... a weekly letter of encouragement.
20 August, 1997 - Singapore
QUESTION: "IS IT POSSIBLE TO LIVE A RIGHTEOUS LIFE IN AN UNGOLDY WORLD?"
I suspect that many men and women engaged in the tough, driving environment of the business sector don't think so. At least their experience belies any reality of righteous living.
Daniel of the Old Testament is one person who demonstrated the fact that one can in fact live righteously in an ungodly environment. Here are four reasons as to how he pulled it off:
#1 - "Daniel resolved in his heart he would not be defiled by the king's food."
That is, he committed himself to purity, rehearsing ahead of time how he would handle the pressure when it came. (Daniel 1:8)
A friend of mine travels a great deal from city to city. Before leaving on a trip he has his wife call the hotel in the city where he will be spending the night and instructs them to dis-connect the portion of the television that offers pornographic material. Now that is "resolve"!
#2 - Daniel chose to believe God amidst humanly impossible circumstances.
When King Nebuchadnezzar's religious advisors failed to interpret his dream, Daniel, in faith stepped forward and offered to give the interpretation. He then got his friends praying, and fell on his knees and thanked God ahead of time for the interpretation. God gave the interpretation, the King worshipped Daniel's God and Daniel was promoted. (Daniel 2)
#3 - Daniel was a team player.
When confronted with difficult choices, Daniel made it a practice to seek out the prayer and support of his three buddies. No Lone Ranger here. (Daniel 1,2)
A friend of mine once said, "I need a band of men around me to whom I am accountable, to keep me from embarrassing Jesus Christ."
#4 - Daniel was uncompromisingly a man of integrity.
"...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. "(Daniel 6:3,4)
The secret to Daniel's victory? "Daniel was in Babylon but Babylon was not in Daniel."
And here is the QUESTION we must ask ourselves: "We are in the world, but is the world in us?"
My prayer is that you are having a great week.
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