An Excellent spirit

exc3Daniel had an excellent spirit! This phrase is mentioned twice in the book of Daniel, by the Babylonians no less! Even some of them, when they were being honest, had to admit that there was something excellent about Daniel. It wasn’t his mind they were referring to either. They didn’t say “this is Daniel with a tremendous mind!” They could tell there was something more to Daniel than just an awesome intellect; it was “an excellent spirit!”

Because an excellent spirit and knowledge and insight, and the interpretation of dreams, the declaring of riddles, and the resolving of problems were found in this Daniel… – Daniel 5:12

Then this Daniel distinguished himself among the chief ministers and satraps because in him there was an excellent spirit , and the king considered setting him over the whole kingdom. – Daniel 6:3

Daniel’s primary concern was not for his body or even his soul but for his spirit. He joined himself in spirit to The Spirit which was in the word of God (1 Corinthians 6:17). As God revealed His heart to Daniel, Daniel immediately joined himself to God’s heart’s desire through prayer.  When our heart is joined to God’s heart, God can pour Himself into us (Romans 5:5).

This is what it means “to have an excess”. This reminded me of the 10 virgins in Matthew 25. 5 had an excess of oil (The Spirit) in their lamps (spirit) and vessels (soul). This means they had an excess of the Spirit in their spirit that then overflowed into their soul. They got to go into the wedding feast with Christ. The other 5 did not.

“An excellent spirit” also means an exercised spirit. We all know the best exercises and workouts are with partners. They remind us, push us and motivate us. It’s the same with spiritual exercise. Surely Daniel had “an excellent spirit” because he had companions that helped him exercise his spirit.

Would you like an excess of God flowing out of your spirit, through your soul, and into others? Would you like some companions to help you exercise your spirit? Would you like to go into the wedding feast to meet The Bridegroom in that day?

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8 Responses to An Excellent spirit

  1. generalkat says:

    How timely your message was as in San Jose we are reading the Morning Revival about Daniel and his stand for purity. It is wonderful to see how there is a flow where many believers can connect on the same subject and find inspiration and encouragement. The Spirit within my spirit needs to strengthen and grow more of Christ within my heart. Daniel shows us how to pursue God and have an excellent spirit. Thanks for your insights.

    • drod55 says:

      Thank you for the encouragement. You are my “work out partner” today. Even though I never met you I am motivated to pursue Christ with you!

      • Carol says:

        David, you and your dear wife have met ‘GeneralKat’. She’s Lynn’s aunt (my very real sister who helped me all my life, and prayed for me), and been in his home at the same time you two came to a meeting. There, many young saints have the blessing of pursueing Christ.

      • drod55 says:

        I had a feeling it might’ve been someone I’d met. In that case, this is a good way to reconnect too 🙂

    • Carol says:

      Kat! How wonderful to find you on this wonderful site! Daniel was a real inspiration to me…like him, with his companions, we 2 have each other over the thousands of miles! In God there is no time or space. Love you, Carol

  2. bhogan5757 says:

    Thanks for the post! Encouraging and timely 🙂

  3. Carol says:

    I ‘think’ GeneralKat is my sister in the flesh, as well as in the spirit. So wonderful to read her up to date words about her & the Lord.
    My comment is about the last paragraph of the previous article, my answer is YES, YES, YES! Now, go back and read the questions. I am truely the blessed one.

  4. John-Paul says:

    This is a great point – Daniel was an accomplished public servant, but he was recognized not for an outstanding mind but an excellent spirit. May we be such ones who, like Daniel, have an excellent – and exercised – spirit.

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