by Kerry Shook

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Extraordinary Peace (2 of 5)
Series: Extraordinary
Pastor Kerry Shook

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• Daniel had integrity

• Daniel had a genuine faith

• Dan. 6:16-17 (NIV)

• Dan. 6:19-22 (NIV)

• Dan. 6:25-27 (MSG)


In the Lions' Den …

• It's hard to see

"A stone was brought and placed over the mouth of the den…" Vs. 17a (NIV)

• There's a loss of security

• You experience a dead end


Well, we're in this series on how to live an extraordinary life, but the truth is life can be extraordinarily difficult. There are times when it seems like you're slowly being buried by an avalanche of problems that just keep coming one right after the other and it feels like there's no way to dig yourself out. Then, there are sometimes when you have one of those out of the blue, never saw it coming, gut punch kind of problems that just hit you so hard it knocks you to your knees and takes the breath out of you. You see, life can be extraordinarily hard and we all know that, but God wants you to experience extraordinary peace in the middle of life's pressures and problems. So, we're studying the life of Daniel in this series. Daniel was a guy in the Old Testament who had an extraordinary peace in the worst of circumstances. When he was a young man, he was taken into captivity into Babylon and there he was trained in the Babylonian ways and they tried to get him to give up his culture and his customs and especially his faith, but he never did because Daniel was divinely different, because Daniel had integrity. Daniel was divinely different and everyone began to notice and the new king who took over, Darius of the Medes and Persians, began to notice something is different about Daniel. He's about the only guy he can trust and so he begins to raise Daniel up in his government and eventually he plans on putting him over all of his other advisers and putting him in charge of the whole kingdom because Daniel had integrity. Now, integrity comes from the root integer and integer simply means whole numbers. So, integrity means your life is whole, it's complete, rather than having a fragmented life. A fragmented life is where you act one way at work and then you act a complete other way when you're home with your family. It's when you act one way at church and another way at school. It's a fragmented life, but integrity means your life is whole, it's complete, that is what you see is what you get. Integrity is who you are when no one's looking. Integrity is integrating what you say you believe with the way you act. It's walking the walk. Daniel walked the walk. Well, all the king's advisers were jealous of Daniel and so they began to try to dig up some dirt on this guy, but he's squeaky clean. He's a man of integrity.
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