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Day 1: Consecration

What we see in this Scripture is that our act of CONSECRATION draws us nearer to God, and as we draw near to Him, He will likewise draw near to us.

Merriam-Webster defines consecration as “the act of being dedicated to a sacred purpose.” One of the purposes of the 21-Day Daniel Fast is to devote the First Fruits of our year to God–this act signifies our dedication of our entire year to Him for the sacred purpose of fulfilling His will for our lives.

Think back over the last year and ponder what you’ve done, said, thought, etc–is there anything you wish you had done differently? Is there a time in the last year you wish you had to put God first in your day, week, month, even year? When God goes first, we know that ‘no weapon formed against us shall prosper.’ (Is. 54:17) And we know that He will order our steps. It’s important to remember, though, that the act of CONSECRATION will require something of us, and the Fast is one of the ways we can re-focus our minds and hearts on Christ. James tells us:

Draw near to God and He will draw near to you. Cleanse your hands, you sinners; and purify your hearts, you double-minded….Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord and He will lift you up.

James 4:8,10 (NKJV)

What we see in this Scripture is that our act of CONSECRATION draws us nearer to God, and as we draw near to Him, He will likewise draw near to us. By ‘cleansing our hands’ and ‘purifying our hearts,’ we can, then strengthen our relationship with Almighty God; and as we begin to draw closer to Him, we begin to walk more in step with the Holy Spirit.

Prayer for the Day:

Lord, sanctify me; I need You. Nothing else will satisfy me. Fill me with the Holy Spirit today. I want to be baptized in the Spirit. I want to walk in the Spirit. I want to talk in the Spirit. I want to live in the Spirit. I’m tired of living in the same way as everyone else; I want to be different from the everyday. I’m coming up higher after You, and as I draw closer to You, as I seek you, Lord, draw closer to me. In Jesus Name, amen.