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Friday, January 11, 2013

Daniel Fast: Day Four

Day Four:

“What shall we say, then? Shall we go on sinning so that grace may increase? By no means! We died to sin; how can we live in it any longer? Or don't you know that all of us who were baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death? We were therefore buried with him through baptism into death in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, we too may live a new life. If we have been united with him like this in his death, we will certainly also be united with him in his resurrection. For we know that our old self was crucified with him so that the body of sin might be done away with, that we should no longer be slaves to sin—because anyone who has died has been freed from sin” (Romans 6:1-7).

"Lord. I pray to discover depths that will help me on this journey to greater understand the power of your grace, and to grasp the miracle of your sacrifice."

To spiritually know grace is be one with its power. Christ has taken the sin that plagues to the grave, and buried its power to control! Just as Jesus was raised from the dead, now I am raised from spiritual death, and able to live my life (Romans 6:4). Sin’s ability to control my life has been brought under the power of Christ’s grace.

I have to face an area this morning. The Daniel Fast, which promotes a simple diet, hits right in my area of struggle. The Holy Spirit wants me to be honest with you in this struggle. No one wants to lay out their battles for others to see, but I know where His spirit is, there is freedom to be honest. I struggle with eating healthy. Overeating has been a battle far too long. But I remember this morning where sin increases, His grace increases all the more.

Now I have to face the reason. The Holy Spirit has shown me that a person who struggles with any addiction (for that is what sin is) hasn’t experienced the depths and the complete power of the grace of Jesus. I may understand in my mind that Jesus can set me free, but I must face the fact that I don’t understand in my heart that all things are possible with God.

I want to discover greater power of His resurrection… that power that raised Him from death into new life. I want to grow in His grace until I truly understand that this battle has been crucified with Him….until I know that I am no longer a slave to this struggle. I want to die to myself because I know that if I do, I shall be freed from this battle.

This will be my journey that I will share through the coming days of this fast, and I believe with every fiber of my being that, as I study His Word, I will learn the power of His grace to “choose life”. Do you have a battle? He gives you the ability to “choose life”. Just like it is for me, it is a choice, and the power of His grace can set us free.

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