Daniel in Lions Den

#55 The Work of Faith

Posted: Sunday, June 14th, 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

Faith is two things: a work and a gift.

First, the work of faith. Humanly, we will achieve rather than believe. We strive externally instead of working internally. We are people of the visible and we avoid the secret work.

In John 6:22, Jesus fed the 5000 (in Tiberias) and the people were astounded. Jesus knew they wanted to “seize Him and make Him king.” So He went away to the mountain by Himself. The crowd pursued Him with great enthusiasm. They found Him in Capernaum.

But Jesus exposed their motive: “You are seeking Me, not because you saw signs, but because you ate your fill of the loaves.” The people wanted to use Jesus for their own needs. Their basic need? Food.

Wanting God to be my servant and meet my needs so I can have ease and fullness, this is merely human. But the goal of mere personal fulfillment leads to ultimate emptiness and hunger that cannot be satisfied. We were created to please God. He does not exist to be used by us for selfish ends.

The Lord would be received – not ruled.

When times are hard, we want God for sheer survival, but that is to make Him my servant, instead of my being His servant. And Jesus patiently wanted to move the people to the eternal first. In that realm, all is provided – including bread.

Do not work for the food that perishes, but for the food that endures to eternal life…
John 6:27 ESV

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 #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 (Currently Viewing)
#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!