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Wisdom: The Power Of Perspective


Monday: Read Daniel 4:24-26. How does God provide warning signs in your life that you are headed down a wrong path? When have you missed seeing them ahead of time? Where might you need a wise word to guide you in your life today?

Tuesday: Read Daniel 4:2-3. Where have you been a student in the “School for Fools”? What wise lessons have you learned? Are still learning? With whom are you sharing those wise lessons?

Wednesday: Read Daniel 4:27. Who is a Daniel in your life who speaks humbly and forcefully when you are headed down a foolish path? For whom are you a Daniel? If you have no answer to either of these questions, pray today for a Daniel in your life and to be a Daniel in someone else’s life.

Thursday: Read Matthew 15:3 and Matthew 15:6.  The Pharisees have found loopholes to get them out of following God’s law, such as instead of caring for their parents’ needs they can use resources for their own benefit by claiming it will go to God.  When have you seen “traditions” used as a dangerous path that could lead against following what God says in His Word? What keeps you from falling into this “loophole” trap with God’s law and revelation for your life?

Friday: Read Daniel 4:1. Where and with whom are you sharing your story and experience of God’s great work in your life?

Saturday: Read James 4:6. “God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble.” How have you seen that Biblical truth work out in your life? Where might you need to ask for God’s grace to give you wisdom in decisions you are facing today?

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Humility: How Credibility Is Earned


Monday: Read Daniel 6:5. If you were attending a public event at which you felt that your Christian values were being compromised, what would you do? Why? How does Daniel’s example give you insight in how to respond?

Tuesday: Read 2 Timothy 2:25-26. Living with humility is not being a pushover, but being anchored in who God wants you to be; anchored to stand for what God says is right. How does humility play into Paul’s advice to Timothy and to us in dealing with conflict? How might such a humble approach point people to God more than the typical response of pride and anger?

Wednesday: Read Daniel 6:10. Like Daniel, when have you chosen to submit to God’s authority over you rather than obeying the laws of the land or the pressure of friends? Why is prayer such a vital part of Daniel’s faith life?

Thursday: Read Daniel 6:11. If you were being watched like Daniel was watched, what changes (if any) would you want to make in your present lifestyle? How have you found strength to stay the course with God when others are watching and pulling you away from God?

Friday: Read Luke 6:27-28. Humility serves others with God’s grace. Such humble service applies to friend and foe. When has an “enemy/foe” showed grace to you? When have you been the one bringing grace? What happened? Where might you need to show an intentional act of kindness today?

Saturday: Read Daniel 6 :25-27. How does Daniel’s faith move King Darius to praise the true God? Who, by their example of faith and humility, leads you to praise God? Who, by your example, are praising God because of His work through your life?

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Hope: Where Courage Is Birthed

Eatyourveggies-300x285Monday: Read Daniel 1:8. Hope is more than an emotion you feel. Hope is an attitude the Spirit of God creates. Why is Daniel’s decision about his diet important for him to build hope in his life? What decisions have you made or need to make to live out the hope attitude the Spirit of God gives you?

Tuesday: Read Romans 8:26-27. How does knowing that the Holy Spirit prays for you in all of life, and especially during life’s challenges, influence your prayer life? Who prays for you? For whom do you pray on a regular basis? Why?

Wednesday: Read Daniel 1:9. The phrase “Now God” is the secret to Daniel’s hope. Daniel’s not banking on his eloquence or goodness, but God’s grace and favor. How have you experienced the what goes around comes around response in your life? When did God’s grace and favor show up and change the outcome? Where is God calling you to bring His grace and favor to change a situation in your life?

Thursday: Read Romans 8:38-39. Nothing can separate us from God’s love. Paul gives a few examples in these verses to affirm God’s love never lets go. What examples might you add where God’s love has never let you go? Where do you need to ask God to remind you His love will never let you go?

Friday: Read Daniel 1:12. “Today is a gift, that’s why it’s called the present.” As people who live with a sense of eternity, we are better able to navigate life with God’s perspective of time. Where do you need to redeem your use of God’s gift of time? Where might you need a Daniel-type experiment with your time?

Saturday: Read Daniel 1:15. Ray Johnston in his book, The Hope Quotient, shares various tools for building hope. One tool he shares is the need for a soul-sharpener in our lives. Based on Solomon’s wise words in Proverbs 27:17“As iron sharpens iron, so one person sharpens another.” A soul-sharpener helps you develop spiritually and is willing to push you to be your best in the spiritual arena of life. Who are your soul-sharpeners? Who inspires your hope to give birth to courage? Where does God want to use you as a soul sharpener for someone else?

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Prepare For Babylon - Boot Camp For Life's Battles


Monday: Read Daniel 1:6-7. When you live in Babylon, you will not survive and thrive outside community. Who can you name (by name) as part of your community of faith that keeps you connected to Jesus and growing in your faith? Who might name you as part of their community of faith building up their faith? 

Tuesday: Read John 14:19. Jesus is our connecting point. He brings us together. We need times of solitude with Jesus and times of community. When do you invest time alone with Jesus? Time with others with Jesus? What benefits are there to time with Jesus alone and time with Him with others?

Wednesday: Read Daniel 1:8. Daniel resolved in his heart he would not get tangled up with anything that would cause him to betray his deepest values. He resolved in his heart he would honor God. Where have you had to stand your ground to stay true in your faith in  God? What area of life do you need to clarify your values in work, home, or friendships?

Thursday: Read John 14:15-16. When Jesus calls us to obedience, what does that obedience look like? How does the Holy Spirit guide you in such obedience? If you could ask the Holy Spirit one question about a situation you are facing, what would it be? Then go ahead and ask Him in prayer.

Friday: Read Daniel 1:9. Daniel knew that in order to maintain his commitment to obedience, he needed God's help to do it. Where do you affirm and thank God for His favor, His grace, at work in your life? Where do you need that favor at work in your life?

Saturday: Read 1 Peter 1:6-7. Researches say that the factor that causes people to give up most often is not when their suffering gets more intense, it's when they believe their suffering has no meaning or purpose.  How does your relationship with God get you through tough times? Why are His grace and favor so important for you to remember when tough times comes?

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