A Study of Daniel – Week 1 – “Have you got
what it takes?”
The book is known for the Lion’s Den and the
Fiery Furnace. But the story of Daniel delivers numerous lessons on how to live
a spiritual life in a secular world.
enter the book learning the timeframe of Daniel. We see that Israel
was already reporting to Egypt
under the Kingship of Jehoiakim. He
was the firstborn of Good King Josiah.
Daniel could have blood relations with King Josiah. Also a good chance that Josiah as his
grandfather or great uncle had an influence on Daniel.
Babylon Empire after the defeat of Pharaoh Neco, extended from Turkey, to the Persian Gulf to the heart of
was in captivity due to its Idolatry.
the timeline of Daniel and Jeremiah, explain how the first 6 chapters are
factual stories, and then last half of the book deals with prophecy but is
via dreams earlier in his life.
the dateline of different topics for each week.
Straight Talk from the Word:
and his friends were 12 – 13 years old when they got taken away from their
family to go to a foreign land.
What would you place into your kids if you knew at the age of 13
you lose control of your influence?
How can you develop a Daniel and be done at 13?
4 Shows that Nebuchadnezzar wanted the good looking, smart, athletic kids
to come work for him. It might not
be much consolation, but even people who seem to have it all together on
the outside can have problems.
v. 6-7 we see that they Daniel and his friends (Shadrach, Meshach and
Abednego). All Godly names were
changed to Names that contained names of the gods of Babylon. ( I always remember the three
as Shadrach, Meshach and To Bed We Go)
8 Daniel makes up his mind to make a difference. A lot of our problems today can be
traced on us not making up our mind to be obedient. V 9 – God granted, and
then in V 12 we see that Daniel had a plan. What is your plan when sin comes? Struggle with thoughts?, Struggle with
the Tongue?, Struggle with Mercy?
What’s the plan?
16 – Might help with your never ending fight to get your kids to eat their
Main Message – Rising Above The Level of Mediocrity
Starts With the Mind
like Eagles just doesn’t happen. Some people, even Christians are quite
content to sit on the bank of the river and watch life passing by, never
attempting to make a difference.
Those who do, start by making their mind up. Just like Daniel did.
Theodore Roosevelt, known for his fighting in the Spanish American War,
and his work setting up the National Park system, had to go thru a time
when he got tested with fire. One
night, as his wife was preparing to give birth to his little girl, woke
from a light sleep to hear the sound of a baby crying. He knew that the hours of labor with the
mid-wife were now over. What he
didn’t know that his wife’s life was now over, having died in
childbirth. It that wasn’t enough
to temper steel, he had his mom living with them, and the very next night
she came down with a fever and died.
In the span of 24 hours, the trap door of life had opened and he
had no footing.
Roosevelt had all the right in the world to become a drunk, or pull up a
chair on the bank of life and sit till his death. He chose not to, he made up his mind to
make a difference. He went on to
become a great fighter, environmentalist and eventually President. In fact, he ran for re-election under
the independent party and came in second.
Roosevelt had made up his mind.
23:7 – “For as he thinks within himself, so he is”
6:11 – “Stand firm against the schemes of the devil”. The word schemes in
the GREEK is METHODIA, it is where we get the English word “method”.
Paul’s point is that we be aware that Satan’s methods are against the mind. Struggle with pure thoughts, controlling
the tongue, the wallet, .. all of them start with the mind.
Cor 4:3 – “ Blinded the minds of the unbelieving”
Cor. 10:3-:5 – “We are taking every
thought captive” – How does that manifest itself in your life? This verse
shows the three strategies that God uses to conquer the mind. No different that warfare in this
day. They are as follows:
of fortresses is the first step to taking a city, and first step that God does
is invade the walls of the mind.
he takes out the towers, or the “lofty things”.
The old programming that we run to when the times get tough. The “I can’t do that”, or “Its OK, I am not
and in war you take out the leadership and the soldiers are then easy. God does the same by taking EVERY thought
The real question becomes one of HOW? How do we move from caterpillar and living a
life of mediocrity to that of a butterfly enjoying the sweet nectar of God’s
creation? It comes down to three commitments:
– To win the fight of mediocrity, we have to push bad thoughts out, and to do
that you have to push new thoughts in.
This comes from the Word. Read
the 16 verses on page 27.
– As you replace old thoughts with new ones from the Word, put the words I, Me,
Mine as you come across meaningful statements. Reread II Cor. 10:3-5 inserting
the personalized statements. Do this to Phil 4:6-8.
– Ask yourself the thought provoking questions.
If you are a perfectionist, why do you demand that of your family? If you struggle with impure thoughts, what is
that inner hurt that makes you think that it is OK to invite that thought or
image in? If you can’t control the
wallet, what drives you to spend every time there is a dime in your pocket?
conviction can overcome any outer pressure to compromise.
convictions yield God-Given rewards.
Small Group Questions:
Daniel’s emotions through this chapter.
How would Daniel feel in verse 3? In verse 8? In verse 15? And in
see that Babylon
used an extensive orientation to brainwash Daniel and his friends. How do these tactics parallel the
pressures Christians face today in a secular society?
see Daniel didn’t want to eat the diet that had food offered to
idols. How can Christians today
determine which activities we will engage in and which we won’t?
steps did Daniel take to provide a creative alternative to the king’s
can you learn from Daniel’s attitude and actions about how to respond when your biblical values
would you write to your kids if this was your last communication to
your letter to Jake.
the class take time to pray for their kids, play the song “I want to be
Just Like You” by Phillips,
Craig and Dean.