Yesterday we gathered together in our fellowship hall to start on our journey to better living and become Daniel Strong. Our first day was great, but we missed our friends that have already left for the north. Please know that you all were with us in our prayers. While you are away along with using your study guide, you can copy and paste this link to watch the video that goes along with our lesson. https://www.youtube.com/watchv=Tg6YkSi4Q&list=PLqQ01vSiF7aTMQlb7u64WIEifzM2DZXmv
This will allow you to share a part of what you missed. I said part, because one of the main ideas of the Daniel Plan is community. In fact I hope you can recruit a friend or your partner to participate with you. It says in Ecclesiastes 4:9 “Two are better than one because they have a good return for their labor.” During our lesson we were challenged by Pastor Warren to pair up this coming week so that you can use this time to share in each other’s praises and progress. Hopefully everyone will also be sharing new recipes and fitness tips; also by letting us know, in what ways you have felt God working in your life, right here on the comment section at the end of each blog. This way we will be working in community as the body of Christ, whether you are here or up north.
At the beginning of this blog I said we need to become Daniel Strong, and that lead me to wonder how I can help us to do that. First of all when I think about Daniel some very important things come to mind, he never stopped obeying and praying to our Lord. As a young man he resolved not to eat the food the King wanted him to because it would defile him in God’s sight. And when a King sent out a decree that anyone who prayed to any man or god other than the King would be thrown to the lions, Daniel still went on praying to the one and only God our Lord even if it meant his death. Daniel knew that it was important to eat in a way that was honoring to God’s temple, his body. And that it was important to pray and spend time with the Lord every day, no matter what the human cost would be. That my friend is how to become Daniel Strong.
We need to follow Daniel’s lead and work to increase our relationship with God, to put more power in our prayers, and more honor in our care of God’s temple. We are lucky that we live where we do and that there is no King standing in the way of us praying or eating to please the Lord, the only thing standing in our way of course is us. If you are like me, we have tried to do what is right with food before, and promised to spend more time with God, but life gets the better of us; and that is why it is hard to have faith that this time is going to be different. Pastor Warren said “Before you can make any healthy changes in your life, you must first believe those changes are possible.”
So how do we build up our faith in ourselves? By immersing ourselves in God’s holy word; we learned in our study guide that “God’s word provides important tools for overcoming obstacles in our lives.” My cravings and attitudes about food and dieting have been very large obstacles for me. I have tried to eat less, but it wasn’t until I really asked God to be in this with me, did I start to see a change in myself. Jesus said in Matthew 9:29 “According to your faith let it be done to you.” I have been writing this blog to all of you for the past week and I am not sure if it has been of any help to any of you, but for me, I have felt closer to God than I have in a long time, and I know that I am going to be successful this time!
Pick up your Bible, spend some time alone and ask God what He would like you to learn about yourself. I bet you will be surprised by how much He loves you, and wants you to succeed too!
Prayer of the Day
“Dear Father, thank You for Your faith in us, even when we don’t have faith in ourselves. Come to us and help us to control our cravings and give us a love for the wholesome foods that are a blessing from You, we pray this in Jesus’ name. Amen."