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.”
After we surrender ourselves to the Lord, we are tested in our willingness to surrender other things that are dear to us. To surrender means to yield or give up one’s self, or give a possession into the hands of another. We can surrender all to the Lord as our trust in Him increases, from faith to faith.
God often leads us to surrender what can potentially have more power over us than it should. To have to give up harmful things is obvious. What is not, is doing so with the blessings He places in our hands: our mate, children, vocation, ministry, our home or promises we prayed for and received. When Abraham offered up Isaac the son He loved, in obedience to God, He walked in the faith that we are led to walk in many times in our lives: the faith that counts on God in all situations. Abraham counted on the power of God to raise Isaac. Not only did he know God could do it, he also had the faith that He would do it.
In our hearts we continue surrendering all things to God, and find we walk free from bondages at the same time. We leave in His hands what He places in ours, trusting He holds us in His. We can trust Him, always, from glory to glory!
Hebrews 11:17-19 By faith Abraham, when he was tested, offered up Isaac, and he who had received the promises offered up his only begotten son, of whom it was said, “In Isaac your seed shall be called,” concluding that God was able to raise him up, even from the dead, from which he also received him in a figurative sense.
There are seasons when the Word of God planted in our hearts is battled more than others. It’s when we are actually receiving and being a doer of the Word that this battle increases. Satan comes to steal, kill and destroy the Word, but he cannot because God is watching over His word to perform it. The Word is alive and powerful. Once sown on good ground, it can only be watered and given increase, never destroyed.
When tribulation or persecution arises for the Word’s sake, we find ourselves no longer stumbling but standing stronger than ever before. When the cares of this world, the deceitfulness of riches, and the desires for other things come to choke the Word–we find ourselves no longer affected and hindered as we once were. We may have easily received a lie in the past, but now we are able to quickly apply the truth and walk in freedom. The truth that we know in our hearts sets us free. It’s an experiential knowledge; in our hearts, not our heads.
The battles we are in indicate to us, and others, that the truth we have believed–we have also received, and we are being fruitful, from glory to glory!
Mark 4:20 “But these are the ones sown on good ground, those who hear the word, accept it, and bear fruit: some thirtyfold, some sixty, and some a hundred.”
In addition to comparing and criticizing, complaining hinders our moving forward. A murmuring complaining spirit is displeasing to the Lord. It is normal to express grief and sorrow or share something that is happening in our lives. It is not normal to grumble, accuse, blame, speak negatively and not acknowledge anything positive.
It is even more destructive when complaining about people and not things. It leads to gossip and fuels the works of the enemy. Complaining comes from a spirit of fear which is conquered as the Lord brings freedom. When we want to help those who are being battled in this area, we should lead them to the awareness of what the Lord has done. We shine the light in the darkness and lift them up with affirming words of life, hope and trust. We encourage them through the expression of our faith.
We are to be thankful in all things. Gratitude is to be a daily attitude. We overcome evil with good. When we are around negativity, let’s be the positive. We hold fast what is good, from glory to glory!
1 Thessalonians 5:18-21 “…in everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you. Do not quench the Spirit. Do not despise prophecies. Test all things, hold fast what is good.”