Dare to Be a Daniel: Facing the Lions in Our Lives | 3 of 3

Surviving Success

Dave Swaim
Jan 20, 2019
Series Description

We know about Daniel in the lion’s den, but throughout his life Daniel faced many more lions than he is famous for! Taken captive by a hostile culture, Daniel didn’t wither or give in, but flourished and transformed it! Daniel’s bold faithfulness resulted in kings being converted, kingdoms being overturned, and even Christ being worshipped by the Magi centuries later. We'll face many of the same “lions” that Daniel did, so in this series we’ll discover how God can use us to make a difference if we dare to be Daniels in our generation!

Sermon Description: 

Here are ten simple questions and suggestions from Pastor Dave to help us cultivate humility in our day to day lives; not as a burden of duty, but as disciplines that God will use to shape us more and more into the image of Christ so that we may bless others.

  1. On what grounds do you condemn others or condemn yourself? Are they God's standards, or yours? 
  2. When God blesses you with success, do you become prideful like Nebuchadnezzar at first, or praise-ful like Nebuchadnezzar at the end? 
  3. When you’re talking, are you thinking about yourself, the other person, or what the other person is thinking about you? 
  4. Are your prayers always about you? Talk about God — praise Him like Daniel did. Pray for others — that God will bless them. Pray for those you feel envious of, and your enemies, asking God to bless them with far greater success and joy. 
  5. Then, praise your competitors to their faces and behind their backs. Nothing will conquer your pride more easily than praising your competitors. 
  6. Next, consider God’s creation — go out to watch the stars, the sunrise, the mountians or the beach waves. See what an amazing Creator God is, and how small you are. 
  7. Confess your sin to another Christian. Not your past sins from a decade ago, but current ones that you need help with now. Refuse to stay trapped in the prison of your pride. 
  8. Make a list of things that others excel in and you don’t, and then share with one person this week a way God has blessed you because of the way He made them. 
  9. Serve in unseen ways, and some unpleasant ones. Be sure that no one sees it so that God alone can glorify you. If someone catches you, then find another way to serve in secret. Martin Luther wrote: “God created the world out of nothing, and as long as we are nothing, He can make something out of us.”
  10. Finally, if God has done something good for you, like He did for Nebuchadnezzar, share the story like Nebuchadnezzar did in Daniel 4.