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.”
Sometimes we allow the natural severity of the attacks to cause us to doubt the supernatural sovereignty of our God. Listen, it doesn’t matter how severe the enemy makes the attacks appear, nothing is too hard for God.
We’ve been getting some pretty powerful attacks from the battle happening in the spiritual realm. Disease, illnesses, especially finances, people being used against us, relationship issues, especially marriages, our own fears, anxieties, lack of faith and doubts from all the spiritual attacks, addictions, barrenness, and demonic depression have been prevalent. But God.
Go ahead and fill in the blank with whichever attack you’ve suffered these past few weeks or longer. Now that we’ve gotten that out in the open, “Is there anything to hard for God?” Ask the devil that when he throws up any of these attacks in your face. Then tell him, “That isn’t a rhetorical question. There is nothing too hard for my God.”
We have to stop being shocked at the severity of the natural attacks from Satan. He is going to use any of the limited power he has to distract and ultimately destroy you. There will be suffering in this life. We will have to go through the fire but we shall come forth as pure God. In the face of the attack, remember the sovereignty of our God. Remember the omnipotence and immutability of God. Remember that nothing is too hard for God. He is always in control. Dr.J.