THRIVE: Pressing in and Pressing forward to accomplish what is most important!

So with tomorrow being Friday how are you going to live out your today? Are you over the hump of Wednesday and coasting? Are you flying because Wednesday was a ramp and you are pressing in and pressing forward towards the goal for the glory of God? Are you focused? Are you prioritizing things so that what is most important is getting done? Let’s pause and consider the prioritization quadrant for a moment.

Urgent vs Important

or another way to look at it would be

So, tomorrow is Friday so consider the things pulling for your time and let’s press in and press forward to accomplish what needs to be done now and plan for the things that will need to get done. Let’s choose to not be distracted by the things that aren’t important, especially those that aren’t important but are coming at you like they are in crisis.

As I reflect on things on my plate I see family things, like celebrating my daughter’s graduation including a party planned for tomorrow. I also see calling things like prepping the final details for camp to bless a bunch of teenage girls that are coming up soon. I also see a huge project for work with many tasks that need to get done. There are some things that are needing me to action today. There are some things that I need to plan out today. There are some things that I need to say no to and others that I will need to delegate.

How about you? What are you pressing in on? What are you pressing forward on? How are you prioritizing all the things pulling at your time?

Let’s choose to thrive for the glory of God!


Today’s Verse of the Day:

‘Those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires. ‘

Galatians 5:24

Today’s post from Be The Dads is Just For Dads: Be A Positive Christian Role Model – Day 15

So where are you at today? What is it that you are facing? What is it that you need to prioritize? What is it that you need to evaluate? What detour has entered the picture? What will you do? Where will you turn? How will you respond? Invite Jesus into your heart! Invite Jesus into the situation! Ask the Holy Spirit for wisdom and discernment to help you decide and move forward for the glory of God!

If you pray today’s prayer with me feel free to let me know so I can pray with you and for you too. (If you don’t feel comfortable leaving a comment then you can always try email.

Let’s Pray!

Prayer Of Salvation
"Oh Father God, I believe with all of my heart that Jesus died on the cross for my sake and has risen from the dead. Lord, I receive Your Word and I repent of my sins. I renounce the past. Come into my heart, Lord Jesus. I receive my forgiveness. I receive the new birth, cleansed and washed in the Word and in the precious blood of Jesus. Fill me with Your Spirit, in Jesus' name. Amen."

Is the stress you are feeling because you have a problem loosening your grip?

Are you so focused on owning it all that you aren’t delegating things that aren’t central to your leadership role? Are you wanting to do it all even though the burden is too large for one person? Are you taking on more responsibilities than you should? Are you missing the opportunity to bless others by allowing them to use and develop and grow the gifts they have been given and in so doing frustrating yourself because they are never doing their part?

Train them up in the way they should go and when they get older they won’t depart from it. Don’t keep doing it for them. Teach them. Rather than giving them a fish, teach them to fish. Help given them a life skill they will be able to use for the rest of their lives. Ask God to reveal their gifts to you so that you can help them develop it and become good stewards of it. Help them to learn how to produce good fruits in and they it.

Remember what Jesus offers us: “28“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. 29Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. 30For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.”” — Matthew 11:28-30

Do you think you are to busy for rest? Do you think you are too important for rest? Do you think you are to critical for rest?

Remember what God did on day 7? If it is good enough for God who is the busiest, who is the most important, and who is the most critical was able to give us the examples of needing to rest, the. We need to take hold of that truth and purpose to make it a part of our lives and schedules. Be it Jesus getting away from the crowds in order to focus on the Father. Be it God after doing good work took time to rest on the seventh day. We need to make time to rest and refresh by spending quiet time with God.

Don’t worry!

25“Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothes? 26Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? 27Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life? 28“And why do you worry about clothes? See how the flowers of the field grow. They do not labor or spin. 29Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these. 30If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, will he not much more clothe you-you of little faith? 31So do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ 32For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. 33But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. 34Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.

