Have an Excellent Spirit

Have an Excellent Spirit

Dan 6:2-5

 3 Now Daniel so distinguished himself among the administrators and the satraps by his exceptional qualities that the king planned to set him over the whole kingdom. 4 At this, the administrators and the satraps tried to find grounds for charges against Daniel in his conduct of government affairs, but they were unable to do so. They could find no corruption in him, because he was trustworthy and neither corrupt nor negligent. 5 Finally these men said, “We will never find any basis for charges against this man Daniel unless it has something to do with the law of his God.”

Dan 6:3

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.


  1. God put an excellent Spirit inside of you to cause you to have an excellent human spirit.
    1. Early elementary school: Grades E, S and U. Excellent, Satisfactory, Unsatisfactory.
    2. Excellent: extremely good, outstanding. Above others. No, get better. Improve in….
      1. How we treat people
      2. How we present ourselves to others
      3. How we develop our skills
      4. How we represent the Lord.

and neither corrupt nor negligent.

  1. John Mason, An Enemy called Average.
  2. He was NEITHER corrupt nor negligent.
  3. Holiness is more than not being corrupt….it is also not being negligent.
  4. Negligent: failing to take proper care in doing something.
  5. El Paso has lacked the excellent spirit.
    1. Paul Foster, Baylor graduate. Chihuahuas and The Fountains.
  6. This is what we want to do. Building, music, children’s ministry, charity, Newcomers Hospitality.
  7. Volunteers know my demands.

Dan 6:5

Finally these men said, “We will never find any basis for charges against this man Daniel unless it has something to do with the law of his God.”

Dan 1:8

8 But Daniel resolved not to defile himself with the royal food and wine, and he asked the chief official for permission not to defile himself this way.

  1. Love God first, even before people.
    1. My application at Sbarros. Commitment to a charity, to getting off on Sundays and Bible Studies. Promoted to Shift Leader then asked to be manager.
    2. Temptation to put money before God.
    3. Critics can disagree with my biblical interpretation, political views or my way to guide a church, but they will never say I am not Excellent.
    4. Because of Daniel’s commitment to be excellent toward God, he became excellent toward his government. God gave him talents.

Luke 16:11

11 So if you have not been trustworthy in handling worldly wealth, who will trust you with true riches?

Luke 16:12

 And if you have not been trustworthy with someone else’s property, who will give you property of your own?

Luke 19:17

‘Because you have been trustworthy in a very small matter, take charge of ten cities.’

  1. Faithful with MONEY, with OTHER People’s property and with VERY SMALL matters.
  2. Money: best credit, cutting back, taking cuts in salary. Church A + rating from BBB
  3. Small matters: shopping, put the cart back. Put the cereal back. Don’t park in the handicap. Wash

Song 2:15

15 Catch for us the foxes, the little foxes

that ruin the vineyards…

1 Kings 14:26-27

He took everything, including all the gold shields Solomon had made. 27 So King Rehoboam made bronze shields to replace them and assigned these to the commanders of the guard on duty at the entrance to the royal palace.

  • Israel compromised and did not bring out to God their very best. Bronze looks similar to gold, but it is inferior.
    1. New Covenant is better.

Isa 60:17

17 Instead of bronze I will bring you gold,

and silver in place of iron.

Instead of wood I will bring you bronze,

and iron in place of stones.

  1. Israel brought bad offerings. Blind and crippled sheep.

Gen 24:19-20

19 After she had given him a drink, she said, “I’ll draw water for your camels too, until they have finished drinking.”

  1. Rebekah got a break when she went the extra mile.
    1. Jesus encourages us to go the extra mile.

Matt 5:41

41 If someone forces you to go one mile, go with him two miles.


  1. When you have an excellent spirit, God will bring you promotion, favor and creativity.
    1. Is there anything that you can do right now to improve your…
      1. Walk with God
      2. House
      3. Career
      4. School
      5. Church
    2. Some things take money, other things simply are free but just takes a little work. Read your Bible everyday and pray, Pull the weeds, mop, show up 10 minutes early at work, turn in your homework early, volunteer at church.

Col 3:23 Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for men, 24 since you know that you will receive an inheritance from the Lord as a reward. It is the Lord Christ you are serving.

  1. The Motto for the Christian.
    1. We are ambassadors for Christ.

2 Cor 5:20

20 We are therefore Christ’s ambassadors,

  1. We represent Christ:
    1. Dress
    2. Attitude
    3. Treat others
    4. Character
  2. Model employee. Model citizen, Model spouse, Model child. Model Christian.
  3. Sonia model housewife.

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