Daniel 1:1,  In the third year of the reign of Jehoiakim king of Judah, Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon came to Jerusalem and besieged it. 2And the Lord gave Jehoiakim king of Judah into his hand, with some of the vessels of the house of God. And he brought them to the land of Shinar, to the house of his god, and placed the vessels in the treasury of his god. 3Then the king commanded Ashpenaz, his chief eunuch, to bring some of the people of Israel, both of the royal family and of the nobility, 4youths without blemish, of good appearance and skillful in all wisdom, endowed with knowledge, understanding learning, and competent to stand in the king’s palace, and to teach them the literature and language of the Chaldeans. 5The king assigned them a daily portion of the food that the king ate, and of the wine that he drank. They were to be educated for three years, and at the end of that time they were to stand before the king. 6Among these were Daniel, Hananiah, Mishael, and Azariah of the tribe of Judah. 7And the chief of the eunuchs gave them names: Daniel he called Belteshazzar, Hananiah he called Shadrach, Mishael he called Meshach, and Azariah he called Abednego. 8But Daniel resolved that he would not defile himself with the king’s food, or with the wine that he drank. Therefore he asked the chief of the eunuchs to allow him not to defile himself.

Daniel 5:13-17, Then Daniel was brought in before the king. The king answered and said to Daniel, “You are that Daniel, one of the exiles of Judah, whom the king my father brought from Judah. 14I have heard of you that the spirit of the gods is in you, and that light and understanding and excellent wisdom are found in you. 15Now the wise men, the enchanters, have been brought in before me to read this writing and make known to me its interpretation, but they could not show the interpretation of the matter. 16But I have heard that you can give interpretations and solve problems. Now if you can read the writing and make known to me its interpretation, you shall be clothed with purple and have a chain of gold around your neck and shall be the third ruler in the kingdom.” 17 Then Daniel answered and said before the king, “Let your gifts be for yourself, and give your rewards to another. Nevertheless, I will read the writing to the king and make known to him the interpretation.

Daniel 6:10, When Daniel knew that the document had been signed, he went to his house where he had windows in his upper chamber open toward Jerusalem. He got down on his knees three times a day and prayed and gave thanks before his God, as he had done previously.

This week’s radio messages will examine four keys to successful living from the life of Daniel. If you remember the story of Daniel, he was taken from his homeland as a youth and then forced to live in a strange and distant place. He didn’t start off with wealth or positon or power which are the things we most commonly associate with a successful life.

Yesterday, we said that Daniel’s first commitment was to live a life of purpose. Throughout Daniel’s life, he not only had a strong sense of purpose, but Daniel was also a man of strong principle. That principle was he would not compromise his convictions.

As a young man, Daniel refused to defile himself by eating the king’s meat or drink his wine. (Daniel 1:8) As an old man, Daniel refused to accept gifts and bribes from the king.   As a leader, when he came under the threat of persecution, he refused to worship anyone but God (Daniel 5:13-17 & Daniel 6:10).

In other words, Daniel lived a life of principle. Do we live principled lives? If your answer is no, the good news is you can start today. You are never too old and it is never too late to start living a principled life.

Join me tomorrow and I’ll give you the third key to Daniel’s success for living.

Take care and have a blessed day!

John Mark Caton


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