Daniel Fast 2023

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Philippians 1:18-26

But what does it matter? The important thing is that in every way, whether from false motives or true, Christ is preached. And because of this I rejoice. Yes, and I will continue to rejoice, for I know that through your prayers and God’s provision of the Spirit of Jesus Christ what has happened to me will turn out for my deliverance. I eagerly expect and hope that I will in no way be ashamed, but will have sufficient courage so that now as always Christ will be exalted in my body, whether by life or by death. For to me, to live is Christ and to die is gain. If I am to go on living in the body, this will mean fruitful labor for me. Yet what shall I choose? I do not know! I am torn between the two: I desire to depart and be with Christ, which is better by far; but it is more necessary for you that I remain in the body. Convinced of this, I know that I will remain, and I will continue with all of you for your progress and joy in the faith, so that through my being with you again your boasting in Christ Jesus will abound on account of me.

Message Notes

1. The way you frame it will determine if anyone follows it.

Experience is not the teacher of all things, Evaluated experience is, John Maxwell.

Now I want you to know, brothers and sisters, that what has happened to me has actually served to advance the gospel. Philippians 1:12

2. There will always be an option to run.

For to me, to live is Christ and to die is gain. 22 If I am to go on living in the body, this will mean fruitful labor for me. Yet what shall I choose? I do not know! 23 I am torn between the two: I desire to depart and be with Christ, which is better by far; Philippians 1:21-23

Paul had a pure desire to be with Christ and yet he knew he had to stay. Even a good desire can be wrong if it means leaving the responsibility of our calling.

3. It is more necessary for you.

Every decision we make should be made in light of who God has called us to. Our families, friends, coworkers.

Can we look at the next generation and say, “Your preparedness is more important than my prosperity.”?

4. Live a life the next generation will chase.

The way you frame your life will decide if the next generation wants it.

Yes, and I will continue to rejoice, 19 for I know that through your prayers and God’s provision of the Spirit of Jesus Christ what has happened to me will turn out for my deliverance. 20 Ieagerly expect and hope that I will in no way be ashamed, but will have sufficient courage so that now as always Christ will be exalted in my body, whether by life or by death. Philippians 1:18-20

Connect Group Discussion Questions

  1. Is there a current situation in your life that needs to be put in the correct context of faith?
  2. Can you see a way to invest into the next generation through your current trial?
  3. Paul was honest and admitted that he’d rather be with Christ because of his situation. What are some reasons you’ve considered quitting a difficult situation?
  4. Have you ever made a decision to stay and tough it out because of the opportunity to invest in other people?
  5. Have you ever considered who God has placed around you for you to invest in?
  6. Have you ever considered how you frame your current situation can determine whether others will follow you through it?
  7. How would you have to change your thinking in order to invest in others during this time?