MAN UP Bible Series
“Standing Tall in Tough Times”A Man focused study from the book of Daniel.LESSON ONE
The Real World
Lets be honest we all have to live in the real world. Situations arise which will test our faith and our convictions. It can happen on the field , or at work , even in our homes where we will face tough circumstances. The real question is, willwe stand tall or fall over and give in to this world and its temptations. So many things can test our faith! Standing tall for God in this world is really hard work and we need to all be on our guard! In the book of Daniel you will find four men who decided to Stall Tall for God. Daniel and his friends faced all kinds of pressure each day. Their obedience was rewarded by God in amazing ways. As you go through this first study you will see how God blesses those who stand tall!
The Real Word
Read Daniel One:Daniel’sTraining in Babylon1 In the third year of the reign ofJehoiakimking of Judah, Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon came to Jerusalem and besieged it.2And the Lord deliveredJehoiakimking of Judah into his hand, along with some of the articles from the temple of God. These he carried off to the temple of his god in Babylonia[a]and put in the treasure house of his god.3Then the king orderedAshpenaz, chief of his court officials, to bring into the king’s service some of the Israelites from the royal family and the nobility—4young men without any physical defect, handsome, showing aptitude for every kind of learning, well informed, quick to understand, and qualified to serve in the king’s palace. He was to teach them the language and literature of the Babylonians.[b]5The king assigned them a daily amount of food and wine from the king’s table. They were to be trained for three years, and after that they were to enter the king’s service.6Among those who were chosen were some from Judah: Daniel,Hananiah,MishaelandAzariah.7The chief official gave them new names: to Daniel, the nameBelteshazzar; toHananiah, Shadrach; toMishael, Meshach; and toAzariah, Abednego.8But Daniel resolved not to defile himself with the royal food and wine, and he asked the chief official for permission not to defile himself this way.9Now God had caused the official to show favor and compassion to Daniel,10but the official told Daniel, “I am afraid of my lord the king, who has assigned your[c]food and drink. Why should he see you looking worse than the other young men your age? The king would then have my head because of you.”11Daniel then said to the guard whom the chief official had appointed over Daniel,Hananiah,MishaelandAzariah,12“Please test your servants for ten days: Give us nothing but vegetables to eat and water to drink.13Then compare our appearance with that of the young men who eat the royal food, and treat your servants in accordance with what you see.”14So he agreed to this and tested them for ten days.15At the end of the ten days they looked healthier and better nourished than any of the young men who ate the royal food.16So the guard took away their choice food and the wine they were to drink and gave them vegetables instead.17To these four young men God gave knowledge and understanding of all kinds of literature and learning. And Daniel could understand visions and dreams of all kinds.18At the end of the time set by the king to bring them into his service, the chief official presented them to Nebuchadnezzar.19The king talked with them, and he found none equal to Daniel,Hananiah,MishaelandAzariah; so they entered the king’s service.20In every matter of wisdom and understanding about which the king questioned them, he found them ten times better than all the magicians and enchanters in his whole kingdom.21And Daniel remained there until the first year of King Cyrus.-
1) What did you learn about Standing Tall under pressure from this Scripture?2) Why did Daniel choose not to eat the King’s Food?3) What is God telling you not to do?
We have all seen races and there are always lanes for the runners to stay in? Why ?What are some lanes you need in your life?Consider these:Places to not go , Things to not see, Situations you will avoid, Words you will not use, Relationships you will not choose.Now reverse it :Places to go, Things to see , Situations to be in , Words you will use, Relationships you will choose.
More Real Steps
Billy Graham, the great evangelist, had some rules all his life as he traveled the world, “Never be alone in the company of a woman that was not his wife” and “Never have the Pay for View Activated in his Hotel Room.” He did something that all of us need to consider: Predetermined Boundaries. By deciding ahead of time what you will do life will never catch you off guard.What are some Predetermined Boundaries you need to make in your life?
Time to Close
Each of us needs to consider for themselves where we will take a stand in our lives. Let me ask you this, What is your motivation for doing things God’s Way?Like Daniel , What is God telling you to do?Find a mentor and tell them about the way you plan to Stand Tall for God , even when it is tough going.Time to MAN UP !