Daniel in Lions Den

#105 Healed by Solitude

Posted: Monday, August 3rd, 2015
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About Rule and Reign Like Daniel Series

Daniel believed in God as Ruler, so he brought Heaven’s Rule into his earthly government and heathen captors. Do you rule and reign like Daniel did?

Devotional

You will be driven from human society…until you learn that the Most High rules over the kingdoms of the world and gives them to anyone He chooses.
Daniel 4:32 NLT

The king of Babylon was so related to the people that he believed it was him who they worshiped and feared. But when Nebuchadnezzar was taken away from mankind, he could see himself as nothing more than just a man, no different than other men. And that is the humility which alone can see God. In isolation, there is only one comparison: me to God – and that contrast decimates me.

Too much ‘with’ people and there can be distortion of reality in either direction, up to superiority or down to inferiority, both of which are pride by self-focus. And that is actually being god.

Healing Solitude

Solitude sets us before God alone, and pride simply dissolves. Arrogance thrives only in the realm of mankind, by comparison or dependence. Without others, pride has no food supply. ‘Isolation from mankind’ was Nebuchadnezzar’s restoration and sanity. It took solitude to see God as the Only and himself as the nothing.

This is why Jesus demands one loyalty above all others, even family. The disciple is one who has only one Relationship – to the Perfect Son – and only one Voice, that of the Shepherd. It is blessed isolation unto One. It is how Jesus lived with the Father. He lived, He loved, and He walked with people but His one focus, His only loyalty was His Father.

After this time had passed, I, Nebuchadnezzar, looked up to heaven. My sanity returned, and I praised and worshiped the Most High and honored the one who lives forever.
Daniel 4:34 NLT

Anyone who looks to heaven can see God. To look toward heaven is to turn from self, from the world, from people. To look to heaven is to get outside what seems real and leave obsession with the self-worshiping-self. Reality is in God alone, but it exists in another realm. Heaven!

Madness is unreality. Any exaltation of self is insanity. All tyranny issues from madness. The cure of the mind is to turn from this realm and look to another.

God’s throne in heaven is available to any who will first turn away and then look up.

Other Devotionals in Rule and Reign Like Daniel Series

The Daniel Adventure Has Just Begun! #116 Removing the Person of God #115 Daniel Remains #114 Nebuchadnezzar Disappears #113 Know His Name #112 The End of Pride #111 Still More Greatness #110 For the Sake of the Kingdom #109 God Alone Reigns #108 The Most High Lives #107 The King Was Transformed #106 Purpose of the Mind
#105 Healed by Solitude (Currently Viewing)
#104 Until You Learn #103 Sudden Judgment #102 God's Warning Is Not Empty #101 Here Stand Two Men #100 The Lowliest of Men #99 Without Excuse #98 Holy and Unapproachable #97 God, THE ONLY #96 Conquered Kingdoms #95 Stolen Glory #94 A Testimony for Nebuchadnezzar #93 In the Service of Babylon #92 Untouchable by Death #91 The Loosing of Bonds #90 A Contest of Power #89 Forged by Earlier Fires #88 The Furnace of Christ #87 He Walks My Walk #86 Loose and Walking! #85 The Presence of God #84 The Fourth Man #83 Wisdom and Power #82 Divine Wisdom #81 Again, LET God #80 Know that He is God #79 All Power #78 Reverence and Fear of God #77 Born Worshipers #76 Dying is the Only Way #75 The Test of Worship #74 We Need Only to Know Him #73 But If Not #72 God Chooses #71 Closet Meeting #70 Actual Life and Literal Death #69 No Need to Answer #68 They Would Not Bow #67 Furnace of Fire #66 Fiery Test #65 Find Your Place #64 Hidden Treasure #63 To Know God by Name #62 Babylonian Captivity #61 Daniel's Day #60 Believe in the One #59 I Am But a Sheep #58 One Work, Not Many #57 Food Everlasting #56 Our Daily Bread #55 The Work of Faith #54 Christ Within #53 Faith Comes by Hearing #52 Not By Bread Alone #51 His Righteous One #50 The Just Shall Live #49 Daniel Believed #48 Stability in Crisis #47 Christ the Foundation #46 Amazing Rock #45 Rock of Habitation #44 The Stone and the Kingdom #43 The Stone is the Foundation #42 Christ, the Precious Cornerstone #41 The Rock of Power #40 My Rock and My Salvation #39 Precious Cornerstone #38 The Stone in Zion #37 The Stone #36 Angel of Light #35 Latter Days #34 Heavenly Access #33 Instrument of Heaven #32 Daniel's Praise #31 Mystery was Revealed #30 Desire to Live #29 The Church Rises #28 Faithful in Small Things #27 Celebrating Individuality #26 The First Crisis of Daniel #25 Through Faith #24 The Absolute YES #23 Live by Faith #22 An End Times Book #21 Alone With God #20 God Alone #19 Why Identity Matters #18 God Is My Judge #17 God's Own Creation #16 Daniel's Choice #15 God Revealed #14 A Royal Son #13 Defend Your Identity #12 Daniel's Name #11 Flourishing Under Pressure #10 Crisis of Idolatry #9 Given What They Chose #8 The Capture of Israel #7 Treasuring Identity #6 Identity in God #5 At God's Hand #4 The Almighty Reigns!