Daniel’s Thanksgiving

Now when Daniel learned that the decree had been published, he went home to his upstairs room where the windows open toward Jerusalem. Three times a day he got down on his knees and prayed, giving thanks to God. Dan 6:10

Daniel learned of the situation around him that would cause him serious threat to his security unless he stop worshipping/praying God. Was he willing to replace his godly pattern of life for the sake of safety? It was a temporary ceasing of the prayer for thirty days. Or was he willing to pray in silence that no one may notice (and accuse)? What he saw was not certainly positive at all!

No, that’s not what Daniel did. He acknowledged/worshipped God no matter what might the cost. Though he was aware of the threat to his life, he was also aware of the grace of God who would not put anyone who put his trust in Him to shame. He determined to walk and pray by faith no matter what it might bring him to face.

Are we facing similar uncertainty around us these days? Are we encouraged to consider the circumstances around us rather than the principle of godly life we have learned? Are we pressured by others of even by ourselves to temporarily compromise the priority we know important? Daniel chose to bet on almighty and unchanging God and risked his own security as he offer Thanksgiving three times a day.

Father in heaven, I need to get strengthened by your Spirit today that I might be strong enough to thank you and walk by faith in the presence of uncertainty around me. Thank you for the example of Daniel’s I could follow in these trying time. Amen.

Lesson from God’s Ministry for Saul

* A Man who started well

1 Sam 9:21

1Sam 10:1, 9

1 Sam 11:6– 7, 11– 22


* Disobeyed on the mission against Amalekites and warned against

1 Sam 15:1– 3

1 Sam 15:7- 9

1 Sam 15:10– 12

1 Sam 15:13, 15


* Obedience is what God is after, not a sacrifice

1 Sam 15:22– 23


* God’s intention as He warned Saul 

Ezek 33:14– 16


* Life w/o the Holy Spirit

1 Sam 16:14


* Turned to be an enemy of God & God’s people

1 Sam 18:7– 9

1 Sam 19:


* Unreasonable, selfish king

1 Sam 19:1

1 Sam 19:9– 12


* God’s warning

1 Sam 24:20

1 Sam 26:21


* Downfall, juddgment & punishment carried out

1 Sam 28:3, 9– 11

1 Sam 28:16– 19

Num 23:19


*What is God saying to you?

* What do you want to do about it?

Bible Study on God’s Economy


  • God is the source of life, wealth & honor:

1 Chron 29: 12 & 14

Psalm 50:10- 12

Jas 1:17

Act 17:24- 25

  • Provides & cares for His creatures & people:

Psalm 100:3

Mt 6:26- 30

Mt 10:29- 31

Phil 4:18- 19

Lev 25:1- 7, 8- 12 & 20- 22

  • Gives a call to manage His creature & wealth and commission them to work for God as His ambassadors:

Gen 1:26- 28

1 Sam 16:18 & 17:45- 49

Mt 25:14- 30

Phil 4:13

  • Expects us to honor Him with our wealth & work:

Pr 3:9

Lev 27:30

Deut 12:5- 7

Deut 14:22- 26

Deut 26:12- 15

1 Cor 10:31

  • Expects us to play our role of His stewardship:

Mt 25:19- 30

Lk 12: 13- 21

Phil 4:15- 19

2 Cor 8:1- 5

Pr 19:17

  • Will hold us accountable of the way we play our stewardship:

2 Cor 5:7

2 Cor 9:6- 12

Pr 11:24- 25

Jn 12:24- 26

Rom 14:7- 12

  • What does God say about those who refuse to live in human economy?

Nabal: 1 Sam 25:2- 38


The Rich Fool: Lk 12: 13- 21

* Ownership of wealth

* Decision maker about their wealth

*  God’s feedback about their behavior

*  Principle you learn about stewardship of God from their example


Gospel of Power, Holy Spirit and of deep Conviction

1 Thessalonians 1:1-10 (HCSB)
1  Paul, Silvanus, and Timothy: To the church of the Thessalonians in God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. Grace to you and peace.
* Who owned and led the work in Thessalonica?  Mk 3:14

2  We always thank God for all of you, remembering you constantly in our prayers.
* What was the characteristics of their ministry to the Thessalonians?  Jer 33:2– 3


3  We recall, in the presence of our God and Father, your work of faith, labor of love, and endurance of hope in our Lord Jesus Christ, 4  knowing your election, brothers loved by God.
* What could we observe from the life style of those new Christians in Thessalonia?  Gal 5:22- 23

* What convinced those leaders of their identy as children of God?  Mt 7:16

5  For our gospel did not come to you in word only, but also in power, in the Holy Spirit, and with much assurance. You know what kind of men we were among you for your benefit,
* What could we observe about the gospel they brought to the Thessalonica?

