Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Falling at times BUT rising again

I admit this Fast has been hard for me..
But Somehow i feel it hasn't been Just Hard for ME. I believe its been hard for several of us.
SO i'm confessing that yesterday i broke my fast.. Booo me.
Since i'm doing a Daniel Fast some of the exclusions are sweets and meats... exactly what i ate.

But somehow in the mist of my failure, i didn't feel condemned. I felt sorrow for failing but not condemnation.
I did begin Fasting again today.
I want to Finish this Fast.

I confess this because i want to share what i felt God speak to me when i failed..

So i'm sitting there eating some fried chicken and i'm thinking "this is so good!!!! The seasoning, the extra crispy outside.. Delicious"

Then i heard... "when you abstain from possessions, ideas, and deeds that YOU desire to do, what i have in store for you is greater than whatever satisfaction you can get for doing what you desire and getting what you desire on your own"

Psalm 34:8 (NIV)
Taste and see that the Lord is good;
    blessed is the man who takes refuge in him

Taste and see that the Lord is good...

He truly is.
Why do I share this?

I believe that many of us have stumbled and failed and some of those few have quit and gave up on trying to Finish this Fast..
Can i encourage you?

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Proverbs 24:15 & 16 (NIV)
Do not lie in wait like an outlaw against a righteous man’s house,

    do not raid his dwelling place;
16 For though a righteous man falls seven times, he rises again,

    but the wicked are brought down by calamity

Yes their will be people who will have something to say to make you feel less of a Christian.. (some of those might even be our brothers and sisters in Christ!! Yikes!) some people are just waiting for you to fall and fail to cause calamity and hurl accusations at you.
But remember we aren't saved BY WORKS but BY GRACE Through FAITH!...

If your gonna quit doing something quit listening to them..
Get back up on your feet and Dust yourself off from the dirt off the floor.
And finish your Fast. Finish your race. Finish it Well.
You may fall, you may even fail everyday! But a Righteous man (or woman) Doesn't stay down, WE RISE AGAIN!! 

Because

Romans 8:1 & 3 (NIV)

Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus, because through Christ Jesus the law of the Spirit of life set me free from the law of sin and death.

Lets Rise again and Finish this part of our race well knowing there is no Condemnation for those who are in Christ..


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