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Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Daniel Fast: Day Eight

Day Eight:

I have discovered a promise! Sin will not be master over me! “You have been set free from sin,” I read this morning, “and have become slaves to righteousness. No longer slaves to sin, but to slaves to his holiness” (Romans 6:18). It is true that where sin increases, grace increases more.

The only true freedom I can ever know will be found in Him. “If the Son therefore shall make you free, ye shall be free indeed” (John 8:36, KJV). I love the King James Version that says “free indeed”. Other versions say “through and through”. If He has freed me from sin, then I am FREED from sin. It is a complete work....not partial, but a finished work, but His work in me will always be one of obedience and perseverance. “Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything” (James 1:4, NASV). Continually growing in His grace, I will not lack. What has been true in the spiritual realm is now true in the physical. My deliverance has been appropriated by faith in Him who saved me from myself! I have discovered the depth, and every day shall continue to discover, the depth and power of His grace!

“Sin didn’t, and doesn’t, have a chance in competition with the aggressive forgiveness we call grace. When it’s sin versus grace, grace wins hands down. All sin can do is threaten us with death, and that’s the end of it. Grace, because God is putting everything together again through the Messiah, invites us into life—a life that goes on and on and on, world without end” (Romans 5:20b-21 MSG),

My deliverance is found in the redemptive work of His grace, and that grace is discovered through obedience, His Word-studied and applied, prayer, and the power of His indwelling Spirit. These shall always prevail through ANY battle so I might stand strong in Him against any threat... in order that I may be a minister of His grace to others. “He has made us competent as ministers of a new covenant—not of the letter but of the Spirit; for the letter kills, but the Spirit gives life” (2 Corinthians 3:6, NIV).

Lord, I can't impart your life, if I don't have your life. I shall desire your grace more than my own life. Make each day an obedient journey into your heart and into your Word. Help me, Lord, to make prayerful lifestyle choices that will always keep and help me stand strong in the miracle of your grace. Amen.

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