Daniel in Lions Den

#26 The First Crisis of Daniel is Ours, Too

Posted: Thursday, May 17th, 2018
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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

Daniel determined in his heart that he would not defile himself with the king’s rich and dainty food or by drinking the wine…
Reading Daniel 1:5-19 AMPC

Daniel’s Crisis

Daniel came to his first crisis – the test of Babylonian dominance versus God’s standard. The food of Babylon was offered before every meal to idols, and Daniel had to avoid it or else he would come under the demonic powers of Babylon.

Restrictions of food were specific under the laws of the Old Testament [and rescinded by Peter’s vision in Acts]. Daniel had to abide by those laws as a matter of obedience and relationship with God.

Eden’s Crisis

Eden’s test was about eating. Adam and Eve ate outside God’s restriction. Reckless eating is ever going to be an evidence of rebellion. Every obsession over food or substance, even a focus to abstain, is idolatry. Most addictions have to do with something to ‘taste and feel.’

Above all that, food can be the indulgence of flesh and self by which we lose our destiny and spiritual reward. It’s a serious matter down to this day. Paul said that he ‘buffeted his body.’

Daniel points the way to an open heaven that is the reward.

The Lord Jesus is able to subdue and solve the matter entirely.

But take heed to yourselves and be on your guard, lest your hearts be overburdened and depressed (weighed down) with the giddiness and headache and nausea of self indulgence, drunkenness, and worldly worries and cares…lest that day come upon you suddenly like a trap or a noose.
Luke 21:34 AMPC

Other Devotionals in Rule and Reign Like Daniel Series

#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
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#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 #105 Healed by Solitude #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 Only ONE Reigns in All Power #78 Reverence and Fear of God #77 Human Beings Are Born Worshipers #76 Dying is the Only Way #75 The Test of Worship Will Come #74 They Needed Only to Know HIM