Day 8 of the Fruit Fast. Leisurely day today. It was rainy outside most of the day so we stayed in. My wife has been my administrative assistant since i became independent (she really is very good). She and i did some office stuff that needed to be done. As i awoke this morning, i was impressed with the idea of purity. There was a verse on my mind and i looked it up, it was 1 Peter 1:22:
1 Peter 1:22 Seeing ye have purified your souls in obeying the truth through the Spirit unto unfeigned love of the brethren, see that ye love one another with a pure heart fervently:
i began to think 'purification through obedience?'. It almost sounded like a works situation. But then i read the beginning of the narrative that put the proper context to this verse:
1 Peter 1:13 Wherefore gird up the loins of your mind, be sober, and hope to the end for the grace that is to be brought unto you at the revelation of Jesus Christ;
Realizing that Grace is the Power of Christ to cause us to live according to His Word, the exercise of that Grace causes me to be purifed by obedience to the Truth. That Grace is given me by the Spirit of Christ which i receive by Faith. Its a wonderful thing to know that, however filthy one's life may have been, we can be purified through Grace and obedience to the Truth and this is made possible by the fact that Christ took upon Himself the guilt of not only my sins but also the sins of the whole world. Wonderful Saviour! i am thankful to wake up with such thoughts.
The clearness of mind experienced on this fast is given me such benefits and also other benefits, such as more energy, greater fitness and internal cleansing of my digestive system and blood. Needless to say, i am happy with the Fruit fast.
Today's fare was:
44oz smoothie made from juice of 4 apples & 1 pear, 3 bananas, 4 strawberries, teaspoon of molasses. Delicious. The molasses really went well with the apple juice, much more than the watermelon juice. It was creamy and sort of thick like a milkshake yet very tasty. i also ate 3 bananas.
Half a watermelon, 4 oranges, 1 avocado, 6 bananas, 1 dried fig.
1Peter 1, Deut 10, Ezekiel 34.
250 hops/jumping jacks with the medicine ball, 150 pushups, 24 chins.
Grace and Peace be multiplied.