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Forgiveness MAKES A DIFFERENCE

“Refusing to forgive is like drinking poison and hoping the other person will die.”  (The Daniel Key, Chapter 17)

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Gracious Redeemer,

Before Your Cross I kneel and see the heinousness of my sin, my iniquity that caused You to be “made a curse,” the evil that excites the severity of divine wrath.

Show me the enormity of my guilt by the crown of thorns, the pierced hands and feet, the bruised body, the dying cries.

Your blood is the blood of incarnate God, its worth infinite, its value beyond all thought.

Infinite must be the evil and guilt that demand such a price . . .

Yet Your compassions yearn over me, Your heart hastens to my rescue, Your love endured my curse, Your mercy bore my deserved stripes.

I kneel before You, a sinner saved from God’s wrath by Your grace. Absolved of all my guilt. I am forgiven of all my sin. Past, present, and future. Redeemed by Your blood— the blood of God’s Lamb! I am forgiven! I am forgiven! Hallelujah! I am forgiven! How could I then ever withhold my forgiveness from someone else?
In expression of my worship of You, I forgive others as I have been forgiven.

For the glory of Your great name,

Amen.

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Fasting MAKES A DIFFERENCE

“While in prayer, we turn to God; in fasting we turn away from everything else.”  (The Daniel Key, Chapter 16)

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Lord God Almighty,

We worship You as One who sits enthroned above all. Your authority extends to every corner of the universe. Your Word is true. What You say is so. We choose not to “ fear those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul. But rather [we] fear Him who is able to destroy both soul and body in hell” (Matthew 10:28 nkjv).

Thank You that You are God. And You are our God. We don’t have to be afraid or intimidated by earthly leaders who reject, despise, and blaspheme Your name while wielding their temporary, limited, earthly authority. Yet in our frail flesh, we will be intimidated and afraid unless we choose to focus on You, and You alone.

Thank You for giving us the spiritual discipline of fasting to help us be more aware of Your presence than that of other people. To care more about what You think than what others think. To trust Your Word when it’s contradicted by the culture or our circumstances.

To strengthen my spiritual core, I choose to fast— to draw aside and give You
my undivided attention.

For the glory of Your great name,

Amen.

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Confession MAKES A DIFFERENCE

“I am convinced that the key to revival is repentance.”  (The Daniel Key, Chapter 15)

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Most Holy Lord,

You have “clothed me with the garments of salvation and arrayed me in a robe of [Your]
righteousness . . . as a bride adorns herself with her jewels.”

But in my Christian walk I am still in rags;
My best prayers are stained with sin;
My penitential tears are muddied with self.
I need to repent of my repentance;
I need my tears to be washed . . .
I have sinned times without number,
And been guilty of pride and unbelief,
Of failure to find Thy mind in Thy Word,
Of neglect to seek Thee in my daily life.
I confess . . .
I am so slow to learn,
So prone to forget
Too weak to climb;
Destroy in me every lofty thought, Break pride to pieces and scatter it to the winds,
Annihilate each clinging shred of self- righteousness,
Implant in me true lowliness of spirit . . .
Open in me a fount of penitential tears,
Break me, then bind me up.

For the glory of Your great name,

Amen.

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Courage MAKES A DIFFERENCE

“Courage is the fruit of deeply held conviction.”  (The Daniel Key, Chapter 14)

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Son of God and Son of Man,

We worship You as One who had all power and authority in the universe—One who was worshipped and adored—yet made the courageous choice to get up from Your throne, take off Your glory robes, and humble Yourself in order to take on human flesh, entering time and space as a baby. In You we behold the glory of God, full of grace and truth.

What courage it must have required to grow in wisdom and stature and in favor with God and man, yet be rejected by those You had come to save.

What courage it must have demanded to love those who were Your enemies, and in the end, submit to their cruelty.

But the choice that was the most courageous of all . . . the choice that’s beyond human comprehension . . . was Your choice to go to the Cross and stay on the Cross until in the end You refused to take another breath and gave Your life on the Cross as God’s sacrifice for sin.

Thank You for loving me when I was still a sinner and didn’t even know I needed You. Thank You for giving Your life for me.

Now it’s my turn. In gratitude, I choose courage as I give my life to You. Help me live courageously—and even confront when necessary—with dignity, nobility, clarity, and integrity as I stand firmly on the Foundation of Truth that will never be moved.

For the glory of Your great name,

Amen.

 

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Focus MAKES A DIFFERENCE

“If the focus of your life is off-if it is anything other than pleasing and glorifying God-then the light within you is darkness!”  (The Daniel Key, Chapter 13)

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Beloved Lord Jesus of Nazareth,

We worship You as One who set Your face “like a flint” (Isaiah 50:7 nkjv). You remained focused on Your Father’s will until You completed it (John 17:4). We have heard Your victory shout reverberate from the Cross, “It is finished!” (John 19:30 nkjv). We know Your victory was not an accident. You achieved it because You lived Your life every moment— twentyfour, seven— intentionally focused on how You spent Your time, the words You spoke, the people You were with, the places You went. As a result, Your Father was glorified (John 17:4)!

Your Word challenges us, as Your followers, to “ fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy set before him endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. Consider him . . .” (Hebrews 12:2–3). You are the One with eyes of omniscience who looked down the centuries until Your focus rested on me. I was the “ joy” that helped You endure the Cross that my sin made necessary.

Please, take my face in Your hands. Turn my eyes upon You. Keep me focused on You in all that I say and do until my focus becomes crystal clear when my faith becomes sight and I see You face- to- face.

For the glory of Your great name,

Amen.

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