As I said, Daniel was very devout in his religious practices. He made it a priority to worship God and follow the laws and customs of his faith. Because he was so devout, he was very close to God and he had great Faith (complete trust).
When we practice our faith, we draw closer to God. Does this mean that we can obtain salvation through systematic religious beliefs and practices? No, we are saved by the grace of God. What is grace? Grace is defined as an unmerited gift. Something that is completely undeserved.
John 3:16 is probably one of the first verse of Scripture we learn as a child. “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.” This one verse summarizes Christian doctrine. We are saved by grace through faith (a firm belief in something for which there is no proof).
Ephesians 2:8&9 tells us “8For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God— 9not by works, so that no one can boast.” If this is the case, how do you explain that James 2:20 tells us that faith without good deeds is useless. Does this mean that our faith without action is worthless? Is James telling us that we can’t be saved unless we perform good works?
It is easy to be confused here. First, let me be very clear here, we cannot earn our salvation. I believe the Bible is ver...
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...t; hatred, discord, jealousy, fits of rage, selfish ambition, dissensions, factions 21and envy; drunkenness, orgies, and the like.”
Faith without works is dead, or as Jesus said it, “a tree is known by its fruit.” Practicing our faith through humble acts of service, worshiping, prayer, and studying the Word nourishes our relationship with the Holy Spirit and makes it harder for sin to take root in our lives. The stronger our relationship with the Holy Spirit becomes the more the world will see Jesus in us.
Daniel put his fait into action. He was faithful in prayer and worship and he was faithful in how he treated his fellow man. Daniel had a close personal relationship God and he was blessed because of it. But we have to remember that Daniel was blessed by God not because Daniel was perfect, but because he faithfully sought a personal relationship with his Creator.
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