FASTING - IT MIGHT JUST CHANGE EVERYTHING
As we start to walk out this journey of 2018, we have to guard our heart against accepting mediocrity. Far too often we settle for mediocre relationships, mediocre finances, and mediocre walk with Jesus. Jesus did not die on the cross for us to be mediocre, He died to help us rise above the ashes of the past and be an example of His goodness, grace, and future!
Take a few minutes, watch this message, “Fasting - the one thing that will change everything”, then read the rest of this blog to find out how fasting can help you step out of mediocrity in 2018.
What is Fasting?
The word “fast” that is found in the Bible is from a Hebrew word that means "to cover" the mouth”. It is also a form of the Greek word “Nesteuo” which means "to abstain.”
Fasting is a season where you abstain from eating and drinking certain foods and beverages.
Three reasons you should fast.
1 - Fasting will break Poverty from your life.
2 - Fasting will bring health and healing to your whole person.
3 - Fasting will deliver from Sexual Addictions and Demonic Powers.
How do I fast?
Set a goal
Start with a clear goal. Be specific. Why are you fasting? Do you need direction, healing, restoration of marriage or family issues? Are you facing financial difficulties? Ask the Holy Spirit for guidance.
Confess your sins to God. Ask the Holy Spirit to reveal areas of weakness. Forgive all who have offended you and ask forgiveness from those you may have offended
Mark 11:25 - And when ye stand praying, forgive, if ye have ought against any: that your Father also which is in heaven may forgive you your trespasses.
Surrender your life fully to Jesus Christ and reject the worldly desires that try to hinder you.
Romans 12:1-2 - Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God, this is your true and proper worship. Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.
Fasting for someone else to be delivered will do no good, if you are still caught up in sin!
Decide what to fast
The type of fasting you choose is up to you. You could go on a full fast in which you only drink liquids. You will want to see a Doctor before doing this.In fact we suggest that you always consult your personal physician before fasting any length of time.
You could do a fast like Daniel, who abstained from sweets and meats, and the only liquid he drank was water.
You can fast TV, Social Media, or Soda. You can fast almost anything, but just take a season where you bow to God and not the desires of your stomach.
Remember to replace that time with prayer and Bible study.
Decide how long to fast
You may fast as long as you like. Most can easily fast from one to three days. However, you may feel the grace to go longer, even as much as 21 to 40 days. Use wisdom and pray for guidance. Beginners are advised to start slow.
What to expect when fasting
When you fast your body detoxifies, eliminating toxins from your system. This can cause mild discomfort such as headaches and irritability during withdrawal from caffeine and sugars. And naturally, you will have hunger pains. Limit your activity and exercise moderately. Take time to rest.
Fasting brings about miraculous results. You are following Jesus’ example when you fast. Spend time listening to praise and worship. Pray as often as you can throughout the day. Get away from the normal distractions as much as possible and keep your heart and mind set on seeking God’s face.
How to end the fast
Don’t overeat when the time comes to end your fast. Begin eating solid food gradually; eat small portions or snacks.
Private Disciplines bring Public Rewards.
In 2018 we invite you to fast privately and let God help you step out of mediocrity and into His blessings.