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Saturday, January 12, 2013

Daniel Fast: Day Five

Day Five:

To spiritually know grace is be one with its power. To spiritually know grace faith must grow. For faith to grow I must trust in His power to stand strong IN me more than my lack of ability to stand strong. He has taken whatever battle rages to the grave, and has given me grace instead of the grave.

For strong faith to be real in a my life, the seed of His Word must first be planted, then nourished through study and prayer. Then as knowledge of His grace grows through greater faith, I am able to put down deep-seated roots that will anchor me. I must always remember that Christ didn't save in my perfection. He saved me in my brokenness. I must sacrifice my will and desires and seek His. As I grow in His grace, the power of that grace increases. When I yield my brokenness, my weakness, and myself to Him daily, I discover that in Him all things are possible.

We will always face temptation, but it is what we do with that temptation which reveals if we have died to self-will. It is what we do that reveals our allegiance. If we succumb to sin from which we have been saved, then we will not grow in grace and faith. Our growth will have become stagnant. We will have broken the allegiance that gives us power to stand strong.

Knowledge of the Word of God sets me free (John 8:32). Maybe we haven’t experienced that freedom, because mind-over-matter doesn’t work. Only spiritual knowledge and the grace of God has the ability to release us. Spiritual knowledge imparts wisdom. James says about wisdom, “If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you. But when you ask, you must believe and not doubt, because the one who doubts is like a wave of the sea, blown and tossed by the wind. That person should not expect to receive anything from the Lord. Such a person is double-minded and unstable in all they do” (James 1:5-8). His wisdom is necessary for spiritual growth. As we seek to know the Word, we identify with the Word, and experience this wisdom. Faith increases, and temptation loses its grasp. But we must not doubt! We must believe that that His ability is greater than what we can't accomplish.

I want to be stable in all my ways. I want to be rock-solid and continually consistent. I want to be strong with something suddenly happens which makes me upset, angry, hurt, tempted, bitter, jealous, or unforgiving. I want to be controlled by His power, and not controlled by my lack of control.

Whether we are new or old believers with something that plagues our lives, there is promise of new life. Be open to the grace and faith of Jesus revealed in His Word. The power to set us free is there. It is real, and it waits.

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