* What does the character of the meaaenger has to do with the message?  Gen 1:11

* What makes our example important in the process of witnessing?  Mt 5:16


6  and you became imitators of us and of the Lord when, in spite of severe persecution, you welcomed the message with joy from the Holy Spirit.
* What do you think caused the transformation of their life?  1 Tim 4:12

* What should have produced joy in their life in spite of the prosecution they were going through?  Gal 5:22– 23

7  As a result, you became an example to all the believers in Macedonia and Achaia. 8  For the Lord’s message rang out from you, not only in Macedonia and Achaia, but in every place that your faith in God has gone out. Therefore, we don’t need to say anything,
What must have contribute to their impact on the home and abroad for the gospel?

 * What could we observe about their impact from the way the news of their own ministry came back to them?


9  for they themselves report what kind of reception we had from you: how you turned to God from idols to serve the living and true God
* What must have been true of their reason to adopt new life they saw in those Thessalonians?


10  and to wait for His Son from heaven, whom He raised from the dead—Jesus, who rescues us from the coming wrath.

* What must have happen to their values if they were waiting for the Lord Jesus?

God’s leading into wilderness?

Deut 8:1-10 (HCSB)
1  “You must carefully follow every command I am giving you today, so that you may live and increase, and may enter and take possession of the land the LORD swore to your fathers.

* Who is God to His people?

* What is causing God to give us commands?  See also Jn 14:21

2  Remember that the LORD your God led you on the entire journey these 40 years in the wilderness, so that He might humble you and test you to know what was in your heart, whether or not you would keep His commands.

* What is God doing to his people before he leads them into good land?

* What does God want to see happen to us as we get through the wilderness?  See also Psalm 119:67 & 71

3  He humbled you by letting you go hungry; then He gave you manna to eat, which you and your fathers had not known, so that you might learn that man does not live on bread alone but on every word that comes from the mouth of the LORD.

4  Your clothing did not wear out, and your feet did not swell these 40 years.


* How should our life in wilderness benefit us?


* How have they experience His faithfulness during the tough time they have spent?


5  Keep in mind that the LORD your God has been disciplining you just as a man disciplines his son.

6  So keep the commands of the LORD your God by walking in His ways and fearing Him.

* What would cause God to discipline His pepople?  See also Isa 53:6

* What does it mean to walk in His way?  See also Col 2:6- 7

7  For the LORD your God is bringing you into a good land, a land with streams of water, springs, and deep water sources, flowing in both valleys and hills;

8  a land of wheat, barley, vines, figs, and pomegranates; a land of olive oil and honey;
9  a land where you will eat food without shortage, where you will lack nothing; a land whose rocks are iron and from whose hills you will mine copper.

* What is God doing for us as we walk in His way?


* What could we learn about the land He is leading us into?

10  When you eat and are full, you will praise the LORD your God for the good land He has given you.

* What is God’s purpose of bringing us into good land? 

The Best way to Show Love — Love

John 15:9-17 (MSG)
9  “I’ve loved you the way my Father has loved me. Make yourselves at home in my love.
What kinds of love has God shown the Lord Jesus?

10  If you keep my commands, you’ll remain intimately at home in my love. That’s what I’ve done—kept my Father’s commands and made myself at home in his love.
What makes it important to keep the command of the Lord Jesus?

What does it mean to make ourself at home in the Lord’s love?

What is one command we need to keep to experience His lofe for us? 

11  “I’ve told you these things for a purpose: that my joy might be your joy, and your joy wholly mature.
What is one of the most ovious sign of God’s blessing?

12  This is my command: Love one another the way I loved you.
How did the Lord Jesus love us?

What did the Lord Jesus do because of His love for us?

13  This is the very best way to love. Put your life on the line for your friends.
What can we telll about the Lord Jesus’ attitude toward us from the way He laid down His life for us?

14  You are my friends when you do the things I command you.
How could we remain friends of the Lord Jesus?

15  I’m no longer calling you servants because servants don’t understand what their master is thinking and planning. No, I’ve named you friends because I’ve let you in on everything I’ve heard from the Father.
What is a sign of friendship/ sonship of the Lord Jesus?

What would help us to understand the love of the Lord more?

16  “You didn’t choose me, remember; I chose you, and put you in the world to bear fruit, fruit that won’t spoil. As fruit bearers, whatever you ask the Father in relation to me, he gives you.
Why has the Lord chosen us?

What fruit is the Lord talking about?

What do you want to do to bear fruits for the Lord?

17  “But remember the root command: Love one another.

What makes our love for our friends so important?

How do you want to practice this to someone today?

