It’s through feasting on the abundance of the riches we have in Christ that we are able to fast from what hinders our freedom.
Our enemy throws fiery darts at us to destroy our destiny, but he can see that God has given us the opposite. We feast on God’s peace when confusion comes. We feast on God’s love when rejection comes. We feast on God’s truth when lies come. We feast on all that we have in Christ to fast from all that comes from our enemy. This is done in every area of our lives: spirit, soul and body. We feast on drinking water so we can fast from sodas. We feast on healthy food to fast the unhealthy ones. We feast on good relationships to fast from those that may be hurtful.
Not only does feasting help the fasting, but the opposite is also true. When we fast and overcome the desires of our flesh, by God’s grace, we are able to feast like never before. We run more swiftly to the table the Lord has prepared for us in the presence of our enemies. The enemy can only watch; he cannot come to that table. In Christ, we feast and are full, Hallelujah! Our spirit is strong in the Lord and in the power of His might. The reward of a fast is a greater feast of the things of God. We fast and feast, from glory to glory!
Psalm 23:5 “You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies; You anoint my head with oil; My cup runs over.”
When we make a choice that brings a change in our habits and our well-being, it’s important to take the time to prepare. The temptations come when we don’t know how to do what we have decided to do. The enemy tries to set us up for a step down from our place of obedience. The Spirit of God will lead us to set up for a step up.
Often defeat comes when preparation has not been put in place. In counting the cost of what we purpose to achieve, we must take into consideration what we have. When we decide to eat healthier, we need to shop, prepare meals and plan our week accordingly. When we prepare to fast from specific foods, we should not only make sure we don’t have these items around; we should make sure healthy alternatives are on hand. Even though there are some things for which we cannot prepare, wisdom is for us to do what we are able to do today, as led and enabled by the Lord.
When we prepare for a better job, a relationship or the next step up — we need to make sure nothing from our past, or present, can keep us bound. We walk away from the past, refuse to be stuck in today and are ready to step up into our future. Every step the Lord leads us to make is a step up from where we are to a better place, from glory to glory.
Philippians 3:13-14 “Brethren, I do not count myself to have apprehended; but one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind and reaching forward to those things which are ahead, I press toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.”
The boundaries we set in place cannot be trusted apart from the boundaries God, Himself, sets on our behalf. He protects us from ourselves. He secures our borders, even in our unawareness of the need. We might feel restricted when, in fact, we are protected. He tears down borders we think are firm in order to enlarge our territory.
For our protection, some relationships come to a halt; others remain when we wish they wouldn’t. A door closes to a potential job, while another we didn’t want keeps coming around. A loan application gets rejected. The house we wanted to purchase goes to another buyer. The fences the Lord builds around us hinder unseen enemies from making inroads into our lives. Insignificant encounters can become relevant opportunities. As we look back on our lives, we praise God for making peace within our borders when we needed His help.
We all matter to the Lord. Regardless of the measures we take in the natural to secure our safety, only the boundaries God establishes for us remain stable and impenetrable. We belong to Him and He watches over His property. He works all things together for the good. We find God is our shield and defense, from glory to glory!
Psalm 147:14 “He makes peace in your borders, And fills you with the finest wheat.”
The One in us is greater than the one who is in the world. Christ is greater than any problem, temptation or trial that may come against us. Instead of walking by fear, we walk by faith because of the overcomer who dwells in our hearts.
In the past, we may have attempted to build walls to protect us from the attacks of the enemy. These walls ended up isolating us and keeping us away from divine opportunities. We may understand that Christ is greater than what comes against us; but it’s when we comprehend that He is greater in us that walls can come down and our fear is conquered. Walls built from fear do not bring protection, but hinder us from the victorious position we have in Christ. The presence of the Lord in our lives is enough to protect us from all the fiery darts of the enemy. His presence in us enables us to stand as champions in His name because we have on the whole armor of God.
When we take a look at what’s in us, we come face to face with our humanity and question our divine identity. It’s then that we have to recognize the treasure we have as earthen vessels: Christ Himself in us, with us and for us, from glory to glory!
1 John 4:4 “You are of God, little children, and have overcome them, because He who is in you is greater than he who is in the world.”
There are two emotional trips the enemy delights in for the children of God: the guilt trip and the power trip. We call them trips because satan’s plan is to take us away from the path we are on by leading us astray. At times, others may be on trips and they try to pull us into theirs. We must remain on our own course. Boundaries are important when we are following the directions of the Lord.
Self-condemnation leads us into a guilt trip. We take responsibility for some situations where we had no control. We keep thinking on the what if and the if only. Regrets bring sorrow and grief. Self-glorification leads to a power trip; we are too proud of what we have done and are prideful. It’s legalistic, self-righteous and glorifies self instead of God. Whether it’s the bad or the good things we focus on, it’s a stumbling block in the midst of our path.
The Lord knows how to bring us back onto the right path, His. With love and care He picks us up from the middle of the wrong road and removes us from our own ways. He leads us on a glory trip, guiding us from glory to glory!
Proverbs 4:18 “But the path of the just is like the shining sun, That shines ever brighter unto the perfect day.”
Comparing ourselves to others is one of the many harmful attitudes of the carnal nature. This can steal our trust, destroy our hope and bring fear. As a child of the most High God we always measure up. We praise God for whom and where we are, and trust Him for everything He is doing in our lives.
We might compare today with our yesterdays, when we thought we had more success and happiness. We might compare our today with our tomorrows, when we believe we will have many more accomplishments. We might compare ourselves with others, with who they are or what they do. Their looks, words and actions might appear more valuable than ours; or we might think ours is more valuable than theirs. We are not to look at the outward appearance. We do not compete with others but complete one another. Our worth is in Christ. We are His. We glory in the Lord!
Our measuring of our spiritual growth will always come short of what it really is. Let’s throw down any carnal measuring tape and trust His spiritual tape! We are called to appreciate and celebrate each moment in the now, leaving the past behind and taking no thought for tomorrow. We measure up, from glory to glory!
2 Corinthians 10:12 “For we dare not class ourselves or compare ourselves with those who commend themselves. But they, measuring themselves by themselves, and comparing themselves among themselves, are not wise.”