Matthew 6:25-34

This is a time of rest and refreshing, a time to hear from God in order to return inspired and refreshed, prepared and focused, with plans and purpose when I come back. The regular devotional will resume when I am done here.

  • What is your central leadership role?
  • What does that mean you should keep?
  • What does that mean you should share?
  • What are the gifts and talents others have that you can help them develop and grow so as to produce good fruits?

Don’t try to carry it all on your own!

None of us were created to go it alone! None of us were setup to do it all by ourselves! That’s why we have one another! Are you willing to look out for the good of others? Are you willing to speak up? Are you willing to speak out? That’s why there are people in our lives who will speak truth in love after seeing how we are living in order to help. Are you willing to allow others to help? Are you willing to give up some control? Are you willing to delegate?

Dear brothers and sisters, if another believer is overcome by some sin, you who are godly should gently and humbly help that person back onto the right path. And be careful not to fall into the same temptation yourself. Share each other’s burdens, and in this way obey the law of Christ. If you think you are too important to help someone, you are only fooling yourself. You are not that important. Pay careful attention to your own work, for then you will get the satisfaction of a job well done, and you won’t need to compare yourself to anyone else. For we are each responsible for our own conduct. Those who are taught the word of God should provide for their teachers, sharing all good things with them. Don’t be misled—you cannot mock the justice of God. You will always harvest what you plant. Those who live only to satisfy their own sinful nature will harvest decay and death from that sinful nature. But those who live to please the Spirit will harvest everlasting life from the Spirit. So let’s not get tired of doing what is good. At just the right time we will reap a harvest of blessing if we don’t give up. Therefore, whenever we have the opportunity, we should do good to everyone—especially to those in the family of faith. notice what large letters i use as i write these closing words in my own handwriting. Those who are trying to force you to be circumcised want to look good to others. They don’t want to be persecuted for teaching that the cross of Christ alone can save. And even those who advocate circumcision don’t keep the whole law themselves. They only want you to be circumcised so they can boast about it and claim you as their disciples. As for me, may I never boast about anything except the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ. Because of that cross, my interest in this world has been crucified, and the world’s interest in me has also died. It doesn’t matter whether we have been circumcised or not. What counts is whether we have been transformed into a new creation. May God’s peace and mercy be upon all who live by this principle; they are the new people of God. From now on, don’t let anyone trouble me with these things. For I bear on my body the scars that show I belong to Jesus. Dear brothers and sisters, may the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with your spirit. Amen.

–from Galatians 6:1-18

Today’s reading takes this from the leadership and delegation side…Work with God and figure out who you can ask to step up and help. Work with God to help you find people who have integrity, honesty, who fear and trust God, and who are capable. Who could be part of managing the different parts, the different areas, the thousands, hundreds, fifties, and tens. Let them deal with the smaller items so that you can focus on the bigger ones based on their abilities.

