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Day 4: Sanctify Yourself

His presence is the only thing that can bring peace, joy and hope into our lives, but sin and distractions drive a wedge between us and the Presence.

One of the physical and spiritual benefits of the 21 Day Daniel Fast is that it will cause you to sanctify yourself, or rather allow God to sanctify you, spiritually–you’ll want to remove things that separate you from God and focus on Him–and it will, by nature of being fruit and vegetables, cause your body to detox and become healthier. There are many things that can draw us away from God or separate us from God; maybe for you, it’s TV or work or something else. It’s important to sanctify our lives, though, so that we can walk in God’s presence constantly; His presence is the only thing that can bring peace, joy and hope into our lives, but sin and distractions drive a wedge between us and the Presence.

So it was, after three days, that the officers went through the camp, and they commanded the people, saying, “When you see the ark of the covenant of the Lord your God, and the priests, the Levites, bearing it, then you shall set out from your place and go after it. Yet there shall be a space between you and it, about two thousand cubits by measure. Do not come near it that you may know the way by which you must go, for you have not passed this way before.” And Joshua said to the people, “Sanctify yourselves, for tomorrow the Lord will do wonders among you”

Joshua 3:2-5 NKJV

Now as Christians, we have things a bit easier than the ancient Israelites. In 1 Corinthians 1:30, we read that Jesus “became for us…sanctification.” This means that we no longer have to worry about sanctifying ourselves, but it’s Christ in us who will sanctify us by His blood and the work of the Cross. As Christ’s work of sanctification works in us, though, we must put Him first and put flesh under His command. During the fast, we can all help the work of sanctification take root in our lives by focusing on the things of God–watch less TV, read more Word; spend less time on the phone and more time with God. These will help you to grow spiritually in ways you didn’t even think possible.

Prayer for the Day:

Thank You, Lord. God, I ask that you sanctify me as I push back my plate and as I pull away from the TV and read Your Word during this period of fasting. Cut off the works of the flesh. Cut them off so I can be used for Your glory. I seek Your face. I’m hungry for You. Lord, I want to feel conviction again. I need to raise my standard. Convict me of it. I lay down, “Every weight that does so easily beset me” (Hebrews 12:1). I need Your touch. I’m coming after You. There’s a dream in me. There’s a call for my life. I’m going for it. In Jesus Name, amen.