Session 6

Are you following Jesus for the right reasons?

From Daniel: A 14-Day Devotional

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Daniel 5

Ask people from three generations to describe what Batman looks like, and you’ll get three different answers. With each iteration, Batman changed to reflect the times — moving from the caped crusader in a cartoonish black and gray leotard to the brooding dark knight we know today. 

Batman’s evolution is a picture of the ever-changing standards we put on our heroes. What’s cool in one decade is lame to the next. What portrays strength in one generation is cheesy to the next. 

If we chase people’s standards, we’ll always chase a moving target. That’s a reality Daniel understood all too well. 

If we chase people’s standards, we’ll always chase a moving target.

When Nebuchadnezzar was king, Daniel was his trusted advisor. But many years later, a new king was running things with a new group of nobles and influencers. Daniel had fallen out favor and been forgotten until an emergency caused the queen mother to remember the wisdom and insight Daniel gave to Belshazzar’s father (Daniel 5:10-11). 

Belshazzar was prepared to give power, money, and authority to the person who could explain the message he’d seen on the wall, but Daniel wasn’t interested (Daniel 5:17). Daniel knew the influence that comes from fame quickly fades. 

Daniel’s focus was on being faithful to the Lord, not what he could gain by following Him. Daniel only spoke the words God gave him — nothing more, nothing less. 

Like Daniel, we don’t follow the Lord for fame or fortune, but because we love Him and want to know Him. Our cool factor and influence might change over time, but the peace that comes from knowing and obeying God lasts forever.  

Reflect: 
  • Have you ever experienced what it’s like to keep up with ever-changing standards? How did it make you feel?
  • Is there anything God is calling you to do that you’ve been putting off because of how it might affect your position or influence?

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Session 1

How determined are you?

When you hear the word “resolve,” what comes to mind? Maybe you pictured a determined athlete, a 2-year-old who doesn’t want to back down...

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Session 2

Do you need God to do the impossible?

Have you ever found yourself in a seemingly impossible situation? Perhaps a relationship was in a rocky place. Maybe your finances were i...

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Session 3

Are you using your abilities to make much of you?

Ever notice how some people are just naturally good at certain things?  The numbers person leaves others in awe at her ability to c...

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Session 4

What happens when you stand up for your faith

Government officials and commoners alike are gathered in the public square for the unveiling a new statue. A trumpet blows, the order is ...

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Session 5

How to know pride is sneaking into your life?

None of us like to be told we’re wrong. We like it even less when the other person turns out to be right. Remember, the business deal eve...

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Session 6

Are you following Jesus for the right reasons?

Ask people from three generations to describe what Batman looks like, and you’ll get three different answers. With each iteration, Batman...

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Session 7

How to respond when you’re thrown to the lions

At the beginning of Daniel 6, things are looking great for Daniel. He becomes one of three administrators over the 120 newly appointed sa...

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Session 8

We are the champions

Jesus’ coming is foreshadowed throughout the Bible. In Daniel 7, Daniel’s dream gives him a glimpse at what’s to come: “...the holy peopl...

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Session 9

What you can’t see when work is in progress

Art galleries are full of masterpieces that began with a simple brush stroke. We stand in awe at the finished product, but rarely do we g...

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Session 10

Who do you run to?

As kids, we ran to our parents’ room to escape the monsters under the bed. But what becomes our safe place as we get older? Where do you...

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Session 11

Where to find peace when you’re scared

When was the last time you were really scared?  As a child, you might have woken from a bad dream only to find yourself staring int...

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Session 12

God hears our prayers

We’ve all done it. A call drops, but we keep talking. Sometimes it takes a few seconds and sometimes it takes a few minutes, but eventual...

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Session 13

What if turmoil is an opportunity?

Do you remember where you were on 9/11? An overwhelming sense of uncertainty and fear dominated our country on that day and for many more...

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Session 14

We don’t have to fear the end of the world

The Bible is not silent about the end times — that is, what will unfold on the earth shortly preceding Jesus’ return to the earth. Daniel...

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