Fasting makes us stronger spiritually and increases our emotional and physical well-being. The results are not seen immediately, but progressively as we reach new and enlightening levels of encounters with God, ourselves and others.
With every encounter we find we are walking more in the spirit and less in the flesh; and some of our ways that we wanted to change are now changed because of the fast. We realize that by taking authority over the flesh, we have submitted to the authority of God in greater measure. In doing so, we have resisted the enemy and he had to flee. We now are moving faster, free from what was holding us back. Things are clear and our focus has been sharpened. The hurdles have been moved and God is taking us fast forward into the glorious journey He has prepared for us.
Our transformation is spiritual, emotional and physical. In every area of our being we are moving quickly, supernaturally, and surprisingly into a new place in God, with God and for God. We are advancing in a fast forward mode. The progress is not seen immediately, but when it’s seen, it is greater than anticipated, from glory to glory!
Isaiah 43:18-19 “Do not remember the former things, Nor consider the things of old. Behold, I will do a new thing, Now it shall spring forth; Shall you not know it? I will even make a road in the wilderness And rivers in the desert.”
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.”
A couple needed a miracle for their marriage, but could not accept miracles because they had experienced the “fleshly” misuse of gifts of the Holy Spirit in their past. Because of these inappropriate behaviors in the church, they stopped attending church services or receiving prayer from others and gradually found themselves isolated. It appeared fear had won, but faith reached out to them. The Lord drew, healed and restored them when they were invited, and attended, a church service. Now they pray for others and allow the Holy Spirit to move freely.
How important it is to believe in spirit-led prayer even though we have experienced flesh-led prayer. We can stand in faith for God to heal and move in miraculous ways even if unbelief surrounds us. When negative things happen, we should draw closer to the things of the Lord, not away. We must guard against whatever was sown in the flesh so we are not hindered from receiving what is of the Spirit.
As we pray for the Lord to lead us to what is of Him, we can trust He will keep away what is not of Him and heal us accordingly. Our trust is in Him. When our faith is to receive all that comes from Him, He will bless us in spite of our surroundings and bypass our circumstances. Let us never stop believing and receive all the Lord has for us, from glory to glory!
1 Thessalonians 5:19-21 “Do not quench the Spirit. Do not despise prophecies. Test all things; hold fast what is good.”
Joe struggled with an addiction. The more he tried to be free, the more he realized how bound he really was. With every thought he had about quitting, he also thought of his addiction. This continued until he learned to feed his spirit instead of focusing on his flesh. He couldn’t control the flesh without the spirit. He started reading the Word of God, hearing it in his car and during the night. He wrote the scriptures pertaining to healing and freedom and his divine identity on index cards and proceeded to memorize them. The Word worked! The Holy Spirit worked! Jesus set him free!
Feeding our spirits is so vital. We think daily of what we are going to eat in the natural to care for our bodies, but we may omit a daily spiritual feeding. The Word is like a hammer—it breaks through; as a fire, it refines; a mirror, it reflects; a lamp, it lights up and renews our mind. It’s a sword that separates and is able to divide the indivisible.
Transformation can be expected as God watches over His Word to perform it. The Word is the sword of Spirit. In order to set the captives free, God aligns His Spirit with His Word. His Kingdom is then manifested, from glory to glory!
Hebrews 4:12 “For the word of God is living and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the division of soul and spirit, and of joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.”
The war between the flesh and the spirit can be challenging. The key to conquering the flesh is to walk in the spirit. In order to do so, we must feed ourselves spiritually. We read the Bible, pray and worship. We feed the incorruptible seed of the Word of God that was planted in our spirit when we were born again. As our spirit man is nourished, we are able to walk in the Spirit and not fulfill the lust of the flesh.
When we try in our own ability to come against the lusts of the flesh, defeat often occurs. It’s impossible to overcome the flesh, in the flesh. The flesh is weak without the enablement of the Spirit of God. Apart from Christ, we can do nothing. We feed the seed to meet the most important need we all have: Jesus. We seek Him first and His righteousness and all our other needs will be met. God meets our needs according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus.
The focus is the Lord. He is the bread of life. Daily we pray for our daily bread so we can grow and be strengthened in our spirit. When we feel weak in any area, when warfare is intensifying, when peace and joy seem to decrease, we press in to feed ourselves spiritually. We grow in grace, in love, in Christ, from faith to faith, from glory to glory!
Galatians 5:16 “I say then: Walk in the Spirit, and you shall not fulfill the lust of the flesh.”