Jethro’s Advice

1Now Jethro, the priest of Midian and Moses’ father-in-law, heard about everything God had done for Moses and for His people Israel, and how Adonai had brought Israel out of Egypt. ( 2Jethro, Moses’ father-in-law, had taken in Moses’ wife Zipporah, after he had sent her away 3with her two sons. One was named Gershom because he said, “I have been an outsider in a foreign land,” 4and the name of the other was Eliezer because he said, “For my father’s God is my help , and delivered me from the sword of Pharaoh.”) 5So Jethro, Moses’ father-in-law, came with his sons and his wife to Moses into the wilderness where he was encamped at the mountain of God. 6He had told Moses, “I, Jethro your father-in-law, am coming to you, along with your wife and her two sons.” 7So Moses went out to meet his father-in-law, then bowed down and kissed him. They asked each other about their welfare, and went into the tent. 8Moses told his father-in-law all that Adonai had done to Pharaoh and to the Egyptians for Israel’s sake, as well as all the travail that had come upon them along the way, and how Adonai delivered them. 9Jethro rejoiced for all the goodness that Adonai had shown to Israel, since He had delivered them out of the hand of the Egyptians. 10Jethro said, “Blessed be Adonai, who has delivered you out of the hand of the Egyptians and out of the hand of Pharaoh, and has delivered the people from under the hand of the Egyptians. 11Now I know that Adonai is greater than all gods, since they had acted arrogantly against them.” 12Then Jethro, Moses’ father-in-law, presented a burnt offering and sacrifices to God. Aaron also came along with all the elders of Israel to eat bread with Moses’ father-in-law before God. 13The next day, Moses sat to judge the people, and they stood around Moses from morning till evening. 14When Moses’ father-in-law saw all that he did for the people, he said, “What’s this you’re doing to the people? Why sit by yourself, alone, with all the people standing around from morning until evening?” 15Moses answered his father-in-law, “It’s because the people come to me to inquire of God. 16When they have an issue, it comes to me, and I judge between a man and his neighbor, so I make them understand God’s statutes and His laws.” 17But Moses’ father-in-law said to him, “What you’re doing is no good. 18You will surely wear yourself out, as well as these people who are with you, because the task is too heavy for you. You cannot do it alone, by yourself. 19Now listen to my voice—I will give you advice, and may God be with you! You, represent the people before God, and bring their cases to God. 20Enlighten them as to the statutes and the laws, and show them the way by which they must walk and the work they must do. 21But you should seek out capable men out of all the people—men who fear God, men of truth, who hate bribery. Appoint them to be rulers over thousands, hundreds, fifties and tens. 22Let them judge the people all the time. Then let every major case be brought to you, but every minor case they can judge for themselves. Make it easier for yourself, as they bear the burden with you. 23If you do this thing as God so commands you, then you will be able to endure, and all these people will go to their places in shalom.” 24So Moses listened to his father-in-law and did everything he said. 25Moses chose capable men out of all Israel, and made them heads over the people, rulers of thousands, hundreds, fifties and tens. 26They judged the people all the time. The hard cases they brought to Moses, but every small matter they judged themselves. 27Then Moses let his father-in-law depart, and he went on his way to his own land.
–from Exodus 18

Are you in a position where you need to be able to delegate? Are you in a position where you need to have a tough conversation with someone? Are you willing to do what is best for the two of you? Are you willing to do what is best for the greater good? Consider where you are at! Consider what is needed! Consider what can be done! Ask God for wisdom! Act out in wisdom and in truth, speaking in love!

Will you remember what God has done? Will you trust Him? Will listen to His voice? Will you obey what He commands?

