Have You Considered Fasting!!!

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Have a Wonderful and Blessed day!! Have You Considered Fasting!!!

Isaiah 58:3 Wherefore have we fasted, say they, and thou seest not? wherefore have we afflicted our soul, and thou takest no knowledge? Behold, in the day of your fast ye find pleasure, and exact all your labours.
Isaiah 58:4 Behold, ye fast for strife and debate, and to smite with the fist of wickedness: ye shall not fast as ye do this day, to make your voice to be heard on high.
Isaiah 58:5 Is it such a fast that I have chosen? a day for a man to afflict his soul? is it to bow down his head as a bulrush, and to spread sackcloth and ashes under him? wilt thou call this a fast, and an acceptable day to the LORD?

Isaiah 58:6 Is not this the fast that I have chosen? to loose the bands of wickedness, to undo the heavy burdens, and to let the oppressed go free, and that ye break every yoke?
Isaiah 58:7 Is it not to deal thy bread to the hungry, and that thou bring the poor that are cast out to thy house? when thou seest the naked, that thou cover him; and that thou hide not thyself from thine own flesh?
Isaiah 58:8 Then shall thy light break forth as the morning, and thine health shall spring forth speedily: and thy righteousness shall go before thee; the glory of the LORD shall be thy rereward.

I. Definition of Fasting
Fasting=a voluntary withdrawing from food and/or drink, or other fleshly appetite, for a specified period of time.
Matthew 4:1 Then was Jesus led up of the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted of the devil.
Matthew 4:2 And when he had fasted forty days and forty nights, he was afterward an hungred.
Matthew 4:3 And when the tempter came to him, he said, If thou be the Son of God, command that these stones be made bread.
Matthew 4:4 But he answered and said, It is written, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God.
Matthew 6:16 Moreover when ye fast, be not, as the hypocrites, of a sad countenance: for they disfigure their faces, that they may appear unto men to fast. Verily I say unto you, They have their reward.
Matthew 6:17 But thou, when thou fastest, anoint thine head, and wash thy face;
Matthew 6:18 That thou appear not unto men to fast, but unto thy Father which is in secret: and thy Father, which seeth in secret, shall reward thee openly.
Though fasting is never commanded, Jesus assumed that the disciples would want to in order to see great things happen!

But it’s not something a Christian has to do, but can choose to do…not many guidelines given in scripture about fasting, either!
Normal fast is no food, only liquids like water, juice. This can be one day or multiple days.
Judges 20:26 Then all the children of Israel, and all the people, went up, and came unto the house of God, and wept, and sat there before the LORD, and fasted that day until even, and offered burnt offerings and peace offerings before the LORD.

Several men alive today who have done 40 day fasts and would say it was absolutely life-changing! (still took in liquids, of course)

Partial fast
Good if you have diabetes, hypoglycemia, or some other condition which precludes a normal fast.
In the partial fast you omit certain foods for a while, but not others.
Daniel and some of the Hebrew children did a partial fast, and at the end were stronger and healthier than those eating what they wanted.
Daniel 10:2 In those days I Daniel was mourning three full weeks.
Daniel 10:3 I ate no pleasant bread, neither came flesh nor wine in my mouth, neither did I anoint myself at all, till three whole weeks were fulfilled.

Elijah did this on 2 occasions, John Wesley was well known for going days on end eating only bread and water, some give up meats for a time, eating only vegetables; just skipping a meal to spend time in prayer would be another example of a partial fast, or not indulging in things you like as much as just “getting by” with something basic, bland.
The absolute fast
Moses went on this kind for 40 days, nothing enters your mouth at all. If you have serious medical problems probably not a good one to do.
This is the first mention of a fast in scripture:
Exodus 34:28 And he was there with the LORD forty days and forty nights; he did neither eat bread, nor drink water. And he wrote upon the tables the words of the covenant, the ten commandments.
Purpose of Fasting
A way to seek God by denying the physical in order to focus on the spiritual…
…for this reason prayer and fasting must always go together (or it does you no good spiritually!)

Of course, there are physical benefits: medical dr’s are discovering more and more benefits to fasting…because the body is designed to heal itself on a cellular level…as we eat and take in various toxins, processed foods, medicines, etc., we hold a certain amount of poisons in our cells…but when we fast many of those things are flushed out of our system!

