interestingly, it means "Bel protects his life."  Bel, also known as Marduk, was a chief god of Babylon. The Jewish name Daniel means "God is my judge".  He could have kicked up a big stink--and lost his life.  Instead, he cooperated within the guidelines of the law in of God. 

What he and his friends went though was rather humiliating when you consider that the Hebrews were brought up believing they were God's chosen people, protected, loved and blessed by God (Daniel 1).  But something went horribly wrong that caused this problem.  Israel as a nation committed idolatry, forsaking the God who was faithful to them. They were not faithful. What God told them would happen, did happen. They lost their homeland God had given them.

When it came to violating God's law to abstain from certain foods, Daniel determined to avoid breaking the covenant law of the Jews.  He negotiated with the official over him and his friends to eat only vegetables and drink only water.  The official reluctantly agreed to a ten day trial.  At the end of the trial, God had blessed Daniel's obedience and this was the beginning of winning favor in the King's court (Daniel 1:8-20).

When most people think of Daniel, they think of the fiery furnace and the lion's den.  Both very important; however, the gaps need filled in. He and his friends almost lost their lives because the astrologers told the King that no one could interpret his dream (Daniel 2).  Daniel tactfully asked why such a harsh decree was made. He talked the guard into requesting that the King allow him interpret the his dream.  After much prayer, he did it. Their lives were spared that day because God gave Daniel the insight to interpret the dream for the King.  Daniel and his friends were protected by either an angel or a theophany--appearance of Christ before He came to earth-- in the furnace (Daniel 3:8-25). They were there because they refused to bow and worship the king.  Daniel had been thrown into a pit with lions because he prayed to God regularly and the astrologers were jealous, trying to get rid of their "competition" (Daniel 6:10-23).  It is important for us to understand why God would show favor to Daniel in such dire circumstances.

Daniel was faithful to God under extreme pressures. With Daniel's ability to negotiate and his wisdom and faithfulness to God, he was privileged to serve three more kings--Belshazzar , Nebuchanezzar's son, for whom he interpreted the writing on the wall by God's finger (Daniel 5), , as well as Persian kings, Darius and Cyrus (Darius first appears in Daniel 6, Cyrus in Daniel 9).

Here are the character traits I discovered with Daniel that we might desire to integrate into our lives:

  • Unwavering faith- Is our faith shaken or strengthened in tough circumstances?
  • Quick and ready to learn-are we willing to learn something new, even if we don't choose it?
  • Discerning of situations- Do we listen to God's voice in difficult situations?
  • Respectfully tactful with words- Do we choose our words carefully with those we don't agree?
  • Open to God’s voice- Are we listening more than we speak with God?
  • Fearlessly sharing God’s message- Are we willing to share what God lays on our heart, even if it won't be received well by others?
  • Gain favor with those in authority- How do our bosses, teachers and others in authority over us view our behavior? Is it rewarded?

God blesses His servants for their faithfulness.  He gifts us with a lot of abilities, one of which is the gift of influence.  May we seek God to receive the ability to positively influence those around us, that they might see God through us.

How about you?  Who in the Bible inspires you?  Although I have some Old Testament people listed, I am open to researching others. Give me your suggestions.  I will accept those from the Old Testament of the Protestant translations of the Bible.

Take the time to camp out in the book of Daniel over the next week.  Let me know how God speaks to you through this godly character. I'd love to hear from you. There is a comment section here or you can email me at totallyfit63@gmail.com.

May God bless you!
 
 Special notes: the Daniel in Prayer picture is from www.eborg3.com

Study References:

NKJV Study Bible by Thomas Nelson Publishers www.ThomasNelson.com

The Open Study Bible by Nelson Bibles www.thomasnelson.com

Who's Who in the Bible by Zondervan

Old Testament Commentary by Zondervan


 

0 Comments to Godly Character Series: Influence:

Comments RSS

Add a Comment

Your Name:
Email Address: (Required)
Website:
Comment:
Make your text bigger, bold, italic and more with HTML tags. We'll show you how.
Post Comment
Website Builder provided by  Vistaprint