Do you love me more than these? — Commitment

The Lord Jesus is visiting the group of his disciples who have gone to fish with Peter who had denied himself three times in the presence of temptation. He went to see them while they have failed to catch fish all night. He helped them toi catch fish of life time! Feed them breakfast that he has prepared. Then he starts to talk to Peter to reinstate him as an apostle.

John 21:15-23 (NIV) 

15  When they had finished eating, Jesus said to Simon Peter, “Simon son of John, do you truly love me more than these?” “Yes, Lord,” he said, “you know that I love you.” Jesus said, “Feed my lambs.”

What could we observe of the way Jesus deals with Peter who denied him three times?

What did the Lord Jesus do to prepare thm for such an important talk?

What could we observe about the Lord Jesus’ expectation from Peter as well as from us?

What is something the Lord Jesus commands to do to  those who loves the Lord more than anyone/thing? 

16  Again Jesus said, “Simon son of John, do you truly love me?” He answered, “Yes, Lord, you know that I love you.” Jesus said, “Take care of my sheep.” 17  The third time he said to him, “Simon son of John, do you love me?” Peter was hurt because Jesus asked him the third time, “Do you love me?” He said, “Lord, you know all things; you know that I love you.” Jesus said, “Feed my sheep.


What makes the Lord Jesus to ask the same question three times?


What is one thing the Lord Jesus pointed out to Peter who says he loved the Lord repeatedly?


18  I tell you the truth, when you were younger you dressed yourself and went where you wanted; but when you are old you will stretch out your hands, and someone else will dress you and lead you where you do not want to go.” 19  Jesus said this to indicate the kind of death by which Peter would glorify God. Then he said to him, “Follow me!”


What makes the Lord Jesus to share tough consequence of the decision to love the Lord Jesus?


What makes the Lord Jesus to have his followers to go through suffering & trials?  See also Rom 8:16- 17



20  Peter turned and saw that the disciple whom Jesus loved was following them. (This was the one who had leaned back against Jesus at the supper and had said, “Lord, who is going to betray you?”) 21  When Peter saw him, he asked, “Lord, what about him?”


What could we observe about human heart from the way Peter asks about John enev without answering the Lord?


22  Jesus answered, “If I want him to remain alive until I return, what is that to you? You must follow me.”  23  Because of this, the rumor spread among the brothers that this disciple would not die. But Jesus did not say that he would not die; he only said, “If I want him to remain alive until I return, what is that to you?”


What could we observe of unique plan the Lord draws up for each individual?

What is the warning of the Lord Jesus to Peter and to us?

Confidence/ Security in the Lord

David, who has gone through a lot of turmoil and misery in life as he was going through God written training process to be a leader for God’s people is learning about true security in the Lord regardless of his changing circumstance.

Psalm 16:1-11 (HCSB)
1 Protect me, God, for I take refuge in You.


What does it mean to take refuge in the Lord?  Psalm 62:8


What could we learn from the fact that the Lord is one’s refuge in life?


2  I said to Yahweh, “You are my Lord; I have nothing good besides You.”


What could we observe of David’s relationship with the Lord God?   Psalm 73:25



3  As for the holy people who are in the land, they are the noble ones. All my delight is in them.

How does he value his relationship with the godly friends around him? 

4  The sorrows of those who take another god for themselves will multiply; I will not pour out their drink offerings of blood, and I will not speak their names with my lips.

What could we observe of his attitude toward those who do not honor the Lord?  Gal 6:7- 8

What distinction could we see between his life and of those who are ungodly?  Palm 1:1


5  LORD, You are my portion and my cup of blessing; You hold my future.

What does it mean that the Lord is his portion & cup?  Psalm 73: 26 & Deut 10:9

How does the Lord hold our future?  1 Chron 29:12


6  The boundary lines have fallen for me in pleasant places; indeed, I have a beautiful inheritance.

7  I will praise the LORD who counsels me— even at night my conscience instructs me.

What did David see God going for his own inheritance?   Psalm 121:5- 7


What is God ensuring of our inheritance?  Psalm 73:26



8  I keep the LORD in mind always. Because He is at my right hand, I will not be shaken.

What could one experience in life if he surrenders to the Lord’s leadership?  Psalm 96:9- 10

9  Therefore my heart is glad and my spirit rejoices; my body also rests securely.

What could one experience because of his commitment to the Lord? Psalm 4:7– 8


10  For You will not abandon me to Sheol; You will not allow Your Faithful One to see decay.

11  You reveal the path of life to me; in Your presence is abundant joy; in Your right hand are eternal pleasures.

What is David doing that he may contimue to enjoy path of life?  Pr 3:6



Secret of Overflowing Life

David who has been a shepherd himself while he was young has made the Lord as his shepherd for life. He is sharing of the blessing he has been granted by the Lord his shepherd. He is also sharing of his heart about his commitment and security in the Lord.

