Encourages spending quality time with God as we pray, study and meditate on His Word
Leads to a more intimate relationship with our loving Father God
Stirs up and builds our faith in God and in Jesus’ accomplished work. Reminds us of who we are in Christ and of our ability through the Holy Spirit
Helps us to listen to the Holy Spirit more intently, hear Him more clearly and follow His instructions more closely. Therefore fasting helps us to know the perfect will of God
Reveals areas of weakness and compromise, helps us to submit to God and resist the devil, it helps us to reshape our private life and change direction.
Helps eliminates bad habits like smoking and drug or drinking addictions
Helps to improves dietary habits, Promotes awareness of healthy foods and healthy eating
Reduces the stress on the digestive system and rests the body
May improve the elimination system
Rejuvenates health and slows aging
May lower cholesterol and high blood pressure
After 2nd day reduces hunger pangs and need for binging
Is easily adaptable to a busy life
Gives the body internal cleansing if done right
Some individuals report healing results after certain types of fast. Did you know that animals stop eating when they are hurt or when they are sick? Hippocrates, the father of Western medicine believed fasting enabled the body to heal itself. Paracelsus, another great physician wrote centuries ago; “Fasting is the greatest remedy, the physician within.”
Moreover when ye fast, be not, as the hypocrites, of a sad countenance: for they disfigure their faces, that they may appear unto men to fast. Verily I say unto you, They have their reward.
But thou, when thou fastest, anoint thine head, and wash thy face; That thou appear not unto men to fast, but unto thy Father which is in secret: and thy Father, which seeth in secret, shall reward thee openly.”
We have already learnt that fasting is one of the most important aspects of a Christian walk. In the scripture above, it is evident that Jesus expects us to live a fasted life. That alone tells us that there is a secrete in fasting. Jesus does not want us to waste our time and effort fasting without reaping the benefits. Our motive when fasting matter and Andrew has summarized it very well in the devotional of 4/07/12
Even when cleansing, the main motive should be to honor God with my body and soul. In other words when I fast, my first and most important motive should be to humble myself before the Lord, get more sensitive to Him; sharpen my ear so that I may hear His Word and the voice of the Holy Spirit; hearken and do!!!!!! That really means let the Holy Spirit take over every area of my life. This brings my body under subjection to the Word and will of God.
As Andrew advises us, we should glorify and exalt Jesus in everything we do.
Please share your experience or concern on fasting.
Yes, Jesus is the living Word of God. He said “It is the Spirit who gives life; the flesh profits nothing. The words that I speak to you are spirit, and they are life.” John 6:63.
In John 14:6 He says; “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.” No argument about that!
However, the Bible, the written Word of God, was inspired by the Holy Spirit and written by men and women of God. They were under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit.
I know it is frustrating when people study the Bible and use it as the Pharisees and Scribes used the Law and abused it. Jesus was opposed to that type of practice. They studied the law and tried to load it over the innocent and the disadvantaged. That was wrong then and it is wrong now. Studying the Bible for intellectual purposes or for selfish motives is not what it was meant for, still the sins of a few should not change the importance of the Bible.
The Bible is the written Word of God. It was written by men and women of God inspired by the Spirit of God. 2 Timothy 3:16 “All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness.” NKJ
Do not be discouraged from using the very weapon Jesus has put in your hands. Use it to enhance your life in the Lord. Let the Holy Spirit reveal to you the hidden secrets wrapped in it. He will make the words of the Bible become alive in your life. He will reveal Jesus and all that is of His to you.
Remember, you are more than a conqueror! Continue doing the right thing. Don’t be intimidated by the enemy or fear. God has not given you a spirit of fear but a spirit of power, love and of self discipline. Romans 8:37, Gal 6:9, 2 Timothy 1:7 NKJV, NIV
Your Word has revived Blessed and given her strength.
You sent Your Word and healed her.
You forgave all her sins and healed all her disease.
Because Your loving kindness is better than life, our lips shall praise You always.
We will lift up our hands in Your name oh Lord.
You have done great things for us; that is why we are so glad!
Thank You Holy Spirit for revealing the truth to us. Thank you for being our mentor.
You have taught us to declare: “Jesus took Blessed’s infirmity and bore her sicknesses. Therefore, we refuse to allow sickness to dominate her body.
The life of God flows in her, bringing complete health to every fiber of her body. By Jesus’ stripes Blessed was healed and made whole.
Every part of her body functions in the perfection that God created it to function.
Her airs ways and her heart are perfect. Her nerves, ligaments, tendons, muscles, all function as God created them to function.
Her bone marrow and every cell in her body works perfectly.
What the enemy had planned for evil God has turned into good. No weapon formed against Blessed will prosper, we forbid any malfunction in her body, and every tongue which rises against her in judgment we shall condemn. This is the heritage of the children of the Lord, for our righteousness is from Him.
The Spirit that raised Jesus from the dead lives in her infusing His life through her veins, giving her perfect health.”
I pray for a special anointing over Blessed. She is a mighty woman of God. She is God’s special child, prosperous spirit, soul and body. She is a blessing to her family and will bless nations. Amen
Thank You loving Father for our Lord Jesus Who heals us! Thank You for Your Holy Spirit Who guides and quickens us. We will praise you all the days of our lives!
I want you to know that I am the happiest jajja alive! I love you all dearly.
This morning as I worshipped my Father, I was overwhelmed by the privilege He has given us, inviting us to His throne. We can turn to Him any time and if we are wise, we can be in His presence all the time.
I started recalling the many times I have tried to speak to somebody in authority; head teacher, pastor, employer, or any other person of authority. Many times I failed to get the appointment and the few times I managed, their time was very limited.I am sure you have seen people trying to talk to celebrities. Can you imagine the time they spend in cues waiting for an autograph? They pay for the book after which they spend more time waiting for the signature of a mere man. But when it comes to our loving Father, we have no time.What would be your response to a personal invitation to dinner in the White House, or Birmingham Palace? I remember after the recent presidential debate, the two candidates mingled with the audience. I could observed how people were scrambling to shake hands with them and some to get pictures taken with them. These were just candidates, not even presidents yet!Just think about it! We are invited to a daily banquet with El-Elyon, the Highest Sovereign of the heavens and the earth, our loving Father, and His Son our Lord Jesus Christ with the Holy Spirit, all present! My, my! What a feast! But do we attend? Most of time we are so busy with worry, fear, vengeance, cares of this world, and we forget that in His presence, there is peace, joy, prosperity, rest and victory!
When I remembered that this morning, praised God even more. I started singing and dancing. All the cares I was carrying I handed over to Him! I am free, I am blessed, I am a child of God and I can enjoy His presence all the time.
John 14:23 “If anyone loves Me, he will keep My word; and My Father will love him, and We will come to him and make Our home with him.”
Unfortunately, the cares of the world and the demands of the flesh tend to crowd our minds and instead of responding to God we end up listening to the news, the devil’s suggestions or the needs of the flesh. How disappointing!
In John 14:23 Jesus said, “If a man love me, he will keep my words: and my Father will love him, and we will come unto him, and make our abode with him.”
• ignorant of the written Word of God and
• robs you of the knowledge of God’s power.
Further more, if you don’t know scriptures, how is the Holy Spirit going to work in your life?
My conclusion is this: If your confidence is in the scriptures without Jesus Christ, you are doomed. Worse still, if your confidence is in the scriptures, without the Holy Spirit even if you claim to know about Jesus you may be lost.