Stand: Week 3

 Stand Strong
1/21/15 (HS)

Key Scripture: It pleased Darius to set over the kingdom 120 satraps, to be throughout the whole kingdom; and over them three high officials, of whom Daniel was one, to whom these satraps should give account, so that the king might suffer no loss. Then this Daniel became distinguished above all the other high officials and satraps, because an excellent spirit was in him. And the king planned to set him over the whole kingdom. – Daniel 6:1-3

1.  When God raises you up, expect people to tear you down.  

Then the high officials and the satraps sought to find a ground for complaint against Daniel with regard to the kingdom, but they could find no ground for complaint or any fault, because he was faithful, and no error or fault was found in him. Then these men said, We shall not find any ground for complaint against this Daniel unless we find it in connection with the law of his God. – Daniel 6:4-5

If you are not ready to face opposition for your obedience to God, you are not ready to be used by God.

2.  Kneeling to pray is what gives you the strength to stand. 

When Daniel knew that the document had been signed, he went to his house where he had windows in his upper chamber open toward Jerusalem. He got down on his knees three times a day and prayed and gave thanks before his God, as he had done previously.  – Daniel 6:10

3.  When you do whats right, you can always trust God with the results.

My God sent his angel and shut the lions’ mouths, and they have not harmed me, because I was found blameless before him; and also before you, O king, I have done no harm.  Then the king was exceedingly glad, and commanded that Daniel be taken up out of the den. So Daniel was taken up out of the den, and no kind of harm was found on him, because he had trusted in his God. – Daniel 6:22-23

Discussion Questions:

– What about Daniel’s story tonight could you most relate to? What seemed difficult to connect with? 
– How does seeing Daniel’s faith and ability to stand strong at 80 encourage you as a teenager? How did his teenage faith shape his future ability to stand strong? 
– What area of your life do you most need to stand strong in? What would need to change for you to be able to stand strong? 
– How does prayer relate to standing strong? How is your prayer life? How can it improve? 
– What are ways you can take what you learned tonight and apply to your week? How can standing strong help you influence and reach others for Jesus?