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Day 3: Strength

…it requires your flesh to take a back seat to the things of God. When you begin to do that, your flesh cries out from a place of weakness because, let’s face it, your flesh likes to be in charge.

I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.

Philippians 4:13 NKJV

On day three of our 21 Day Daniel Fast, you’ve probably had a headache or two; you’ve likely felt weak once or twice; you’ve likely had mood swings. All of this is a normal part of the consecration process. You see, day one’s consecration is a process that requires a “crucifixion” of the flesh–it requires your flesh to take a back seat to the things of God. When you begin to do that, your flesh cries out from a place of weakness because, let’s face it, your flesh likes to be in charge.

It’s important to remember that your spirit (and the Holy Spirit inside of you) is always at war with your flesh, and many times, flesh ends up winning. But when you begin to tell the flesh what it’s going to do, your spirit man begins to win. While you focus on spiritual growth, the flesh begins to grow weak, but this gives Jesus an opportunity to show His strength as He works to sustain you. All things are possible with Him, but it’s only when we admit to ourselves that we don’t have the strength to do His will without Him that we ultimately learn the truth of the weakness of the flesh. As your flesh and spirit face off these next three weeks, remember Phil. 4:13 above. Make it your banner statement through this time of prayer and fasting; allow your spirit to grow closer to God and, by default, stronger; this time of spiritual growth will also make your faith stronger as you begin to see God’s miraculous hand work in your life, and in the lives of those around you.

Prayer for the Day:

Lord, I’m Yours. Oh, I need thee every hour. I really need thee. I offer you my weakness, “for your strength is made perfect in my weakness…” (2 Corinthians 12:9). Empower me to stay strong through the physical challenge of the Fast and to grow stronger in my faith. All I need is You. You alone are my Strength, O God. Thank You, Lord Jesus that You are touched with the feeling of my infirmities. You see the struggles in my life, and You know how they have shaken me. They’ve not shaken You, Lord. Free me from every fear, every limitation, from drawing back, from intimidation. You are my Peace, my Strength. In Jesus Name, amen.