Thursday 2 March 2023

Believers' Prayer Meeting with The Saint | R 15 W 5 D 4.

Welcome to The Upper Room. So glad and delight you came.

Happy Ninth Day of the Lenten Season. 

We continue with our meditations in The Book of Daniel. We are presently on verses 2 and 3 of Chapter 10, The Daniel Fast. It reads, 

"In those days I, Daniel, was mourning for three full weeks. I ate no pleasant food, no meat or wine came into my mouth, nor did I anoint myself at all, till three whole weeks were fulfilled."

All the types of fasting we have referenced so far are classified as intermittent fasting. Why? For obvious reasons. We don't fast every and all the days of our lives. We fast and break. Quite obviously. Right? We already noted the limitation of our abstinence from food and water.

Having said that, it is worth noting there is also something known as the fasted life, lifestyle-oriented fasting. This respects the limitations of our abstinence from food and water and focuses on the intent rather than the religion itself.

The intent of fasting, as we have earlier shared, includes first and foremost the right positioning of our heart to seek God. This can be for the intent of worship, supplication, consecration, etc. The fasting works an end. Take the end away and fasting is a mere form, of religion without power and substance.

This parallels the Law and its intent. The law was to produce Christ in us. It was not for the mere observance, but for the person, it is supposed to produce in us. The Law failed for it was made powerless by the sin that was already born in us. 

Rather than the Law pointing us to Christ, it pointed us to the very sin it was supposed to deliver us from. The Law of focus took its toil on us. That which it made us conscious of became magnified in our eyes and consciousness that it took a hold of us.

This is perfected and illustrated in Genesis 3:6. It reads,

"So when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, that it was pleasant to the eyes, and a tree desirable to make one wise, she took of its fruit and ate. She also gave to her husband with her, and he ate." 

Can you see the transition in consciousness? She understood the tree was good for food, that consciousness enticed her eyes, and then her emotions. Is that not how fornication and adultery progress? What about every type of sin?

God had to achieve the end through another strategy. Thus He introduced Himself, LOVE. Love is the end of the Law, for it accomplishes that which the Law could not. Not that God abolished the Law, but that He accomplished it via The Perfect Law of Life.

Happy Lenten Season.

Let us pray.

The Saint.

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