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

#61 Daniel is THE Relevant Figure for Last Days #60 Faith in the One Source of All Need #59 We Are All Just Hungry Sheep #58 There is But One Work, Not Many #57 Food Everlasting as a Gift from God #56 Our Daily Bread is Spiritual, Too #55 The Work of Faith to Believe #54 Do We Lack the Most Basic Faith? #53 Any Crisis is Solved by Faith #52 A Deep and Gnawing Hunger #51 His Righteous One is Me and You #50 The Need in All Things is Faith #49 Daniel Believed and THAT is Our Work #48 Stability in God Comes from Need #47 The Immovable Rock in a Shaking World #46 A Life Founded on the Amazing Rock #45 Daniel's Solid Rock of Habitation #44 Our Secret Foundation Exposed #43 The Stone is Our Foundation #42 Christ, the Precious Cornerstone #41 The Dynamic and Explosive Power of the Rock #40 My Rock and My Salvation Always #39 Precious Cornerstone of Sure Foundation #38 The Foundation Stone in Zion #37 The Stone That Filled the Earth #36 The Fate of the Angel of Light #35 God in Heaven is Sovereign over All #34 To Be Eligible for Heavenly Access #33 Ready to Be an Instrument of Heaven? #32 Just How Great IS God's Rule? #31 Mystery Was Revealed to Daniel #30 Provoking Our Desire to Live #29 When Evil Rules, the Church Rises #28 Faithful in Small Things First #27 Celebrating Individuality in the Body of Christ #26 The First Crisis of Daniel is Ours, Too #25 Through Faith They Conquered #24 The Absolute YES Comes with NO #23 The Just Shall Live by Faith #22 Daniel is an End Times Book #21 Called to Be Alone With God #20 Daniel Looked to God Alone #19 Identity is Crucial to Live for God #18 Daniel: God Is My Judge #17 Uniqueness Comes from God #16 The Choice to Remain God's #15 God Will Reveal Himself Through Us #14 Daniel Was a Royal Son #13 Defend Your Identity Like Daniel #12 Story of Daniel, Not Belteshazzar #11 We Can Flourish Under Pressure #10 Blind to the Crisis of Idolatry #9 Given What They Chose: Babylon #8 The Capture of Israel and Loss of Identity #7 Identity is Everything and We Must Know It #6 Our Identity is Found in God #5 Nebuchadnezzar at God's Hand #4 The Almighty Reigns in the Government of God #3 Daniel's Government Was Out of Heaven #2 Living Above the Fray in Heaven's Rule #1 The Rule of Heaven is a Different Government 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
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