Wives if we walk in the Spirit, then the desires of the flesh won’t prevail in sticky situations with our husbands. The flesh makes us want to check on him, get him back, withdraw, withhold, nag, cheat on him, and ultimately leave him. In the flesh we are jealous, insecure, paranoid, domineering, vengeful, loud, loquacious, and flirtatious.
Walking in the power of the Holy Spirit gives us victory over the flesh. How do we know if we are operating in the Spirit with our husbands? Well if we are in the Spirit, we bear the fruit of the Spirit: love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. In which spirit are you operating? Your Spirit is known by the fruits you bear. Walk in the Spirit regardless of how he is walking. God is allowing this test and this season for a reason. Crucify your flesh. Die to yourself daily. Focus on God and your fruit, not your husband and his. Jené Elaine Walker
Die to Flesh today. There are several occurrences in scriptures in which we lost out on the promises of God because of our insatiable lustful greedy appetites. If we can’t operate in the fruit of the Spirit self-control in our fast it will also be difficult to control other ungodly desires. Exercise self-control today.
God gave the Israelites manna to eat and they complained and whined about not having meat in their freed state. They reflected on their awesome former enslaved state under Pharaoh during which they ate as they pleased. They murmured so much that God gave them so much meat it made them sick.
Be content this 1-day fast, 3-day fast, 21-day fast, 30-day fast or 40-day fast with what God instructs you to eat. The promises He has for you will be worth the sacrifice. Don’t murmur or complain. Be content with what you eat during this intimate time of sacrifice. Dr.J.
Numbers 11:18-20 KJV “And say thou unto the people, Sanctify yourselves against to morrow, and ye shall eat flesh: for ye have wept in the ears of the Lord , saying, Who shall give us flesh to eat? for it was well with us in Egypt: therefore the Lord will give you flesh, and ye shall eat. Ye shall not eat one day, nor two days, nor five days, neither ten days, nor twenty days; But even a whole month, until it come out at your nostrils, and it be loathsome unto you: because that ye have despised the Lord which is among you, and have wept before him, saying, Why came we forth out of Egypt?”
“You see, fasting means crucifying what I refer to as ‘King Stomach…’ He [God] will provide you with the grace to endure and see the breakthroughs you need to come to pass. However, you will have to choose to dethrone that ‘dictator within…’ It has been said that the way to a man’s heart is through his stomach. Most women have come to know it, but we need to understand that the devil knows it too!”-Jentzen Franklin
The devil knows what fasting releases in the believer’s life. He knows what it means for your marriage, your relationships, your children, your faith, your spiritual wisdom, your vision, and the breakthroughs from the Master of Breakthroughs. So of course, he tempted you to give up the fast all day. Read how the devil has used food from the beginning to get us to disobey God. Think about this account in the Garden of Eden when you’re tempted to eat during the fast. Dr.J.
Genesis 2:8-9, 16-17 NIV “Now the Lord God had planted a garden in the east, in Eden; and there he put the man he had formed. The Lord God made all kinds of trees grow out of the ground—trees that were pleasing to the eye and good for food. In the middle of the garden were the tree of life and the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. And the Lord God commanded the man, ‘You are free to eat from any tree in the garden; but you must not eat from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, for when you eat from it you will certainly die.’”
Some of us have been dealing with demonic attacks in our personal lives or with our children or in our relationships. You’ve had these spirits on you so long that it has become demonic oppression. You have prayed. You have studied. You’ve even been saying confessions trying to engage the enemy. Your faith is strong. Why hasn’t there been a change? Jesus said “Howbeit this kind goeth not out but by prayer and fasting.” You are going to have to add fasting to your devotion of prayer to be released from the stronghold of these types of demons.
God bless you as you begin your 1 day, 3-day, 21-day, 30-day, or 40-day fasts. Stay in the Word. Dr.J.
Matthew 17:18-21 KJV “And Jesus rebuked the devil; and he departed out of him: and the child was cured from that very hour. Then came the disciples to Jesus apart, and said, Why could not we cast him out? And Jesus said unto them, Because of your unbelief: for verily I say unto you, If ye have faith as a grain of mustard seed, ye shall say unto this mountain, Remove hence to yonder place; and it shall remove; and nothing shall be impossible unto you. Howbeit this kind goeth not out but by prayer and fasting.”
Confirmation! When God tells me to do something, I obey. One of my sisters texted me and asked, “Can you lead the fasts like you used to do” corporately through social media? I received another inbox from a sister, “It’s time for a fast.” I woke up this morning and my devotional scripture was on Esther declaring a 3-day fast.
So, it’s fasting season. We fast November, December, and January to get clarity about God’s perfect will for us, spiritual wisdom, for vision, healing, and for intimacy with God. But as a result of our obedience, we get those things plus favor, miraculous provision, breakthroughs, spiritual stamina, and open doors.
Please be in prayer as we begin. We will consider a few types of Biblical fasts according to Jentzen Franklin:
1. Esther fast-3 day fast for favor in the time of crisis (no food or drink) (Esther 4:16)
2. Daniel fast 21 – day fast (vegetables, fruits, water) for understanding of God’s vision for you (Daniel 10:2-3)
3. Self examination fast (one day fast) check up on yourself spiritually things in me not like you (Leviticus 23:27)
4. Fast before battle (from day til evening) (Judges 20)
5. Fasting to lift God’s judgment from another’s life (1 Kings 21:27-29)
6. Fasting for healing (Isaiah 58)
7. Dominion fast (40 day fast) for dominion and authority and power of the Spirit (Matthew 4)
November (December and January) Fasting Plan
-1 day (weekly for 5 weeks) on Wednesday no food or drink
-3 days (weekly for 5 weeks or once in November) on Monday through Wednesday no food or drink
-21 days (November 1 @ 6pm through November 21 @ 6pm) fruits, vegetables, water only
-30 days (November 1 @ 6pm through November 30 @ 6pm) fruits, vegetables, water only
-40 days (November 1 @ 6pm through December 10 @ 6pm)
We will follow the same fasting pattern for November through January. If God tells you to go five days or seven days, be obedient to the Holy Spirit. You can’t just “diet” but you must study God’s Word daily and pray throughout the day. You must flee from sin and evil. You must meditate and listen to God when He speaks. You must obey.
Check in with me every day you’re fasting. Check my Facebook page daily for scriptures, devotions, and encouragement. Be in prayer for us. God loves us so much and He is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all we could ask or think. Hundreds of you have joined me before and I’m looking forward to what God is going to do in us through us, and for us during these series of fasts. Dr.J.