Daniel’s Laws of Leadership: Law #1

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I’ve been living in the book of Daniel since August.  I am working my way through this great and challenging book with our people on Sunday morning at Grand.  Last week we arrived in Daniel chapter 6 and what reached up and grabbed my attention was a summary of who Daniel was as a leader.  By the time we get to chapter 6, Daniel is near 80 years of age.  We’ve seen him as a teenager, a man in his 40s, and now approaching 80.  We’ve seen him garner the attention of three kings and two empires rising to the highest levels of leadership in every case.

So how did he do it?

The first nine verses of chapter 6 tell us.  In this small section of God’s Word we see what I am calling Daniel’s Laws of Leadership.  Over the course of the next week, I am going to be unpacking each of these laws on this blog.  I invite you to check back often and join the journey.

1.  The Law of the Spirit:  Great leaders are controlled by the Great Spirit.

In verse 3 we are told that Daniel had an “extraordinary spirit.”  What exactly does that mean? I believe what we see in the life of Daniel is an Old Testament example of a New Testament life.  Galatians 5:22-23 lists the Fruit of the Spirit: But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faith, gentleness, self-control.  Against such things there is no law.

When you read the life of Daniel depicted in the first six chapters of the book, these Holy Spirit attributes are evident in who he was.  This was the beginning point for Daniel.  It was never about trying to be a leader that propelled him to leadership.  His is simply the story of a man who was so completely submitted to the control of the Spirit of God in his life that God was able to lift him up for great things.

As you consider this first of Daniel’s Laws of Leadership, the beginning point for you should be the same: To submit yourself fully and completely to the control of God and His Holy Spirit in your life.  Look again at the Fruit of the Spirit.  Do these describe you?  Which one(s)?  Which one(s) are absent and where do you need to release control to the Holy Spirit?  So I end this first law with a question, as I will with each law:

Question: Are you controlled by the Holy Spirit?

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