Session 8

We are the champions

From Daniel: A 14-Day Devotional

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Daniel 7

Jesus’ coming is foreshadowed throughout the Bible. In Daniel 7, Daniel’s dream gives him a glimpse at what’s to come: “...the holy people of the Most High will receive the kingdom and will possess it forever” (Daniel 7:18). 

When we ask Jesus into our lives, we become those holy people and the assurance of eternity is ours. The message of Daniel 7 is the same message we see throughout the Bible: Satan is vanquished, evil is defeated, and victory is ours in Christ. 

Daniel’s dream also reminds us we will face hardship and temptation before Jesus returns (Daniel 7:21-22). 

We don’t have to look far to find hardship and temptation. But rather than lose hope when strife comes, we can persevere knowing, “our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all” (2 Corinthians 4:17). 

In chess, cards, and even Scrabble, there’s a moment when you see the remaining moves and realize that no matter what happens you’ll win. You play on, but with a different posture than before. No longer worried about whether you’ll win or lose, you breathe a little deeper and sit a little further back in your chair. 

The same transformation happens when we realize we are on the winning team spiritually. When hard times come, we play on and take heart knowing that one day “all the kingdoms under heaven will be handed over to the holy people of the Most High” (Daniel 7:27). 

Living in freedom doesn’t mean we live free of problems. It means we live every day with the freedom of knowing we are on the winning team.

 Reflect:
  • Are there any areas of your life where hardship and temptation have a stronghold? 
  • How does knowing you are on the winning team change the way you approach those temptations or strongholds?
  • What would victory in that area look like for you? Take some time to share your struggle with God and ask for His help making the changes you know you need to make. 

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Devotionals From This Study

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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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