Devotionals


#20 Daniel Looked to God Alone


Daniel stands for this: that no one could change his ‘name.’ Daniel remained who he was in a place that opposed who he was, would change him into what he was not. Neither praise nor attack moved Daniel. God is … Continue reading

#19 Identity is Crucial to Live for God


Daniel he called Belteshazzar… But Daniel resolved that he would not defile himself… Daniel 1:7, 8 ESV If the enemy can superimpose a ‘name’ on you, you have left “God is my judge.” And you have become who you are … Continue reading

#18 Daniel: God Is My Judge


Daniel’s name means God is my judge. The issue of your ‘name’ is the concept of your essential being by which you live. God has His own name for us all. And to live out of your in-God-identity, you must … Continue reading

#17 Uniqueness Comes from God


The world could not define Daniel and so…could not touch him, capture him or change him. If there is any love of the world in you, you will take on its low name and its base habits. Uniqueness comes from … Continue reading

#16 The Choice to Remain God’s


But Daniel resolved… And God gave Daniel favor and compassion… Daniel 1:8, 9 ESV Daniel’s choice was resolve, strong enough to take a risk. God’s favor always follows the choice to remain His, and that is—to be who He has … Continue reading

#15 God Will Reveal Himself Through Us


Daniel existed for God, and he lived to “show that the God of Israel, the only God, is in control of the destiny of all nations” (Spirit-filled Life Bible commentary on the Book of Daniel). Your very life demonstrates God or denies … Continue reading

#14 Daniel Was a Royal Son


Then the king ordered Ashpenaz, the chief of his officials, to bring in some of the sons of Israel, including some of the royal family and of the nobles… Daniel 1:3 NASB Secretly, meekly, Daniel was fiercely Daniel. He needed … Continue reading

#13 Defend Your Identity Like Daniel


But we belong to God, and those who know God listen to us. If they do not belong to God, they do not listen to us. That is how we know if someone has the Spirit of truth or the … Continue reading

#12 Story of Daniel, Not Belteshazzar


Several of the finest young Jewish men (without defect) were chosen to serve in the king’s court. Daniel was one. The king put them in a school of the Chaldeans’ language and literature. Babylon sought to absorb them into its … Continue reading

#11 We Can Flourish Under Pressure


Babylon was a nation of false gods and Daniel was sent into the center of this idolatry. His absolute loyalty to God alone grew and flourished in the midst of this terrible pressure. Daniel is the full picture of a … Continue reading

#10 Blind to the Crisis of Idolatry


Every difficulty is about idolatry. Greed is about idolatry. Greed is the evidence of idolatry. Disloyalty is about idolatry. On and on. The essence of every life is only this: who is really your God? We ever are blind to … Continue reading

#9 Given What They Chose: Babylon


So Babylon was allowed to absorb Israel into its worldly values and heathen culture. AND to its gods. That is always the intent of the ‘world system,’ to take you to the foot of its false god. God’s people were … Continue reading

#8 The Capture of Israel and Loss of Identity


Israel refused to belong to God and began to belong to the world, which is to say, God’s enemy. If you choose to mix with and live by the world, you will have its characteristic, its mindset…and its god. Israel … Continue reading

#7 Identity is Everything and We Must Know It


Israel did not treasure her IDENTITY as a people belonging to Jehovah. The people and the leaders mixed with heathens, adopted their gods, and above all, failed to heed the voice of God. Identity is everything. It’s how you perceive … Continue reading

#6 Our Identity is Found in God


Israel was to live in vital relationship with God, from which they derived their very existence. our Identity is found in God Your identity is not who you are in yourself. Who you belong to identifies your being and is who … Continue reading

#5 Nebuchadnezzar at God’s Hand


The Most High sent Israel and Judah into captivity to rescue His people from their sin and idolatry, to restore them to Himself. They were there in Babylon at God’s hand, not the capture of an invading king. Their capture … Continue reading

#4 The Almighty Reigns in the Government of God


(Reading Daniel 1:1-6 NASB) Babylon’s king ordered that the best young men of Israel to be trained to serve in the king’s court including some of “the royal family and of the nobles.” They were chosen as “youth in whom was … Continue reading

#3 Daniel’s Government Was Out of Heaven


Daniel’s ruling government was out of Heaven, and he was not subject to the heathen government of a foreign tyrant. It appears that Babylon’s kings could only honor and reward him. Daniel 2:46 ESV Then King Nebuchadnezzar fell upon his … Continue reading

#2 Living Above the Fray in Heaven’s Rule


Daniel endured always above the fray. So he held and wielded enormous power on the earth. He lived in the view of God as Ruler: absolute, unchallenged. And because Daniel believed it, he brought Heaven’s Rule into the earthly government … Continue reading

#1 The Rule of Heaven is a Different Government


Daniel lived in a different government than the one he served. His Government ruled utterly the government under which he was imprisoned. For Daniel, ‘it is Heaven that rules’ (Daniel 4:26). This he believed without waver or doubt. The rule of … Continue reading

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