Theophany at Sinai

1In the third month after Bnei-Yisrael had gone out of the land of Egypt, that same day they arrived at the wilderness of Sinai. 2They travelled from Rephidim, came into to the wilderness of Sinai, and set up camp in the wilderness. Israel camped there, right in front of the mountain. 3Moses went up to God, and Adonai called to him from the mountain saying, “Say this to the house of Jacob, and tell Bnei-Yisrael, 4‘You have seen what I did to the Egyptians, and how I carried you on eagle’s wings and brought you to Myself. 5Now then, if you listen closely to My voice, and keep My covenant, then you will be My own treasure from among all people, for all the earth is Mine. 6So as for you, you will be to Me a kingdom of kohanim and a holy nation.’ These are the words which you are to speak to Bnei-Yisrael.” 7So Moses went, called for the elders of the people, and put before them all these words that Adonai had commanded him. 8All the people answered together and said, “Everything that Adonai has spoken, we will do.” Then Moses reported the words of the people to Adonai. 9Adonai said to Moses, “I am about to come to you in a thick cloud, so that the people will hear when I speak with you, and believe you forever.” Then Moses told the words of the people to Adonai. 10Adonai said to Moses, “Go to the people, and sanctify them today and tomorrow. Let them wash their clothing. 11Be ready for the third day. For on the third day Adonai will come down upon Mount Sinai in the sight of all the people. 12You are to set boundaries for the people all around, saying, ‘Be very careful not to go up onto the mountain, or touch the border of it. Whoever touches the mountain will surely be put to death. 13Not a hand is to touch it, but he will surely be stoned or shot through. Whether it is an animal or a man, it will not live.’ When the shofar sounds, they may come up to the mountain.” 14Then Moses went down from the mountain to the people, consecrated them, and then, they washed their clothing. 15He said to the people, “Be ready for the third day. Do not draw near your wives.” 16In the morning of the third day, there was thundering and lightning, a thick cloud on the mountain, and the blast of an exceedingly loud shofar. All the people in the camp trembled. 17Then Moses brought the people out of the camp to meet God, and they stood at the lowest part of the mountain. 18Now the entire Mount Sinai was in smoke, because Adonai had descended upon it in fire. The smoke ascended like the smoke of a furnace. The whole mountain quaked greatly. 19When the sound of the shofar grew louder and louder, Moses spoke, and God answered him with a thunderous sound. 20Then Adonai came down onto Mount Sinai, to the top of the mountain. Adonai called Moses to the top of the mountain, so Moses went up. 21Then Adonai said to Moses, “Go down and warn the people, lest they break through to see Adonai, and many of them die. 22Even the kohanim who come near to Adonai must consecrate themselves, so that Adonai does not break out against them.” 23Moses said to Adonai, “The people cannot come up to Mount Sinai, for You are the One who warned us, saying, ‘Set boundaries around the mountain, and consecrate it.’” 24Then Adonai said to him, “Go down. You are to come back up, you and Aaron with you. But do not let the kohanim and the people break through to come up to Adonai, or He will break out against them.” 25So Moses went down to the people and told them.
–from Exodus 19

Will you remember? Will you forget? Will you obey? Will you disobey? Will you trust? Will you fear? How will you choose to live? Will you take time to daily grasp the glory of God? Will you take a moment to look around and thank God? Will you balance our your time to ensure you are actually working on the right things?

Glory from Heaven and Torah

1For the music director, a psalm of David. 2The heavens declare the glory of God, and the sky shows His handiwork. 3Day to day they speak, night to night they reveal knowledge. 4There is no speech, no words, where their voice goes unheard. 5Their voice has gone out to all the earth and their words to the end of the world. In the heavens He pitched a tent for the sun. 6It is like a bridegroom coming out of his bridal chamber. It is like a strong man rejoicing to run his course. 7It rises at one end of the heavens and makes its circuit to the other end. Nothing is hidden from its heat. 8The Torah of Adonai is perfect, restoring the soul. The testimony of Adonai is trustworthy, making the simple wise. 9The precepts of Adonai are right, giving joy to the heart. The mitzvot of Adonai are pure, giving light to the eyes. 10The fear of Adonai is clean, enduring forever. The judgments of Adonai are true and altogether righteous. 11They are more desirable than gold, yes, more than much pure gold! They are sweeter than honey and drippings of the honeycomb. 12Moreover by them Your servant is warned. In keeping them there is great reward. 13Who can discern his errors? Cleanse me of hidden faults. 14Also keep Your servant from willful sins. May they not have dominion over me. Then I will be blameless, free from great transgression. 15May the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable before You, Adonai, my Rock and my Redeemer.
–from Psalms 19

How will you glorify God today? How will you live so that He is glorified? God is good! His plans are good! His purpose is good! So put your hope and your trust in Him!

Shalom with God through Messiah

1Therefore, having been made righteous by trusting, we have shalom with God through our Lord Yeshua the Messiah. 2Through Him we also have gained access by faith into this grace in which we stand and boast in the hope of God’s glory. 3And not only that, but we also boast in suffering—knowing that suffering produces perseverance; 4and perseverance, character; and character, hope. 5And hope does not disappoint, because God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Ruach ha-Kodesh who was given to us. 6For while we were still helpless, at the right time Messiah died for the ungodly. 7For rarely will anyone die for a righteous man—though perhaps for a good man someone might even dare to die. 8But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were yet sinners, Messiah died for us. 9How much more then, having now been set right by His blood, shall we be saved from God’s wrath through Him. 10For if, while we were yet enemies, we were reconciled to God through the death of His Son, how much more, having been reconciled, shall we be saved by His life. 11And not only that, but we also boast in God through our Lord Yeshua the Messiah, through whom we have now received reconciliation.

