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Sunday, January 13, 2013

Daniel Fast: Day Six

Day Six:

“Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God—this is your true and proper worship. 2 Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will” (Romans 1:2).

This journey for greater grace in my life brings me to Romans 12:1-2. Grace would not be real for me if God's tender mercy had not loved me enough to die for me. But He did, and because of His sacrifice mercy has covered my sins with His grace. His mercy brought me forgiveness, and His grace brings the power to transform my life. In view of His tender mercy, I choose to offer myself today as a living sacrifice. I choose for my mind to be renewed, and I choose to live in righteousness (Ephesians 4:23-24). I must remember that obedience is greater than sacrifice. An obedient heart is one that chooses to sacrifice self out of love and commitment because of His sacrifice. No sacrifice of mine can ever be as great as His sacrifice.

Ephesians 4:23 (KJV) tells me I must “be renewed in the spirit of your mind”. Romans 12:2 (NIV) instructs “be transformed by the renewing of your mind”. Obedience is a decision that I make, and in return He brings His power to transform and renew my thoughts and my desires. It is my choice to “put on the new self, created to be like God in true righteousness and holiness” Ephesians 4:24 NIV).

“So don’t lose a minute,” Peter encourages, “in building on what you’ve been given, complementing your basic faith with good character, spiritual understanding, alert discipline, passionate patience, reverent wonder, warm friendliness, and generous love, each dimension fitting into and developing the others. With these qualities active and growing in your lives, no grass will grow under your feet, no day will pass without its reward as you mature in your experience of our Master Jesus. Without these qualities you can’t see what’s right before you, oblivious that your old sinful life has been wiped off the books” (1 Peter 1: 5-9, The Message).

Today I seek these qualities, Lord. I put of my new self, and you bring your power to renew and transform what I am never able to do. To change me. To mold me. To recreate me into what ever you desire.

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