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Daniel’s Godly Example

daniel.jpegThe more I meditate upon and learn from the life of Daniel, the more I am impressed and impacted by it.

Daniel was one of a very small group of men who had nothing negative recorded about him. He was a prophet, statesman, an intellectual, and most of all, a very godly man. He is called greatly beloved of the Lord (Daniel 9:23; 10:11,19), and thus is an Old Covenant parallel to the apostle John of the New Covenant. John was the disciple whom Jesus loved, as Daniel was a man greatly beloved. This does not suggest that others are not loved by the Lord, rather it is to state that these two men had uniquely endeared themselves to our Father.

I want to learn more of Daniel, learn more from Daniel.

Last night I gave a brief 30-minute study on Daniel’s life, taken mostly from chapter 1 of that great prophetic book.

Listen in if you’d like:


God bless you.

In Christ,

Bill Holdridge

Categories: Bible Study, Devotional
  1. Peggy
    October 22, 2009 at 9:38 am

    What a glory to our Lord and His unfailing Truth is your Holy Spirit power packed message from Daniel, Pastor Bill. I am thankful for this spiritual feasting on God’s Word. Your reminder that we are called to be separate, to live a life of holiness before God, and that it is possible, because God makes it so, to survive without the food (the things) of this world, was a great edification! Your encouragement in this teaching regarding making a commitment to faithfulness to God and to live accordingly, with Daniel as our godly example, is powerful. Because it’s God’s truth…

    What became my “pillar” of thought in listening, the base of what held it all up for me, were your words that we are called to be an example of Christ-likeness and that we have examples to look to in order to live our lives as Jesus calls us out to do…awesome meditation…that Daniel lived during the reign of King Josiah and was influenced by this king who found the book of God’s law and made a commitment to God and lived accordingly. And Daniel…considered a radical…may we all be as radical…as sold out for Jesus Christ as Daniel…and by the power of the Holy Spirit…we can be, and are. Thanks be to God!

  2. Jane
    October 22, 2009 at 12:26 pm

    After a long, too-busy, summer I am delighted to be able to reconnect with some of your writings, messages and teachings! What a huge blessing and enormous help to my pilgrim walk!

    I LOVE the Book of Daniel. I did a study over a year ago that was terrific, so I was excited to learn more. I marvel at the fact that Daniel was able to invite the kind of scrutiny that he did…..”test us”……WHO of us would dare to do that?

    Several points that stood out for me:

    God was Daniel’s judge….and therefore, the secret of his life of integrity. (Integrity literally means “entire”….”the quality or state of being complete or undivided”.)

    God’s anointing made the difference!

    And, possibly, my favorite….When we turn away from the things of the world, it does truly make us free! We have no entanglements from the distractions and outright evils of the world.

    My biggest challenge in this message is the balance of having examples and yet recognizing that they are mortal and fallible. Though Daniel is not mentioned in this way, surely other greats of the Faith were flawed. And to look around us today I am always hesitant to “look to man” as a role model…..fearful of yet another disillusionment. I rather look ONLY unto Jesus. Is this not a valid perspective?

    Thank you for your Godly preaching/teaching.

  3. Peggy
    October 23, 2009 at 5:04 am

    Hello, Beloved Sister:

    I believe the Word teaches we are all vessels in process and hopefully progress, on the Potter’s wheel, and, if the Word is “everything we need for life and godliness” then the teaching through the examples offered are valid for us to look upon as God’s faithful teaching hand…yet, yes, we do look to Jesus, the only Author and Finisher of our faith.

    We are creatures in the process of renewal by the power of the Holy Spirit, renewing more and more into the image of Christ Jesus, yet we are exhorted in God’s Word to fellowship with Christ’s Body (of believers) and to read and study Him (His Word)…I see the Body not as role models, but as reflections of our ultimate Goal, Christ Himself…and we can learn from one another, and our fore bearers shown to us in the Bible…The Book of Psalms is only one of many references where the Word teaches us not to trust in man, but in God.

    “In God have I put my trust: I will not be afraid what man can do unto me.” Psalm 56:11

  4. October 26, 2009 at 7:08 am

    Hello Jane,

    Thank you for your thoughtful feedback.

    I understand the challenge of finding good examples. Of course, we’re all works in progress, but we must learn to view each other in Christ, as our Father views us. Seeing each other in the light of Christ’s perfection, we can accept each other and look past each other’s humanness and frailties.

    Paul wrote to the Corinthians to follow him as he followed Christ. So there is where the balance lies.

  5. October 26, 2009 at 7:10 am

    Amen, Peggy!

    So nice to hear from you. May the Lord strengthen all of us to be solid examples of the believer (1 Timothy 4:12).

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