By Pastor Andrew Bawa
"Then this Daniel distinguished himself above the governors and satraps, because an excellent spirit was in him; and the king gave thought to setting him over the whole realm. So the governors and satraps sought to find some charge against Daniel concerning the kingdom; but they could find no charge or fault, because he was faithful; nor was there any error or fault found in him. Then these men said, “We shall not find any charge against this Daniel unless we find it against him concerning the law of his God.”" - Daniel 6:3-5
Bible Readings: Daniel 1:8; 5: 10; 12:3, Titus 2: 11-12, 1 Corinthians 10
The word "then" means something follows what has been said or established. Regardless of what had happened to Daniel previously, in our key text, he was separated for elevation. God is thinking about you - his thoughts are to elevate you.
When God distinguishes you, it overrides whatever had happened before. But before you get preferred, you must propose in your heart not to defile yourself. Daniel had an excellent spirit - and that prepared him for his elevation.
An excellent spirit is an attitude. Your attitude is crucial in determining how far you go in life. There is a spirit behind your attitude. An excellent spirit is full of integrity, has character and functions with the mind of Christ.
Let your heart yearn for God's word. Let your mind be fixed on it. Let it be your guide. Stand for righteousness and in the right standing with God. Only then will you be distinguished by God.