Daniel Fast 2023

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Message Text

1 Thessalonians 5:14-18

And we urge you, brothers and sisters, warn those who are idle and disruptive, encourage the disheartened, help the weak, be patient with everyone. Make sure that nobody pays back wrong for wrong, but always strive to do what is good for each other and for everyone else. Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.

Philippians 4:4-7

Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

Message Notes

1. Fight for Stability

As adults we spend a large amount of time trying to control our circumstances. We attempt to dictate all outcomes so as to provide ourselves and our families a “stable” environment.

2. No Such Thing.

John 16:33 33 “I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.”

We are promised trouble in this world. The only thing we actually have control over is the response to our circumstances.

3. Consistency is Key.

When we said our vows, most couples make a promise that supersedes all circumstances. Love is consistent even when circumstances are not stable.

1 Thessalonians 5:16 Rejoice always, 17 pray without ceasing, 18 in everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.

Philippians 4:4 Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! 5 Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. 6 Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. 7 And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

We can provide consistency for our families that will not waiver with our current circumstances.

Connect Group Discussion Questions

  1. How would you define a stable household?
  2. Describe the household you grew up in. Would you consider it stable?
  3. Why is placing all our hope in circumstances detrimental to our faith?
  4. How do our marriage vows prepare us for consistency?
  5. Why is our “Core” so important for consistency?
  6. Give some examples of the benefits of consistency in marriage and family?