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Dr. David Jeremiah. H OPEFUL. P ARENTING. The One Trait. If you could instill but one character trait for your child, to help them lead a life of righteousness and obedience to God, what would it be? Hint: God highlights one possible suggestion through repetition in the Bible….

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Dr. David Jeremiah



the one trait
The One Trait
  • If you could instill but one character trait for your child, to help them lead a life of righteousness and obedience to God, what would it be?
    • Hint: God highlights one possible suggestion through repetition in the Bible…

Then he called for his son Solomon and charged him to build a house for the LORD, the God of Israel. David said to Solomon: "My son, I had it in my heart to build a house for the Name of the LORD my God. But this word of the LORD came to me: 'You have shed much blood and have fought many wars.


You are not to build a house for my Name, because you have shed much blood on the earth in my sight. But you will have a son who will be a man of peace and rest, and I will give him rest from all his enemies on every side. His name will be Solomon, and I will grant Israel peace and quiet during his reign.


He is the one who will build a house for my Name. He will be my son, and I will be his father. And I will establish the throne of his kingdom over Israel forever.'

"Now, my son, the LORD be with you, and may you have success and build the house of the LORD your God, as he said you would.


May the LORD give you discretion and understanding when he puts you in command over Israel, so that you may keep the law of the LORD your God. Then you will have success if you are careful to observe the decrees and laws that the LORD gave Moses for Israel. Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or discouraged.

from father to son
From Father to Son

What does this passage say about God’s purpose for each of us individually?

What is David passing along to Solomon in the course of this passage?

Which character trait jumped out at you as being very scripturally familiar?


David also said to Solomon his son, "Be strong and courageous, and do the work. Do not be afraid or discouraged, for the LORD God, my God, is with you. He will not fail you or forsake you until all the work for the service of the temple of the LORD is finished.

1 Chronicles 28:20

be strong and courageous
Be Strong and Courageous
  • Why is this theme so important to David?
  • What role did strength and courage play in David’s life experience?
    • Good and bad?

Then Moses summoned Joshua and said to him in the presence of all Israel, "Be strong and courageous, for you must go with this people into the land that the LORD swore to their forefathers to give them, and you must divide it among them as their inheritance.

Deuteronomy 31:7


Be strong and very courageous. Be careful to obey all the law my servant Moses gave you; do not turn from it to the right or to the left, that you may be successful wherever you go.

Joshua 1:7


"Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or discouraged because of the king of Assyria and the vast army with him, for there is a greater power with us than with him.

2 Chronicles 32:7


say to those with fearful hearts,

"Be strong, do not fear;

your God will come,

he will come with vengeance;

with divine retribution

he will come to save you."

Isaiah 35:4


Do not fear, O Jacob my servant, for I am with you," declares the LORD.

"Though I completely destroy all the nations among which I scatter you, I will not completely destroy you. I will discipline you but only with justice;

I will not let you go entirely unpunished."

Jeremiah 46:28


I will make your forehead like the hardest stone, harder than flint. Do not be afraid of them or terrified by them, though they are a rebellious house."

Ezekiel 3:9


"Do not be afraid, O man highly esteemed," he said. "Peace! Be strong now; be strong."

When he spoke to me, I was strengthened and said, "Speak, my lord, since you have given me strength."

Daniel 10:19


Then Jesus said to them, "Do not be afraid. Go and tell my brothers to go to Galilee; there they will see me."

Matthew 28:10


But the angel said to him: "Do not be afraid, Zechariah; your prayer has been heard. Your wife Elizabeth will bear you a son, and you are to give him the name John.

Luke 1:13


But the angel said to them, "Do not be afraid. I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people.

Luke 2:10


Hearing this, Jesus said to Jairus, "Don't be afraid; just believe, and she will be healed."

Luke 8:50


I tell you, my friends, do not be afraid of those who kill the body and after that can do no more.

Luke 12:4


The following night the Lord stood near Paul and said, "Take courage! As you have testified about me in Jerusalem, so you must also testify in Rome."

Acts 23:11


But now I urge you to keep up your courage, because not one of you will be lost; only the ship will be destroyed. Last night an angel of the God whose I am and whom I serve stood beside me and said, 'Do not be afraid, Paul. You must stand trial before Caesar; and God has graciously given you the lives of all who sail with you.'


So keep up your courage, men, for I have faith in God that it will happen just as he told me. Nevertheless, we must run aground on some island."

Acts 27:22-26

fear of what
Fear of What?



The Enemy

God’s Plan

courage to do what
Courage to do What?

Fulfill God’s Purpose

Focus on the Task at Hand



Listen to God’s Message


Take a Risk

Crash a Boat

  • 605 B.C.
  • Daniel is taken captive to Babylon to serve in King Nebuchadnezzar.
  • Probably about 14 years of age.
  • Name changed to a pagan meaning:
    • Belteshazzar = “the keeper of the treasure of Baal”
  • Subjected to three years of education and indoctrination into Babylonian culture.
    • Learned a new language.
    • Learned all the “wisdom” of his new country.
  • Daniel Draws the Line
    • Will not eat or drink from the king’s table.
  • Why draw the line there?
    • No prohibition to changing your name.
    • No prohibition to learning about other cultures.
    • The Bible does prohibit the consumption of unclean foods sacrificed before idols.
  • Daniel said “no” where God says “no.”
daniel traits
Daniel’ Traits
  • He was uncompromising.
  • He demonstrated conviction.
  • He maintained his courtesy.
  • He demonstrated unflagging confidence.
  • He maintained consistency.
    • Outlasting many kings of Babylon.
daniel s impact
Daniel’s Impact

God granted him influence over his foreign king.

Daniel was in inspiration to his immediate friends.

Daniel was an encouragement to his captive people.

overcoming peer pressure
Overcoming Peer Pressure
  • Peer pressure study.
  • Teach your child:
    • Important choices will present themselves.
    • Establish your convictions before they come.
    • How to predict and assess risk.
    • Daily dependence on God.
    • Skills on choosing friends.
    • To declare decisions with courage.
challenge questions
Challenge Questions

How have the challenges you’ve faced since you were a teen shaped you?

How do you strike a balance between actively directing your child’s path and letting them establish their own convictions along the way?