Yet Sin Reigns through Death

12So then, just as sin came into the world through one man and death through sin, in the same way death spread to all men because all sinned. 13For up until the Torah, sin was in the world; but sin does not count as sin when there is no law. 14Nevertheless death reigned from Adam until Moses, even over those who had not sinned in a manner similar to the violation of Adam, who is a pattern of the One to come. 15But the gracious gift is not like the transgression. For if many died because of the transgression of one man, how much more did the grace of God overflow to many through the gift of one Man—Yeshua the Messiah. 16Moreover, the gift is not like what happened through the one who sinned. For on the one hand, the judgment from one violation resulted in condemnation; but on the other hand, the gracious gift following many transgressions resulted in justification. 17For if by the one man’s transgression, death reigned through the one, how much more shall those who receive the overflow of grace and the gift of righteousness reign in life through the One, Messiah Yeshua. 18So then, through the transgression of one, condemnation came to all men; likewise, through the righteousness of one came righteousness of life to all men. 19For just as through the disobedience of one man, many were made sinners, so also through the obedience of one man, many will be set right forever. 20Now the Torah came in so that transgression might increase. But where sin increased, grace overflowed even more— 21so that just as sin reigned in death, so also grace might reign through righteousness, to eternal life through Messiah Yeshua our Lord.
–from Romans 5

In the good times and the bad. In the easy times and the tough times. Consider it pure joy when you face trials of many kinds. Remember to be an overcomer as Jesus overcame the earth.

So let’s be ready! Let’s come prepared! Let’s bring what we need so that we are ready for the day in which we live! Let’s be prepared! Let’s put on the full armor of God! Let’s be filled up so that we can endure what is going to happen! Let’s not be surprised! Let’s not miss out! Let’s be prepared and rejoice! Do not grow weary in doing what is right!

Parable of the Ten Virgins

1“Then the kingdom of heaven will be like ten virgins who took their lamps and went out to meet the bridegroom. 2Five of them were foolish, and five were wise. 3For when the foolish ones took their lamps, they took no oil with them. 4But the wise ones took oil in jars along with their lamps. 5“Now while the bridegroom was taking a long time, they all got drowsy and started falling asleep. 6But in the middle of the night there was a shout, ‘Look, the bridegroom! Come out to meet him!’ 7Then all those virgins got up and trimmed their lamps. 8Now the foolish ones said to the wise, ‘Give us some of your oil, since our lamps are going out.’ 9But the wise ones replied, ‘No, there won’t be enough for us and for you. Instead, go to those who sell, and buy some for yourselves.’ 10“But while they were going off to buy, the bridegroom came. And those who were ready went in with him to the wedding feast, and the door was shut. 11Now later, the other virgins came, saying, ‘Sir, Sir, open up for us!’ 12“But he replied, ‘Amen, I tell you, I do not know you.’ 13Therefore stay alert, for you know neither the day nor the hour.”
–from Matthew 25

Let’s not waste the gifts and talents God has given us! Let’s not lose the hope that is within us! Let’s multiply! Let’s increase! Let’s be good stewards of what we have been given! Let’s glorify God!

