Fasting

Fasting

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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Easily

Easily

The Lord helps us lay aside every hindering weight and the sin that so easily ensnares us in our glorious race. It is to be noted that sin easily ensnares us. Some actions and habits become addictive quickly. It requires no effort on our part and happens without our awareness. Their presence is noticed when they become so strong, they require more than anticipated to overcome them.

The remedy is simple faith. It’s taking that first step not to do what we used to do and allowing the Holy Spirit to empower us to take them into subjection. As easily as it started, it can stop when we let the Lord help us. The lie of our adversary is that it’s difficult and beyond our ability, but we can do all things through Christ.

In a race, the pressing through point is at the most difficult time when going forth appears impossible. At that moment, even though the muscles are burning with pain, we push through and suddenly find we can do it. Pursuing the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus is simply done as we press through, 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.”