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The Devoted Life of Daniel

Stuart Briscoe

Although the Book of Daniel was written centuries ago, it has a message for us living in the 21st century. The prophet Daniel lived in broken, difficult, and dramatically changing times. Yet despite his circumstances, God called him to live wisely and well in the world, without becoming defiled by it. Not an easy task, but one that we all face as Christians.

As disciples of Jesus, we are called to be God’s agents in the world. How do we obey and glorify the Lord and remain in the world, but not be of it? Where do we draw the line when culture collides with our Christian principles?

In this series, Stuart Briscoe explores how Daniel was called, commissioned, and empowered by God to live steadfastly and effectively in a tough environment—to the pleasure of his God and the blessing of His people.

Note: Stuart’s video teaching of this series is from the late 1990s. While the video production quality may be a bit dated, the teaching content is timeless!

Messages From This Series:

What does it take to be a Daniel? The people of God were living in perilous times and they needed to know how to conduct themselves. The stories of Daniel showed how, and we can learn from them and the principles that develop character.

Scripture: Daniel 1

Daniel soon found that life in the royal court of Nebuchadnezzar was fraught with difficulties that were life threatening. His response to his stiuation as a representative of “the God of heaven” is classic and provides a model for God’s people at all times.

Scripture: Daniel 2

Life in Babylon was not easy for Daniel and his friends even though they held privileged positions. They were never far from having to reassert their allegiance to the Lord and demonstrate their distinctives, as the incident of the fiery furnace clearly demonstrates.

Scripture: Daniel 3

No matter how high a person may be elevated and no matter how celebrated a person may be, that person must sooner or later come to terms with the fact that the Lord is the MOST HIGH. Like Nebuchadnezzar, everybody needs to hear Him say, “I’m God. And you’re not!”

Scripture: Daniel 4

Have you ever seen “the handwriting on the wall”? What did you do? Belshazzar knew about Nebuchadnezzar’s experience, but he chose to ignore it. He surpassed his predecessor in the behavior that had led to his downfall. The writing was on the wall for him long before the fingers of a human hand appeared. We should take note!

Scripture: Daniel 5

Daniel faced new challenges when the Medes and Persians overthrew the Babylonian regime. But he still showed a “remarkable spirit” even when facing hungry lions!

Scripture: Daniel 6

After the opening stories of Daniel, we come now to the more challenging chapters, which deal with Daniel’s apocalyptic visions. What they mean and how they apply have been the subjects of intense debate for centuries, but they teach us many basic lessons nevertheless.

Scripture: Daniel 7

Daniel was granted rare insights into the way God works out His purposes in the world. Occasionally, he was deeply distressed by what he learned but he carried on with the king’s business nevertheless. Those to whom God reveals truth need to know what to do with it!

Scripture: Daniel 8

Daniel was disciplined in prayer and dedicated to the study of “the Word of the Lord.” He knew that in the Word, God speaks to His people, then in prayer we offer our response. The Word should stimulate prayer and prayer should reflect the Word.

Scripture: Daniel 9

Daniel’s final visionary experience revealed to him something of the intensity of the spiritual conflict behind world events. But it also reminded him of the awesome power of the heavenly forces and the certainty of God’s ultimate triumph. He wins “the great war.”

Scripture: Daniel 10-11

Daniel’s great vision ended with him learning many astonishing things. He did not understand everything because the information concerned the near and distant future, but he was greatly encouraged. We, too, do not understand it all, but we can be encouraged.

Scripture: Daniel 12

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