From Fasting to Feasting

From Fasting to Feasting

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.”

 

Jesus, Our Lord and Savior

Jesus, Our Lord and Savior

More of Christ in our lives, today and always. More of His grace, His word and His spirit. More love, light and joy! Less of our flesh, our ways and our will. Christ is Lord, above and over all. Jesus has accomplished all that He was born to do. We celebrate, rejoice and praise HIM forevermore!

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God and the Word was God. The Word became flesh and dwelt among us. He became flesh to save us from what had been done through Adam in the flesh. He was born to redeem us from our fallen nature through His death on the cross. Through His resurrection, He proved that the purpose of His birth was accomplished. He conquered sin, death and all that would try to conquer us. We truly are more than conquerors through Christ. When we believe and know who Jesus is and what He has done, we are born again.

Mary was told that the Holy Spirit would come upon her and the power of the Highest would overshadow her and she would then give birth to the son of God. The Holy Spirit moves upon us today to bring forth the birth of Christ in and through us in miraculous ways. We appropriate the birth of Jesus and all that it represents step by step, from glory to glory. 

Luke 1:35 “And the angel answered and said to her, ‘The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Highest will overshadow you; therefore, also, that Holy One who is to be born will be called the Son of God.’ ”

 

Miracles?

Miracles?

Can we believe in miracles? When the impossible becomes possible; the supernatural becomes the natural; and what cannot be accomplished by men can be accomplished by God; then, we remember our Savior’s birth and gain faith for all the miraculous expectations we carry in our hearts.

When the doctor announces an incurable disease to a patient; someone gets laid off a job at a time when unemployment is high; an unforeseen divorce brings hopelessness;  or finances diminish to nothing; then, we may be caught up in despair and fear of an uncertain future. The question is: was Jesus born of a virgin? Our answer to that question stirs up faith and brings us divine answers for whatever we face.

The angel told Mary about Elizabeth’s miraculous pregnancy, so not only could she believe, but we could believe as well. We learned that miracles not only pertain to Jesus, but are available for everyone. When we celebrate the birth of Jesus, we celebrate the amazing, astounding and astonishing works of God. Yes, we do believe! Nothing is impossible with God. Our walk of faith expects divine steps at every turn, from glory to glory!

Luke 1:36-37 “Now indeed, Elizabeth your relative has also conceived a son in her old age; and this is now the sixth month for her who was called barren. For with God nothing will be impossible.”

 

Before and After!

Before and After!

We are battled before and after we obey the leading of the Lord. Most of the battles take place in our minds. Our minds look at things in the natural and tell us we are not going to accomplish what the Lord has called us to do. After we rebuke the liar, obey the leading of the Lord and walk into what is laid before us, we find another great battle awaits us.

The battle that comes after our obedience attempts to stop us from doing anything for the Lord again. Because the anointing increases as we allow the Holy Spirit to move through us, the enemy attempts to stop us from continuing in our steps of obedience. He uses fear without ceasing. His lies pertain to self, insecurity, guilt and inadequacy. The way to go through this warfare is to focus on who the Lord Jesus is: yesterday, today and forever.

The warfare is great after we do anything in the name of Jesus. That after is also the before of the next leading we will obey. The Holy Spirit often empowers us by multiplying His instructions so that we move in the Spirit from one thing to another, with no time in between. The before and after is eliminated by our moving forward, back to back, leaving no time for the adversary. We are more than conquerors, from glory to glory! 

Deuteronomy 11:12 “… a land for which the LORD your God cares; the eyes of the LORD your God are always on it, from the beginning of the year to the very end of the year.” 

 

Our Gift

Our Gift

Because God so loved us that He gave, we so love that we give. God’s love is what we are to give, above all. It is a gift; therefore, it’s given without any expectation of receiving anything in return. God keeps on loving us and we keep on loving, by grace, through faith.

Forgiveness, joy and peace come as we give love. It’s not our human love that we give; it’s the unconditional love of God that has been placed in our hearts by the Holy Spirit. Love is one of the nine fruits of the Spirit, and the one without which none of the others could exist. We recognize we are walking with the Lord by the way we love one another.

It’s not what is given in the natural that has value; it’s the love that is given through a gift. This gift can be a hug, a smile, a scripture or a cookie. The value placed on a gift is the same for all things given: the love that it carries. A hug from a heart of love is worth much more than an expensive gift from obligation. Truly the Lord Himself is a gift that never stops giving, from glory to glory!

1 John 4:11-12 “Beloved, if God so loved us, we also ought to love one another. No one has seen God at any time. If we love one another, God abides in us, and His love has been perfected in us.” 

 

Giving

Giving

Giving should be a response to love, not in order to be loved. As children of God, we give of our time, money and talents to the Lord in response to Him. It is because of who He is, not in order to get “blessings.” We should not “do” things “to get” something from Him in return.

It is because He first loved us that we love Him. Responding to who He is, what He has done, and abiding in Him causes us to give all we are in return. We do not give to others in response to what they have given us or for what we hope to be given in return. Giving should always be unconditional just like agape love. Appreciation can be shown from the heart without involving a gift of equal cost. A hug from a heart of love is worth much more than an expensive gift from obligation. The value of a gift is the love behind it.

When we give as we purpose in our heart, we are cheerful because giving brings us so much happiness. Our heart is at peace not because of obedience, but because love and grace abound. We look for opportunities to give because we know it is more blessed to give than to receive. It’s the heart of our Heavenly Father. We are blessed to be a blessing, from glory to glory!

2 Corinthians 9:7 “So let each one give as he purposes in his heart, not grudgingly or of necessity; for God loves a cheerful giver.”

 

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