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Monday daily devotional by Pastor David Okoye (Ambassadors Word Diet, 5th FEB. 2018) – Learn excellence

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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. Daniel 6:3

The story of Daniel is one that never seizes to amaze me. Do you know what it means for a common man to be preferred above Presidents and Princes? The MSG rendering would give us a clearer picture.

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It says,

But Daniel, brimming with spirit and intelligence, so completely outclassed the other vice-regents and governors that the king decided to put him in charge of the whole kingdom.

This happened not because Daniel had any ‘connection’ of some sort, or because he worked harder than every other man in the kingdom. It happened because of one thing; his excellence.

What amazes me more is that Daniel lived in a dispensation where the Spirit of God was not yet in man. So without the Holy Spirit, Daniel functioned in this level of excellence. Just imagine if someone like Daniel was born in a time where God’s Spirit was made available to man. Daniel got to the peak of excellence, even without God’s Spirit living in man.

Verse 4 of our opening text says,

Then the presidents and princes sought to find occasion against Daniel concerning the kingdom; but they could find none occasion nor fault; forasmuch as he was faithful, neither was there any error or fault found in him. 

The reason why Daniel was excellent is because he possessed an excellent spirit.

Excellence is a Spirit. Spirits love to lay claim; but they only do so by the act. That is to say, the spirit of disobedience would lay claim on the life of a man that begins to walk in line of disobedience through his actions.

By reason of the things you do, you either call forth or chase away the Spirit of excellence from your life. Excellence is not a function of the materials you have, or how long you have prayed and fasted; it is a function of God’s Spirit.

The Spirit of excellence would only be manifested fully in your life when you start desiring to be excellent in things. Learn to be detailed and coordinated; excellence requires it. Forgetfulness is a product of an excellent Spirit. Always ensure things are well organized where ever you find yourself.

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Your environment has a way of welcoming excellence, or driving it away. An excellent mind never settles for less. When the Spirit of excellence lays claim on your life, you would see yourself making far more progress than you could ever imagine.

I possess an excellent Spirit. I am organized, coordinated, and pay meticulous attention to details. I am excellent in all I do.

Daniel 5:10-14, Daniel 6:1-4

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