In Touch Daily Devotional 
by Dr. Charles Stanley

Thursday November 3, 2005

Requirements of a Godly Influence

Daniel 1:1-16

 

Being a godly influence means helping others comprehend who Jesus is, grow in their understanding of the Word, and make God-honoring choices. To be such a person, we must have strong conviction, solid commitment, and steady courage.

 

In order to have a godly impact on others, we must first be convinced that Scripture is true. The Israelite Daniel knew the biblical prohibition against eating meat offered to idols. As a captive in a pagan country, he faced a dilemma. Since his meals were offered first to idols, he had to decide whether to obey the law and risk punishment from men, or adopt Babylonian ways and displease the Lord.

 

What convictions do you have? Do you believe the following? 


1. The Bible is the inspired, infallible Word of God. There are no mistakes in it; "discrepancies" are just things we do not understand yet (2 Timothy 3:16).


2. God is Three-in-One: the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. Each member is fully divine (Matthew 28:19).


3. Eternal life is received only through faith in Jesus — there is no other way (John 14:6). Salvation cannot be earned, even by good works (Ephesians 2:8-9).

  
4. Jesus will one day return for those who believe in Him, and He will take them with Him to heaven (John 14:2-3). But unbelievers will remain under divine wrath (John 3:36).

 

Daniel believed what the Scriptures said, and God granted him favor. Our Father is also pleased with us when we trust in His Word. How firm are your convictions?