Blog Life Groups / March 25, 2020

LEADER GUIDE 3/22: Daniel 10

KINGDOM DOWN:
How to be Godly and Healthy in Crisis: Daniel 10

Complex Grief

Daniel 10:1 In the third year of Cyrus king of Persia a word was revealed to Daniel, who was named Belteshazzar. And the word was true, and it was a great conflict. And he understood the word and had understanding of the vision. 2 In those days I, Daniel, was mourning for three weeks. 3 I ate no delicacies, no meat or wine entered my mouth, nor did I anoint myself at all, for the full three weeks.

Lamenting

Daniel 10:4 On the twenty-fourth day of the first month, as I was standing on the bank of the great river (that is, the Tigris) 5 I lifted up my eyes and looked, and behold, a man clothed in linen, with a belt of fine gold from Uphaz around his waist. 6 His body was like beryl, his face like the appearance of lightning, his eyes like flaming torches, his arms and legs like the gleam of burnished bronze, and the sound of his words like the sound of a multitude. 7 And I, Daniel, alone saw the vision, for the men who were with me did not see the vision, but a great trembling fell upon them, and they fled to hide themselves. 8 So I was left alone and saw this great vision, and no strength was left in me. My radiant appearance was fearfully changed, and I retained no strength. 9 Then I heard the sound of his words, and as I heard the sound of his words, I fell on my face in deep sleep with my face to the ground.

Your Pain is Part of the Great War

Daniel 10:10 And behold, a hand touched me and set me trembling on my hands and knees. 11 And he said to me, “O Daniel, man greatly loved, understand the words that I speak to you, and stand upright, for now I have been sent to you.” And when he had spoken this word to me, I stood up trembling. 12 Then he said to me, “Fear not, Daniel, for from the first day that you set your heart to understand and humbled yourself before your God, your words have been heard, and I have come because of your words. 13 The prince of the kingdom of Persia withstood me twenty-one days, but Michael, one of the chief princes, came to help me, for I was left there with the kings of Persia, 14 and came to make you understand what is to happen to your people in the latter days. For the vision is for days yet to come.”15 When he had spoken to me according to these words, I turned my face toward the ground and was mute. 16 And behold, one in the likeness of the children of man touched my lips. Then I opened my mouth and spoke. I said to him who stood before me, “O my lord, by reason of the vision pains have come upon me, and I retain no strength. 17 How can my lord’s servant talk with my lord? For now no strength remains in me, and no breath is left in me.”18 Again one having the appearance of a man touched me and strengthened me. 19 And he said, “O man greatly loved, fear not, peace be with you; be strong and of good courage.” And as he spoke to me, I was strengthened and said, “Let my lord speak, for you have strengthened me.” 20 Then he said, “Do you know why I have come to you? But now I will return to fight against the prince of Persia; and when I go out, behold, the prince of Greece will come. 21 But I will tell you what is inscribed in the book of truth: there is none who contends by my side against these except Michael, your prince.

What Got Daniel Through His Crisis Will Get Your Through This Crisis

1. Ministry of presence from God.
2. Being reminded he was “greatly loved” and his suffering was not personal.
3. A humble heart that prayed.
4. A reminder to fear not.
5. A strengthening touch from God that brought peace and courage.
6. A reminder of the reality of spiritual warfare in the world.
7. A focus on the Kingdom of Jesus Christ and battle to get home.
8. A reminder that God knows and rules all of human history.

QUESTIONS
TALK IT OUT

1. What is your primary takeaway from the sermon?
2. Anxiety often comes from forgetting how God has been faithful in the past. What are some examples of God’s faithfulness in the history of the world and in your own life/family?
3. Why is it so important the we always remember that we are GREATLY loved and don’t have to be afraid?
4. How did Daniel deal with a difficult reality in a godly way?

WALK IT OUT:

5. Are you feeling complex grief? What are some healthy ways you can work through that grief with God?
6. Our soul was built for Good News. How can you limit your intake of bad news and increase your intake of Good News?
7. What are some practical ways you can focus on God and others during uncertain times?
8. What is God teaching you during the difficult season facing our world? If you aren’t sure, pray and ask the Holy Spirit to use this time to help you grow in Him.

PRAYER:

Encouraged: break up into groups of men and women separately, and take some time to pray for one another.