Parable of the Talents

14“For it is like a man about to go on a journey. He called his own servants and handed over his possessions to them. 15To one he gave five talents, to another two, and to another one, each according to his own ability. Then he went on his journey. 16“Immediately the one who had received the five talents went and traded with them and gained five more. 17In the same way, the one with two gained two more. 18But the one who received one went off and dug a hole in the ground and hid his master’s money. 19“Now after a long time, the master of those servants came and settled accounts with them. 20The one who had received the five talents came up and brought another five talents, saying, ‘Master, you handed me five talents. Look, I’ve gained five more.’ 21His master said to him, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant! You were faithful with a little, so I’ll put you in charge of much. Enter into your master’s joy!’ 22“The one who had received the two talents also came up and said, ‘Master, you handed me two talents. Look, I’ve gained two more.’ 23His master said to him, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant! You were faithful with a little, so I’ll put you in charge of much. Enter into your master’s joy!’ 24“Then the one who had received the one talent also came up and said, ‘Master, I knew that you are a hard man, reaping where you didn’t sow and gathering where you scattered no seed. 25So I was afraid, and I went off and hid your talent in the ground. See, you have what is yours.’ 26“But his master responded, ‘You wicked, lazy servant! You knew that I reap where I didn’t sow and gather where I scattered no seed? 27Then you should have brought my money to the brokers, and when I came I would have received it back with interest. 28Therefore take the talent away from him, and give it to the one who has the ten talents. 29For to the one who has, more shall be given, and he shall have an abundance. But from the one who does not have, even what he does have shall be taken away. 30Throw the worthless servant out, into the outer darkness where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.’”
–from Matthew 25

So let’s be ready! Let’s be prepared! And let’s see the glory of God!

The Righteous Judge

31“Now when the Son of Man comes in His glory, and all the angels with Him, then He will sit on His glorious throne. 32All the nations will be gathered before Him, and He will separate them from one another, just as the shepherd separates the sheep from the goats. 33And He will put the sheep on His right, but the goats on His left. 34Then the King will say to those on His right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by My Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world. 35For I was hungry and you gave Me something to eat; I was thirsty and you gave Me something to drink; I was a stranger and you invited Me in; 36I was naked and you clothed Me; I was sick and you visited Me; I was in prison and you came to Me.’ 37“Then the righteous will answer Him, ‘Lord, when did we see You hungry and feed You? Or thirsty and give You something to drink? 38And when did we see You a stranger and invite You in? Or naked and clothe You? 39When did we see You sick, or in prison, and come to You?’ 40“And answering, the King will say to them, ‘Amen, I tell you, whatever you did to one of the least of these My brethren, you did it to Me.’ 41Then He will also say to those on the left, ‘Go away from Me, you cursed ones, into the everlasting fire which has been prepared for the devil and his angels. 42For I was hungry and you gave Me nothing to eat; I was thirsty and you gave Me nothing to drink; 43I was a stranger and you did not invite Me in; naked and you did not clothe Me; sick and in prison and you did not visit Me.’ 44“Then they too will answer, saying, ‘Lord, when did we see You hungry or thirsty or a stranger or naked or sick or in prison, and did not care for You?’ 45Then He will answer them, saying, ‘Amen, I tell you, whatever you did not do for one of the least of these, you did not do for Me.’ 46These shall go off to everlasting punishment, but the righteous into everlasting life.”
–from Matthew 25



Consuming or Serving. What is the purpose you are using the vast resources God has provided you?

Genesis 1:28

28  And God blessed them and said to them, Be fruitful, multiply, and fill the earth, and subdue it [using all its vast resources in the service of God and man]; and have dominion over the fish of the sea, the birds of the air, and over every living creature that moves upon the earth.

God has absolute authority and control over all the earth. He rules and exercises His authority with loving care. God has delegated some of His authority to the human race (that’s you and me), and He expects us to take responsibility for the environment and the other creatures that share our planet. So don’t be careless or wasteful as we fulfill His charge in our lives. God was very careful and purposeful in how he made this earth. Now let’s not be careless in how we take care of it.

