As we embark on this sacred journey of the Daniel Fast, I am filled with gratitude for the commitment and zeal that each one of you has shown. Today marks the completion of our third day, and I am excited to share some reflections and words of encouragement with you.
Our theme for today is rooted in the powerful scripture found in Romans 2:6 (NIV), which declares, "God 'will repay each person according to what they have done.'" As we commit to the Daniel Fast, we are not merely abstaining from certain foods; we are engaging in a spiritual discipline that requires faithfulness and perseverance.
Faithfulness is a virtue that resonates deeply with the essence of our commitment to the Daniel Fast. It is the steadfastness to endure, the unwavering commitment to the path set before us, and the trust that God sees and honors our sacrifices. Romans 2:6 serves as a timely reminder that our actions, including our commitment to the Daniel Fast, do not go unnoticed by our Heavenly Father.
In these initial days of the fast, you may find yourself facing challenges – physical, emotional, and spiritual. You may be tempted to compromise or doubt the significance of your sacrifice. However, let me encourage you with the truth that every act of faithfulness, no matter how seemingly small, is seen and cherished by God.
As we navigate the Daniel Fast, let us keep our eyes fixed on the ultimate goal: drawing closer to God and seeking His will for our lives. Just as Daniel and his companions stood firm in their commitment to God despite the challenges they faced, we too can find strength in our faithfulness.
Consider the words of the apostle Paul in Galatians 6:9 (NIV): "Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up." Your commitment to the Daniel Fast is a noble and good work. God sees your effort, your sacrifices, and your dedication.
In moments of weariness, turn to prayer and seek the Lord's strength. Remember that our journey is not in vain, and God's promises are sure. The 21-day commitment to the Daniel Fast is a symbolic journey of faithfulness, and as we persist, we can trust that God is faithful to fulfill His promises.
Let us press on together, Center Church family, with unwavering faithfulness, knowing that our labor in the Lord is never in vain. May the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you all as you continue in this sacred journey.
In His service,
Pastor Clark Ortiz
Center Church, Pharr, Texas