Stand: Week 4

4 Stand in Faith
1/28/15 (HS)


Key Scripture: “I lifted up my eyes and looked, and behold, a man clothed in linen, with a belt of fine gold from Uphaz around his waist.  His body was like beryl, his face like the appearance of lightning, his eyes like flaming torches, his arms and legs like the gleam of burnished bronze, and the sound of his words like the sound of a multitude.  And I, Daniel, alone saw the vision, for the men who were with me did not see the vision, but a great trembling fell upon them, and they fled to hide themselves.  So I was left alone and saw this great vision, and no strength was left in me. My radiant appearance was fearfully changed, and I retained no strength.” – Daniel 10:5-8

“Then I heard the sound of his words, and as I heard the sound of his words, I fell on my face in deep sleep with my face to the ground.” – Daniel 10:9

1.  Remember God cares about you more than you care about you. 

“And behold, a hand touched me and set me trembling on my hands and knees.  And he said to me, “O Daniel, man greatly loved, understand the words that I speak to you, and stand upright, for now I have been sent to you.” And when he had spoken this word to me, I stood up trembling.” – Daniel 10:10-11

2.  God is working in ways more than you can understand.

“Then he [meaning Christ] said to me, “Fear not, Daniel, for from the first day that you set your heart to understand and humbled yourself before your God, your words have been heard, and I have come because of your words.” – Daniel 10:12

3.  Gods strength is made perfect in your weakness. 

“My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” – 2 Corinthians 12:9

“How can my lord’s servant talk with my lord? For now no strength remains in me, and no breath is left in me.” – Daniel 10:17

“Again one having the appearance of a man touched me and strengthened me.  And he said, “O man greatly loved, fear not, peace be with you; be strong and of good courage.” And as he spoke to me, I was strengthened and said, “Let my lord speak, for you have strengthened me.” – Daniel 10:18-19

Discussion Questions:

– Do you believe and feel that God truly cares about you? Why or why not?

– What did you learn from how Daniel stood in faith? What does it usually look like for you to stand in faith?

– Where is your faith most vulnerable? Has God shown His strength to you in that area before?

– How would you describe your prayer life? How is it connected to your faith? How could you learn to turn to God rather than trying to get through on your own?

– Who in your life needs to see you stand in faith? How can you stand even this week?