But if you want a spiritual benefit, make sure and take the time you would have spent eating and transfer it to prayer time!
If you have normal meal times instead of eating go on your knees in prayer and give the Lord your petitions, and concerns. Also don’t forget the praises.

2Chronicles 20:3 And Jehoshaphat feared, and set himself to seek the LORD, and proclaimed a fast throughout all Judah.

2Chronicles 20:4 And Judah gathered themselves together, to ask help of the LORD: even out of all the cities of Judah they came to seek the LORD.
Ezra 8:23 So we fasted and besought our God for this: and he was intreated of us.
1Corinthians 7:5 Defraud ye not one the other, except it be with consent for a time, that ye may give yourselves to fasting and prayer; and come together again, that Satan tempt you not for your incontinency.
Another point made by this verse is that when we fast it ought to be from ALL physical desires, not just food!
Let go of the physical, focus on the spiritual!
Usually we fast and pray when we have a special need.
God has ordained that when we get serious about walking in victory we demonstrate it thru fasting, and He knows we’re serious now!

The following are good reasons to fast:
Fasting for revival and soulwinning
Right now with being in the last days to fast and pray for the lost. We all have lost family, friends, and neighbors how much better instead of just worrying or thinking what to do; we should consider fasting and praying for the lost. Fast and pray for self to step up and be a more dedicated child of the King.

Fasting to meet the physical needs of others
Again we all have family and friends who are suffering with illness if not physical mental. Pray and fast for them.

Fasting for clearer insight in decision-making
Different that problem-solving…this is when you’re seeking God’s will in a major area of life you’re at the fork in the road and don’t know which way to go. Fast and talk to the Lord see what he wants you to do.
Fasting for health reasons or healing
Have a loved one that’s in bad shape? Get serious and fast for them! When there’s no hope from a human perspective, put it in God’s hands…it may be His will to honor that.
It’s easy for a Christian to grow cold…so say, Lord, light a fire under me! Make me like I was when I was first saved!

If you get serious enough to deny yourself in the physical realm, it will be amazing what God will do in your soul spiritually!
Fasting for the glory of the Lord, to protect us from the evil one!!!
The benefits of fasting
More time to pray

We talk about being grieved over abortion, but have we demonstrated that grief? Burdened for revival in our church! Have you fasted?
Fasting is also a way of encouraging grief over sin, ever wished you were more burdened over sin?

Fasting makes our heart more attentive to God. Amazing how much time you have on your hands if you’re not eating, preparing, cleaning up after supper, watching tv, or engaged in other fleshly endeavors.
Fasting demonstrates to God our seriousness about wanting a spiritual breakthrough.
Most of us live to eat, few eat to live! When we get serious with God, He gets serious with us!
Fasting is meant to change our circumstances, and to change US, not to change God!

Worship: why does God demand it ego? No, He doesn’t require worship for what it does for Him, but for what it does for US!
He’s not more holy or righteous because we worship Him the rocks would cry out if we didn’t!
So, if we fast knowing we have sin in our lives, we’re defeating the whole purpose.

Also, if we’re fasting in order to find a desired result we have to leave the result in God’s hands, and accept the results as His will.
Fasting will help us to receive God’s will with grace!
Lets consider fasting for God’s will, for the lost, for the hurting, I know at least 20 people suffering with great illness.

Lets consider a fast for our Pastors, and Missionaries who in some places face death for preaching the gospel. Right now here in America nobody is tortured for preaching the truth but in some places men and women are at risk of death for it. Pray and fast for one another all of us have needs, some small some great, lets fast and pray for one another.
We have many examples of people in the bible that did fast and see some amazing results. As listed above there are different ways to fast so we can all participate.

NEAR TO THE HEART OF GOD
There is a place of quiet rest,
Near to the heart of God;
A place where sin cannot molest,
Near to the heart of God.
O Jesus, blest Redeemer,
Sent from the heart of God;
Hold us, who wait before Thee,
Near to the heart of God.
There is a place of comfort sweet,
Near to the heart of God;
A place where we our Savior meet,
Near to the heart of God.
There is a place of full release,
Near to the heart of God;
A place where all is joy and peace,
Near to the heart of God.
O Jesus, blest Redeemer,
Sent from the heart of God;
Hold us, who wait before Thee,
Near to the heart of God.

Love and Prayers
Cheryl

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