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It’s Fasting Season (Post 7): Fasting, Weeping, and Mourning by Dr.J.

Joel 2:12 (KJV) 12 Therefore also now, saith the Lord, turn ye even to me with all your heart, and with fasting, and with weeping, and with mourning:

“That is why the Lord says, ‘Turn to me now, while there is time. Give me your hearts. Come with fasting, weeping, and mourning’” (Joel 2:12, NLT). When we look at Joel 2:12, the Lord says for Judah to turn to Him with all their hearts, with fasting, and with weeping, and with mourning. In this verse, God spoke to Judah through the prophet Joel. The verse signifies that Judah needs to turn to God. This verse also shows that Judah somehow must have turned away from Him God. I don’t know why the Holy Spirit prompted you to fast this season and I don’t know why you obeyed His promptings to fast. Could it be that you are fasting because you too, like Judah, have turned away from God in disobedience? You wanted to do what you wanted to do.

  • You had imaginations and high thoughts that were exalted above the knowledge of God.
  • You wanted to make your relationship work using worldly tactics.
  • You weren’t led by the Holy Spirit in your actions but solely acted in flesh.
  • You ran from your relationship or you withdrew out of fear.
  • You tried to force your spouse to change. You gave ultimatums.
  • You abandoned your loved one during a moment of weakness.
  • You were yoked with an unbeliever even after God showed you he wasn’t the one.
  • You had idols that you worshiped instead of the one and true living God. You put people (i.e., your spouse, lover, children, family, or friends) before God.
  • You worshiped your job and money and considered those things to be your livelihood.
  • You spent more time watching television or on social media than you did studying God’s Word and in prayer and meditation.
  • You craved sexual gratification and continuously satisfied your desires. Then you became immune to satisfaction from natural sexual activities and left open doors for stronger sexual demonic spirits to trespass in your body. You engaged in sex with multiple partners at one time, and you engaged in unnatural sexual acts such as homosexuality, pansexuality, transgender, sexually fluid, and beastiality.

In Joel, an ominous black cloud plagued southern Judah without warning. Then locusts ate everything and stripped Judah bare. Whatever sin you were in, maybe you suffered some plagues that caused you to finally pay attention to God’s call for you to turn back to Him. If you’re reading this, no matter what plagued you, you are still alive and you still have a chance to turn, fast, weep, and mourn. But what God warned Judah about, and us through the prophet Joel is that there will be a time in which it will be too late to turn. The good news is we’re fasting. We’re weeping for the horrible, disgusting, sinful things we used to do. We’re mourning the results of our sinful flesh. We’re turning back to God now.

Consider what Joel says in chapter 2, verse 13. “Don’t tear your clothing in your grief, but tear your hearts instead. Return to the Lord your God, for he is merciful and compassionate, slow to get angry and filled with unfailing love. He is eager to relent and not punish” (NLT). God says, it isn’t enough to go through the motions of tearing our garments, wearing sackcloth, and fasting. These are all external acts which should be symbolic of a repentant heart. God knows whether or not our fasting, weeping, and mourning are superficial, showy, and fake. We have to rend our hearts for Him. We have to turn from our wicked ways and not go back. Because of our fast and more importantly because of our changed hearts and transformed lives, God will restore all that the locust stole from us. Our trees will bear fruit again, but our transformation must be real. Dr.J.

 

It’s Fasting Season (Post 6): Be Sensitive to the Holy Spirit by Dr.J.

“Fasting keeps you sensitive to His Spirit, enabling You to live Holy.” -Jentzen Franklin

The Holy Spirit has something to say to you during this fast, things you haven’t been able to hear Him say because of all the noise of the world, the chatter of sin, and the commotion of self-gratification. But now as you suppress your physical desires, God can unleash His spiritual desires for you through His Spirit. You’ve had questions about what to do about a situation. You’ve been struggling with people being used against you. You’ve dealt with the emotional impact of being abandoned. Your finances are not enough to make ends meet. The enemy is trying to destroy your relationship or he has already. God says continue to sacrifice for intimacy with Him and read His Word and listen. Listen.

In addition, in order to truly hear the Holy Spirit, you must live holy. Holy means “set apart.” You can’t do any and everything during your fast and live a life that is different from the world at the same time. When you fast, you are so in tune with the Holy Spirit that the Spirit can whisper and you can hear Him and turn from the evil you were about to commit. But when you sin, the Holy Spirit can’t communicate with you because sin distorts your hearing and severs your relationship. Sin separates and deafens you too. Not living Holy while fasting is just, well, a diet. Be sensitive to the Holy Spirit so that you can make the most out of your sacrifice for God. Dr.J.

It’s Fasting Season (Post 5): Is It Worth Your Birthright? Dr.J.

What blessings are we giving up because of our desire to eat? In order to gratify our flesh, sometimes we are willing to sacrifice a relationship with God. We want to be fulfilled right now. We want satisfaction no matter what the cost. We want to be pleased no matter who it hurts. Our need is more important than God or anyone else’s. We have a burning desire that can’t be quenched. So we sin. We give up on the fast because we crave food more than God. We cheat on our loved one because she isn’t satisfying any more. We are willing to sell our birthright, the promises of God, at a cheap price and for temporary pleasures. God has plans for you to prosper you and give you hope. God has promises to fulfill through you, in you, and for you. Before you take a bite to eat, before you sleep with her, before you satisfy your flesh, think about this…is it worth my birthright? Dr.J.
Genesis 25:29-34 (ESV) Esau Sells His Birthright
“29 Once when Jacob was cooking stew, Esau came in from the field, and he was exhausted. 30 And Esau said to Jacob, “Let me eat some of that red stew, for I am exhausted!” (Therefore his name was called Edom.[a]) 31 Jacob said, “Sell me your birthright now.” 32 Esau said, “I am about to die; of what use is a birthright to me?” 33 Jacob said, “Swear to me now.” So he swore to him and sold his birthright to Jacob. 34 Then Jacob gave Esau bread and lentil stew, and he ate and drank and rose and went his way. Thus Esau despised his birthright.”

It’s Fasting Season (Post 4): We Don’t Want Any Flesh Dr.J.

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?”

It’s Fasting Season (Post 2): Some Things By Prayer and Fasting Dr.J.

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.”

It’s Fasting Season (Post 1) by Dr.J.

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
or
-3 days (weekly for 5 weeks or once in November) on Monday through Wednesday no food or drink
or
-21 days (November 1 @ 6pm through November 21 @ 6pm) fruits, vegetables, water only
or
-30 days (November 1 @ 6pm through November 30 @ 6pm) fruits, vegetables, water only
or

-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.

Is There Anything Too Hard for God? Dr.J.

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.