Daniel 1

1  IN THE third year of the reign of Jehoiakim king of Judah, Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon came to Jerusalem and besieged it.2  And the Lord gave Jehoiakim king of Judah into his hand, along with a part of the vessels of the house of God; and he carried them into the land of Shinar [Babylonia] to the house of his god and placed the vessels in the treasury of his god. 3  And the [Babylonian] king told Ashpenaz, the master of his eunuchs, to bring in some of the children of Israel, both of the royal family and of the nobility–4  Youths without blemish, well-favored in appearance and skillful in all wisdom, discernment, and understanding, apt in learning knowledge, competent to stand and serve in the king’s palace–and to teach them the literature and language of the Chaldeans.5  And the king assigned for them a daily portion of his own rich and dainty food and of the wine which he drank. They were to be so educated and so nourished for three years that at the end of that time they might stand before the king.6  Among these were of the children of Judah: Daniel, Hananiah, Mishael, and Azariah.7  The chief of the eunuchs gave them names: Daniel he called Belteshazzar [the king’s attendant], Hananiah he called Shadrach, Mishael he called Meshach, and Azariah he called Abednego.8  But Daniel determined in his heart that he would not defile himself by [eating his portion of] the king’s rich and dainty food or by [drinking] the wine which he drank; therefore he requested of the chief of the eunuchs that he might [be allowed] not to defile himself. 9  Now God made Daniel to find favor, compassion, and loving-kindness with the chief of the eunuchs.10  And the chief of the eunuchs said to Daniel, I fear, lest my lord the king, who has appointed your food and your drink, should see your faces worse looking or more sad than the other youths of your age. Then you would endanger my head with the king.11  Then said Daniel to the steward whom the chief of the eunuchs had set over Daniel, Hananiah, Mishael, and Azariah,12  Prove your servants, I beseech you, for ten days and let us be given a vegetable diet and water to drink.13  Then let our appearance and the appearance of the youths who eat of the king’s [rich] dainties be observed and compared by you, and deal with us your servants according to what you see.14  So [the man] consented to them in this matter and proved them ten days.15  And at the end of ten days it was seen that they were looking better and had taken on more flesh than all the youths who ate of the king’s rich dainties.16  So the steward took away their [rich] dainties and the wine they were to drink and gave them vegetables.17  As for these four youths, God gave them knowledge and skill in all learning and wisdom, and Daniel had understanding in all [kinds of] visions and dreams. 18  Now at the end of the time which the king had set for bringing [all the young men in], the chief of the eunuchs brought them before Nebuchadnezzar.19  And the king conversed with them, and among them all none was found like Daniel, Hananiah, Mishael, and Azariah; therefore they were assigned to stand before the king.20  And in all matters of wisdom and understanding concerning which the king asked them, he found them ten times better than all the [learned] magicians and enchanters who were in his whole realm.21  And Daniel continued there even to the first year of King Cyrus [at the close of the seventy years’ exile of Judah in Babylonia, which Jeremiah had foretold].

What are you going t o put into your body? Look at the food that is on your menu and choose wisely. Our bodies are the temple of the Holy Spirit. So let’s eat and exercise so that we provide a strong and healthy body to house and service the Lord.

Put God first and He will gave you knowledge and skill in learning and wisdom. – Seek first the Kingdom of God and His righteousness and all these things will be added to it. – We will find favor and is able to multiply our talents and work for His purposes and glory.

During this fast, you’ll have many opportunities to deviate from your commitment–especially if you’re fasting alone or if no one will find out. Pray that God will give you the resolve and courage to stick to the standards you’ve set and honor Him no matter what.

Proverbs 3:5-8

5  Lean on, trust in, and be confident in the Lord with all your heart and mind and do not rely on your own insight or understanding.6  In all your ways know, recognize, and acknowledge Him, and He will direct and make straight and plain your paths.7  Be not wise in your own eyes; reverently fear and worship the Lord and turn [entirely] away from evil. 8  It shall be health to your nerves and sinews, and marrow and moistening to your bones.


Proverbs 3:13-14

13  Happy (blessed, fortunate, enviable) is the man who finds skillful and godly Wisdom, and the man who gets understanding [drawing it forth from God’s Word and life’s experiences],14  For the gaining of it is better than the gaining of silver, and the profit of it better than fine gold.

