1 Timothy 4:7-8 – “Have nothing to do with godless myths and old wives’ tales; rather, train yourself to be godly. For physical training is of some value, but godliness has value for all things, holding promise for both the present life and the life to come. » (NIV)
Consecration is a master key for lengthening our cords and strengthening our stakes, and especially for growing spiritually. Too many times we want to move forward with God and change things in our lives. But we are so focused on our weaknesses and the areas of our lives that do not give glory to God that we rush into a downward spiral from which we can’t seem to escape.
I think we are considering the problem from the wrong angle. Instead of focusing our attention on our weaknesses and the sins we must avoid, we should focus instead on our attachment to God, and his word. In fact, that is the meaning of true consecration to God.
In the biblical text above, the apostle Paul speaks of godliness, which is reverence, respect, and dedication to God. When he refers to « training yourself », he is talking about submitting to a regular activity to maintain or develop something or oneself.
He makes it clear that practicing godliness will be helpful in this life and in the life to come. Speaking of exercise, I would like to draw your attention to the words, which you may not want to hear.
When we talk about the exercise we talk about discipline, regularity and effort. You should realize that your consecration to God will not happen alone. It will be necessary to add to your faith regularity, discipline and effort.
This is the first full day of fasting. So start training today until it becomes a habit. Strive to develop good habits during this fast that you will keep until the end of your life. Before going further, realize that we will not make it without the help of God’s help.
I encourage you to put these three areas before the Lord today, and to ask Him to help you grow and go further: the constant prayer of a sincere heart (Psalm 51: 10 and 12); hunger and thirst for God, His word and His presence (Psalm 27: 7-8); and finally, complete obedience in every area of your life.
Be sensitive to what God might ask of you during this time of fasting and prayer, and begin to fully experience your dedication to our Lord.
Let’s awaken our determination! « My heart says of you, “Seek his face! ” Your face, Lord, I will seek (Ps. 27:8) God does not move away from us; rather the accumulated obstructions of daily life build up until His face is no longer in the forefront. His promise to us is: « If my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and SEEK MY FACE and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land. » (2 Chron 7:14). Furthermore, the Psalmist wrote « They will receive blessing from the Lord and vindication from God their Savior. Such is the generation of those who seek him, who seek your face, God of Jacob. » (Ps 24:5-6) Finally in Ps. 105:3-4, we read : « Glory in his holy name; let the hearts of those who seek the Lord rejoice. Look to the Lord and his strength; SEEK HIS FACE always. » So my prayer for the Church of God at the start of the Daniel Fast is : « The Lord bless you and keep you; the Lord make his face shine on you and be gracious to you; the Lord turn his face toward you and give you peace. » (Num 24:5-6)