 Psalm 23:1-6 (HCSB) 


 The LORD is my shepherd; there is nothing I lack.

What does it mean to have Lord as a shepherd of life?

What could sheep expect from the shepherd in her life?

What character does a shepherd have toward sheep under his care?  Jn 10:11


2  He lets me lie down in green pastures; He leads me beside quiet waters.


What does a sheep need to do to enjoy resting in green pastures?


What could we  observe from the life of a sheep led by the shepherd?


3  He renews my life; He leads me along the right paths for His name’s sake.


What would a shepherd do to the hurt and wounds of his sheep that he suffers?  Psalm 103:3- 4


What kind of life would His follower enjoy?  Jn 8:12

4  Even when I go through the darkest valley, I fear no danger, for You are with me; Your rod and Your staff—they comfort me. 

What impact would His presence make in times of danger and misery?  Pr 3:6

What would a shepherd do with his sheep in times of danger and darkness of his life?

Psalm 121:5– 6


5  You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies; You anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows.


Who has deserved anointing of oil in biblical culture?  1 Sam 10:1


What could be his experience in spite of  the toughness in his life?  Rom 8:37- 39



6  Only goodness and faithful love will pursue me all the days of my life, and I will dwell in the house of the LORD as long as I live.

What confidance could a follower of the Lord have because of his relationship with the shepherd?   Psalm 73:23– 24

What  is he determined to do throughout his life?  Psalm 27:4

God’s School of Leadership for David- part 2

1 Samuel 17:31-37 (NIV)
31  What David said was overheard and reported to Saul, and Saul sent for him.
32  David said to Saul, “Let no one lose heart on account of this Philistine; your servant will go and fight him.”
33  Saul replied, “You are not able to go out against this Philistine and fight him; you are only a boy, and he has been a fighting man from his youth.”
34  But David said to Saul, “Your servant has been keeping his father’s sheep. When a lion or a bear came and carried off a sheep from the flock,
35  I went after it, struck it and rescued the sheep from its mouth. When it turned on me, I seized it by its hair, struck it and killed it.
36  Your servant has killed both the lion and the bear; this uncircumcised Philistine will be like one of them, because he has defied the armies of the living God.
37  The LORD who delivered me from the paw of the lion and the paw of the bear will deliver me from the hand of this Philistine.” Saul said to David, “Go, and the LORD be with you.”

* What could we observe about Saul’s heart from the way he evaluated David’s ability?

* What is causing David so confident of his victory over Goliath the champion?

* What is causing Saul to be at peace about David’s challenge against Goliath?

* What do you think caused David to risk his life as he chased after those bears & lions?  Col 3:23

1 Samuel 17:38-40 (NIV)
38  Then Saul dressed David in his own tunic. He put a coat of armor on him and a bronze helmet on his head.
39  David fastened on his sword over the tunic and tried walking around, because he was not used to them. “I cannot go in these,” he said to Saul, “because I am not used to them.” So he took them off.
40  Then he took his staff in his hand, chose five smooth stones from the stream, put them in the pouch of his shepherd’s bag and, with his sling in his hand, approached the Philistine.

* What could we observe about David from the way he refused to use something he is not used to?

* What does God want David to go in to serve the Lord with?

* What makes it important for us to be good at what we are doing?  See also Judg 3:31

1 Samuel 17:45-50 (NIV)
45  David said to the Philistine, “You come against me with sword and spear and javelin, but I come against you in the name of the LORD Almighty, the God of the armies of Israel, whom you have defied.
46  This day the LORD will hand you over to me, and I’ll strike you down and cut off your head. Today I will give the carcasses of the Philistine army to the birds of the air and the beasts of the earth, and the whole world will know that there is a God in Israel.
47  All those gathered here will know that it is not by sword or spear that the LORD saves; for the battle is the LORD‘s, and he will give all of you into our hands.”
48  As the Philistine moved closer to attack him, David ran quickly toward the battle line to meet him.
49  Reaching into his bag and taking out a stone, he slung it and struck the Philistine on the forehead. The stone sank into his forehead, and he fell facedown on the ground.
50  So David triumphed over the Philistine with a sling and a stone; without a sword in his hand he struck down the Philistine and killed him.

* What could we observe of conviction of David?  See also Dan 3:16- 18

* What could we learn about the battle?

* What could we learn about God’s way to reward those with faith in him?  See also Rom 10:11

* What could we learn about the impact of wholehearted surrender to the Lord?  See also Jn 6:9