Topic 2: Intimate Connection with God – Finishing Strong 3

 Memory Verse: Trust in the Lord with all your heart; do not depend on your own understanding. Seek his will in all you do, and he will show you which path to take – Prov. 3:5-6 (NLT). 

Spiritual Emphasis: Fellowship- it’s a wonderful word. It’s what you and I were made for. Daniel as his usual practice prayed/fellowshipped three times a day and he finished strong. Fellowship satisfies the deepest longings of your heart. It is the answer to loneliness. Nothing in this life compares with it. It starts now and goes on forever. There is no greater joy in life than fellowship with God.

Text:Daniel 6: 1-28
To finish strong, we need to Trust God
Trust God for an excellent spirit: Not all of us can distinguish ourselves as Daniel did. How was Daniel able to do it in his days, by trusting God, and we can emulate the example of Daniel by trusting God all the time – Daniel 6:3; Jer. 17:7-8; Ps. 9:10; Ps. 37:4-5.

Integrity in all you do is another key to finishing strong: Trust God to help you to be trustworthy in your work, and to be honest and careful, neither corrupt nor negligent in all you do – Daniel 6:4; Prov. 21:3; Prov. 11:3; 2 Cor. 8:21.

To finish strong, Trust God to help you not to compromise your faith: Daniel obeyed all the laws, his accusers knew this. They realized that the only way to attack him was to make up a law that went against God. Inspite of this, Daniel never compromised – Daniel 6:5-10; 2 Cor. 6:14; 2 Tim. 3:5.

Question: Are you trusting God enough, or are there some areas of your life you are still holding back on? 

Conclusion: Inspite of the uniqueness of 2020, God is still on His throne and He loves you. We need to be constantly reminded of God’s love for us. John 3:16 reminded us about God’s greatest gift to humanity. Let God’s love be our focus during this holiday season. Daniel enjoyed close intimate connection with God. We too can enjoy the same closeness with God by following the example of Daniel: He trusted God, no matter the circumstances, and he finished strong.

Lord, thank you that your love for me endures forever. Shalom! Self-Study: Ps. 107:1; Ps. 7:17; 2 Cor. 4:15; 1 Chron. 16:34; Eph. 5:19-20; Ps. 95: 2-3; Ps. 107:8-9; Col. 3:17; Ps. 100:4; Phil. 4:6-7; Ps. 9:1; Ps. 7:17; Ps. 28:7; Col. 3:15-17; 1 Chron. 29:13; Col. 4:2; Heb. 13:15; Jer. 30:19; Lam. 3:22-23; 1 Cor. 1:4-5.