Periodically, the Lord leads us to fast so that His Spirit instead of our flesh can rule us. There is a constant war between the flesh and the spirit. Even though the flesh should never dominate us, we face an ongoing war with temptations. Fasting, led by the Spirit of God, helps us walk victoriously in this daily battle.

Abstaining from what our flesh desires is different for everyone. We don’t crave the same foods or drinks. For some individuals, it may not be food or drinks, but watching TV, surfing the web, playing games, relationships or speaking negatively. Based on what needs to be overcome in the flesh, it may be helpful to first say no to one thing before attempting to rule another.

Saying no regularly to our stomachs makes it easier to say no to other temptations that come our way. A beneficial fast is the one that enables us to say no to what our body desires most. The key is for each one of us to seek the Lord on what and how He specifically wants us to fast. When we do so, individually, or corporately, we are strengthened and walk in the Spirit, from glory to glory!

1 Corinthians 9:26-27 “Therefore I run thus: not with uncertainty. Thus I fight: not as one who beats the air. But I discipline my body and bring it into subjection, lest, when I have preached to others, I myself should become disqualified.”

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