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“But Daniel purposed in his heart that he would not defile himself…”

Daniel 1:8 (NKJV)

Tomorrow, the 10-Day Detox Challenge begins. It is derived from the first chapter of the Book of Daniel. It is a diet of primarily vegetables and water. The test of Daniel and his companions in captivity for ten days revealed to prove them in better shape and countenance than those who had indulged in the king’s delicacies as shared in verse 5. In essence, it has its origins in the Law of Moses with clean and unclean food lists in Deuteronomy and Leviticus. But Daniel holds fast to the integrity of his diet by not allowing himself to become defiled by the food from the king.

What Do I Need for the Challenge?

Come to this same blog post tomorrow for more information and encouragement. Beyond a regular fast of abstaining from eating for a given period of time, this challenge focuses on FAITH, FUEL and FITNESS. For FAITH, we want to commune with God as we seek to rely upon God heavily during the transition. In the area of FUEL, we want to look at food differently. We want to see food as fuel for our energy. We will concentrate on water, fruit, veggies, nuts and seeds. Finally, we will add some FITNESS to help us offset our diet and help us energize ourselves throughout the day.

Tune in to the Bible Study Livestream on Daniel this coming Wednesday

Rick Warren had launched the Daniel Plan years ago. I sought out what his work had to offer and realized that I wasn’t going to do a 40-day Daniel plan. I recognized that I was not fasting. I also was in agreement with part of what Warren had shared as a detoxification of the body. My spiritual encounter led me to something similar to Warren’s ESSENTIALS but the the 3 focus points for this detox challenge are not as extensive as Warren’s system. I say go for it if you feel led to follow Warren’s lead with the Daniel Plan. I am just putting my focus on an initial detox, celebrate Christmas, and then another detox to launch the new year.

Your refusal to be defiled can lead to some divine results.  By giving God the time to work on you, He can cleanse you both physically and spiritually. Regardless of the circumstances or conditions, we must settle the matter in our hearts first.  In our hearts, we must decide that we will stay true to God. The attitude must precede the action that leads to the accomplishment.

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