Proverbs 4:5-9

5  Get skillful and godly Wisdom, get understanding (discernment, comprehension, and interpretation); do not forget and do not turn back from the words of my mouth.6  Forsake not [Wisdom], and she will keep, defend, and protect you; love her, and she will guard you.7  The beginning of Wisdom is: get Wisdom (skillful and godly Wisdom)! [For skillful and godly Wisdom is the principal thing.] And with all you have gotten, get understanding (discernment, comprehension, and interpretation). 8  Prize Wisdom highly and exalt her, and she will exalt and promote you; she will bring you to honor when you embrace her.9  She shall give to your head a wreath of gracefulness; a crown of beauty and glory will she deliver to you.

Proverbs 8:1-36

1  DOES NOT skillful and godly Wisdom cry out, and understanding raise her voice [in contrast to the loose woman]?2  On the top of the heights beside the way, where the paths meet, stands Wisdom [skillful and godly];3  At the gates at the entrance of the town, at the coming in at the doors, she cries out:4  To you, O men, I call, and my voice is directed to the sons of men.5  O you simple and thoughtless ones, understand prudence; you [self-confident] fools, be of an understanding heart. 6  Hear, for I will speak excellent and princely things; and the opening of my lips shall be for right things.7  For my mouth shall utter truth, and wrongdoing is detestable and loathsome to my lips.8  All the words of my mouth are righteous (upright and in right standing with God); there is nothing contrary to truth or crooked in them.9  They are all plain to him who understands [and opens his heart], and right to those who find knowledge [and live by it].10  Receive my instruction in preference to [striving for] silver, and knowledge rather than choice gold,11  For skillful and godly Wisdom is better than rubies or pearls, and all the things that may be desired are not to be compared to it. 12  I, Wisdom [from God], make prudence my dwelling, and I find out knowledge and discretion. 13  The reverent fear and worshipful awe of the Lord [includes] the hatred of evil; pride, arrogance, the evil way, and perverted and twisted speech I hate.14  I have counsel and sound knowledge, I have understanding, I have might and power.15  By me kings reign and rulers decree justice. 16  By me princes rule, and nobles, even all the judges and governors of the earth.17  I love those who love me, and those who seek me early and diligently shall find me. 18  Riches and honor are with me, enduring wealth and righteousness (uprightness in every area and relation, and right standing with God). 19  My fruit is better than gold, yes, than refined gold, and my increase than choice silver.20  I [Wisdom] walk in the way of righteousness (moral and spiritual rectitude in every area and relation), in the midst of the paths of justice,21  That I may cause those who love me to inherit [true] riches and that I may fill their treasuries.22  The Lord formed and brought me [Wisdom] forth at the beginning of His way, before His acts of old.23  I [Wisdom] was inaugurated and ordained from everlasting, from the beginning, before ever the earth existed. 24  When there were no deeps, I was brought forth, when there were no fountains laden with water.25  Before the mountains were settled, before the hills, I was brought forth, 26  While as yet He had not made the land or the fields or the first of the dust of the earth.27  When He prepared the heavens, I [Wisdom] was there; when He drew a circle upon the face of the deep and stretched out the firmament over it,28  When He made firm the skies above, when He established the fountains of the deep,29  When He gave to the sea its limit and His decree that the waters should not transgress [across the boundaries set by] His command, when He appointed the foundations of the earth–30  Then I [Wisdom] was beside Him as a master and director of the work; and I was daily His delight, rejoicing before Him always, 31  Rejoicing in His inhabited earth and delighting in the sons of men. 32  Now therefore listen to me, O you sons; for blessed (happy, fortunate, to be envied) are those who keep my ways. 33  Hear instruction and be wise, and do not refuse or neglect it.34  Blessed (happy, fortunate, to be envied) is the man who listens to me, watching daily at my gates, waiting at the posts of my doors.35  For whoever finds me [Wisdom] finds life and draws forth and obtains favor from the Lord.36  But he who misses me or sins against me wrongs and injures himself; all who hate me love and court death.