Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Exceptional Be-Attitude

We’ve been studying the “Exceptional Be-Attitude” for 3 weeks now. Actually, I’m already late for writing this post. Sorry guys..

The main character for this series of message is Daniel. Let us define the character of Daniel first before going to the main topic. Daniel is a man of exceptional qualities/character; he is a man of integrity and power.

Here are the characters (exceptional be-attitude) that we need very badly these coming days.

First, Be Confident. How can we be confident? To boost your confidence, know your identity. You are a child of the Most High God, You are loved and so on. Like Daniel, he is confident because he knows his identity. Let us read and understand the scripture below.

Daniel 1:1-4, NLT, “1 During the third year of King Jehoiakim’s reign in Judah,King Nebuchadnezzar of Babylon came to Jerusalem and besieged it. 2 The Lord gave him victory over King Jehoiakim of Judah and permitted him to take some of the sacred objects from the Temple of God. So Nebuchadnezzar took them back to the land of Babylonia and placed them in the treasure-house of his god. 3 Then the king ordered Ashpenaz, his chief of staff, to bring to the palace some of the young men of Judah’s royal family and other noble families, who had been brought to Babylon as captives. 4 “Select only strong, healthy, and good-looking young men,” he said. “Make sure they are well versed in every branch of learning, are gifted with knowledge and good judgment, and are suited to serve in the royal palace. Train these young men in the language and literature of Babylon.”

Daniel knew that he came from a royal and noble family and he is selected because he is strong, healthy and good looking young man.

Do you know that people who are exceptional are secure about themselves? Because they know who they are!

Second, Be Creative. To be creative means you are a solution provider not a problem maker. We all need this in our everyday lives.

Daniel 5:13-16, NLT, “13 So Daniel was brought in before the king. The king asked him, “Are you Daniel, one of the exiles brought from Judah by my predecessor, King Nebuchadnezzar? 14 I have heard that you have the spirit of the gods within you and that you are filled with insight, understanding, and wisdom. 15 My wise men and enchanters have tried to read the words on the wall and tell me their meaning, but they cannot do it. 16 I am told that you can give interpretations and solve difficult problems. If you can read these words and tell me their meaning, you will be clothed in purple robes of royal honor, and you will have a gold chain placed around your neck. You will become the third highest ruler in the kingdom.”

Third, Be Teachable. Successful people are teachable and recognize the need to grow and to change. They always want to learn something new. They do not stop learning and training their selves.

Daniel also went to a training period. Read the scriptures below.

Daniel 1: 4-5, NLT, “Select only strong, healthy, and good-looking young men,” he said. “Make sure they are well versed in every branch of learning, are gifted with knowledge and good judgment, and are suited to serve in the royal palace. Train these young men in the language and literature of Babylon.” 5 The king assigned them a daily ration of food and wine from his own kitchens. They were to be trained for three years, and then they would enter the royal service.

Daniel 1:18-20, NLT, “18 When the three-year training period ordered by the king was completed, the chief of staff brought all the young men to King Nebuchadnezzar. 19 The king talked with them, and no one impressed him as much as Daniel, Hananiah, Mishael, and Azariah. So they entered the royal service. 20 Whenever the king consulted them in any matter requiring wisdom and balanced judgment, he found them ten times more capable than any of the magicians and enchanters in his entire kingdom.”

Fourth, Be Consistent. This is the most challenging character of Daniel.

Daniel 6:6-10, NLT, “6 So the administrators and high officers went to the king and said, “Long live King Darius! 7 We are all in agreement—we administrators, officials, high officers, advisers, and governors—that the king should make a law that will be strictly enforced. Give orders that for the next thirty days any person who prays to anyone, divine or human—except to you, Your Majesty—will be thrown into the den of lions. 8 And now, Your Majesty, issue and sign this law so it cannot be changed, an official law of the Medes and Persians that cannot be revoked.” 9 So King Darius signed the law. 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.

I can say that Daniel is a fearless man. He knew what will happen to him if the administrators saw him praying to our Almighty God but as the scripture says, Daniel knelt down as usual and prayed three times a day. Daniel’s secret of strength and character was his consistency. No matter how busy he is, he still has time to pray to our Almighty God three times a day. I like what Pastor Anthony says, “Make God your priority and He will make you His priority.”

Lastly, Be Courageous. A consistent life makes you strong and courageous. Courage is doing what is right, no matter what the consequences. Just like Daniel, he knows that praying is a right thing to do, so he prayed no matter what the consequence is.

Successful people don’t back off from pressure, they face it because every problem has an expiration date. We know that in struggles we are growing.

Maybe you are asking, “How do we possess an exceptional be-attitude?” The answer is, “It’s about being not doing, before you ‘do’, you have to be ‘be’ first.”

Believing impacts your behavior. Your behavior impacts your action. Your action impacts your destiny. – ADM


Let’s pray.

Dear Daddy God,

We thank you for the spirit of confidence, creativity, teachable attitude, consistency and courage. Help us Father to nurture these attitudes for us to be the person you want us to be. We appreciate you, we acknowledge you and we allow you to move in every detail of our lives, Holy Spirit. In Jesus’ mighty name. Amen!

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