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Thursday, January 10, 2013

Daniel Fast: Day Three

Day Three:

Is it really possible for me to have a heart of spiritual flesh which God can mold? It is His promise to me (Ezekiel 36:26). I am a new creature in Christ, and the old is buried (Romans 6:3-4). But sometimes there are areas that I battle, and must give to the Lord on a daily basis. Perhaps you also have an area where you need to be renewed in your heart and mind. “You were taught,” Paul writes, “with regard to your former way of life, to put off your old self, which is being corrupted by its deceitful desires; to be made new in the attitude of your minds; and to put on the new self, created to be like God in true righteousness and holiness” (Ephesians 4;22-24).

Each time we lose a battle, the victory of the enemy becomes greater, and our ability to break free becomes less. How you we break out of this cycle that seems to have no end? How do we not only win the battle, but win the war? The answer is found in His Word, “It will not return to me empty, but will accomplish what I desire and achieve the purpose for which I sent it” (Isaiah 55:11). The Word is our weapon against the enemy! “The weapons we fight with are not the weapons of the world. On the contrary, they have divine power to demolish strongholds” II Corinthians 10:4). That area that I battle is sin and sin is a stronghold. The power to annihilate it is found in the Word of God.

There is a powerful promise in Romans 5:20b! “Where sin increased, grace increased all the more.” To be released from the bondage of my past, I have to know grace. Not just to have a mental conception of it. But KNOW it in my heart! What an incredible promise. No matter what I fight, He has overcome it by His grace. No matter what that area of my stony heart, His power breaks the hardness. In that moment His redemptive grace brings the power to heal, renew, and set me free.

Lord Jesus, in the next few days as I explore your amazing promise found in the power of grace, I ask for a heart that will not just know it in my mind, but have a heart completely renewed by it. I long to be renewed in the spirit of my mind, and transformed by the power in your Word. Your Word is life, and all I need so that your promise of a new heart will be real every day of my life. Lord Jesus, I pray for all others that seek your promises in your Word. Holy Spirit reveal the depths of your grace until we are forever changed. I give you myself.... again... today, Lord, trusting and believing that where sin increases, grace increases even more. In Jesus' name.

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