Daniel 6:1-3 “It pleased Darius to set over the kingdom an hundred and twenty princes, which should be over the whole kingdom; And over these three presidents; of whom Daniel was first: that the princes might give accounts unto them, and the king should have no damage.  Then this Daniel was preferred above the presidents and princes, because an excellent spirit was in him; and the king thought to set him over the whole realm.”

Galatians 5:22-23 “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law.”

II Corinthians 6:17 “Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you.”

Even in the sight of an ungodly leader, Daniel was preferred above all others.  He was placed in a position that was first above all other subordinates.  He had authority over all the princes and the presidents. 

The Word of God gives a simple two-word explanation for Daniel’s elevated status – he had an “excellent spirit.” 

The specifics of this description are absent, but the reader can quickly visualize a leader who embodies the characteristics described in Galatians chapter 5.  Daniel was a leader who lived a life different from the world because of the filling of the Holy Spirit.  His faithful obedience to the Lord caused him to be refreshingly distinct and different, and it provided him access and influence to change a world that desperately needed something that it was lacking.

PLEASE PRAY FOR AN EXCELLENT SPIRIT AMONG AMERICAN CHRISTIANS AS WE SEEK INFLUENCE AND IMPACT FOR CHRIST.  If we are to impact our Babylon, we too must be refreshingly distinct and different.  May a God-enabled excellent spirit provide us the access and influence to change a world that desperately needs something that it is lacking.